Marvel’s Netflix series: Nine heroes who deserve their own shows

Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.

Hero Complex offers suggestions for nine characters who deserve their own series. Click through the gallery for a look at each of these heroes. (Marvel)

Captain Marvel: Captain Marvel is a cosmic hero and card-carrying member of the Avengers, but comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick helped bring Carol Danvers back down to earth in including her life outside of her superhero work. Danvers lives in a modest apartment with quirky neighbors and has a super-efficient assistant, ex-superhero friends and a pushy publicist -- a modest superhero saving the world, paying her rent and trying to live her life. (Filipe Daniel Moreno De Andrade / Joe Quinones / Marvel)

Moon Knight: Marvel’s answer to Batman is similar to the Dark Knight in many ways (millionaire playboy fights crime in disguise), but Marc Spector’s back story is way crazier than anything even the Joker could come up with. The son of a rabbi, Spector is a mercenary who is nearly killed by his own employer but is saved by an Egyptian god who tasks him to serve as the god’s avatar on Earth. And Moon Knight draws supernatural powers from the moon. So take that, Batman. (Alex Maleev / Marvel)

Morbius: Morbius the Living Vampire would make for a sort of supernatural twist on the Marvel-Netflix recipe of street-level heroes. The hard-luck, bloodsucking antihero Michael Morbius’ search for a cure for his science-gone-wrong-induced condition could make for a compelling series. And if it leads to an eventual Midnight Sons or Legion of Monsters miniseries, we’re totally cool with that. (Stefano Caselli / David Lopez / Marvel)

Shang-Chi: Although he possesses no superpowers, the oft-dubbed "Master of Kung Fu" Shang-Chi boasts extraordinary martial arts and Wushu skills. He's been part of the Secret Avengers, Heroes for Hire, the Avengers and more. Picture a '70s throwback series with plenty of martial arts stunts. (Brian Hagan / Sebastian Fiumara / Marvel)

Hawkeye: Yes, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is already in the “Avengers” movies, but as the Matt Fraction-written Marvel NOW “Hawkeye” series has shown, the archer’s life away from his superpowered colleagues is plenty interesting, adventurous and not special-effects-heavy. And who could resist Pizza Dog? (David Aja / Francesco Francavilla / Marvel)

Misty Knight and Colleen Wing: Misty and Colleen are from different sides of the tracks, so to speak. Misty was an NYPD detective who lost her arm defusing a bomb. Tony Stark gave her a bionic replacement. Colleen Wing was raised in the mountains of Japan and was taught the ways of the samurai by her grandfather. Misty rescued Colleen from a gun battle, and the two have been fast friends ever since, eventually opening up a detective agency of their own, Nightwing Restorations. The duo has many run-ins with Iron Fist and Power Man, and Misty has an on-again-off-again relationship with Iron Fist. (Khari Evans / Takeshi Miyazawa / Marvel)

Doctor Strange: True, Marvel has already announced plans for a big-screen adventure with the Sorcerer Supreme, but it’s not too late to change their minds. And who wouldn’t want a weekly journey headfirst into the magical world of Marvel, with its Eye of Agamotto, the Book of Vishanti or even the dreaded Dormmamu from the Dark Dimension? It may even be enough to bring the mustache back into style. (Lucio Parrillo / Tomm Coker / Marvel)

Loki: We assume Tom Hiddleston is probably too expensive for a Netflix series, and his character is well-established in the Marvel movie franchise, but we couldn't resist. The silver-tongued demigod could make for any number of entertaining television series. His romantic life could prove interesting (the upcoming comic series "Loki: Agent of Asgard" will explore the character's bisexuality and gender fluidity). Or Loki and Thor could be odd-couple roommates in an Asgard dormitory. Heck, we'd even watch a reality-style show in which the mischievous villain pranks unsuspecting heroes. (Marko Djurdjevic / Frank Cho / Marvel)

Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix.

