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The Next Avenger? Check Out the 6 Superheroes Marvel Could Adapt Next!

With Endgame over, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic universe has reached its conclusion. It’s safe to say we’re in a transition period in which characters like Tony Stark, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are on their way out, with newer characters like Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel taking their place as the main heroes of the sprawling superhero universe. But what about even more characters? With Marvel having a vast library of superheroes, its inventible we’re going to be getting a lot of new faces with Phase 4 and beyond. But who could they be? Let’s have a look at some of the superheroes from the comics who haven’t been adapted yet and see who might be candidates for showing up!

 

 

The superhero Nova crackling with energy as he stands before a planet in space

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6. Nova

Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the Nova Corps, so it stands to reason their most famous member of the comics has a good shot at showing up in the future. Richard Rider, better known as Nova, was given the helmet of the intergalactic space police by a dying Corps member. Although he didn’t have any idea how to use his equipment at first, he eventually discovered the helmet gave him a connection to a special energy field called the Nova Force, which allowed him to access abilities such as flight, super strength, and energy manipulation. With the MCU continuing to expand into cosmic territory, it’d be awesome to see this galactic defender get his due. Perhaps there could even be a crossover with Captain Marvel or the Guardians!

 

 

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5. Moon knight

Moon Knight is essentially a Batman-like vigilante but with one difference: he’s pretty messed up in the headSuffering from dissociative identity disorder, Moon Knight has developed multiple personalities, being born as Marc Spector but also becomes Steven Grant, a millionaire, and Jake Lockley, a taxicab driver. Prowling the streets after dark, Moon Knight uses gadgets and his own combat training to take down the criminal underworld, making him a fascinating anti-hero who’s always teetering the line on becoming a villain.

 

 

Beta Ray Bill stands in front of a turbulent, stormy background with a hammer

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4. Beta Ray Bill

Beta Ray Bill is one of the wilder heroes of the wider Marvel Universe. A noble warrior alien, Beta Ray Bill is distinctive for being so pure hearted and good that he could wield Thor’s hammer, much like Captain America. It was he who was granted Stormbreaker in the comics and his costume partially inspired Thor’s look in Infinity War and Endgame. A rival and friend to Thor, Beta Ray Bill might even be a worthy successor to the God of Thunder in the films, taking Stormbreaker from Thor if the God of Thunder truly hangs up his hammer.

 

 

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3. Devil Dinosaur 

This guy is a bit of an obscure one, but so were the Guardians and Dr. Strange before they got big. Hailing from a parallel world overtaken by dinosaurs and cave people, Devil Dinosaur aids his friend Moon Boy on the dinosaur infested planet, fighting off dinosaurs and other monsters as they journey across the hostile world. In the modern day, Devil Dinosaur found his way to Earth, where he teamed up with a young girl called Moon Girl. Devil Dinosaur is a bit high-concept, but who wouldn’t want a Dino buddy as their companion?

 

 

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2. Ironheart

A 15 year old engineering student, Ironheart began life as Riri Williams, who stole Iron Man tech and forged her own suit of armor. Beginning a career as an underground superhero, Ironheart established herself as a member of her community, helping out the little guy before becoming integrated with the superhero community at large. With more callings for diverse superheroes, it’d be fantastic to see an intelligent, talented young black woman become an Avenger.

 

 

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1. Ms. Marvel

A very popular candidate to appear in the films, Kamala Kahn is a young Muslin woman who inherits abilities thanks to Captain Marvel and grows into a superhero. Kamala Kahn has been acclaimed for portraying a young woman with diverse interests, with a colorful personality who instantly feels relatable to a young audience. She’s the hero who feels especially relevant now and one that would be great to see in the world.

 

 

 

 

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It’s Superman Day! Let’s Take a Look at What Many Consider to Be the First Superhero

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Who can achieve these remarkable feats! You all know him and you love him: Superman!

Superman is a cultural icon and in many ways, the first superhero of American media. He’s the Man of Steel, the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Tomorrow, and the Big Blue Blur. You all know Superman, from his iconic wardrobe, to his fantastic array of powers, his supporting cast (Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl), his villains (Lex Luthor, Braniac, General Zod, Doomsday, Bizarro), and his setting of Metropolis. Superhuman is a fascinating character, both as a cultural icon and what he represents. Let’s take a closer look at this famous superhero of American myth!

 

Superman, in the famous cover to Action Comics #1, raises a car over his head and smashes it against a boulder as men around him flee

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Superman made his sensational debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938. He made a strong impression, headlining the cover of the book, raising a car over his head and smashing it against a boulder as men around him fled in terror. The man himself was created by the duo of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Siegel wrote the storylines, while Shuster drew the art. The creators, both Jewish, initially wanted to create the superhero as a villain(!) but later redesigned him to be a hero instead. They drew inspiration from the Golem of Judaism, circus strongmen, and movie stars. His costume most obviously incorporated the strongman ideas, both for Superman’s feats of strength and his fabulous supernatural feats. Superman began as a figure to the lower class, a symbol of fighting back against the ‘man’, appropriate considering America was just pulling itself out of the Depression. As such, Superman tackled authority figures, fighting against men of the establishment like corrupt governors, oil tycoons, and con-men. His status quo was quickly established, with Lois Lane entering the picture as the object of Clark Kent’s affections, while Kent himself posed as a reporter at the Daily Planet.

