Alright guys, it’s time for the second Power Rankings post here at Geek, Unchained, and I’m excited about it. I’m continuing the trend this blog has been running since its inception and sticking to talking about Marvel–not to worry, my friends, some DC stuff is coming soon (this might surprise some of you, but I actually prefer DC to Marvel). This post is essentially me taking a much needed break from a much larger write-up coming soon (get hyped, Doom is coming).
The MCU is getting more and more expansive, but I find it’s still missing some key characters. This Power Rankings, then, is gonna count down the five characters who need to be introduced, and soon! In the interest of practicality, I won’t include characters who’s rights are owned by other companies (Fox), so no Fantastic Four or X-Men stuff. Spider-Man, though, is fair game now, since Sony and Marvel struck a deal to share a universe. I also won’t list already announced characters confirmed to be coming soon, like Black Panther or the Punisher.
5. The Leader
We’re starting things off here with the Leader, a longtime foe of the Hulk!!
Part of this is me clamoring for another standalone Hulk film, since we all know how much I loved the first one. But also, it’s my desperate plea for any MCU connections to Banner’s world at all.
A lot of fans, myself included, thought the mysterious Clairvoyant in the first season of Agents of SHIELD would turn out to be the Leader. Everything seemed to match up–clairvoyance, insane intelligence, and, of course, the fact that the Leader was teased in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, meaning season one’s villain could have a huge movie tie-in that salvaged the MCU’s red-headed stepchild of a Hulk movie. Alas, it was not meant to be, and the Leader, alter ego Samuel Sterns, would remain a very big loose end/what if.
I am reluctant to fault Netflix’s Daredevil series on any level, but I suppose I must levy one criticism: there seems to be a distinct lack of Bullseye!
I’ve written at length about my fondness for season one’s Kingpin, and I was really hoping for Bullseye to step up to battle Matt in the second season. However, it seems the second season is going to primarily focus on the Punisher as the antagonist, as well as introducing Elektra.
In the comics, Bullseye and Kingpin both serve as archenemies for the Man Without Fear. Bullseye cements his status as one of Hornhead’s greatest foes when he murders Murdock’s great love, Elektra. He’s a deadly assassin who never misses his mark, using anything as a weapon, including paper clips, staples, and his playing cards.
Well, here’s hoping for season three, then! Maybe the show will have him come in and kill off Elektra.
3. Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
We’ve had two Spider-Man film series and three different takes on the Green Goblin between them, and none of them have been particularly great. Dafoe’s deranged Norman Osborn came pretty close, I’d say, but the character was held back by its campy Power Rangers-esque costume. God, that thing was awful.
It’s a shame, because the Green Goblin is Spider’s greatest villain. He murdered Gwen Stacy! He’s his best friend’s father! Everything about Norman Osborn’s Goblin is personal, and that connection makes him all the more compelling. Norman’s twisted relationship with his son, Harry, is one of the most tragic relationships in all of comics.
There’s so much you could do with Norman! And now that Spider-Man has officially joined the MCU, I’d be pretty damn excited to see what Fiege and the rest of the gang over at Marvel Studios could do with him.
2. Ghost Rider
Please, please, please, dear reader, abolish any memory you have of Nicholas Cage as Ghost Rider. Forget Sony ever made those movies. We’ve got a clean slate here, got it? Marvel’s got the rights back, baby.
Ghost Rider is one of the coolest, most badass superheros Marvel has. A flaming skeleton riding around on a motorcycle of flames? C’mon. So fucking cool. Visually, this guy is incredible.
Ghost Rider is the Spirit of Vengeance, and yeah, that’s as cool as it sounds. He punishes the wicked, the sinners of the world. And he battles the Devil a lot, which, yes, is also as cool as it sounds.
Marvel seems to be moving into the supernatural pretty heavily, with next year’s release of Doctor Strange and the Netflix Iron Fist series on its way. Ghost Rider would be a perfect fit for this new magical push. I’d love to see him on Netflix, since that’s where Marvel seems to be putting its darker, edgier properties.
1. Moon Knight
A police officer tells Moon Knight, who only works at night, that the criminals are going to see him coming from a mile away in his all white suit. Moon Knight’s response? “I want them to see. I want them to know I’m coming for them.”
Yeah, he’s a fucking beast, man.
Moon Knight is screaming for a Netflix series of his own. He recently had a critically loved revamp last year, and one of the issues of the series (issue #5 to be exact) was my favorite single comic issue of the year. In it, he adorned a new outfit (see right) and beat the living shit out of sewer monsters, ghosts, and child kidnappers.
Moon Knight is often compared to Batman: he’s a millionaire who uses his money to pay for sweet gadgets and at night he dresses up and fights crime in his city. But Moon Knight is a bit more intense than that, really.
For one, Moon Knight is quite possibly immortal. See, Moon Knight is Marc Spector, and while working as a mercenary in Egypt, he dies (I’m summing up here–his origin is a bit more involved). He’s revived by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, who wants to use Marc as his avatar on earth. So giving Moon Knight his alleged powers is the spirit of Khonshu himself.
Also though, and this is where shit gets weird, Moon Knight has severe multiple personality disorder. He’s a few people in one, and all of his personality facets have their own way of fighting crime. In the recent comic series, they all have their own costumes, too.
I think that would translate really well into a gritty crime series. The over the top action, psychological angst, spiritual drama, and variations on the character could create something unseen in the superhero adaptation genre. I think Moon Knight is the MCU’s best bet at creating something that is at once original and gripping.
So there you have it, the second Power Rankings post!
Just a quick note–if Fox didn’t have the rights to him, Doctor Doom would absolutely be number one on this list. He is, by far and away, Marvel’s greatest character.
But hey, what do you guys think? Who’d I miss? Which Marvel character are you most dying to see in the MCU? Let me know in the comments, or send me a tweet!
(Author’s Note: A few months ago I wrote a post detailing the MCU’s lack of diversity. Funnily enough, my list here is made up of five white men. I guess you could say I’m part of the problem, huh?)