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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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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