10 Marvel TV Characters That Deserve To Be On The Big Screen (And 10 That Definitely Don't)

Ever since Marvel released Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013, the studio promised that their cinematic and television universes were "all connected." The series featured Phil Coulson, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent whose passing helped inspire Earth's Mightiest Heroes to band together against Loki in The Avengers, and its first season included guest appearances by Nick Fury and Lady Sif. Two years later, Marvel gave Hayley Atwell's fan-favorite character from Captain America: The First Avenger got her own show with Agent Carter, so fans felt fully assured that the promise of connectivity was legitimate and that the future would hold plenty of overlap between Marvel TV and the MCU. Unfortunately, that hasn't really been the case. Marvel's television shows occasionally reference characters and events from the films, but the opposite hasn't been the case—MCU films fail to ever acknowledge the existence of any Marvel television shows! It's probably for the best that Inhumans gets forgotten, but there are plenty of amazing heroes and villains in Marvel's hit shows that deserve time on the big screen!

As much as we'd love to see David Tennant's Purple Man from Jessica Jones take on the Avengers or Brett Dalton's Grant Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fight alongside fellow HYDRA operatives like the Red Skull or Helmut Zemo, this list will only include characters that are still currently alive in their shows and would thus be capable of making the jump into the true MCU. With that being said, here are 10 Marvel TV Characters That Deserve To Be On The Big Screen (And 10 That Definitely Don't). 

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Vincent D'Onofrio's portrayal of Wilson Fisk on Netflix's Daredevil has been one of the best parts of the hit Marvel series. Unlike several Marvel Cinematic Universe supervillains, the Kingpin of Crime isn't even remotely one-dimensional. He seems to genuinely want to make positive changes in New York City, but Fisk goes about creating those changes by controlling the city's crime waves. He has a sensitivity and shyness that comes from being raised by a kind and caring mother, but his explosive anger and aggression comes from his abusive father.

Kingpin is a major adversary for the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, so his inclusion in Daredevil makes perfect sense, but he's also a primary Spider-Man villain in the Marvel comics. Fisk would be a welcome addition to future Spider-Man solo films, and since the wall-crawler's frequent heroics in Manhattan have likely put several of the Kingpin's employees behind bars, it'd make perfect sense for Fisk to try to take Spider-Man down or break Vulture or Mac Gargan out of prison so they could squash the bug for him.


Iron Fist - Finn Jones

Fans of Marvel's Netflix shows were disappointed when the stars of The Defenders didn't even make a cameo in the massive crossover event Avengers: Infinity War, but the Iron Fist really didn't deserve the honor of fighting alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The first season of Iron Fist only had a 19 percent approval rating from critics and, while regular viewers were slightly more generous, the overall response to Finn Jones' portrayal of Danny Rand and the way his character was written has been largely negative. It was no big surprise to viewers when Netflix canceled the series even after a stronger second season, and if Iron Fist couldn't carry a television show, there's no reason to believe he'd make a worthwhile addition to future Marvel films.


With Nick Fury and Maria Hill confirmed to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it seems like S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue to exist after the events of Avengers 4. Melinda May has been one of the organization's top agents ever since she was introduced in the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her advanced combat skills seem to be on the same level as Black Widow's. Unfortunately, Agent May has yet to ever work alongside Fury or Hill and Marvel has failed to even allow her to make a brief cameo in any Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

If Nick Fury is going to be a continued presence in the MCU's future, he should recruit Agent May to work as either his bodyguard or second-in-command. Doing so would improve the weak connectivity between Marvel's television shows and films, and May has saved the world enough times behind the scenes to have earned the promotion.


Marvel has released several amazing television shows over the past few  years, but Inhumans definitely isn't one of them. The series suffered from poor writing, lackluster action sequences and cheap CGI. The fact that it starred an uptight king who couldn't talk didn't make things any better.

