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We're obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Avengers: Endgame has left a giant, superhero-sized hole in our hearts. While the MCU is massive, there never seems to be enough screentime for all of our favorite characters to get the spotlight that they deserve. With the storylines of the main Avengers wrapped up, we're wondering: what's next for the MCU? We've gathered up 20 MCU characters who totally need their own movies. Marvel producers, feel free to hit us up if you ever need any story ideas! We've got plenty.
It seems like the MCU is setting Sam Wilson, AKA the Falcon, up to step into the shoes left behind by Steve Rogers. We would watch the hell out of a movie about Sam picking up Cap's shield and carrying on the mantel of Captian America. Amongst a crowded cast of supporting characters, Sam has always stood out for his wit and loyalty. An unlikely friend for both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, he has proved over and over again that he's impressive in his own right, not just as a sidekick.
We credit Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury with bringing the Avengers together. If he hadn't been there to poke, prod, bribe, and threaten our favorite heroes into being part of a team, the MCU wouldn't have been nearly as exciting. We already know that Nick Fury is a badass. What we what don't know is how he became such a formidable SHIELD agent in the first place. How did he lose that eye? We need to know!
The sheer hotness of the entire Black Panther cast was so overwhelming that it was a miracle we understood the plot at all. Despite our distraction, it quickly became apparent to us that women really rule Wakanda. As a member of the War Dogs, Nakia used the intelligence agency's power to help people across the world. She quickly became aware that Wakanda could do even more if it opened itself to the world. We stan a girl who can not only fight but also uses her savvy knowledge of international politics to make the world a better place. We'd watch a full-length film about her running Wakanda's foreign policy.
Name one reason why Sharon Carter was included in Captain America: Winter Solider other than complusive heterosexuality? The MCU might have done Sharon Carter dirty, but it's not too late to rectify the mistake. In the comics, Sharon is a cynical and sardonic SHIELD agent who eventually starts a relatioship with Steve Rogers. We can skip the romance part, but we would be down to see Peggy Carter's niece rounding up bad guys for Maria Hill's reformed SHIELD agency.
Korg, the would-be revolutionary, was the stand-out character of Thor: Ragnorak. We definitley believe that the alien, voiced by director Taika Waititi would have been able to overthrow the Grandmaster if only he had printed enough pamphlets! We're nominating Korg for membership in the Guardians of the Galaxy. As a wisecracking alien, we think that he would fit right in. Bonus: we get to see more of him on-screen.
Tessa Thompson can hit us with her car. The same goes for her MCU character, Valkyrie. We've watched Valkyrie blossom from a jaded alcoholic to the new leader of Asgard, and we couldn't be more proud. We walked out of Avengers: Endgame wishing that we could see more of her. We wouldn't say no to a comedy about Valkyrie leading the newly earth-bound people of Asgard. We would also take a good old action film that reunited her and certified Valkyrie fanboy Thor.
As one of Tony Stark's long-suffering best friends, we have to say that James Rhodes never got the time in the spotlight that he deserved. War Machine/Iron Patriot went through a lot for the sake of his friend. Despite rescuing Tony from Afganistan and fighting on his side during the events of Captain America: Civil War, poor Rhodey was ignored and his good advice all too often dismissed. We'd watch the adventures of War Machine, even without the charismatic Tony Stark by his side.
A member of the Wakadan royal family ran away with our hearts during Black Panther and it certainly wasn't T'Challa. (We mean, T'Challa is fine.) Armed with science (the best of all superpowers), Shuri proved that she could hold her own in the high-powered world of the Avengers. We've seen her pull one over on T'Challa and outsmart Bruce Banner when it comes to science. Both an annoying little sister and one of the world's greatest scientic minds, Shuri is surely capable of saving the world in her own right.
Only a fool would mistake Maria Hill as Nick Fury's sidekick. Over the course of the franchise, the SHIELD agent has proven herself to be a dependable partner and a capable secret agent. In the crowded Avengers franchise, we never broke past the surface level when it came to Maria Hill. Give this girl her own movie! We want to know everything about her life. Surely she has a life, right? Not even the most extreme workaholics can manage to be on the job 24/7.
