The box office has been on a blaze recently thanks to Fox’s latest output, the bold, R-rated, action comedy of Deadpool. This decision let Fox try to right the wrongs of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and how they terribly handled the character in that attempt. Why am I talking about Deadpool? Well because this was one of those rare second chances given by a studio to try again at a pre-existing character.
You may be asking yourself, “How does this relate to Marvel Studios and the MCU?”, and if that is the case, I cannot blame you, but bear with me. In just a few short months, Marvel will release Captain America: Civil War to theaters worldwide. The movie will focus plenty of attention towards the rivalry of the two teams, plus Cap and Iron Man. However, one character that could end up being a big part of this movie and the MCU moving forward may be Thunderbolt Ross.
William Hurt is so far the only part of The Incredible Hulk that has reappeared in the MCU. I enjoyed the movie and am happy to see Hurt returning, especially if it means getting Red Hulk in the future. Marvel has had plenty of other interesting and fun characters pop up at one time in the MCU that could benefit from another appearance. This has led me to think about 10 Characters That Deserve A Return To The MCU.
Writers note: I initially had Absorbing Man on this list, but he has since been announced as returning. Its almost like Marvel is reading my mind…
Red Skull was the last villain we met before The Avengers and since his mysterious vanishing in the 1940’s, he has been nowhere to be seen or heard from. This is really unfortunate as the Red Skull is one of Captain America’s greatest and most powerful foes. Based on the way the MCU has been unraveling recently, it is hard to find a place for him with Hydra continually being destroyed.
If Marvel does decide to bring him back they would most likely find a new actor due to Hugo Weaving not wanting to come back in the role. There has been speculation before that Ben Kinglsey was actually Red Skull, and more recently that Martin Freeman could be playing him after he has infiltrated the government. So far there have been no hints towards his return, with directors and executives sidestepping questions about whether or not he is dead. I am of the mindset that he is not dead and was transported somewhere similar to how the Tesseract took Thor and Loki back to Asgard.
If he is going to return, Thanos being able to summon him seems like the most likely outcome. However, if Marvel is playing the long game, he could return in Phase 4 with a new actor. The most interesting part is who would he fight. Obviously fighting Chris Evan‘s Captain America is ideal, but it would also be interesting to see Bucky go after him for being the one responsible for his powers and therefore the countless assassinations.
For all the flack The Incredible Hulk gets, it’s actually a pretty good addition to the MCU. Sure the main character was recast, but Hulk has been a vital member so far, and his role is getting even bigger. During his first movie, he faced off against Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who eventually transformed into Abomination.
The Abomination was a great and powerful villain, someone who not only tested the Hulk but would be a worthy foe of a larger number of heroes. Last we saw, he was taken into custody by the military, and then transferred to the control of S.H.I.E.L.D. As far as the larger world is concerned, S.H.I.E.L.D. is no more, so where is Blonsky?
Honestly I have no idea how he could have escaped, and if he did why he would not be terrorizing people around the world. My best guess is he is still in the cryo-cell, frozen in hibernation. Someone like Baron Zemo could be looking for some muscle to help his cause and what better ally to make than Abomination. Roth has stated that Abomination almost appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which makes me think this one could actually happen sometime soon.
There is a large majority of MCU fans that consider Iron Man 2 to be the lesser movies Marvel has made. No matter if you loved it, liked it, or hated it, one thing I think we can agree on is that Sam Rockwell was great as Justin Hammer. He was not very hands on but helped give Ivan Vanko the resources he needed to battle Iron Man.
With Stark Industries not doing much of any sort of weapon production, the government and others need somewhere to get them from. That is where Justin Hammer and HAMMER Industries can help build the MCU. Last we saw, Hammer was sitting inside Seagate Prison where a massive breakout had just taken place. For all we know, Hammer is out and rebuilding his life so HAMMER Industries can be a major player in the world again.
The MCU is currently without a major evil organization pulling the strings behind the scene. We have no idea when Oscorp will be introduced, and Hydra can only stick around for so long. How should he return you ask? Personally, I’d love to see Justin Hammer somehow involved in Ant-Man and the Wasp. He could have connections with the Ten Rings if they helped him escape, and giving him the shrinking formula would be quite interesting.
Speaking of villainous organizations, A.I.M. could be another possibility to bring some trouble to the world and it would not be the same without Aldrich Killian at the helm. Guy Pearce returning to the MCU and getting a chance to have a bigger and possibly better role than in Iron Man 3 would make plenty of fans happy.
