I will admit that I have not watched a lot of television in the last few years as there really has been nothing on any of the networks that has caught my eye. This could be the result of a combination of there being lackluster programs and also that there is nothing that I feel I can invest in.
This looks like it could change very soon with the announcement that ABC picked up Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it has the return of one of my favorite actors and characters as Clark Gregg will once again be putting on his suit, tie and sunglasses as Agent Phil Coulson. This made me immensely happy as Agent Coulson is the one character that ties the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together and now the Marvel Television Universe.
There has been talk of different heroes and villains appearing in the show and it had me thinking about what Marvel characters I would love to see exist in the shared Cinematic/Television Universe. This television show is a way to quickly introduce some of the lesser known characters into the fold and establish them without the necessary origin story.
Here are the five characters I would like to see transitioned into the show. They would also be more difficult to work into the movie continuity as they could come off more campy than they might in a television show setting.
#1 – Moon Night
I really, really would love to see Moon Knight appear in the show. He could be a character that has his appearances sewn throughout a few episodes. Maybe have him mentioned as a “Moon Light Avenger” or something of that nature by S.H.I.E.L.D. and he could be on their radar as a potential threat and possible recruit.
He would also offer the opportunity to have a loose cannon in the mix for the Agents, other heroes and villains since no one would know right away what side he is on. I love the Moon Knight character and am well aware that he is considered by some as an insane Batman but that is why I think the character would work well within the confines of the show.
#2 – Mockingbird
Another character that would fit under the S.H.I.E.L.D. banner is Mockingbird. She could be a recent graduate of the S.H.I.E.L.D. training program and we could see her struggle with her role as a non-super hero that is still trying to fit in. I would even tie her to Hawkeye and have her appear after being mentored by the Avenger for months. He could have signed off on her “pass” to the next level before the Chitauri Invasion.
This will also add a second female her in the joint Marvel Cinematic/Television Universe. She could see Black Widow as who she wants to be, a strong woman holding her own against immense threats.
#3 – Spider Woman
Knowing that the movie rights to Spider-Man is tied up with Sony Pictures and unsure if any other “spider” characters are wrapped up in that as well, I think that Jessica Drew following her role in the comics over the last few years would really boost the show. She has been an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics and even if she did not take the persona of Spider Woman directly, her addition to the show would be a bonus.
A way to have her adopt the persona is to have her trying to figure out the identity of the vigilante that has been running around in New York dressed as some type of red and blue spider. She could take up the name and a variation of the costume as a way to try to lure him out by stealing his thunder.
#4 – U.S. Agent
There is such a strong similarity between Captain America and the U.S. Agent, I could see the government using him as “their” guy on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. They could purposely make his costume look similar to Captain America’s but make the shield look more distinct. Perhaps have it look more like the golden eagle one that he used with the “police SWAT” variation of his costume.
He would allow the people to have some familiarity with his look and they would buy into him and anyone he is working with. S.H.I.E.L.D. would have a chance to tap into this as well and could use it to their advantage. We know the character could not work in the Cinematic Universe as he is just a less powerful Captain America but he would excel in the Television Universe.
#5 – Hercules
I believe we only need one pantheon of Gods in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in their own movie. Thor and his fellow Asgardians would dwarf the Greek gods if they tried to do a solo Hercules movie. Thor would dwarf Hercules in any Avengers movie as well, so that is why I think that the television show would be an ideal vehicle for his character.
He would be the power house of the show and be treated with awe as the loud and brash god that he is. His personality would lend itself perfectly to the show as the humor that would come out of it would be amazing. The Lion of Olympus would compliment the show extremely well and would give the television series a “grander” sense of the things that are out there. He could also tell his own biased opinions of his previous meetings and skirmishes with Thor.
So there are the five characters I would love to see be showcased in the television show. It would play off of some of the existing characters from the Marvel Universe such as Captain America and Thor but also be unique enough for them to carve their own path in the combined universe.
Who do you want to see?
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