5 Comics the MCU Should Adapt Next

Marvel Studios and Marvel Television have amassed a gigantic roster over the years. With upcoming properties set to introduce Captain Marvel, Valkyrie, Wasp, The Runaways, The Inhumans, Cloak and Dagger and the New Warriors among others, where can Marvel go from here?

Let’s look at five properties they should adapt next.

5. Guardians 3000

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Source: Marvel Unlimited. Guardians 3000 #6. Art by Alex Ross.

This is the property on the list I am least emotionally attached to, but it sounds like a no-brainer. Before the modern Guardians of the Galaxy we know today, there was a totally different team from the year 3000 introduced in the 70’s with the same name. Now known as the Guardians 3000, the cinematic pieces are already in place with the team of Ravagers introduced at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After the final adventures of Star-Lord, Mantis, Rocket, Gamora, Groot and Drax, it makes sense to create a Ravagers series of films and switch focus to Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar, Michael Rosenbaum’s Martinex, Michelle Yeoh’s Aleta, Miley Cyrus’ Mainframe and the CGI Krugarr.

4. Power Pack

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Source: Marvel Unlimited. Power Pack: Day One #4. Art by Gurihuru.

What’s popular right now? Stranger Things. It. What do they have in common? Terrifying monsters murdering children! But for real, the magic of both of these is the wonderful chemistry in the ensemble of fantastic child actors. What better way to capitalize on the fact than with Marvel’s favorite group of kids? The comic focuses on young siblings Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie and has both had a run that dealt with heavy topics such as sexual abuse, homelessness, drugs and kidnapping and had a light-hearted, family friendly run where the kids teamed up with popular heroes like Spider-Man.

3. Thunderbolts

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Source: Marvel Unlimited. Thunderbolts #14. Art by Julian Totino Tedesco.

What are we, some kind of Suicide Squad? The Thunderbolts were originally presented as the next Avengers before quickly revealing the shocking twist that they were the Masters of Evil in disguise. Led by Captain America: Civil War‘s Helmut Zemo as Citizen V and under the tutelage of the Avenger Hawkeye, Thunderbolts was a much-praised comic about former villains trying to make good. A movie or show would also be a great way to expand some minor villains, as the roster has included Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Blizzard and Mr. Hyde, and Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Shocker and Scorpion.

2. Nova

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Source: Marvel Unlimited. Nova #9. Art by Adi Granov.

We know, Jesse, you love Nova. But with Black Bolt, Captain Marvel and Squirrel Girl set to be introduced and the X-Men and Fantastic Four out of Marvel Studios’ hands, Nova is the biggest hero Marvel still has yet to introduce. Richard Rider is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nova Corps who is forced to become the Nova Prime and try to save the galaxy alone with the super-computer Worldmind after the Corps are destroyed in a gigantic cosmic war. Hopefully with the movies taking a more cosmic tone, the Human Rocket is heading our way soon.

1. Moon Knight

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Source: Marvel Unlimited. Moon Knight #28. Art by Gabriele Dell’Otto.

Imagine if Spawn, Daredevil and Batman had a lovechild. Moon Knight is a Marvel anti-hero practically designed for Netflix. Killed in Egypt on an expedition, former boxer and marine Marc Spector is resurrected by the moon god Khonshu. He returns to New York and lives many lives: Steven Grant the entrepreneurial millionaire, Jake Lockley the down-to-the-ground taxi driver, and the crime fighting vigilante Moon Knight. The problem is, several mental breakdowns later, Marc is having trouble distinguishing between the personalities – and determining where his personas end and the real Marc Spector begins.

What do you think? What did I miss? Let us know!

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Author: Jesse "The Clairvoyant" Rolufs

Film star. Chemical engineer. Dancer. Comedian. I am none of these things. What I am, however, is a huge geek hailing from the frigid wastes of western Canada. I couldn’t even tell you when it started - I’m told the first words out of my mouth were “I swing my +2 DEX war axe and attack the dragon.” My name is Jesse (also known as “The Clairvoyant”) and I am a big nerd when it comes to video games, board games, movies, anime, TV, RPGs - and I am possibly the one of the world leading experts on comic books, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Joss Whedon. You can find me on twitter as @JesseRolufs. Don’t be afraid to check out my informative Joss Whedon-themed podcast @whedoncast, and my hilarious bargain-bin-movie-bashing podcast @BlindBuy!

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