When Marvel Studios was done bringing the best-known properties available to them, like Iron Man and Captain America and the Hulk, to the big screen in the MCU, they branched out to the more obscure ones like Black Panther and Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy. They have a way of making the obscure characters huge with just one cinematic appearance.
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There are plenty of lesser-known Marvel characters out there who are perfect fodder for the silver screen, and the MCU isn’t going away any time soon. Here are 10 Marvel Characters Rumored To Show Up In The MCU Soon.
10 MOON KNIGHT
This prospect is an exciting one for comic book fans. Moon Knight would be the MCU’s first character based on supernatural elements as opposed to scientific elements since Doctor Strange. Moon Knight essentially has the same complicated relationship with werewolves that Blade has with vampires.
Apparently, James Gunn has already pitched a Moon Knight movie to Marvel, but that was before his old tweets were dug up and he was controversially fired, so that might’ve set the character’s MCU debut back a little bit. Then again, maybe they liked his idea and will just go ahead with it without him. Maybe Moon Knight will even show up in Avengers: Endgame!
New York high school student Richard Rider was selected to take on the mantle of Nova when the last of the Nova Corps – Rhomann Dey (played by John C. Reilly) – was dying. With Thanos determined to wipe out Xandar, the planet the Nova Corps are there to protect, as a symptom of his wrath, Nova could be appearing in the MCU sooner rather than later.
Nathan Fillion has been rumored for the role, but unless the character’s backstory is rewritten, he’s too old. Either way, Nova would do wonders for linking the MCU’s Earth-bound adventures with its cosmic ones.
During the credits of The Avengers, Thanos is warned that if he challenges Earth’s mightiest heroes, he’ll be courting Death. Then he stands and smiles at the prospect. This geared us up for Death’s introduction in the MCU. She’s Thanos’ love interest in the comics and she has yet to turn up in the MCU. Fans were disappointed when Infinity War didn’t pay this off, but maybe the Russo brothers were saving her for Avengers: Endgame. Infinity War was all about Thanos’ quest to collect the Infinity Stones and wipe out half of all life in the universe, so there was no time for a burgeoning romance.
In Endgame, however, he’s living a quiet life as a farmer in the Soul World, so maybe this is the right time for a dark love story. This theory is fueled by the casting of 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford in an undisclosed role. There was previously a fan theory that Cate Blanchett’s Hela in Thor: Ragnarok would turn out to be Death, but she didn’t. So, it could be Langford.
7 RED HULK
Maybe General “Thunderbolt” Ross does have an instrumental role in the MCU after all. His inclusion in The Incredible Hulk’s post-credits scene with Tony Stark set him up for a big part in the eventual team-up The Avengers, but he was nowhere to be seen, suggesting Marvel had forgotten what they set him up for.
However, his reappearance in Captain America: Civil War hints that maybe this isn’t true, and they did have a grand plan for him all along. He could turn out to be Red Hulk like he is in the comics – and he could face off with our regular green Hulk.
Namor’s existence in the MCU has been a thing since Atlantis was marked as a hotspot on a S.H.I.E.L.D. computer screen in Iron Man 2. The phenomenal success of DC’s Aquaman movie should only bolster Marvel’s confidence that an undersea adventure would work. The oceans, actually, are one of the few parts of the universe that the MCU has yet to explore. We’ve been to the furthest reaches of space and not to the bottom of the ocean. So, Namor’s on-screen debut is long overdue.
What, has he just been hiding underwater for the past ten years while superhero teams have banded together and alien tyrants have conquered Earth? Where is he? Hopefully that will all be explained in an upcoming MCU movie.
5 BLACK KNIGHT
With some eagle-eyed fans spotting a sub-atomic city in the background of some Quantum Realm scenes in Ant-Man and the Wasp, it seems we’ve figured out where all the dead Avengers went. Or at the very least, we’ve seen an early hint at the Black Knight’s arrival.
There have been a few incarnations of the Black Knight, but this would likely be the Dane Whitman version (the one who’s been a long-time member of the Avengers). The Black Knight has a medieval style – he even rides around on horseback – so to see him in a detailed sci-fi setting would be psychedelic, to say the least.
Hydro-Man’s appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home was all but confirmed by the trailer in which a huge body (literally) of water comes after Peter. The editing of the trailer made it look like this was just an illusion by Mysterio, but comics fans would recognize Hydro-Man anywhere.
In the comics, he was working on a cargo ship when Spider-Man accidentally knocked him overboard during a fight with Namor the Sub-Mariner. The ship happened to be carrying an experimental power generator, so by the laws of comic book physics, the guy became a living body of water named Hydro-Man.
3 SQUIRREL GIRL
From her name, Squirrel Girl might sound like kind of a jokey character – and she is. She has the agility of a squirrel, the tail of a squirrel, fast-growing front teeth, and the ability to talk to squirrels. But her greatest power is kindness, which makes her the ideal hero. With the use of sympathy and words, Squirrel Girl has won Galactus’ heart and defeated Thanos in the comics.
She could be the key to saving the Avengers in Endgame. As a character, she’s a perfect fit for the MCU, where the absurdity of certain Marvel heroes – Groot, Rocket, Ant-Man – is embraced instead of forcing a gritty, grounded version.
As far-fetched as it may seem, there is one fan theory that Wolverine will make an appearance in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Endgame. This would be a great way to mark the transition between pre-Endgame MCU and post-Endgame MCU, the transition between Disney not having Fox’s Marvel properties and having them, and the transition between Hugh Jackman’s Wolvie and the new one.
Actually, Jackman might be playing him. This whole theory came about in the first place after Google listed Avengers: Endgame as one of Jackman’s movie credits. So, who knows? Maybe it’s all a big ruse by Marvel.
1 ADAM WARLOCK
In one of the many, many credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sovereign leader Ayesha is told that their scary artificial being capable of crushing the Guardians of the Galaxy was complete. She decides to name him “Adam.” Comic book fans instantly recognize this as the promise of Adam Warlock’s MCU debut.
He’s the only Marvel character besides Captain Marvel who might be a match for Thanos. So, it makes sense that the two would show up in Avengers: Endgame to kick the Mad Titan’s ass. In the comics, Adam Warlock exiles himself to the Soul World, which is where Thanos appears to be right now, so that gives him reason to remove him at all costs.