The consistent critical and commercial successes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has turned the studio into a star-making machine — making stars not only of unknown actors but of B-level comic characters as well. Even just a decade ago, who could have imagined big-budget franchise entries centered around inconsequential comic characters like Thor or the Guardians of the Galaxy?
By treating every hero with the same humanizing yet humorous touch, Marvel has managed to spin cinematic gold from third-tier source material time and time again, but they’ve far from exhausted their back-catalog of comic characters just yet. Let’s review which Marvel superheroes have yet to join the MCU, but deserve to.
1. The Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer got the cinematic treatment in 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but that lackluster film managed to squander the character’s extremely compelling redemption arc. To save his people, Norrin Radd became a servant to Galactus, drifting through the universe in search of new planets for his master to ingest until his search led him to a confrontation on Earth with the Fantastic Four. Empathizing with their efforts to save their home planet, the Silver Surfer turns against his captor and subsequently uses his powers to fight intergalactic injustice.
While the Fantastic Four seems to be dead as a cinematic franchise, there’s no reason the Silver Surfer couldn’t join the MCU. This could come in the form of his own standalone movie — which would let Marvel tackle a new sort of character arc while maybe, for once, creating a memorable villain out of Galactus — or in an Avengers film.