Wonder Man

He was the original man behind Vision and a huge staple of not only the Avengers but the Marvel Universe as well. So could we finally see Wonder Man make his cinematic debut when the MCU hits Phase Five? Simon Williams was first introduced in Avengers #9 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck as a rival to Tony Stark, but his legacy would end up being something much stranger than just another Iron Man villain. See, Simon wasn’t around long before he slipped into a catatonic state, and his brain patterns were stolen by Ultron to form the basis of the Vision’s synthezoid mind.

Eventually, Simon was revived and would become one of the most beloved Avengers. His similarities to the Vision made him an ideal romantic rival and alternate partner for Scarlet Witch, creating a bizarre love triangle that’s carried on for decades. He also forged a career as a Hollywood actor, adding a celebrity mentality to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (something we almost saw by way of Nathan Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). Putting Wonder Man in the MCU would give us a totally different kind of hero on the silver screen and allow filmmakers to probe the boundaries of the MCU’s fourth wall.

Thunderbolts

Since the announcement that the upcoming Captain Marvel movie would include Marvel’s most famous alien foe, Skrulls, there’s been much speculation about whether or not the next phase of the MCU would be based on the classic Secret Invasion storyline. The comics were groundbreaking as they revealed many of the famous heroes we were reading for years to actually have been replaced by the alien shapeshifters. In the wake of Secret Invasion the public lost faith in the heroes, so a team of reformed super villains turned heroes made a comeback and they were called the Thunderbolts!

Originally conceived by Mark Bagley and Kurt Busiek after the Onslaught event as a new team of heroes in the mold of the Avengers, the team was revealed to be villains at the end of their first appearance! And after Secret Invasion they returned with a new lineup to fill the void left by the events of Secret Invasion. It would make a lot of sense for Marvel to introduce a whole new team especially in the wake of Infinity War, let alone whatever will happen when we rejoin the surviving heroes next year.

Songbird

Songbird

The most heroic of the Thunderbolts began as one of the most notorious villains. Songbird A.K.A. Screaming Mimi utilizes her supersonic scream to battle her enemies and has a colorful background… one that includes being in a team of female supervillains called the Grapplers! The MCU is in dire need of more women, and Songbird would be a radical new face with a whole bunch of great backstory.

Melissa Gold’s abilities enable her to craft 3D objects out of solid sound, which could look incredible on the big screen. She already has connections to many of the Avengers including Black Widow, Cap, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye, who was the long-time leader of the Thunderbolts and could likely take on that role in the coming years of the MCU.

Nighthawk

Nighthawk

Nighthawk was not only a short-lived member of the Thunderbolts, but he was also at the center of the Squadron Supreme and Defenders, in which he starred in alongside one of the MCU’s newest recruit, Valkyrie. Kyle Richmond is the original Nighthawk–there are five alt-universe versions–and he’s essentially Marvel’s Batman. He’s a wealthy young man who after the death of his mother is sent to boarding school before attempting to join the army, but during a drunken haze one night he managed to create a magical serum which gave him enhanced athletic ability during the night, hence his moniker.

With his strange powerset and dark aesthetic, it would be pretty likely that if Nighthawk debuts in the MCU it’ll be in the Netflix shows, especially as he was in the ’70s Daredevil comics as well. But there’s always a chance that he could pop up in the films if Marvel decides to pursue the Thunderbolts or even their own version of the Defenders (albeit closer to the comics and likely with a different name). It would be especially cool if they went with Kyle’s later iteration, which reimagined Kyle as a young black man working out of Chicago. We know John Boyega has had talks with Marvel Studios, and this could be an especially meaty role for the accomplished actor.

Bullseye

Bullseye

Another Daredevil regular turned Thunderbolts member is Bullseye. A terrifying sociopathic assassin, Bullseye was first introduced in Daredevil #131 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He’s since become an iconic Marvel villain, and his unique power of being able to turn any object into a deadly projectile also makes him one of the most dangerous. He’s faced down Matt Murdock, Punisher, Captain America, and even the Red Skull. During Warren Ellis’ run on Thunderbolts, he also semi-reformed and joined the superhero team.

Fans have been surprised that Lester A.K.A. Bullseye has yet to make an appearance in the Netflix Daredevil show as he’s so intrinsically tied to the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Could it be because Marvel had bigger plans for the psychotic marksman? Including a character from Daredevil would be an exciting bit of fan service for the films, and would be a really out there inclusion if Disney does decide to assemble the Thunderbolts!

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That’s all for our wild predictions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 might bring in the years to come. Again, without knowing what’s coming in Phase 4, this is all just fun speculation on our part. Is there anything you’d like to see happen in the future of Marvel Studios? Sound off below and let us know.

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