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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Can Tom Hardy come back as Bane?

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A few weeks ago, Tom Hardy said he would love to come back and resume the role of one of Batman’s most physical enemy, Bane. The question is, could this ever be a reality? Most fans of Batman either really enjoyed his portrayal of Bane or was really disappointed and left making jokes about his voice (but who didnt joke around with his voice?, even South Park hopped on this). One thing that strangely bothered me was the fact that Bane had no Venom, the juice that gives him his super strength. With Tom Hardy wanting to come back and play Bane once again, DC has an opportunity to correct a wrong. Now, if you are a comic book fan, you are aware heroes and villains are easily brought back from the dead (if Bane even died in The Dark Knight Rises). The problem is, how can Bane be reintroduced?

The answer comes in the form of the upcoming film, Suicide Squad. Now we enter my ridiculous idea, what if Enchantress brought back Bane? Let’s say she finds Bane’s badly injured/dead body and begins to heal him through her magic. Now, i doubt this would be a thing, but hey, imagine the plot twist. This would only be the start of Bane however.

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What if Enchantress was in fact, working for none other than Hugo Strange to bring back one of Batman’s most physically foes? Lets just say there’s a bigger plot in the DC cinematic universe that involves Hugo Strange wanting to take over the world, starting with Gotham and Metropolis. His first act though would be to bring back Bane. At this point I may be just giving DC a ridiculous plot to go with, but hey, you can’t tell me this would be worse than The Green Lantern movie. I already apologize for bringing up that movie, let’s hope Deadpool goes great.

Moving on, why would Hugo Strange want to bring back Bane? Think about it, if your a nerd in school, who would be someone you want on your side? That`s right, that muscular dude who could defend you. Why would Bane listen to Strange though? This is where we bring in the Mad Hatter, which would be hysterical if they brought in Johnny Depp for this. The Mad Hatter would use his mind control technology to put Bane under Hugo Strange`s control.

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Now it’s time to introduce the venom to buff up the already monstrous Bane. Hugo Strange is no fool, he knows Bane got defeated once and he doesn’t want that to happen again. So naturally, Hugo Strange develops Venom and thanks to the mind control, Bane readily accepts it. Now I know this isn’t how Bane gets the venom in the comics, but hey, since when does DC or Marvel always stay 100% to the comic books.

Some of us may not want Tom Hardy back, some of us do. Either way, if that were to happen, I just provided DC a great way to do it.

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3 of the craziest origin stories

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In the world of comic books you can’t expect every origin story to make sense. Some will be zany, quirky, funny, heart felt and others realistic. If you start thinking about it during the golden age of comics there were a TON of different origin stories and a lot of them didn’t really add up.

Let’s run through a few of the craziest origin stories in the classic categories.

1. Swarm: The Bite of something

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The classic rule of comics? If something can bite you and does, you become empowered by it. Like most great villains, Fritz Von Meyer was a top scientist.  The kicker though is he was one of Hitler’s top scientists who fled to become a beekeeper in South America.  During his bee keeping and studying he came across a hive of extremely intelligent bees.
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Of course he attempted to control the bees with a kooky device. Once the bees got mad old Fritz couldn’t control them and he was torn to shreds and, like any good story, left for dead. Then somehow his brain melded with the brains of the bees and cue the Swarm.

2. Marvex: From another place but earth


Nothing makes a greater origin story than a machine built for a purpose only to have it backfire.  When you’re an advanced 5th dimensional alien creature determined to take over Earth and enslave all of human kind, what are you to do?

You build a prototype robot made of “fabri-steel”.  Of course as foreshadowed in the earlier paragraph your creation will destroy you instead of doing your bidding.  So learn from almost all evil (and good) scientists that building robots to serve you will often lead to your demise.

As an aside after arriving at earth Marvex makes a commitment to defend human kind from other dangerous menaces.

3. Alternate Timelines
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The kookiest but still widely accepted origins of characters is simply an ‘alternate’ time line or universe. The biggest culprit of that is Star Trek.  The number of times they’ve gone back in time and permanently altered the future is mad high.

Want new actors for Spock and Kirk instead of attempting to do a focus on another character set?  Have an angst filled time traveling Romulan destroy the Vulcan’s homeworld and irreversibly damage the time line as most Trekkies know it.  Boom. Instant fix.

Want an easy way to make a villain?  Add a goatee to the actor and declare it’s “alternative universe character” .  What is his origin story?  Get this he’s just like the regular character but instead of accepting gum from that stranger he declines and that makes him a WHOLE different person!

There you have it.  3 of the craziest origin stories. Let me hear your favorite crazy story.

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