Black Bolt's hypersonic voice is so destructive, he could end an enemy's life by simply whispering in their direction. He can't talk without wiping out everyone around him and it's hard to really enjoy a character that never speaks. Viewers understandably grew bored with him in the very first episode of Inhumans, so while Black Bolt's voice would make him a valuable ally to the Avengers in future Marvel Cinematic Universe films, his lack of personality would keep fans from ever wanting to see him on the big screen. It'd be better just to pretend he and the Inhumans series as a whole never existed.


Marvel only recently acquired access to the X-Men franchise via Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox, but a subtle connection between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men already exists via the von Strucker family. Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was the HYDRA leader who gave Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch their enhanced powers in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., his son Werner helped Grant Ward rebuild HYDRA. In The Gifted, Fox's X-Men spin-off series, viewers discovered that main characters Andy and Lauren Strucker are actually the grandchildren of supervillains Andy and Andreas von Strucker, who in the Marvel comics, were Baron Strucker's other children.

Only viewers who are well-versed in Marvel history currently realize that Andy and Lauren Strucker connect Marvel's Avengers universe to Fox's X-Men universe. By bringing the mutant siblings to the big screen, Marvel would be able to shed light on their family history and start working towards finally merging the two universes together.



The Red Skull's supposed demise in Captain America: The First Avenger didn't put an end to HYDRA's obsession with creating super-soldiers. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., undercover HYDRA agent John Garrett started the Centipede Project in the hopes of providing the organization with an army of enhanced soldiers. Cybernetic operative Deathlok was one of the Project's first creations.

Agent Coulson's team eventually helped him see the error of his ways and seek redemption for his crimes, and S.H.I.E.L.D. later hired him to help in the fight against HYDRA. It's surprising Nick Fury hasn't introduced Deathlok to the Avengers since his bionic enhancements and superhuman strength would make him a welcome addition to the team, but it's for the best since Deathlok is almost identical to the Justice League's Cyborg.


Jon Bernthal in Marvel's The Punisher Netflix

There's a reason the Avengers have never invited Frank Castle to join their ranks in the comics. While the Punisher makes it his life's mission to stop criminals, he prefers ending his enemies' lives over simply turning them over to the authorities and hoping justice will be served.

Castle's unique approach to crime-fighting has put him at odds with heroes like Captain America and Spider-Man a number of times in the comics, but those same heroes have teamed up with the Punisher on a variety of occasions as well. Marvel loves forcing their heroes to butt heads whenever they're not united against a major villain and since the Civil War storyline has already been used, the Marvel Cinematic Universe can use the Avengers' mixed reactions towards Castle's "heroics" to create that desired inter-team drama. Jon Bernthal's amazing, comic-accurate portrayal of the Punisher is also just too good to be wasted on the small screen.


Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez's Inhuman powers were the result of Terrigenesis brought on through exposure to Terrigen Crystals, but since she believes they were a gift from God, she uses them to save lives alongside Phil Coulson's team on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her super speed makes her a valuable addition to the Secret Warriors and a top S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but if Quicksilver couldn't make it with the Avengers, there's no way Yo-Yo deserves a shot on the big screen.

If the Marvel Cinematic Universe wants a speedster to fight alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes, they should just use the Infinity Stones or Doctor Strange's magic to bring Pietro Maximoff back. Quicksilver perished during the fight against Ultron in Age of Ultron and fans have been begging for his return ever since. Including Yo-Yo in the films instead of Quicksilver would only upset viewers.


Few live-action superhero portrayals are as comic book-accurate as Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark or Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, but Blair Redford's take on Native American mutant John Proudstar in The Gifted is almost flawless.

John Proudstar, otherwise known as Thunderbird, was one of the earliest members of the X-Men. He perished during one of his first missions with the team, but he remains a fan-favorite character and still pops up in the comics every few years. Redford looks almost identical to Proudstar and his character on The Gifted shares all of Thunderbird's powers and mannerisms. He leads the mutant underground at the request of the X-Men, so when the Marvel Cinematic Universe eventually expands to include Xavier's team of mutants, it would be great to see him make the leap to the big screen and fight alongside his comic book teammates.