Superman’s popularity exploded overnight, with his comic books selling more than any other comic book character in history. Due to his popularity, Superman was followed by a host of imitators such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom, the Spectre, Hawkman, and many, many others. From all this came the foundation of the DC Universe, a host of imprints that DC eventually folded under one label, with Superman now sharing his world with dozens of other superpowered people. In fact, he became a founding member of the Justice League, the most famous team in comics history that brought its assorted heroes together.

 

Superman, showing off his power as bullets bounce off him

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Superman’s popularity allowed him to expand from the comics, first in a radio show entitled The Adventures of Superman in 1940 and ran until 1951. The radio serials were fifteen minutes in length and aimed at a young audience but it made a huge cultural splash when it dared to go against a real life foe: the Ku Klux Klan. Seeing the Klan experience a resurgence, human rights activist Stetson Kennedy contacted the radio show and shared with them his research on the Klan. A storyline was created, entitled ‘the Clan of the Fiery Cross’ where Superman took on the Klan, stripping away their mystique of the organization and making them experience a severe drop in membership thereafter. So, Superman has always been a force for good, even in the real world. It didn’t hurt the storyline earned spectacular ratings as well.

Superman’s first cinema appearances were in the Superman theatrical shorts, each made for very lavish budgets of 50,000 to 30,000 for the time. The result was spectacular animation that blew audiences away and showcased Superman’s power on the big screen. The shorts were highly popular, created between 1941 and 1943, contributing to Superman’s ongoing popularity. He also had a TV show called Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves as the titular hero and was highly popular in its hey day.

 

The three actors to play Superman stand side by side

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In 1978, the first big budget Superman film was produced, known as Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Marlon Brando as Superman’s father Jor-El. The film was directed by Richard Donner and lauded for its impressive special effect sequences, as well as Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of the titular superhero. Reeve managed to embody the classic character completely, making Clark Kent and Superman feel like truly different people, making Superman feel like a real character, rather than a archetype. The second highest grossing film of 1978 behind Grease, the series spawned three sequels, all of diminishing quality. But it remains a classic and Christopher Reeve, along with John Williams iconic score for the film, remain the definitive, enduring representations of the hero in the public eye.

Superman was portrayed further by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and Henry Caville in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justiceand Justice LeagueBoth portrayals found themselves on the brunt of criticism, however, and neither reached the acclaim of the classic series. The character has further appeared in dozens of cartoons and video games, such as Superman the Animated Series, Justice League Unlimitedand Young Justice. However, his actual comic sales are in decline these days, although this is common for most comics these days, unfortunately. He’ll doubtlessly continue to be in even more adaptations, always flying onward into the future!

Superman remains a classic of iconography and will always be a classic! We can’t wait to see what the future brings for the Man of Steel but for now, celebrate Superman Day by reading his comics or watch one of his cartoons, TV shows, and movies! As the man would say: this looks like a job for Superman!

 

 

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Mindy Kaling Confirms She’s in Talks About ‘Ms. Marvel’

Captain Marvel was a huge success, bringing in over a billion dollars worldwide and making Carol Danvers a household name. But there’s another hero who remains a fan favorite among comic book fans who shares the Marvel name. Kamala Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who hails from New Jersey, was hailed as one of the best comic book characters of all time. She’s been hailed for allowing a Muslim character to headline a major comic title, as well as her personality being funny, full of heart, and showcasing her as a young, new hero making her way in the wider Marvel Universe. Fans have been clamoring for a big screen adaptation of the character for sometime and it appears Marvel is hoping to make that a reality.

 

Superhero Ms. Marvel stretches her arm and punches out a bank robber while reading her phone
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ComicBook has revealed that Mindy Kaling has been in talks about the character on a recent press tour. Kaling noted Marvel is extremely excited about the character and trying to figure out what to do with her. Kaling seems to share the enthusiasm, noting that an unknown talent might be best for bringing the character to life (similar to how the big stars of the MCU, such as Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr became mega stars for playing Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man). Kaling has previously offered to a pitch a script to adapt the comic character. The overseer of the MCU, Kevin Fiege, has noted they did Captain Marvel first with the intention of doing Ms. Marvel later, in order for Kahn to have someone to be inspired by.

With all this passion around the project, we hope Kaling is brought on board to adapt this character and we can’t wait to see her brought to life! What are your thoughts?

 

 

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‘Spider-Man’ Screenwriter Alvin Sargent Dies

Sad news for Spider-Man fans. Alvin Sargent, the man who wrote scripts for the Spider-Man films to life has, according to the BBC, passed away. Sargent died in his home in Seattle due to natural causes, passing away peacefully at the age of ninety-two. He wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3as a rewrite of The Amazing Spider-ManSargent began his career as a writer for television, breaking into films with his film Gambit starring Michael Caine. He went on to write Julia and Ordinary Peopletwo dramas that netted him two Oscar wins.

