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.
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!
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.
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...
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