Alfre Woodard Mariah Dillard Luke Cage banner

Power-hungry politician Mariah Dillard is one of the most dynamic and interesting villains throughout all of Marvel's Netflix television shows. She started out as a mild-mannered councilwoman hoping to make a positive change in Harlem, but she grew to become the neighborhood's top crime lord and a true force to be reckoned with.

Mariah rose to power thanks to her wealth, connections and ingenuity, but she isn't as wealthy, connected or intelligent as more well-known Marvel villains like Kingpin or Doctor Doom. Alfre Woodard managed to turn the very minor Marvel villain into one of Luke Cage's most captivating characters, but not even her fantastic portrayal would be enough to make Mariah a valuable addition to future MCU films.


Marvel's Cloak & Dagger has an incredibly impressive 91 percent average approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was cable’s no. 1 new summer show among the female 18-34 and 12-34 demographics and Freeform's highest-ever debut in male viewers 18-49. With the fan and critical response to the show being so positive, viewers would likely be delighted to see Cloak and Dagger move to the big screen to fight alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

In the comics, the powerful twosome has teamed up with the Secret Avengers, the Secret Defenders, the Runaways and the X-MenThey have close connections with nearly every character already established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so incorporating them into a future film would be an entirely logical move. Olivia Holt's Tandy Bowen and Aubrey Joseph's Ty Johnson would both have amazing chemistry with Tom Holland's Peter Parker and Letitia Wright's Shuri, allowing for a potential Young Avengers film sometime down the line.


Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, aka Quake, on Agents of SHIELD

Daisy Johnson has gone through a lot of growth and character development since she was first introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as rebellious hacker Skye. When she's not working alongside Coulson's team of spies, she's saving the world as the Inhuman superhero Quake. Viewers have grown to love Daisy over the past five seasons of the hit show, but her home is on the small screen and she's not ready to leave it.

Daisy would be the most obvious Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character to promote to a role in the films, since her vibration manipulation powers would make her more capable of fighting alongside the Avengers than her fellow agents. Unfortunately, Quake's powers pale in comparison to heroes like Thor, so her talents are better used taking on the more minor television villains and enemies the Avengers are too busy to deal with, like Graviton and Hive.


Simone Missick's portrayal of Misty Knight in the first season of Luke Cage was incredibly well-received by fans, so it was no big surprise when Marvel chose to include her in The Defenders and the second season of Iron Fist. Misty started out as a mere police detective, but her connections, knowledge of the city's criminal underground and cybernetic enhancements have helped her grow to become a valuable ally and partner to several of Manhattan's heroes.

Misty isn't necessarily ready to fight alongside the Avengers, but since so many major Marvel Cinematic Universe battles take place in New York City, it'd be easy for the studio to at least allow her to appear in one of those action sequences helping civilians. Alternately, since she's good friends with T'Challa in the comics, she could leave the city and accept a security position in Oakland's Wakandan International Outreach Centre in a future Black Panther film.


Patsy Walker is the secret identity of Hellcat, a superhero who fights alongside the Avengers and the Defenders. Jessica Jones' Trish Walker is clearly based on this character, but she's not worthy of following in her comic book counterpart's shoes and fighting alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes any time soon.

Trish's amplified reflexes have just begun manifesting on the hit Netflix series. She is likely on the path to becoming Hellcat and fighting crime alongside her best friend and adopted sister Jessica Jones, but she and Jessica are too headstrong and self-destructive to fit in with the Marvel heroes we've grown to love on the big screen. The Avengers are frequently forced to put aside their emotions and think with a level head when dealing with the biggest threats in the universe, and Trish has a tendency to pull the trigger first and ask questions later.


Several factors contributed to Iron Fist's cancellation, but Alice Eve's fantastic portrayal of Typhoid Mary definitely wasn't one of them. The private investigator, mercenary and former special ops soldier with Dissociative Identity Disorder was one of the highlights of the series' second season and viewers enjoyed watching her switch from her kind, gentle "Mary" persona to her cold, professional "Walker" persona.

