Marvel Comics Heroes We Really Want To See In The MCU

One of the many things that make the MCU so amazing is the variety of characters that it contains. What started with a shot-in-the-dark film about one of the founding members of the Avengers starring a controversial Hollywood actor jumpstarted an entire cinematic universe. "Iron Man" premiered in 2008 and became a box office and critical success, as well as the genesis of what we now know today as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Several hit movies followed, including solo outings for Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Ant-Man. Television series based on Marvel Comics heroes like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil soon dominated Netflix. Hulu and Freeform also brought Marvel characters into live action with "Runaways" and "Cloak & Dagger." And although the jury is still out on whether or not it is MCU canon, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is the longest-running television series based on Marvel's heroes. 

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of Marvel Comics characters who have yet to appear in the MCU. As Phase 4 of the MCU ramps up, we've seen an inkling of things to come, such as the possible debut of super teams like the Young Avengers and an increased focus on diversity. Using indicators from previous live-action projects as well as the source material, here are the top 10 Marvel Comics heroes we really want — and are most likely to see — in the MCU.


Moondragon is one of the most powerful telepaths and martial artists in Marvel Comics. She also possesses minor telekinetic abilities and is a highly skilled geneticist, and strives to achieve excellence in every area of human accomplishment. In the comics, she's been a longtime member of the Avengers, and she also just happens to be the daughter of Drax — y'know, that guy from "Guardians of the Galaxy?"

In the MCU, it's been stated that Drax lost his wife and daughter to Thanos, but what if that's only partially true? Fans have long speculated that Moondragon could turn up as part of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise and, with "Vol. 3" possibly being the series' last entry, her appearance feels inevitable.

During Moondragon's time as an Avenger, she helped train Hellcat in the ways of the mystic and martial arts, and was instrumental in the fight against Thanos and Korvac during "The Korvac Saga" storyline. In the comics, Moondragon eventually joins the Guardians of the Galaxy, honoring her father. This could very easily happen in the movies, too, as it's been heavily implied that Drax might die in the third installment. Either way, this powerful hero would be a great addition to either the MCU's Avengers or its Guardians. 


"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" promises to be one of the MCU's most ambitious films yet, not only by exploring the multiple dimensions hinted at in the Disney+ "WandaVision" and "Loki" series, but also by introducing several new characters. Clea, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension, is rumored to be one of them. 

In the comics, Clea is the niece of Dormammu who has inherited magical abilities of her own, which she uses to help Dr. Strange fight against her uncle and escape the Dark Dimension. The two eventually become partners, both personally and professionally, working together to keep the universe safe from the forces of evil magic. Clea would go on to join the Defenders, where she formed a close friendship with the original Valkyrie. Clea is also an ally of the Avengers and frequently works with them concerning matters of the dark arts. 

While the character hasn't been officially declared part of the "Doctor Strange" sequel, some allegedly leaked concept art that featured previously announced MCU characters America Chavez and Brother Voodoo also included a figure with a striking resemblance to Clea. Viewers of "WandaVision" also suspected that Dottie, played by Emma Caulfield, could be Clea, perhaps attempting to stop — or help — Wanda at some point. However, this turned out to be false; Dottie was just another mind-controlled resident of Westview. 


While Songbird was one of the many "reformed" villains who comprised the original Thunderbolts team, she actually had turned over a new leaf. Formerly known as Screaming Mimi, Songbird didn't waste the opportunity to make up for her past mistakes by becoming a fully-fledged superhero. She now uses her ability to create "solid sound" constructs to fight alongside Marvel's greatest heroes. 

When the Thunderbolts were revealed to be the Masters of Evil, Songbird was the only member who couldn't follow through with their scheme for world domination. Being a hero made her feel better about herself, and the team's youngest member, Jolt, who wasn't in on the plan, looked up to her. Songbird would go on to become a mainstay in "Thunderbolts," and played a supporting role when the title transitioned into "Dark Avengers." As part of Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" branding in 2015, Songbird became an official member of the Avengers. 

With Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) already recruiting heroes from around the world, including Yelena Belova and U.S. Agent, it seems like it's only a matter of time before the Thunderbolts make their MCU debut. Songbird would be the perfect addition to the team, as well as the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. 


Based on Heracles of Greek mythology, Hercules has been a perennial member of the Avengers. He's also starred in three limited series and one ongoing book, "The Incredible Hercules." With superhuman agility, strength, and endurance, Hercules has been a member of multiple teams throughout Marvel Comics' history — in addition to the Avengers, he's also been part of the Champions, the Defenders, and the Heroes for Hire. 

While Hercules may seem like an odd character to introduce to the MCU, his "fish out of water" story (he's an Olympian god in the land of humans) could be an interesting angle; "Thor" played with this same idea, but didn't realize its full potential. The character is also bloodthirsty and has a passion for war, something that we have yet to see on the good guys' side in the MCU. 

Greek mythology is already going to join the MCU in next year's "Thor: Love and Thunder," in which Russell Crowe will play Zeus, king of the Olympians. Could this mean that Hercules, as well as the rest of the Greek gods, aren't far behind? 


