Oh boy. Another white male landed a job playing Spider-Man and we are supposed to be excited about it. Sony and Marvel agreeing to have Spidey appear in the MCU means he gets to pop up with the other Avengers and that he gets yet ANOTHER stand-alone movie. This will be added to the existing FIVE Spider-Man movies that have been made since 2002.
Let’s get a little more variety up in this MCU, shall we? I’ve got some heroes that I would much prefer to see in a stand-alone movie.
1. Squirrel Girl
Using her army of squirrel buddies, her mutant powers, superhuman reflexes, agility, claws, and other bad ass qualities, Squirrel Girl has kicked the asses of the following:
Who wouldn’t want to watch the origins of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?
Bruce Banner’s cousin gained the ability to go green with anger after an emergency blood transfusion from him. Jennifer Walters gains the strength of The Hulk without losing her humanity. If we can watch two movies full of whiny dudes grappling with their anger, why can’t we watch a flick about a woman coming to terms with increased strength and power?
If we have to keep doing spider movies, let’s move on to someone else in the arachnid family. Spider-Woman may have been initially created to make sure no one else grabbed the name before Marvel could, but she’s had a long history. The original Spider-Woman started as a spider that turned into a woman before being retconned into a woman brainwashed by HYDRA into believing she was a spider. At any rate, let’s give one of the incarnations of the character a shot at the big screen before another whiny Parker gets bitten.
This is easier if I just copy/paste from Wikipedia:
“Betsy was initially a supporting character in the adventures of her twin brother, Captain Britain, even briefly substituting for him in the role, before becoming the mutant superheroine and X-Men member Psylocke in 1986. Originally presented as a precognitive in the pages of Captain Britain and then as a telepath, the character eventually had her mind placed in the body of a Japanese female ninja known as Kwannon, gaining many of Kwannon’s martial arts skills and elements of her personality. Later, Psylocke acquired the power of telekinesis.”
Now, doesn’t that sound more interesting than the last Wolverine movie?
5. Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers
I’m still rooting for this movie to get made. You could have a standalone movie where Carol Danvers takes up the mantle of Captain Marvel and then the sequel could focus on…
6. Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan
Danvers started as Ms. Marvel, so the sequel could watch as Kamala Khan enters the picture and takes over that title. Even more of a reason to give this Ms. Marvel her own flick? She’s the first Muslim character to headline their own comic book.
A former Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, now goes by Spectrum in the comics. Born in New Orleans, Rambeau was exposed to extra-dimensional energy while working as harbor patrol. She took her powers into the superhero business and even led The Avengers for a while.
A Native American hero that is also deaf, Maya Lopez first appeared in Daredevil in 1999. After her father’s murder, Maya is sent to live with Kingpin, who was her father’s crime partner. Kingpin was also her father’s murderer. However, Kingpin convinces her that Daredevil killed her father and sends her, now known as Echo, to kill the blind hero. If I can’t get Echo in her own movie, could I at least get her in the Netflix series?