10 Marvel Characters Who should appear on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show...
We've known for awhile that a Marvel TV show was in the works, and now we know it will focus on Goverment Agency S.H.I.E.L.D., which is a great idea as it allows them to pretty much interact with the entire Marvel Universe. We may get the occasional visit from the big names like Fury, Thor, Iron Man, etc. But obviously this would a great way to introduce other lesser known heroes. Kind of a like a Marvel live-action version of Justice League Unlimited, which gave lesser characters plenty of opportunity to shine. Here's 10 that should make at least one appearance if not be regular recurring characters:
10. Moon Knight: He's sort of a low-rent Batman, but a good fit for a TV show, with his powers mostly being increased strength & agility under the full being something pretty easy to pull off on a TV budget. Moon Knight's typical enemies are something SHIELD agents would probably deal with on a regular basis as well without needing help from the big league heroes.
9. Cloak & Dagger: Yeah it's two characters, but few Marvel duos are as inseparable as these two, so they must appear as a unit. There are a number of ways this could be handled-They could appear from time to time to help out, be regular agents, or even spun-off into their own show.
8. Night Thrasher: When I still read comics, New Warriors was a personal favorite of mine, and their leader, Night Thrasher, was easily my favorite character of the group. There's a lot of possible opportunities with this character. We could slowly build up to a New Warriors show/movie, a Night Thrasher solo spin-off. But he could also just be someone that Nick Fury is sort of a father figure/mentor to and that would work really well also.
7. Blade: While a TV show based in the Marvel Universe is certainly a chance to introduce never before seen characters, it's also an excellent opportunity to re-introduce characters that may have already been on screen, but either need a fresh take or a complete reboot. Seeing as the last we saw of Blade was a short-lived TV show and the rights for the character reverted to Marvel last year, this seems like an excellent opportunity to re-introduce the Daywalker and a good way to introduce the supernatural element of the Marvel Universe that hasn't been explored by any of the actual Marvel movies to date.
6. Daredevil: Speaking of characters that badly need a reboot/re-introduction, we still have nightmares about the horror that was 2003's Daredevil film. A good low-key way to bring him back (especially since I'm fairly positive the rights just recently reverted to Marvel) would be through this TV show. And he is an extremely awesome character that could fit in well with the TV show.
5. Damage Control: In a Marvel series that Joss Whedon has any personal involvement in, this just makes too much sense as it would be a rich humor mine. It also works as it would seem SHIELD would pretty much have to work in some form with a construction firm whose main role is to clean-up disaster areas after super-hero battles. It provides a lot of easy plot lines as well.
4. Luke Cage/Iron Fist: While they could certainly be introduced as individuals, these Heroes for Hire work much better as a team. They could always be on retainer when SHIELD needed a little extra muscle, and considering they've supposedly been trying to get a movie for either or both of these characters off the ground for years, this would be a great way to set that up.
3. She-Hulk:Granted, SHIELD probably deals with legal matters in their own special way, but being that Jennifer Walters is a really good attorney and can kick a lot of ass, she'd make a good fit to mostly deal with a legal issues SHIELD might face as well as handling any PR issues that might have, which let's face it, is not Nick Fury's specialty.
2. Spider-Woman: A super-hero with a long history as an actual SHIELD agent? Seems like a no-brainer here. Especially since she would be a good way to introduce HYDRA into the TV show given her history with that group as well.
1. Black Panther: Even at over 2 & 1/2 hours long, character development in The Avengers was slightly lacking. That's fine for the big 4, they had at least one full movie to establish themselves already. For characters like Hawkeye & Black Widow, we didn't get much insight into their origins or motivations or their shared history. This TV show could be a very easy way to introduce new members to the Avengers film series without bloating the movies themselves. And Black Panther is a major member of the Avengers that would require some back story, and could fit in quite nicely in the TV show. He could also be a way of having the Avengers present without constantly having to stunt cast one of the actors from the movies all the time if he was introduced via the TV show to begin with.
Ok that's the list, but ultimately, this TV show is a fantastic opportunity to greatly expand the Marvel Universe without risking a big budget movie on less well-known characters. I hope to see many characters pop up aside from the ones I mentioned above. It is potentially a great time to be a Marvel fan. I should have another post up tomorrow, but until then, here's your FREE GAME OF THE WEEK: Slimevolution