 

Spider-Man sits crouched on a runaway train, facing the villainous Dr. Octopus

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However, it is safe to say that fans today will remember him for his work on the Spider-Man films, with Spider-Man 2 being the fan favorite of the franchise for its thematic focus on Peter Parker grappling with his double life as Spider-Man, the memorably evil Doctor Octopus, the funny and witty dialogue, as well as a feel good nature of the film that helps it feel fresh for the entire family. While the latter two films aren’t as beloved, it is doubtless that any superhero fan feels gratitude toward Mr. Sargent for bringing these films to life.

Rest in peace, Alvin Sargent! You had a wonderful career as one of Hollywood’s best talents.

 

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The Top 5 Most Dastardly ‘Shazam!’ Villains

Shazam! arrives in just two days, and we couldn’t be more excited based on the positive buzz its getting. But although Shazam! is known to the comic book fandom, he’s more obscure to general audiences. So who are some of the villains of Billy Batson’s rogues gallery, and, more importantly, who are the best? Let’s take a look at the top 5 best Shazam villains, with the hope these guys get their due onscreen!

 

The monstrous caveman King Kill rampages through a city

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5. King Kull

King Kull was a brutish caveman who ruled the race known as the Submen, a race that lorded over humanity until they were overthrown in a revolt, back in prehistoric times. King Kull survives in suspended animation, awakening in modern times to attempt to become ruler once more. He fights with Shazam multiple times, always a massive threat due to his immense strength, size, and strange technology that he brings with him into the modern era. Sometimes, he’s enough of the threat that even the Justice League of America must intervene to help bring Shazam down. He’s also usually a member of the Monster Society of Evil, Shazam’s united rogues gallery.

 

The demon Sabbac, surrounded by flames, candles, and swords with a pentagram carved into his chest

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4. Sabbac

Real name Timothy Karnes, Karnes was granted power by the demonic forces of Hell in order to challenge Shazam and become his dark opposite. Drawing his power from Satan, Aym, Belial, Beelzebub, Asmodeus and Crateis, Karnes just needs to say the magic word ‘Sabbac’ and he transforms into a hulking demon with super speed, strength, fire breath, and pyrokinesis. Sabbac battles Shazam multiple times throughout his career, always on even footing with his rival riiiiight up until the point in which he’s defeated each time. Finally, the demons grow fed up with his failures and strip him of his powers one by one, letting Karnes be defeated for good. A new, more feral version has appeared in the modern age with the alter-ego of Ishmael Gregor.

 

The worm Mr. Mind hides inside a space capsule, threatening a potential victim

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3. Mr. Mind

One of Shazam’s arch enemies, Mr. Mind is a tiny alien worm from the planet Venus with extremely high intelligence. He is notably the first villain to bring together other villains who had been defeated previously, uniting them as the Monster Society of Evil. Mr. Mind’s strength lies in his intelligence, able to use the assembled super villains to run Shazam ragged and nearly defeat him on multiple occasions. Mr. Mind can use mind control to force others into working for him (along with other generally ominous assertions of psychic power). His most significant role in recent memory was the primary villain of 52, in which he was revealed to be behind all the events of the series in a dastardly bid to literally eat time itself.

 

Dr. Sivana basks in the glow of a flaming inferno, which is reflected in his glasses

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2. Dr. Sivana

Sivana is considered Shazam’s golden age nemesis and a primary arch foe for the hero. He deduces Shazam’s identity early on in his career, giving him a unique relationship to the hero as he can strike at him when he’s most vulnerable. A genius mad scientist, he operates from the planet Venus with own family of children. In his exile, he turned against the world and plots for world domination. Of course, he is frequently stopped by Shazam, cofounding him to no end. In the modern era, Sivana was reinvented as a scientist who became corrupted by dark magic, turning him into a madman with the body of a withered old man. He will make his big screen debut in the movie, played by Mark Strong.

 

Black Adam sits on a throne as a king

1. Black Adam

Black Adam is Shazam’s modern archenemy, standing head and shoulders above the rest of his rogues gallery for his sheer power. The first man to be given the powers of Shazam, Black Adam went mad with power and was stripped of his abilities, lying dormant until the modern day, during which his ancestor was granted his powers. Black Adam possesses powers drawn from the Egyptians gods (Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, and Mehen). Black Adam eventually somewhat reforms, dismissing his prior evil as corruption and takes over a city state in Egypt, marrying a woman called Isis. But his new family is eventually killed, and Black Adam swears vengeance on the world… which leads to a battle with Shazam once again in a war that spans the globe before being stripped of his powers after Shazam forcibly changes the magic word that grants him his abilities.

Catch up on the Shazam family and more bad guys in the comics! See the movie in theaters in just two days! Its very much worth it!

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