These days, it seems like Marvel can do no wrong. Phases 1 and 2 of their film franchise were awesome, and it looks like Phase 3 is shaping up to be just as epic. On Netflix, Daredevil and Jessica Jones are kicking ass and taking names while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are holding strong on network television.
It may feel like the possibilities are endless in terms of what we might see in upcoming Marvel films, but not all of our wishes will come true on the big screen. Here are some of those dreams that, much to our dismay, aren’t likely to become realities.
Here a 10 Things We’d Love to See in the MCU That Will Probably Never Happen.
10. Ant-Man on Jessica Jones
Jessica’s most notable romantic relationship, of course, is with Luke Cage. But he’s not the only man in her life. In the Alias comics, Carol Danvers sets Jessica up with Scott Lang/Ant-Man. And the two seem to hit it off. Jessica feels like she can relate to Scott because he was in prison – meaning that just like her, he has had some difficult times in his past that he has had to overcome. When you think about it, they seem like a good match. They don’t quite fit the Captain America mold of what it means to be a superhero, but they find ways to use their abilities to help others, nonetheless.
We’ve already seen a crossover on Jessica Jones, with Daredevil’s Claire Temple (played by Rosario Dawson) making an appearance, and it’s likely we’ll see more in the future. It would be a lot of fun to see Paul Rudd drop by for an episode or two.
9. Daisy Johnson joins Cap’s team in Civil War
Of course, this one is definitely not going to happen, since production has already wrapped on the film, which will hit theaters on May 6, 2016. Still, we can dream. Over the last couple of seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we’ve watched Daisy/Quake become an ever-more confident champion of Inhumans, asserting on a number of occasions her belief that it’s unfair to assume that Inhumans are a threat simply because they have powers.
In season 2, we see Daisy under attack after word gets out that she actually is an inhuman. And in season three, while she eventually comes to understand the reasoning behind the ATCU’s decision to presumably put certain dangerous Inhumans in stasis until they can be treated, she is appalled when it appears that the ATCU is keeping them locked up. It’s a logical conclusion that Daisy would be a staunch defender of the rights and liberties of all individuals with powers, not just Inhumans, and would therefore be against superhero registration.
8. Angie Harmon as She-Hulk
You might know Angie Harmon as Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order, and her current role as Jane Rizzoli on Rizzoli & Isles. She has stated more than once in interviews and on Twitter that she wants to play She-Hulk. Of course, a She-Hulk movie starring basically anyone would be pretty great. But it’s not such a crazy idea for Harmon to be given the lead.
After all, like Harmon has pointed out, Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk is a lawyer who represents superheroes, so there’s a Law & Order connection. And she was the voice of Barbara Gordon in the animated film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, so she’s not unfamiliar with playing comic book characters. Also, we’ve already seen Gamora on the big screen in Guardians of the Galaxy, so we know audiences like green women who kick ass. Sadly though, it doesn’t look like Marvel has any plans for a She-Hulk movie or TV series anytime soon.
7. Loki gets together with Lorelei
Poor Loki, he can never catch a break. We’d like to see him have a little on-screen happiness (even if it is doomed from the start). Rocky as it is, Loki and Lorelei have a history in the comics, and even team up in Loki: Agent of Asgard. Played by Elena Satine, Lorelei has already shown up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 1, episode 15), so she’s already a part of the MCU.
There are rumors that Lorelei’s sister Amora might be a villain in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok so, while the two sister don’t have the most perfect relationship, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Lorelei might show up in the movie as well. And Tom Hiddleston has said he’d be in favor of an on-screen relationship between the two. We all know Loki is the God of Mischief, and Lorelei is pretty sneaky herself. It would be fun to see a bit of a Bonnie and Clyde dynamic between the two of them.
6. Kate Bishop takes over for Clint Barton as Hawkeye
Like Clint, while she doesn’t have super-strength or high-tech suit, Kate Bishop is an awesome character. She is a survivor of sexual assault, and it is her desire to overcome that trauma that drives her decision to become an expert archer. She’s talented, capable, smart, and funny – and she gets Clint out of some tricky jams. In the comics, she is Clint’s protégé and even takes over the Hawkeye mantle (in fact, it’s Jessica Jones who delivers to her the original Hawkeye bow and arrow as a gift from Captain America – so, there’s potential for another awesome cameo).
