When the MCU goes deeper into phase 4, it leaves some of the core members. Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner are either gone or disappearing into the background, and the next MCU outing, Thor: Love and Thunder, may be the last trip for the God of Thunder as well.
When these characters return, the new MCU heroes step into the spotlight. One of Marvel’s best platforms for introducing new characters has been Disney +, which recently debuted Moon Knights and Ms. Marvel and will drop Hun-Hulk: Lawyer in August. The potential for new shows is largely unlimited given the huge stable of MCU heroes who still have not hit the small screen.
After falsifying his own death and walking on the lamb Iron Man 3, Tony Stark is confronted by a boy with a spud-gun who wants to know why Iron Man breaks into his garage. They develop a quick friendship, and eleven years later, Keener can be seen at Stark’s funeral in Avengers: Endgame.
Harley’s technical and mechanical skills were fully demonstrated in Iron Man 3. Given how much Stark technology he is gifted by Tony at the end of the film, a show about him should be able to find many ways to explore these skills. A series focused on Keener would also allow MCU to bring back Iron Man for a final farewell.
One of the newest additions to MCU, America Chavez was first introduced in Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. One of the strongest Phase 4 MCU grades, Chavez has the power to travel the multiverse of her choice, and at the end of the film she saw her honing her skills with the Masters of the Mystic Arts.
MCU has just started to lean into the concept of the multiverse, and a show about Chavez would give Feige and Co. another platform to explore it. It will also be a fantastic vehicle for introducing new MCU characters, as well as the ones Disney has recently acquired the rights to like the X-Men.
Mobius M. Mobius
Mobius was introduced in the first season of Loki as one of the key employees of the Time Variance Authority, which monitors the multiverse and protects the “Sacred Timeline”. Friendly and loyal, Mobius is disillusioned with TVA when he finds out the dark methods used to weed out different timelines and keep the organization staffed.
After the release of the multiverse at the end of season 1, Prime Mobius is lost in the multiverse, but probably still alive. His own show can therefore explore what happens to Mobius after being divorced from Loki, or it can go back to his TVA days. Both would provide good opportunities to bring back old favorite MCU characters from other universes, and since Mobius stole the show on Lokiit just seems fair to give him a chance to fly solo.
Okoye, a fierce and highly skilled warrior, is the general of Dora Milaje, an elite special forces unit in Wakanda. She is in fact commander of all of Wakanda’s armed forces, and personally responsible for the safety of the Black Panther.
Okoye has already appeared The falcon and the winter soldier, and her brief participation in that show made one thing clear: Dora Milaje is becoming a more active force in world events. A hardcore spy-thriller show seems a bit outside the Disney + wheelhouse, but it would be a perfect showcase for Okoye to shine.
Korg and Miek
First introduced in Thor: Ragnarok, these two loyal friends have followed Thor on all his adventures since the destruction of Asgard. One of the best side characters in MCU according to some fans, they are back in the new Thor: Love and thunder.
When the audience first meets Korg and Miek, they are held as slaves by the Grand Master in the battle pits in Sakaar. Korg’s failed revolution took him there, but Miek gets no background story, and a Disney + show can fix that. Everything Taika Waititi touches turns to comic gold these days, and MCU leaders would do well to take advantage of it.
MCU has done a lot to adapt to the character of Ned Leeds, who in the comics is a violent husband and eventually takes over Hobgoblin’s mantle. In MCU, Ned has not become his super powerful opponent, and is a kind and true friend of Peter Parker.
After the events in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Down, however, forgets his friendship with Peter, and his secret identity as Spider-Man. His friendship with Peter was such a big part of his identity, and it would be fascinating to see who Ned becomes without that friendship. Does he go to MIT and stay the same lovable fool, or does he start to lean into some of his darker tendencies from the comics?
Valkyrie’s painful past, an Asgardian warrior and once scrapper for the Grand Master of Sakaar, gave a strong and confident hero. When Thor was on an adventure with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the rules about New Asgard fell to Valkyrie, which led to unpopular opinions about Valkyrie from some fans.
Although she was recently the subject of one Legends episode on Disney +, MCU audiences need more Valkyrie. Actress Tessa Thompson is incredibly talented, and the character’s rich and sad story has many potential stories to offer. With a new one Thor film coming out, the timing would be perfect to announce that Valkyrie would also get its own show.
One of Shang-Chi’s closest friends from a young age, Katy is rude and ruthless, but fiercely loyal. She also turns out to be a great shot with a bow, her fighting skills come second after her fantastic karaoke skills.
Awkwafina was brilliant in the role, and the character’s multifaceted nature would allow a potential series to go in several different directions. It can explore Katie’s evolving fighting skills, or go for a more comical approach. It would also allow for more exploration of the dimension of Ta Lo, which so far has only appeared in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings.
Former head of SHIELD, Nick Fury was responsible for putting together the earth’s most powerful heroes in the first Avengers film. Since then, he has appeared in every MCU phase, and his role in the upcoming one Secret invasion the series has fans buzzing about him again.
Fury has been the connective tissue of MCU from the start, even more so than Iron Man. Audiences have glimpsed into his past in films such as Captain Marvel, but so little is still known about Fury. Samuel L. Jackson obviously likes the role, and he is insanely popular with fans. A Nick Fury series with him at the helm will probably be one of Disney +’s biggest draws ever in terms of viewership.
The current Sorcerer Supreme, Wong, is a longtime Master of the Mystic Arts and ally of the Avengers. He has been quite busy in MCU lately, and with the multiverse divisions expanding, his skills will only become more important in Phase 4.
Wong has been deftly intertwined between MCU movies lately, and appeared in Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Shang-Chi. However, he always ends up as a sidekick, and the character deserves more. Actor Benedict Wong brings just the right amount of loving snoring to the character, and he’s had the chance to show exactly why he got the cloak as Sorcerer Supreme.
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