Which Marvel Characters Deserve Their Own Shows?



Morbius the Living Vampire

Morbius the Living Vampire is a character that has stood the test of time, managing to intrigue new writers and readers with each new decade. Dr. Michael Morbius was a brilliant scientist working on blood diseases. After learning that he himself had a rare disease, his research reached obsessive levels. He began to study vampire bats... an accident during an experiment turned him into a being that resembled the vampires of lore. Morbius needs to drink blood to survive, like any vampire, but he doesn't have their weaknesses or their lack of conscience. Morbius prowls the streets in search of a cure for his tormented condition, while preying only upon those who would prey on others. 

For a television adaptation, Morbius' bat-like visage would have to be altered a touch. Still, this could be a dark, stand-alone supernatural series that wouldn't have to cross over with the other Marvel properties very much. 


Power Man, Iron Fist, Heroes for Hire

Like a great professional wrestling tag-team, Power Man (real name Luke Cage) and Iron Fist (real name Danny Rand) were successful on their own, but then came together to become something even more popular. Superheroes who got down on their luck, Cage and Rand opened Heroes for Hire Inc., a small business licensed by the state of New York which offered a full line of professional investigation and protection services. Hey, you're living in a world of metahumans, hero and criminal alike--sometimes you need a little meta-muscle at your service. 

This one seems like the most natural fit within the world of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' a show that shows us what happens to people with powers who don't quite fit in like The Avengers. Cage and Rand could capitalize on a world suddenly aware of superheroics and take new cases each and every week. Sometimes, they could be hired for nefarious means, which could put them directly at odds with our beloved Agents from S.H.I.E.L.D... make this one happen, Marvel!


Moon Knight

Marc Spector is a man who has struggled and battled all of his life. Beginning as a prize fighter and then enlisting in the Marines, Spector hated bullies, hated being oppressed in any fashion, always seeking a way to fight back. After two tours of duty, Spector became an agent with the CIA... only to realize that the CIA trades on oppression, as well. Leaving and becoming a mercenary for hire, Spector travelled an immoral path... until during a mission in Sudan, Spector witnessed a massacre and was mortally wounded, himself. His life is spared by Khonshu, the Ancient Egyptian god of vengeance; he awakens with a new purpose: to bring havoc to those who deserve it, in the name of righteous vengeance. 

It's a little more out-there than most superhero origin stories, but the idea of a hero who spent many years as an amoral killer appeals to me. Even in service of vengeance, Moon Knight's cause is suspect at times. Similar to The Punisher, this idea could only work if Marvel is willing to take off the kid gloves. 


Doctor Strange

This is one that I would give up all of my earthly belongings for the opportunity to write. Doctor Stephen Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth realm... meaning he is the greatest practitioner of the dark arts and the one thing standing between our world and countless dimensions of supernatural horrors. 

Marvel has already begun to explore the intergalactic (with 'Thor,' 'Marvel's The Avengers' and the upcoming space-opera 'Guardians of the Galaxy') but we've yet to explore the supernatural. Doctor Strange is a man who has been to Hell--literally. He appears to be forty despite actually being nearly a hundred years old, he speaks countless languages (including many not intended for human ears) and whenever there's a rift between the realms, it is Doctor Strange who ensures that we mere mortals never have to learn what's on the other side. 

This show could be like 'House' if he were battling demons. Sounds fun to me. 

So there you have it! Eight viable ideas for Marvel Studios television! I don't know about you, but I'm hoping at least a couple of these turn up in the Marvel television package. Then again, maybe it's impossible to predict--I certainly didn't expect 'Guardians of the Galaxy' nor 'Ant-Man' feature films, but bring on Phase Three...

What do you think? Who did I miss? Share your ideas below!


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Written by: bad_subject
Oct 27th, 2013, 9:47 am

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Message Posted On Nov 10th, 2013, 12:27 am
Cloak & Dagger. One are that Marvel should be aiming to capture is the teen market, and this would be a show that could do that.

Message Posted On Oct 29th, 2013, 3:52 pm
Mockingbird. Strong female interest element, wide open storywise and not excessively bound by Marvel continuity. She's a low power hand to hand fighter with no special effects requirements, so she'd be TV budget friendly.

Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 11:58 pm
Thunderbolts - lots of "reformed" bad guys would be amusing. with the likelihood that the Civil War story line is going to enter the MCU it would make sense to have them hunting heroes down as well. Biggest issue is cross franchise people as always, Disney has enough money they should just buy back all the IP.

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Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 11:32 am

JAGUARDOG: I would love them to do something with Surfer, but alas, both the Surfer and Namor are packaged in with the Fantastic Four rights, so Marvel can't touch them.... for now. 



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Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 11:26 am

For TV series:

1. Daredevil

2. Silver Surfer

3. Dr. Strange

4. Iron Man

5. Sub Mariner

6. Captain America

7. Thor

8. Man-Thing

9. Ghost Rider

10. Sgt. Fury & his Howling Commandos (There hasn't been a good non-comedy Military/War series in ages like "Combat")

11. The Rawhide Kid / Kid Colt Outlaw / The Two Gun Kid (any of these would be like seeing "The Lone Ranger" again)



Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 6:10 am
Squirrel Girl! Considered by some to be the most powerful hero in the Marvel universe. She beat Dr.Doom, Thanos, Modok,and Fin fang Foom just to name a few.
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Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 5:17 am
Marvel characters that will be easiest to develop for television -- hands down has to be Heroes for Hire. Already sounds like a TV series.

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Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 1:44 am

Forget making a bunch of new shows and flooding the market, make just 1 mega show that has ALL of the Super Hero's but have them changing from episode to episode.

Let's see......

We will call it "PROTECTORS" and it will follow the exploits of different heroes’ each story and each story could go for 2 or 3 episodes. They could be all intertwined so at the end of the series it turns out that all the trouble and battles have been leading to one monumental world changing event, that the heroes’ have to win or the world will be damned forever.  


Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2013, 1:39 am
Morbius could open the door to Marvel's huge supernatural universe; The Midnight Sons, Werewolf By Night, Man-Thing, Ghost Rider, Dr.Strange and even Blade have all crossed paths many times. Could be interesting.

Message Posted On Oct 27th, 2013, 11:35 pm
How about enough with all the superhero crap already ? It was good and entertaining when there was ONE movie every couple years. But now there is WAY too much of that going around and a lot more is still coming (movies planned till what ? 2020 was it ? 4 more tv series ... yikes). Superhero movies/series stuff is getting worse than (pr0n) movie sequelitis.
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