While multiple women have adopted the mantle of Spider-Woman, we're talking about the first hero who used the moniker, Jessica Drew. Many people who aren't familiar with Spider-Woman assume that she is the female version of Spider-Man. However, aside from having "spider" in their names, the two actually have very little in common. 

Jessica Drew gained her powers from an experimental serum that her scientist father gave to her as a young girl, following extensive exposure to radiation. The serum granted Jessica various powers, including superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, senses, pheromone manipulation, and the ability to project bio-electric energy. Jessica was eventually captured by HYDRA and brainwashed into becoming one of their top agents, until Fury exposed HYDRA and brought Jessica to SHIELD. In the comics, Spider-Woman played a prominent role in a number of Avengers storylines, including "Secret Invasion" and "Secret Wars." "Secret Invasion" has already been announced as an upcoming Disney+ series, with "Secret Wars" rumored to be coming to the MCU fairly soon.

Spider-Woman actually received her own animated series shortly after her comic book debut in 1979, but it only lasted for one season. She is set to appear in the sequel to "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," with "Insecure" star Issa Rae providing her voice. Additionally, it has been announced that Olivia Wilde will be helming a solo female movie set in the Sony "Spider-Man" universe, which is heavily thought to be about Jessica Drew's Spider-Woman. 


An intergalactic hero with ties to multiple Marvel Comics teams, Nova almost made an appearance in the MCU not once, but twice. The character was originally set to be featured in the first "Guardians of the Galaxy," but was later dropped after several draft revisions. There was a small, blink-and-you'll-miss-it Easter egg in "Avengers: Endgame" that featured the Nova Corps, with Nova Prime leading the corps into battle against Thanos and his forces. 

While there has been more than one version of the character, the most prominent is Richard Ryder. Richard gained his abilities, including enhanced strength, flight, and resistance to injury, once he became a member of the interstellar police force known as the Nova Corps. Following his adventures in outer space, Richard returned to Earth and became a founding member of the superhero team called the New Warriors. Eventually, Nova returned to space as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, becoming an integral member of the team as they faced off against Annihilus and his Annihilation Wave. 

With the Nova Corps already introduced in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise, it seems like only a matter of time before Nova makes his official appearance in the MCU. 


While "Avengers: Age of Ultron" may not be everyone's favorite MCU film, there's no denying that Ultron made a compelling villain for the Avengers. In the comic books, Ultron was patterned after Hank Pym, not Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. As in the movie, the robot eventually turned against its creators, but he also grew tired of being alone. So, he created a bride of his own, and named her Jocasta. 

However, Jocasta's brain patterns were based on Janet Van Dyne's, which eventually helped her break free of Ultron's control. She worked with the Avengers to defeat Ultron, and later joined the team, finding a home for herself among Earth's mightiest heroes.

With Vision carrying on Ultron's legacy, it stands to reason that there is room in the MCU for Jocasta. After all, Ultron is gone, and White Vision's whereabouts are currently unknown. If the Avengers ever re-assemble, it sure would be nice to have a sentient robot on the team — Jocasta could play that role nicely


Firestar is one of the rare Marvel superheroes who didn't make her debut in the pages of a comic book. She first appeared in the 1981 animated series "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends," alongside Spider-Man and her fellow mutant Iceman. However, Firestar became so popular that Marvel decided to introduce the character to the comics. She started as a young member of the White Queen's Hellions, before defecting once she realized that the team was evil. 

Firestar has the ability to generate and manipulate microwave radiation, and has worked as both a solo hero and also a member of multiple teams, including the Avengers, the X-Men, and the New Warriors, of which she's a founding member. She later developed a lasting romance with fellow New Warriors member Vance Astro. Unfortunately, Firestar eventually found out that she wasn't immune to her powers, which ended up giving her cancer. During the "Marvel Divas" run, Firestar worked through her diagnosis with her friend group, which was composed of Black Cat, Hellcat, and Monica Rambeau. 

With ties to so many heroes who have either already made their debut in the movies or are right about to, it's well past time to bring Firestar into the MCU herself

Beta Ray Bill

Beta Ray Bill is a rather unusual character: He started as a monster, and unexpectedly turned out to be a powerful hero. Bill is the first being outside of Marvel's Norse pantheon considered worthy of wielding Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Following a brief rivalry between Bill and Thor, Bill was granted his own weapon, a war hammer called Stormbreaker. The two have been staunch allies ever since. 

By Marvel standards, Beta Ray Bill is a relatively new arrival, making his first appearance in 1983's "The Mighty Thor." He has the same powers as Thor, including superhuman strength, electricity manipulation, and flight. However, he also has the ability to manipulate the weather, similar to the X-Men's Storm, and made a name for himself outside of Thor's shadow. As a member of the Thor Corps, Bill is part of a multi-dimensional superhero force. He's also been part of the Guardians of the Galaxy as well, going up against Thanos and Galactus. 

Bill was originally in an early version of "Thor: Ragnarok," but ultimately didn't make the cut. As producer Kevin Feige said, "It was so quick ... and it just didn't do it justice. And the feeling is, if you can't do it justice, do it later." The film instead used Bill's image for one of the statues surrounding the Grandmaster's arena.