Hot on the heels of Disney’s announcements of Loki and Scarlet Witch getting their own limited series on Disney Play (launching sometime in 2019), we’re already dreaming of the possibilities.
There are some characters that haven’t gotten, or have yet to get, their due in the live-action realm. Here are five characters that can break through to the mainstream.
Despite the purple-clad archer’s absence in Infinity War, Hawkeye is a tailor-made character for a limited series. The perfect reference point to a standalone show is Matt Fraction & David Aja’s Hawkeye run where it follows Clint Barton’s day-to-day when he’s not running around with Earth’s mightiest heroes. The source material can be tweaked to fit into the MCU by having him set up shop in Bedstuy (where the book is set) to hide from the Sokovia Accords, and you can have him meet Kate Bishop!
Marvel looking for their next Black Panther-style success story lies with Kamala Khan (better known as Ms. Marvel). She’s a 16-year-old Pakistani girl who deals with the same first world problems that plagued Spider-Man for decades. Being a good daughter, sister, and student is hard enough, but being an Inhuman just amplifies it. This limited series can potentially bury Muslim stereotypes in media. Black Panther was a wakeup call for a more diverse Marvel Universe. Her time in the sun isn’t far from her reach. Embiggen!
If Legion and Orphan Black had a child. It’d be Moon Knight. Basically, he’s Marvel’s anti-Batman with some serious mental health issues. Marc Spector, a mercenary on assignment in Egypt, comes into contact with Khonshu, a deity of vengeance. As a result, he develops three distinct personalities to fight crime. A millionaire (Steven Grant), a cab driver (Jake Lockley), and a freelance NYPD consultant (Mr.Knight). It just needs an actor with the range of a Tatiana Maslany. He’s the only hero to wear white after Labor Day…so you can see him coming.
Agent Carter (revival)
If there’s one show that needs to be brought back to provide some closure. It would be Agent Carter. Season 2 left some loose ends that need to be tied up. Hayley Atwell is one of a select few in the MCU that walks between two worlds, television and film alike, and she has stated that she’d love to come back to play Peggy Carter someday. Ratings weren’t kind to the show during its two-season run on ABC, but with Disney Play, the sky’s the limit. It’s time for another generation to know her value.
Black Panther: World of Wakanda
One of the best things about Black Panther has been its portrayal of the Dora Milaje. Recently, prolific writer Roxane Gay wrote a short-lived run on a secondary comic series called Black Panther: World of Wakanda where it focuses on two warriors in the Dora Milaje, Ayo and Aneka. It wouldn’t surprise me if Roxane got in touch with Ryan Coogler to produce a miniseries, and it’ll be a make-good for the film’s missed opportunity on LGBTQ inclusion. I’ll take any excuse to dive back into Wakanda.
I’m gonna turn this over to you. What MCU characters do you want to see on Disney play. Comment below!
(all images property of Marvel)