It’s safe to say that Marvel and Netflix are both pretty pleased with how their relationship has gone so far. Daredevil was a hit among critics and fans, and their next series, Jessica Jones, looks to be following in the show’s footsteps. While we await the release of the latter, both Luke Cage and the second season of Daredevil are currently filming in New York, proving that they’re operating as a well oiled machine, juggling multiple projects at a time.
However, if reports are to believed, then they may not have everything figured out just yet. The property at question here is Iron Fist. Based on a recent rumor, they have thrown around the idea of turning the property into a Netflix movie instead of a 13 episode season.
The report itself doesn’t come from the most reputable of sites, (although that doesn’t mean it can’t be true) but it does seem unlikely at this point, especially given all of the Easter eggs they’ve already shown for Iron Fist in the other Netflix shows. Even though we don’t believe this latest rumor, it did get us thinking as to what other properties Marvel and Netflix should consider turning into a movie.
Before we get too far into what movies we want to see, let’s first look at the pros of the idea. The best part about Marvel making a movie for Netflix would be the more adult the content can be. While I would still be surprised if they went full “R” rated, a movie along the lines of Daredevil certainly could get fans excited. It can also be a way for them to test a character in an hour-and-a-half movie instead of a series that acts as a thirteen hour movie. Not to mention the fact that this could lead to the likelihood of shorter production times, since their current shows usually are in production for round six months.
There are some cons to this as well. One of the best things about their shows so far is, thanks to the longer run time, it allows the show to fully explore character arcs, which is something that would likely be sacrificed in a movie. If this were the case, the lack of character development could lead to characters being unfairly portrayed and rushed arcs.
But enough about the pros and cons, let’s get right down to the movies we would most want Marvel to put on Netflix.
Back in 2012, a simple piece of dialogue sparked fan interest in the back story between Black Widow and Hawkeye. During the battle for New York in The Avengers, Black Widow says to Hawkeye “This is just like Budapest all over again.” to which Hawkeye responded by saying, “You and I remember Budapest very differently.”
With Phase 3 mapped out till 2019, fans would have to wait till 2020 to get some sort of Black Widow or Hawkeye movie. So we propose that Marvel should turn back the clock a bit and show us just what happened in Budapest. This would certainly generate plenty of buzz since a Black Widow movie is one of the properties most fans want to see. This could also be the type of movie that fits better on Netflix.
By making a Black Widow and Hawkeye team-up/origin story on Netflix, Marvel would be able to push the boundaries in terms of the content they could explore. Just think, put these two top field agents deep undercover, where they have to make some morally questionable decisions, and take on a threat that could potentially tie into what we’ve already seen.
Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner both have full schedules that would not allow for a full series to be made, but a short movie on Netflix would have a shorter time requirement for the two stars. This is also one of those rare cases where we don’t need to take time to introduce the characters since we already know them from the movies. By putting a movie in the MCU on Netflix, starring two Avengers who have had little screen time up to this point, it would give Marvel another chance to get more people interested, especially with a darker and more mature story. Heck, maybe even bring them into contact with a certain brainwashed assassin that we’ll talk about later on.
Blade: The Hunter
This one is a bit more far-fetched, but it does hold a lot of interesting possibilities. Blade: The Hunter was one of the new titles Marvel was planning to launch after Secret Wars, but it has since been put on hold. If the rumors are true, it’s because Marvel Studios has plans for the character. What if those plans consist of a Netflix series?
As long as Marvel and Netflix continue their relationship and it stays positive, Netflix will want more series to be made. Such as with a Punisher series that, if it happens, will more than likely develop out of a backdoor pilot in the second season of Daredevil. Not all of the potential series will have this luxury, however, so how about they test the waters with a low budget movie instead?
The original Blade, Wesley Snipes, has been very vocal about his desire to return to the character, and this would be a way for Marvel to give him his due but not make him the star moving forward. Bringing back Snipes as the father to Fallon Grey, would allow him to be a mentor of sorts and give Marvel a chance to build a young female superhero of color.
As for who they could cast, Zendaya and Kiersey Clemons both have previous relationships with Disney and are both young actresses. If they are willing to go mid-20s, someone like Kat Graham from The Vampire Diaries would be an excellent choice. Finally, if they go into the 30s, Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead would be a good choice as well. I’m leaning toward Kat Graham personally, not to mention she has had previous relations with vampires.
Cloak and Dagger
This is a project that Marvel has had in the works dating back to 2010, originally being developed for network television on ABC. Now with Netflix basically taking claim on the New York section of the MCU (minus Spider-Man), they should push for a Cloak and Dagger movie, which would hopefully lead to a Clock & Dagger series down the road.
The young duo of Tyron Johnson (Cloak) and Tandy Bowen (Dagger) used their powers, entering the dimension of darkness and daggers of light respectively, to fight crime in the city. Over the years they’ve been involved with major stories in the comics, which could lead to interesting crossover potential if this happened.
