As Marvel Studios keeps expanding the horizons of the MCU, more and more characters join its ranks. What began with six Avengers now includes more than two dozen superheroes and counting. MCU Phase 3 brought us Thanos. Now MCU Phase 4 and beyond will explore the cradles of the cosmos and the Multiverse. While the movies go into the untapped void of the final frontier, the MCU shows should remain grounded and explore other aspects of the MCU. A Midnight Sons series could focus on the mystical and paranormal aspects of Marvel comics.
If done right, it could be Marvel’s answer to DC’s Constantine series.
The cult classic Constantine show only had one season on NBC. Matt Ryan’s incredible portrayal of the Hellblazer and the dark tone of the series won many hearts. Despite the show getting axed right after its first season’s epic cliff-hangar, the love for the series remained high. As a result, Matt Ryan joined DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as a crew member of the Waverider and became a part of the CW’s Arrowverse.
Marvel could use the opportunity of its plans to branch out to shows and movies simultaneously. a host of TV shows based on MCU characters are already being planned while some are in the pipeline. The movies have a rigid structure but the shows have creative flexibility in their choice of the plot and characters.
And that is exactly why a Midnight Sons show makes sense. Doctor Strange 2 will reportedly introduce Ghost Rider to the MCU. Moon Knight is coming, played by Oscar Isaac as the Fist of Khonshu. Blade, played by Mahershala Ali, is also getting a solo series. The Punisher, who has already had a two season run in Netflix, also has high hopes of becoming a part of the MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be the key to a Midnight Sons series.
In the comics, Doctor Strange brings together the team as a group of supernatural enforcers that fight the paranormal. Their first fight was with Lilith, Mother of demons, who wanted to use her children – the Lilin to invade and conquer the planet. The Midnight Sons are darker and grittier than other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. And that is exactly why making a show on the superhero team with a grimmer tone makes sense.
If done the right way, Midnight Sons has the potential to be as good as or even better than Constantine. It would b a very different show, not for the faint of heart. Maybe a Midnight Sons Series could finally help the MCU turn hardcore DC fans into Marvel fans.