Marvel fans are pumped for the upcoming releases, but nothing has got us more hyped for their plans with the Multiverse. With the multiverse consistently being teased by Marvel, especially with the upcoming releases likes Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. And since Alfred Molina has set to return as Dr. Otto Octavius from Spider-Man 2 and Jamie Foxx returns as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we thought how interesting it would be to see some previous multiverse Marvel characters from other films. These are our thoughts on other Marvel characters we would love to see from films not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Dafne Keen as X-23 (Logan)
As magnificent of a film Logan was, one stand out performance came from Dafne Keen as Laura. Comic book fans immediately recognized her as X-23, a memorable character from the film Logan. Although Logan was intended to be the final film in Hugh Jackman’s performance as Wolverine, there is still a lot that can be done with Laura. Since Logan ended with her leaving with the group of young mutants, we are curious to see where Marvel could take her. An exciting thought is Laura and the rest of the mutant’s takings inspiration from the X-Men comics they had read as children, provoking them to create a new group of X-Men since the previous team had all passed away. Even if Marvel has other plans for the mutants, we would still love to see an older Laura in her classic X-23 suit.
Chris Evans as Human Torch (Fantastic Four)
This one might be a bit over the top, but we think it could work for the future of Marvel’s Multiverse. We know Chris Evans said he was finished playing as Steve Rogers/Captain America, but he hasn’t said anything about Johnny Storm/Human Torch. Even though it would be a little strange at first, but could actually work out for an incredibly humorous scene. Especially since Marvel has already announced a rebooted Fantastic Four film in the making, we aren’t saying we exactly need a major role. But maybe just a brief cameo where some of the other Marvel characters give him an awkward look and remark “Doesn’t this guy just look a little familiar too you?” followed up with a smart ass remark by Evans as Human Torch.
Doug Jones as Silver Surfer (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
One of the best Monster Men in Hollywood, Doug Jones role as the Silver Surfer is often overlooked, despite its accurate portrayal. Of course, Jones is most likely embodying some of Guillermo del Toro’s classic monsters right now. I am sure he could spare a few minutes of his time to return as the Silver Surfer. Despite those films not performing as well as we would hope, its sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer still puts Jones as one of the best parts between the two films. Cover him up in dots and start animating that silver skin, because fans have not yet had enough of Jones as the Silver Surfer.
Thomas Jane as Punisher (The Punisher)
Understandably, the MCU technically has a Punisher with Jon Bernthal in the Netflix. But let’s not forget the man who made the Punisher popular with fans, Thomas Jane. We know that we most likely wouldn’t end up getting a similar R-Rated feel as we did in the 2004 film. But despite the poor reception of the film, it was still held together by Thomas Jane’s performance as Frank Castle. Most likely if we were to get another appearance by this version of the Punisher, it would fit better with the more hardened side of the MCU. Pairing him up with Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, Oscar Issacs Moon Knight or even showing up alongside Bernthal himself to give up two Punishers. At that point, might as well just give us a Bernthal vs Jane scene. Who is the true Punisher?
Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler (X2: X-Men United)
Overall, X2: X-Men United is an amazing X-Men film, let alone a superhero film. And to this day, one of the things that make it so great is Alan Cumming’s as Nightcrawler. Now I am sure Cummings wants no business putting on all that make up and prosthetics, but now with the kind of major film studio that is Marvel, there is no doubt Marvel and Disney could fork up a couple zeros onto Mr. Cummings paycheck that would convince him enough to return. And while we appreciate Kodi Smit-McPhee’s take from X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, it was Alan Cumming’s who really sold us on the idea of blue teleporting mutant.
Tom Hardy as Venom (Venom)
This entry on our list might already be just over the horizon, with rumors of Sony taking their Marvel properties and merging them into the MCU. Despite the mixed reception of 2018’s Venom, one thing everyone has taken away from it is their love for Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom. Now with an established Peter Parker in the MCU, we have been dying to see these two collide. And since there have been rumors circulating of them finally meeting, we are thinking “Let’s do it!” and get these two characters facing off against each other the way they are intended too. Not with Topher Grace or Toby Maguire, but with Tom Hardy and Tom Holland.
Wesley Snipes as Blade (Blade)
We know Marvel has already casted Mahershala Ali in an upcoming Blade project, but that doesn’t change our feelings for Snipes portrayal in 1998 and 2002 (we are just going to forget about Blade: Trinity) and would love to see him return in a brief role down the road. We don’t have any issues with seeing Mahershala Ali’s take, in fact we are ecstatic for it. Which would be even better to see the original meeting up with the new Blade for a film. However, this role most likely would not be a major role, but rather just a brief cameo. Which is plenty for fans of the original.
Shameik Moore as Miles Morales (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
This one might seem a bit farfetched, but with the direction Marvel is taking, it could work. Shameik Moore is known for his voice work with the sensational animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And in the simplest form possible, we really just want to see a live-action Miles Morales. But with the rumors surrounding the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, the multiversal possibilities are endless. We could easy see Shameik Moore playing an older version of Miles and have the chance to meet Tom Holland. Considering both actors are around the same age, it would make for interesting chemistry and banter between the two, since the last Peter Parker Miles met was from the Spider-Verse film. Even if we don’t get this interpretation, just give us a live-action Miles Morales please!
James McAvoy as Professor Xavier (X-Men: First Class)
The X-Men have been through so much, as characters and a franchise. And since Patrick Stewart most likely will not return as Professor Xavier, we know another that might be more willing. Between First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, McAvoy has become one of the most memorable actors in the more recent X-Men films. Regardless of what Marvel’s plans are with the X-Men, we wouldn’t mind seeing McAvoy return to play Xavier again for the future of the X-Men franchise.
Michael Fassbender as Magneto (X-Men: First Class)
Perhaps if McAvoy isn’t too interested in returning, Fassbender will. A worthy follow up to Ian Mckellen’s Magneto in the previous X-Men films, Fassbender provides a powerful but sympathetic version of the metal bending mutant. While the character has had many ups and downs through the series, we could very easily see him return to train the next set of mutants. While on the other hand, an adversary to the X-Men as well. We know Fassbender has some more in him, why not give him the opportunity to return as the Master of Magnetism.