With Agent Carter Season 1 now at an end (and its prospects of renewal unsure) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moving towards its season finale, we got started thinking about the next crop of spinoffs that Marvel could bring to the small screen. Netflix has Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones on the way, but who from the established cinematic universe would we most want to see in their own live-action spinoffs? Well, here's who:
Yes, we saw them in Agent Carter though why not feature them in their own series? That way, we could feature Dum Dum Dugan (the very TV-friendly Neal McDonough) leading a team of his own across international missions, dipping into Captain America and Agent Carter characters as necessary, potentially even in flashback. And who could resist that hat?
Fandral, Volstagg, Lady Sif and Hogun were certainly given their due in the first Thor film, as well as what we’ve seen of Thor: The Dark World, but how better to differentiate from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. than with an ongoing series set in the fantasy realm of Asgard? Not only would Jaimie Alexander make a fantastic lead for the series and ABC’s lineup, but both Ray Stevenson and Zachary Levi have been exceptionally TV friendly in the past (assuming Josh Dallas, the original Fandral was still bound to Once Upon A Time).
A Warriors Four series would combine ABC’s fantasy interests with some of its most popular properties, and could even attract Chris Hemsworth to the mix now and again. Maybe. Probably.
A Winter Soldier series would depend on what Marvel's plans are for his future through and after Captain America: Civil War, but Sebastian Stan’s forthcoming Bucky Barnes evolution (SPOILER!) would make an ideal reformed lead for the head of his own series, lending more of a spy-thriller edge to what we’ve seen from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not to mention, Sebastian Stan has history with ABC in his role as the Mad Hatter of Once Upon A Time, so we’ll eat our hats if the character doesn’t at least pop up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at some point.
Like the Howling Commandos, Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark had a supporting role in the Agent Carter TV series. It’s certainly been suggested before that Stark’s papa would make for a fine focus in his own right, adding a dash of the Captain America and Mad Men period flare with a retro-tech influence of Iron Man. Think Roger Sterling with a government contract, and we’re already pouring the scotch!
Granted, Marvel has more or less established that Angel alum J. August Richards won’t be donning yellow or gauntlets anytime soon as Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage, but we’re quite certain that Richards’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character will be revisited in the future. Assuming Richards doesn’t end up joining the cast outright as a series regular before long, let’s see what he does as a superpowered team leader of his own!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can have their cases of the week, but Richards can satisfy our need for weekly super-heroics. If nothing else, he could always change his name, move to New York City, and start some kind of heroic hiring business, running it with a fist of iron, right? Right?
Madcap Uatu the Watcher theories pop up with every subsequent Stan Lee appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so why not run with it? Let’s give Marvel legend Stan Lee his own anthology series to tell different stories across the Marvel Universe every week, Twilight Zone style! We’ve no doubt that hundreds of worthy Marvel characters will have fallen through the cracks by the time The Avengers franchise and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wrap up, so let’s get the main man himself to do what he does best, and tell us stories of Marvel legend!
The Nova Corps, the alien police force of sorts from Guardians of the Galaxy, might be our best bet for future ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ alien madness. We know Marvel loves the Guardians universe, but it doesn't mix very well with the Avengers world. So why not get the jump on Marvel’s interstellar endgame with a mad sci-fi procedural of space cops with John C. Reilly and Glenn Close?
Much as we love Don Cheadle’s take on Rhodey, we can’t deny that the character has been given a bit of short shrift in recent films. Not only was James Rhodes absent even in mention in The Avengers (“Hey, team, we could use another guy in a murder suit, right?”), but he does at least have a cameo in Avengers 2. Don’s House of Lies commitment would make a ‘War Machine’ series difficult, but how better to get a budget-friendly and TV-accessible Iron Man figure? Keep the US Government angle, and we could have a very unique twist on the war thriller.
Whether or not the internet really believes a petition will force Marvel to make a feature film highlighting Tom Hiddleston’s breakout Asgardian god of mischief, there can be no doubt that the company would be wise to find a new platform for the character. Loki would make for a fine antihero with enough of a twist to keep things interesting and make for some incredible crossover potential with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the future. Seriously, how much would you pay to see Tom Hiddleston square off with Coulson just one more time?
Really, a potential Hulk series would have to be the cream of the crop, considering the multiple attempts in recent years to return the character to TV, and the lack of feature development for our favorite jolly green shawarma-gobbling giant. We’re not saying Mark Ruffalo has to go back to the classic Bill Bixby drama of sad hitchhiking, but the Hulk world and its peripheral characters have barely been explored by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and they have no current plans to do so through 2020).
Imagine guest stars like Modern Family's Ty Burrell reprising the role of Leonard Samson, or Tim Roth as a de-monstrified Emil Blonsky, hell, we could even throw in the young Jack McGee! Naturally, budgetary concerns would mark Hulk’s biggest obstacle to ending up on the small screen, but Mark Ruffalo’s well-received take on Bruce Banner would go a long way toward evening the scales.