Last we saw of Killian, he was seemingly destroyed by Pepper Potts after he injected himself with Extremis. There is no mystery shot or allusion to him still being alive, but Extremis does give him the ability to regenerate his body so it is possible. The biggest reason for bringing Killian back would be to re-establish A.I.M. in the MCU and bring about the creation of M.O.D.O.K. for a Phase 4 or 5 villain. It could happen without him, but since he is established as the founder of A.I.M., he has to be brought back for the organization to return.
Batroc The Leaper
Batroc the Leaper is someone I’d love to see return in any state of the MCU. George St-Pierre has only played him in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he was the climax to what I believe is the best opening to a Marvel movie yet. The fighter turned actor is someone unlike the previous examples that can come in and have a role, without having to be the main villain.
Last we saw of Batroc, he was captured by Alexander Pierce and S.H.I.E.L.D. The interrogation pictured above could have easily been staged and Batroc was set free and has been committing small crimes over the last few years. I would love to see him journey to Hell’s Kitchen where he takes on any or all of The Defenders. His fighting style would create one heck of a brawl between him and Daredevil.
When Iron Man 3 was being promoted, Ben Kingsley was marketed as being the leader of the Ten Rings, the Mandarin. Whether you liked it or not, this turned into the ultimate hoax with Kingsley turning out to play Trevor Slattery, a struggling actor with a terrible drinking addiction. The bumbling Trevor ended up being sent to Seagate Prison as a result of his involvement with A.I.M.
Last time we saw him, he was living out his life as a star behind bars, before the real Ten Rings broke him out for making an embarrassment out of their name. He was said to be going with them to visit the real Mandarin, but who knows if we will ever see that happen. Trevor deserves a chance to have another small role in some movie, even if only a cameo. With the amount of screens that are in the world, the story of his escape from prison and possible return would spark a lot of interest around the world. Maybe Leslie Bibb can return as Christine Everhart to get an exclusive interview with the celebrity on WHIH.
He was one of the earliest villains that debuted on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and with the tease at the end of the episode, we were led to believe that we would see more of him. The Gravitonium was even given to Ian Quinn (speaking of which, he vanished into thin air) where I thought they were leaving him for a season 2 villain. Here we are in season 3 and there has only been the one appearance by the character.
Graviton is a unique character that would make for a fun return to the show. Him being freed of the box and experimenting with his powers, only to have the Secret Warriors appear to stop him would be nice to see. It would also give the show a bad guy to chase for an episode or two who isn’t an Inhuman, which would be a nice change of pace.
Based on the Hulk’s recent trajectory, Betty Ross does not seem to have much of a future in the MCU. Her former love interest is about to go on a galactic road trip and is doing so in the midst of a relationship with Black Widow. So if her primary reason to reemerge is gone, then what could possibly warrant a return?
Well, Betty did not get the best material in The Incredible Hulk but she is a great scientist, especially when it comes to gamma radiation. Her father’s return sparked rumors of Red Hulk appearing soon, and word that Hulk is in fact in Civil War, could give her a chance to cure her dad. Since Marvel has already re-cast Banner, should they ever decide to bring Betty back, it is not necessary that Liv Tyler be the one to play her. I would not be opposed to her returning, though, for the sake of continuity reasons.
Sticking with The Incredible Hulk the movie laid the foundation for a few different villains that could have appeared in a sequel. Between Thunderbolt Ross, Abomination, The Leader, and Doc Samson, there were plenty of potential foes for the Hulk to take on. Samson was the least developed character in the movie and came nowhere close to being his comic counterpart.
If Doc Samson ever reappears, it is extremely unlikely and frankly unnecessary to have Ty Burrell play the character again. He is one of those smaller villains that could make an interesting villain for someone like Ant-Man, where his increased size and strength would make for fun encounters with the smallest hero around.
This is the most out there choice on the list, but oh well. Lorelei was another one of the one week villains that appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before the fall of the organization. Her appearance led to the first crossover featuring Lady Sif, who was sent to Earth to catch her per the request of Odin.
What made this story so interesting to me was the fact that Loki was (and still is) portraying Odin at the time so why would he specifically want Lorelei back under his control? What I would love to see happen is Elena Satine return for a very short cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. This is feasible due to her schedule, and from a story standpoint by having her in the background of a scene, such as the prison. This single act and scene would be a great reference to the show and fan base without being distracting to the general audience.
There it is, my list of 10 Characters That Deserve A Return To The MCU! Are there any characters used only once that you would like to see make a return? Do you not want to see some of my suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!