Heroes and villains, move over – it’s the age of anti-heroes, the morally grey characters with questionable motives. Fans love a good anti-hero story, and more often than not, we see them as side characters on many occasions, both in Marvel movies and television series.
Perhaps it is time for Marvel Studios to unleash a new set of anti-heroes and let them join the cast of MCU. Some of these characters are familiar to us, and others have played their roles outside the movie universe. Now, here’s a list of anti-hero characters we hope to see very soon.
Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage)
Many versions of Ghost Rider have graced our screens: the iconic flaming skull, motorcycle riding, leather and chain type of guy with a taste for violence and vengeance. What makes him a great anti-hero is his method of justice, defending the innocent by exacting revenge on the oppressors.
Magneto (Giancarlo Esposito)
Famously known as the main antagonist in X-Men movies, Magneto has a complicated background that makes him both a hero and a villain, depending on how fans view his motives. His tragic past drove him to pledge his life defending his fellow mutants from evil humans, but with any heroic deeds, there is a cost. His friend, Charles Xavier, believed that mutants and humans can co-exist, and Magneto would not share his dream. This caused a rift in their friendship.
Gambit (Channing Tatum)
Also known as Remy LeBeau, Gambit is a shady and cunning thief usually featured as a morally grey side character. He is very well-trained in mental deception, manipulation, and even combat. Some of his past jobs include being a mercenary before he joined the league of X-Men. Although the character is not as terrifying as other anti-heroes, he makes a great addition to the MCU cast because of his talent.
Silver Sable (Lea Seydoux)
One of Spider-Man’s anti-heroes, Silver Sable, also known as Silvija Sablinova, is a mercenary skilled in martial arts, sword fighting, and hand-to-hand combat. Her signature white hair was the result of witnessing her mother’s death. She became the leader of the Wild Pack and recruited heroes and former villains.
Ares (Jason Momoa)
Ares is based on the Olympian god of war. It is not a new concept in the Marvel universe, as fans have met Asgardian deities like Thor. This god has worked with the Avengers before and even fought against them. Once, he tried to leave his old war life and live a peaceful one, but his lust for blood dominated him, so he joined the Dark Avengers.
Elektra (Elodie Yung)
Fans know Elektra from Marvel’s Daredevil television series. She is a long-time ally of Matt Murdock and a skilled ninja assassin who died and resurrected only to become a villain. Elektra is one of the most famous anti-heroes in comics, and it will not be long until fans see her join the MCU as her partner, Daredevil, has finally appeared in the franchise.
Deathlok (J. August Richards)
Deathlok, also known as the Demolisher, is a cyborg who comes from the future and is sent back in time to fulfill missions. As an anti-hero, he uses violence to defend the innocent, but oftentimes, his programming goes uncontrollable, which makes him a lethal character.