By the end of Ultron, Clint has essentially retired from avenging (though he will return in Civil War). Maybe in phase 4, he can finally get that quiet life on the farm with his family, and Kate will take his place – everyone wins!
5. The Goddess of Thunder in Thor 4
In the comics, Jane Foster has taken over for Thor as the Goddess of Thunder, and it would be amazing to see this on the big screen. With the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok slated to shake up Asgard in 2017, perhaps the way could be paved for Natalie Portman to step up her superhero game?
Of course, Chris Hemsworth is the perfect Thor, and it would certainly be a little bittersweet to see him step aside. But we’d be totally pumped to see Jane wielding Mjolnir. She has already been involved in Asgardian drama in a pretty big way in Thor: The Dark World, so it wouldn’t be totally out of left field to see her take it a step further.
4. The X-Men return to the MCU
The recent X-Men movies have been pretty enjoyable, but no one does a movie based on Marvel characters like Marvel Studios, and it would be great to see them eventually get back the rights to the franchise from 20th Century Fox. It’s not likely to happen anytime soon because legally, Fox essentially gets to keep the rights to X-Men as long as they keep making films every so often. So until audiences stop flocking to X-Men movies, Fox will likely hold on to the rights.
Still, maybe we could at least hope for some sort of crossover à la Spidey in Captain America: Civil War. Sony Pictures and Marvel hammered out a deal where Sony maintains ownership of the Spider-Man character, though he will appear in Civil War, and upcoming Spider-Man movies will take place within the MCU. Perhaps something similar could be worked out with Fox, which leads us to…
3. A House of M movie
If there is ever a crossover movie that includes the X-Men, House of M would be the perfect choice. It’s a huge event that shakes both the Avengers and the X-Men to their core. In a nutshell, Scarlet Witch tries to undo the damage she did in Avengers: Disassembled (and avoid being killed) by changing reality and giving everyone the lives they supposedly truly desire. This doesn’t go well, though, and the story culminates with Wanda stripping nearly all mutants of their powers.
There’s a lot of drama with Wanda in the comics, and we can’t shake the feeling that she was brought into the MCU with bigger things in mind. She’s a fascinating character with enormous power that she’s not always in complete control of – and at the same time, probably what she wants more than anything is to be a mother. A House of M movie would be an excellent opportunity to explore her character conflict. Plus, it would segue easily into a sequel based on the follow-up, Decimation.
2. Jessica Jones in Captain Marvel
Truthfully, we’d love to see Jessica Jones show up anywhere. Krysten Ritter does an amazing job of portraying the hardened, super-powered PI with a heart of gold. But in the Alias comics, it’s Carol Danvers who is Jessica’s primary female friend, not Trish Walker.
On the show, Jessica and Trish have an excellent dynamic and we definitely wouldn’t want Trish to be upstaged as Jessica’s bestie. But it would be nice to see some sort of interaction between Jessica and Carol – even a small cameo just to acknowledge the relationship the two of them have in the comics. Or maybe it could be Carol who makes an appearance on Jessica Jones. Better yet! Maybe Jessica gets into legal trouble and goes to Matt Murdock for help, and Carol, herself making a Daredevil cameo, runs into her at the offices of Nelson and Murdock. So many possibilities!
1. A Guardians of the Galaxy/Ant-Man crossover
It seems like a natural fit, right? Both franchises lean more toward the comedy end of the spectrum than other films in the MCU. And Cassie Lang would probably get a kick out of Rocket Raccoon (if he didn’t try to steal her eye). Plus, can you imagine a more perfect bromance than the one we could see between Scott Lang and Peter Quill? The two are meant for each other.
It would be nothing short of incredible to see them rocking out to Come and Get Your Love. And how could you go wrong with a movie that includes both Gamora and Hope Van Dyne? Of course, the crossover we’re really waiting for is Guardians–Lord of the Rings, because we really, really want to see Groot meet an Ent!
Can you think of any other exciting MCU possibilities? Let us know in the comments!