Thursday, October 22, 2015

All-New, All-Different Marvel: Minor MCU Characters, Etc.

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Marvel announced last year that they would be completely rebooting their universe following the Secret Wars/Battleworld event. As part of this reboot they are going to be focusing on some new and altered characters, particularly those whose TV and movie rights are owned by Marvel Studios. This is leading Marvel to focus its efforts on promoting the Inhumans while downplaying the mutants, as well as to the splitting up of the Fantastic Four, with Human Torch joining the Inhumans and the Thing joining the Guardians of the Galaxy. So because the All-New, All-Different Marvel is going all-in on Marvel Studios properties, I started to wonder if some of the other characters in the A-N, A-D Marvel might be getting a push for a future movie or TV appearance. As such, this series will look at all the characters in the All-New, All-Different Marvel lineup whose live-action rights are owned by either Marvel Studios or Sony and who have not appeared in a movie yet.

Some of these are characters I’ve written about in the past, so I will include links to those articles and only provide relatively brief summaries.

If there are any additional characters that you would like to see me cover in this series, let me know in the comments.

This time around I will be covering all the characters who have already appeared (or will appear) in the MCU in a minor role and how those characters could be further expanded on. I’ll also talk about Blade, who has been rumored (by Wesley Snipes) for an appearance in the MCU for quite some time. Finally, I will also summarize the characters that I’ve talked about in previous articles outside this series.

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Trish Walker (known as “Patsy” in the comics) will be making her debut in Jessica Jones next month, played by Rachael Taylor. As of now all we know about the character is that she is a radio talk show host and former model and child TV star. She is also Jessica Jones’ closest friend. At this point we do not know if she will be “suiting up” as a vigilante alongside Jessica, but if she does, it would certainly be in line with her comic book counterpart.

In the comics, Patsy Walker becomes the superhero known as Hellcat, a non-powered human who uses an ability-enhancing costume. Hellcat eventually joins the Defenders, a team which in the comics was led by Doctor Strange. As a Defender she also meets her future husband Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan. Thanks to his influence (unintentionally), she becomes trapped in Hell, where she hones some psychic abilities.

As mentioned above, Trish Walker is already confirmed to appear in Jessica Jones, though we do not know if she will be a superhero yet (the trailer being released tomorrow may clear that up). However, it would not surprise me to see her play the Carole Danvers/Ms. Marvel role by joining Jessica in some of her activities and creating a costume for herself as a hero. Likewise, I would not be surprised if she joins the Defenders in 2017 (along with the Punisher).

Beyond that, I could easily see her character being used to introduce some occult-magical aspects to the Marvel Netflix realm, specifically by introducing Daimon Hellstrom as her love interest, complete with his back story of being the literal “son of Satan.”

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Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, voiced by Seth Green. He’s in the Collector’s collection, but that’s all we know about him in the MCU. He did also appear in his own movie way back in the 1980s, directed by George Lucas. It didn’t go so well.

In the comics, Howard is a bit more interesting. He’s an anthropomorphic duck from an alternate dimension who is dragged to Earth “due to a shift in ‘the Cosmic Axis.’” On Earth he encounters some of the most bizarre and ridiculous people in the Marvel Comics Universe. He fights crime alongside Spider-Man, Man-Thing, and the Defenders. He is depicted as an incredible cynic who brings a fresh take to the events he’s part of.

Howard doesn’t have any superhuman abilities, but he knows “Quack-Fu” (because he’s a duck, geddit?).

In the MCU, we could see him in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 or another cosmically-set movie, though we may just as easily never see him again. I do remember Marvel stating that they had some ideas for Howard the Duck and may even film a One-Shot about him, though, so there’s also that possibility.

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The Nova Corps appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as the official police/military force of Xandar. However, the comic book iteration is much different.

In the comics, the Nova Corps is an intergalactic police force similar to the Green Lantern Corps which derives various abilities (energy projection, flight, super speed, and the like) from the Nova Force, which they can access through their helmets. There are two main human members of the Nova Corps: Richard Rider and Sam Alexander. Both join the Corps as teenagers and both face both Earthbound and cosmic threats.