Wanda Maximoff, AKA Scarlet Witch, has had a hard time since joining the Avengers. First, her twin brother, Peter Maximoff, was killed by Ultron. Then the love of her life, Vision, was killed by Thanos in his pursuit of the Infinity Stones. Always a junior member of the team, Wanda never really had time to come into her own. We would love to see her take the lead in an attempt to resurrect what remained of the Avengers at the end of Endgame.
As far as we're concerned, Rocket Raccoon and Groot *are* the Guardians of the Galaxy. This odd friendship between a genetically modified raccoon and a sentient tree unexpectadly stole our hearts. This flora and fauna duo has made us laugh and cry more times than we can count. Screw the rest of the Guardians, we want to know how these two partners became the best friends in the galaxy.
Of all the characters in the MCU, it's Hawkeye who has the best source material for a stand-alone movie. Though they're wildly different from the MCU version of the character, the Hawkeye comics tell the adventures of a disorganized and irreverent superhero who doesn't know how he managed to scam his way into being part of the Avengers. Paired with his best friend Kate Bishop, Hawkeye's solo adventures (which involve copious amounts of caffeine) read like the perfect superhero story for Gen-Z.
When he first appeared on screen in Iron Man 3, Harley won us over as he annoyed, helped, and lightly bullied Tony Stark. With a razor sharp wit and an amazing knowledge of science, Harley was the first kid in the MCU who showed us Iron Man's softer side. Because he appeared in *that* hearbreaking Endgame scene, we know that Tony kept in touch with Harley. Give him a couple years and we can see this kid suiting up to take Tony's spot as a superhero.
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Like most of the women in Wakanda, Okoye could punch us in the face and we would say thank you. As head of the Dora Milaje, Okoye is one of the most kickass ladies of the MCU. Not only is she the head of an elite group of warriors, but she also served in Natasha Romanov's version of The Avengers after Thanos managed to snap half of the Universe out of existence. We're officially adding Okoye to the list of women we want to see in the female-only sequel to Black Panther. Boys, who?
Big, purple, and surprisingly meditative, Thanos is one of the best villains that the MCU has ever had. He breathed life into the cliché that every villain is a hero in his own mind. We wouldn't turn down the chance to dive deeper into Thanos's past and uncover what sparked his homicidal crusade to wipe out half of the universe. In the comics, Thanos is in love with the personification of Death herself. A genocidal maniac and Death? The Nicholas Sparks movie practically writes itself.
The specter of the late and great Howard Stark loomed large over the friendship of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. While Tony remembered Howard as withholding, distant, and obsessed with the memory of the lost Captian America, Steve remembered him as a trusted friend and brilliant scientist. While we got to see some of what Howard was really like in Agent Carter, we wouldn't turn down the chance to see a full-length film featuring him and his SHIELD co-founder Peggy Carter.
Okay, so we don't care about The Grandmaster as a character as much as we care about getting a movie's worth of Jeff Goldblum acting ridiculous. While both The Grandmaster and his brother, The Collector, are currently dead or deposed, we think that there might be room for a prequal here. We would pay to see a buddy comedy about the universe's worst pair of brothers pulling off terrible hijinks. Whatever gets Jeff back into that blue eyeliner.
Neblua's redemption arc in Infinity War and Endgame brought tears to our eyes. Thanos's daughter proved that she was destined for more than just living in Gamora's shadow when she played a key part in saving the universe. It looks like everyone's favorite reformed android assasin might be part of the new Guardians of the Galaxy squad, but we'd stll like to see her strike out on her own.
From his first apperance in Thor, Loki cemented himself as a rock-solid fan favorite in the MCU. While it seemed like the trickster god met his end at the very beginning of Infinity War, fans are still hoping that we'll get a stand-alone Loki movie sometime soon. That would be a dream come true. We promise we're not just saying this because we think that Tom Hiddleston is hot.
The Winter Solider, AKA Bucky Barnes, never got the storyline he deserved. In the comics, the Winter Soldier is not only a internationally-feared assasin, he's also one of the Black Widow's love interests. We would watch the hell out of a prequel that examines the relationship between these two Soviet super spies. We mean, nothing could be worse than watching Natasha get paired up with the Hulk, right?