4 Avengers You’re Not Likely To See On-Screen Anytime Soon

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1. Justice

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Who They are: A dude with telekinesis and some serious daddy issues, who is sometimes an astronaut.

Why You Won’t See Them: Justice is the kind of guy that needs screen time to have us buy into him. He needs a role that lets us explore his depth through relationships and background. The Avengers’ group films are already borderline crowded, so adding a character heavy guy isn’t a smart move right now.

How It Could Happen: The New Warriors finally get introduced into the MCU or, if they mesh his incarnations together, he could be part of the glue that brings together Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ll see him show up during the inevitable MCU relaunch/refresh.

2. Moon Knight

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Who They Are: Moon Knight. Perhaps you’ve heard of him?

Why You Won’t See Them: In a world with dark elves, Stephen Strange, Howard the Duck, and a Hulk that might seem like strange and dark are in, but Moon Knight would have to be much, much stranger and darker. While it could be done, the fact is that he’s far more fitting with their Netflix programming, and a serial format is more fitting to him.

How It Could Happen: He’s Moon Knight. Of all the names on this list, he’s the most likely not to just appear in a film, but to headline one. Marvel’s got a handful of blanks in their slate over the next few years that he could easily fill. However, Netflix has already announced the Defenders, so he’s probably being cast already.

3. Machine Man

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Who They Are: The Vision, if he’d been built by humans in the 70’s.

Why You Won’t See Them: The Avengers have Vision. He’s still new and with makeup and CGI, they can keep him around for as long as Paul Bettany can talk and wants money. Plus, Agents of Shield is a thing. If the show runs long enough, there’s an Ultimate story line where Machine Man actually gets his name from Phil Coulson.

How It Could Happen: Someone with some MCU pull happens to be a Machine Man fan or if they sell off the rights to a smaller studio. Jocasta would have been the ideal lead in, but since we’re seemingly done with Ultron that seems unlikely.

4. Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu

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Who They Are: A Chinese MI-6 agent so awesome at jump spin kicking dudes in the face that Wolverine ask him for advice.

Why You Won’t See Them: Even though he is able to dodge bullets and has held his own against some the heavy hitters, he’s still just a guy. Marvel is ok with technology, science, alien and whatever-another-name-for-mutant-is based heroes, but they still aren’t ready to try selling super good at punching and kicking as an Avenger.

How It Could Happen: He hijacked Special Marvel Edition back in the 70’s and rode it all the way to issue #125. So he has fans, history, supporting cast, everything you’d need for a film. Plus, the Asian markets, which Marvel is looking to expand in, would eat it up. Cast a Hong Kong actor in the lead, give it to a Asian director, and Marvel is basically printing money.

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“Merc With a Mouth”

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His popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, and that being so, many of the people singing his praises are for a lack of better word, band-wagon fans. Not that there is anything wrong with that. If popularity hadn’t shot up, the movie featuring Ryan Reynolds as the regenerative assassin wouldn’t have happened. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to love Deadpool, but one should definitely have the basics down first. What comes next is just a brief introduction to who is Deadpool, but a good start.
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Deadpool was picked up in his early years by a number of comic book writers who made it very difficult for their to be a legitimate telling of his origin story. The most widely accepted canon for Deadpool comes from Joe Kelly who rewrote Deadpool away from his villainous roots and into more of a morally ambiguous stance. Amazingly enough, one of the main reasons we’ve got such an off the wall and unique character in Deadpool was that of its original audience and publishing. Apparently few were reading the early Deadpool comics and Kelly was being told that it would be canceled on a regular basis. This allowed Kelly the opportunity to get very creative in developing Deadpool as equal parts comic book and comedy.
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Wade Wilson was just a regular old assassin before becoming Deadpool. After getting cancer, Wade joined the Weapons X Program(Yes, the same program that Wolverine was a part of) where he was infused with the same healing factor as Wolverine. The only difference is that Deadpool has quite a bit of control over his healing, allowing him to heal at will or focus it on certain parts of his body. Not only does this allow him to be physically healed, but his mind is always healing which keeps him from being affected by psychic powers. These are neat, but what really gets him to stand out from the other characters is his no-care attitude and his comedic nature which more often than not breaks the fourth wall and will even mock the Marvel Universe.

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Comic Book Death, is there any point?