This could be a risky property, and unless they got an introduction in another Netflix series, a straight up series order would be kind of surprising to me. A movie would give them a chance to test the waters and gauge the fan interest for this property.
As far as who I would like to see get the role, Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries) or Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) would both be good choices in my mind for Dagger. Panettiere would be the favorite here, if she would be able to get away from Nashville for a bit. Opposite of her, I could see Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) or Tyler James Williams in the role of Cloak.
Back during WWII and Captain America: The First Avenger, a group of captives teamed up with Captain America and became known as the Howling Commandos. I for one loved them during this period, which led to some disappointments when we discovered their role was relatively minor overall. They’ve since reappeared in Agent Carter, as well as a short flashback in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and while we’ve gotten to see more of them thanks to the television shows, I can’t be the only one who wonders what else this fearless group did during their time together.
That is why a Howling Commandos movie on Netflix makes all the sense in the world. Marvel is looking to keep moving forward on the big screen, not going backwards. So get the band back together, throw them back into WWII or shortly after, and see what adventures unfold.
It could easily stand on its own and simply show an earlier point in the MCU, but it could also have major connections going forward. This is a movie that could showcase moments that the MCU has skipped over so far. Heck, the perfect scenario in my mind would be putting this movie right after S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded. Cameos by Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper would be welcomed with open arms and maybe even one by Sebastian Stan would be cool.
Getting to see the beginning stages of S.H.I.E.L.D. (something that could also take place during the second season of Agent Carter) could open up the doors to a lot of possibilities. With Peggy as the director, she could recruit her old friends and send them on a mission to take down some sort of Hydra base, that would almost certainly contain references to Steve Rogers and possibly even the housing point for the frozen Bucky Barnes.
Obviously, getting Neal McDonough back as Dum Dum Dugan is a must. (Even if he’s currently playing a baddie on Arrow.) This project would add further lore and history to the MCU that is a bit lacking before Iron Man. Oh, and if there were a way to work a young Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne into this, I’d be all for it.
Unlike most of these other suggestions, this is one I don’t think needs a Netflix label for it to work or even be done, but it could be an avenue for this to be made before Phase 5. Back in 2008, at the beginning of the formation of the MCU, Marvel was considering making a Runaways movie. There hasn’t been much of any movement on this front since, and looks like the project isn’t likely to take place anytime soon.
This is where Netflix comes into play. The Runaways are a group of teens that break away from their evil parents, and make the turn to help protect the world instead of corrupting it. The group has powers ranging from flying, super strength, magic, and more. So basically a group of young and naive kids with bigger aspirations than they may be able to uphold. Is it a bit crazy? Yeah, but would it be a whole lot of fun? Most likely.
There’s always good young talent in Hollywood and without fan-casting the group, I’m confident that Marvel would find and form potential stars later on. Being that the Runaways are teens, it’s likely something that wouldn’t warrant multiple films. However, if it was a success as a fun, teen team-up flick, Netflix could quickly adapt it to a full series order or maybe even an 8 episode mini-series. It’s the sort of counter programming I’m sure Marvel is looking for, kinda like that Damage Control series they’re developing for ABC.
Suggesting a movie based on the Winter Soldier could prove to be unnecessary if we learn even more about the character during Captain America: Civil War. But it’s worth noting that the man behind the mechanical arm, Sebastian Stan, initially signed a monster nine picture deal with Marvel, but Civil War will only mark the third appearance. With Chris Evans backing off his stance about being done after Infinity War, there may not be a chance for him to take up the Captain America mantle on the big screen. So how can we get more out of this character? Give him a movie on Netflix.
Obviously, this would be another period piece which could easily take beats from some of the other suggestions I’ve made. I mean, I’ve suggested that Winter Soldier should show up in the two other period films as well, so yeah, I really want to see more out of this character. Where should we put him though? There’s only one scenario that makes a lot of sense to me, the 1990’s.
For those who may not be aware, this would tell the story of the assassination of Howard and Maria Stark. This is an event that sent ripple effects through the MCU, perhaps even some that we don’t even know about yet. It obviously launched Tony Stark into becoming the CEO of Stark Industries, but also surely brought on the age of a new S.H.I.E.L.D., and probably the introduction of Nick Fury. Peggy Carter would certainly have a role, and maybe even a young Obadiah Stane could be showcased. Then on the side of Hydra, Reed Diamond could return as Dr. Whitehall and be the leader at the moment, or a younger version of Alexander Pierce could be the one calling the shots and assassination.
At this time, it’s unclear if Tony knows that Steve’s oldest friend is the one who killed his parents, but I’m gonna guess he finds out during Civil War. If that’s the case, there will certainly be some sort of confrontation between the two, but likely not a fully explored backstory. This is what a Winter Soldier movie would provide and given the chance to watch this type of movie and then Civil War, it would hopefully add more context and make that meeting even more emotional.
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