Richard Rider is selected by Rhomann Dey, the last surviving member of the Nova Corps, to take his place and rebuild the Corps. Rider must master his powers on his own on Earth before journeying to Xandar to help rebuild the Nova Corps.

Sam Alexander, meanwhile, is the son of a former Nova Centurion who is given his father’s helmet by Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.

I fully expect the Nova Corps to yet again feature in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but I really don’t want that to be their only appearance and I don’t want the Nova Corps to be exactly the same as it was in the first movie. I have a wild alternative, but I think it’s too much for this article, so I will publish it this afternoon.

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The original Blade is Eric Brooks, a man who was given certain vampiric enzymes by the vampire who killed his mother during childbirth. These enzymes gave Blade certain vampire abilities, such as a long lifespan and the ability to sense supernatural creatures. However, Blade is not a full vampire, and as such can walk during the day.

Blade was trained by an elderly vampire hunter and became proficient in hand-to-hand combat and with bladed weapons. He has been associated with various groups in the comics, including S.H.I.E.L.D., MI 13, Midnight Sons, and Mighty Avengers.

However, this isn’t the Blade being introduced into the All-New, All-Different Marvel. Instead, this Blade is Fallon Grey, the daughter of the original Blade. A teenager from Oregon, Fallon will be learning about her heritage as a vampire hunter under the tutelage of her father, the OG Blade. Side Note: she kinda sounds like Buffy the Vampire Slayer

There have reportedly been talks between Wesley Snipes, the actor who played Blade in 3 New Line Cinema movies, and Marvel Studios about bringing him into the fold. And at least from Snipes’ side they sound like they have been productive. I haven’t seen the Blade movies (it’s on my to-do-at-some-point list), so I have no idea how well they could be brought into the MCU, but right now I guess the easiest thing to do would be establish that the Blade movies happened back in the ‘90s and since then Blade has been working with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Paranormal Containment Unit to keep vampires and other supernatural threats out of the public eye.

As far as where Blade could appear, the obvious choice is Netflix, perhaps in a passing-of-the-torch series in which Wesley Snipes’ Eric Brooks must train his long-lost daughter to carry on his work of protecting the world from vampires. Netflix would allow the series to explore the subject matter further and in more graphic detail. The passing-of-the-torch concept would give Snipes a “last hurrah” and allow Marvel to cast a new actress to move the franchise forward, perhaps as part of the Defenders or Howling Commandos.

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Black Knight

Black Knight has in the past been associated with the Defenders. Essentially, he’s the descendant of a medieval knight, uses a cursed sword (but is one of the best swordsmen in the Marvel Universe as a tradeoff), and rides a winged horse. Cool stuff.

If Marvel decides to move into the English superhero market, I think Black Knight would fit right in—I mean, how much more British can you get than a knight riding a winged horse and wielding a cursed sword?


Hercules is associated with, among other things, Damage Control. He’s the Greek god of the same name, and equal to Thor in most respects, even carrying around a giant battleaxe to boot!

I would like for him to become a regular cast member on Damage Control to add some super-powered muscle to the show. If not there, the other option is an appearance later in the MCU to replace Thor after Chris Hemsworth’s contract expires.


Karnak is one of the Inhumans and the brother of Triton. He never underwent Terrigenesis, but he has the ability to see the weak points in people and objects.

My guess is that he will appear in The Inhumans, if not sooner on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or another TV series (or an earlier movie).  I really think that Karnak would make the most sense for a “preview appearance” on the small-screen as a way to build up more ties between the big and small screens.

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Moon Knight

Moon Knight is rumored to be receiving his own Netflix series in 2018 as part of Marvel Netflix Phase 2. He’s kinda like Marvel’s Batman… if Batman were absolutely insane with multiple-personality disorder and super-powers which change based on the lunar cycle.

Even if that rumor is not true, I still think Moon Knight can, should, and will appear on Netflix sooner or later.


I hope that this article was informative. I actually think that all of these characters have a decent shot at appearing in the MCU—or receiving a slightly-larger role if they have already appeared. Check back this afternoon for my proposal for an expansion of the Nova Corps in the MCU.

Which of these characters do you find most interesting? Which do you most want to see in the MCU? Let me know in the comments!

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