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Not to say they never matter, but when main characters are almost always brought back (eventually), then what is the real point of ever killing them off?  Even someone like Bucky Barnes who there was even a coined his own catchphrase doesn’t stay dead forever.  Not to say “only Bucky stays dead” means nothing anymore, he did stay dead for over 50 years, but comic book deaths in general are taken much more lightly than deaths in other forms of literature.  Though it does look as if Bucky Barnes death and his prolonged return resulted in an amazing reintroduction as the Winter Soldier.

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Now, of course I’m only talking about main characters in these stories.  It’s not uncommon at all to see secondary characters killed off without even the thought of resurrecting them.  Uncle Ben in Spiderman, Thomas and Martha Wayne in Batman, and Jor-El and Lara in Superman are all prime examples of this.  Even though in multiverses things are written a bit differently.

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I did say things were a bit different in the Multiverse, and although it can be surprising when such radical things happen, it’s not uncommon.  One of the most influential deaths in comics that heralded the creation of a superhero, was that of Batman’s parents, the Waynes.  But in the alternate universe Flashpoint version it is Bruce that is killed instead of his parents.  His death brings to life a fantastic twist as Thomas Wayne becomes Batman, and his wife, Martha, becomes the Joker.  Not surprisingly, most of the cases aren’t canon.  Even so, this is the beauty of the multiverse, you’ll find so many variations of superheroes and origin stories to keep you more than satisfied even after the original stories have gone stale.  

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Why We’re So Fond of Origin Stories

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Although they don’t always translate well to the big-screen, origin stories are an essential part of not only explaining how a superhero or villain comes to be but also in captivating the reader and drawing them into an otherwise ambiguous storyline. Although in most cases superheroes’ powers are unique to themselves, it is not always the case, and in fact it’s not entirely uncommon to see rival comic book companies create their own version of very similarly talented/powered heroes.

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Anything goes.
There are so many different ways that one can acquire super human abilities, whether it’s simply through birth, experiments, accidents, some kind of natural phenomenon, or strictly through inventions and willpower. Which is great for variety, but also to cater to the different ways the reader might want to fantasize in becoming a superhero themselves.

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Joe Schmoe to Hero.
In many cases the individual reading the comic can relate to the superhero in some regard. Whether it’s life before the superhero came to be, or something comparably as big in their lives to some decision the superhero has to make. Unfortunately tragedy is a part of life but when a child loses both of their parents it doesn’t surprise anyone when they look at Batman and find strength. Having the money that Batman’s parents left him doesn’t hurt any, but it’s the inner strength, the sense of justice that drives Batman to become the man he does. These are characteristics that children and even adults can aspire to. Even if you’re not fighting crime like Batman, you can strive to be better, to have a purpose, and to have a strong moral code.

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Batman V Superman – The Rise of Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck v Christian Bale

Bale is an amazing actor who took the Batman franchise to new heights with the Dark Knight Trilogy.  Where Affleck has molded himself on the big-screen as a specific typecast actor who is rarely seen without his partner, Matt Damon.

It’s a quiet rage…

When news first hit that Affleck had been cast as the new Batman in the next set of movies it wasn’t surprising that the failed Daredevil actor garnered resentment as well as hate from many avid movie and comic book fans.

Certainly a knee-jerk reaction to having been spoiled with the acting prowess of Bale, but also to what we expected would be a failure on Afflecks part to capture the essence of Batman and keep us enthralled in the upcoming movies.

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It’s been over a year now since Affleck has been cast as Batman and slowly but surely I’ve come to realize that the casting of him could be the most brilliant part of the movie/director.  Affleck’s likability has plummeted in recent years and no great coincidence, so will Batman in upcoming film, Batman v Superman.

Because…

Batman v Superman is a story centered around the envy and jealousy that Superman has garnered in Batman.  The film will generate a breaking point where Batman goes too far and then comes back from the darkness to work together with an already fan favorite Superman.  

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We so rarely see superheroes as the villians and even if it is for only part of the movie, it will surely lend to the breaking of molds we so often see in comic themed movies.  A mold that both X-men as well as Watchmen have been keen to avoid.  I don’t think anyone can deny that the film will be entertaining, but I’d be surprised if most don’t change their opinions of Affleck as Batman after the film hits theaters.

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