In the comics, Typhoid Mary frequently faces off against Deadpool, since she and Wade Wilson are both mutant mercenaries with severe mental disorders. With Iron Fist at an end, Marvel should move Alice Eve's character to the big screen, where she can be the primary antagonist in a future Deadpool film.


Dan Stevens in Legion

Even though critics have given FX's Legion 91 percent approval rating and called the series "masterfully surreal and brilliantly daring," the show doesn't receive nearly as much buzz as Marvel's Netflix series or the majority of the studio's other television shows. Legion follows David Haller, an incredibly powerful mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia, who also happens to be the son of Professor Charles Xavier from the X-Men film series.

David's mental condition in the show is revealed to be a result of the villainous Shadow King taking residence in his mind, but in the comics, Legion suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder and each of his alternate personalities controls one of his many superpowers. David's many complexities can be rightfully explored on a television show that centers on him, but X-Men films wouldn't be able to spend enough time explaining his unique character to justify his inclusion. He'd seem out-of-place alongside more familiar heroes like Cyclops, Wolverine and Jean Grey, so he should just stick to the small screen.


The Gifted Polaris

If Marvel is looking for television mutants to move to their cinematic universe, they should just borrow Polaris from The Gifted. Lorna Dane possesses the ability to manipulate magnetism, a gift she inherited from her father Magneto. She still hasn't figured out who her father is on the show, but that could easily change and she could be swayed to join Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants in an upcoming film.

With the Earth's Mightiest Heroes likely finishing their fight against Thanos in Avengers 4, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in need of new villains to challenge their many heroes. Magneto's Brotherhood and their fight for mutant supremacy would make them natural enemies of the Avengers, and Polaris' inclusion on her father's villainous team would help tie the television and film universes together. Her powers may perfectly match Magneto's, but that'd just make them even more formidable together and her inclusion would provide the MCU with another amazing, complex female antagonist.


Several of Marvel's most iconic mutants have amazing abilities that look great when used in live-action, blockbuster films. Viewers rejoiced whenever Cyclops shot one of his iconic optic blasts, Wolverine popped his adamantium claws and Storm controlled the weather in Fox's X-Men franchise. Not every mutant has cool powers, though, as evidenced by Eclipse's underwhelming abilities on The Gifted. 

Marcos Diaz is the father of Lorna's child, so while it'd be weird to move her to the big screen and not take him as well, Eclipse's powers simply aren't interesting enough to see in a major X-Men film. He can absorb and manipulate photons, which basically means he can turn his hands into really bright flashlights. That gift isn't really useful in significant battles, so he's better off leading the mutant underground on television and leaving the real action to the more powerful mutants.


Marvel's teenage super-team the Runaways is filled with lesser-known heroes who have a variety of unusual powers, so it's easy to understand why the studio initially chose to give them a television show instead of a film. However, with the success of the first season of Runaways, Marvel should seriously consider scraping the Hulu series and giving its characters a film instead.

Now that audiences have gotten a chance to meet Chase, Karolina, Molly, Gertrude, Nico and Alex and have a better understanding of their unique powers and skill-sets, the Runaways are ready to take on more interesting villains in more expensive action scenes, something that can only really happen on the big screen. Give a Runaways film the same John Hughes high school comedy style director Jon Watts successfully used in Spider-Man: Homecoming and maybe have Tom Holland's Peter Parker make a cameo alongside his fellow teenage heroes and it's sure to be a success.


Marvel initially intended on making an Inhumans film, but in 2015, behind-the-scenes conflict between Marvel heads Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter led to a corporate restructure and the film was replaced with an Inhumans television series. This change meant a few sacrifices had to be made in terms of the project's budget, a fact which became immediately apparent the moment Queen Medusa was introduced on the ABC flop.

In the comics, Medusa has the ability to control her extremely-long hair and use it as a weapon. On Inhumans, Black Bolt's wife wore a ridiculous wig whenever she wasn't using her powers. When she needed to retaliate against an enemy, cheap CGI brought her long red locks to life. It was difficult to watch without laughing, so while the Inhumans deserve a second shot with a better budget and better writers, Serinda Swan's version of the character should probably never be seen or thought of again.


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