The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today.

The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke Cage’s best friend.

The lesser-known lineup seems to steer clear of Marvel’s mega-franchises, like “The Avengers” and 20th Century Fox’s “The X-Men” and “The Fantastic Four.” Hero Complex offers up suggestions for eight potential series under the new Marvel-Netflix arrangement. Click through the gallery above for a look at the characters.

Captain Marvel: Captain Marvel is a cosmic hero and card-carrying member of the Avengers, but comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick helped bring Carol Danvers back down to earth in including her life outside of her superhero work. Danvers lives in a modest apartment with quirky neighbors and has a super-efficient assistant, ex-superhero friends and a pushy publicist — a modest superhero saving the world, paying her rent and trying to live her life.

Moon Knight: Marvel’s answer to Batman is similar to the Dark Knight in many ways (millionaire playboy fights crime in disguise), but Marc Spector’s back story is way crazier than anything even the Joker could come up with. The son of a rabbi, Spector is a mercenary who is nearly killed by his own employer but is saved by an Egyptian god who tasks him to serve as the god’s avatar on Earth. And Moon Knight draws supernatural powers from the moon. So take that, Batman.

Morbius: Morbius the Living Vampire would make for a sort of supernatural twist on the Marvel-Netflix recipe of street-level heroes. The hard-luck, bloodsucking antihero Michael Morbius’ search for a cure for his science-gone-wrong-induced condition could make for a compelling series. And if it leads to an eventual Midnight Sons or Legion of Monsters miniseries, we’re totally cool with that.

Shang-Chi: Although he possesses no superpowers, the oft-dubbed “Master of Kung Fu” Shang-Chi boasts extraordinary martial arts and Wushu skills. He’s been part of the Secret Avengers, Heroes for Hire, the Avengers and more. Picture a ’70s throwback series with plenty of martial arts stunts.

Hawkeye: Yes, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is already in the “Avengers” movies, but as the Matt Fraction-written Marvel NOW “Hawkeye” series has shown, the archer’s life away from his superpowered colleagues is plenty interesting, adventurous and not special-effects-heavy. And who could resist Pizza Dog?

Misty Knight and Colleen Wing: Misty and Colleen are from different sides of the tracks, so to speak. Misty was an NYPD detective who lost her arm defusing a bomb. Tony Stark gave her a bionic replacement. Colleen Wing was raised in the mountains of Japan and was taught the ways of the samurai by her grandfather. Misty rescued Colleen from a gun battle, and the two have been fast friends ever since, eventually opening up a detective agency of their own, Nightwing Restorations. The duo has many run-ins with Iron Fist and Power Man, and Misty has an on-again-off-again relationship with Iron Fist.

Doctor Strange: True, Marvel has already announced plans for a big-screen adventure with the Sorcerer Supreme, but it’s not too late to change their minds. And who wouldn’t want a weekly journey headfirst into the magical world of Marvel, with its Eye of Agamotto, the Book of Vishanti or even the dreaded Dormmamu from the Dark Dimension? It may even be enough to bring the mustache back into style.

Loki: We assume Tom Hiddleston is probably too expensive for a Netflix series, and his character is well-established in the Marvel movie franchise, but we couldn’t resist. The silver-tongued demigod could make for any number of entertaining television series. His romantic life could prove interesting (the upcoming comic series “Loki: Agent of Asgard” will explore the character’s bisexuality and gender fluidity). Or Loki and Thor could be odd-couple roommates in an Asgard dormitory. Heck, we’d even watch a reality-style show in which the mischievous villain pranks unsuspecting heroes.

Who do you think deserves his or her own Marvel series? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark, Patrick Kevin Day, Blake Hennon, Jevon Phillips | @LATHeroComplex

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16 Responses to Marvel’s Netflix series: Nine heroes who deserve their own shows

  1. John says:

    I thought Captain Marvel was a boy named Billy Batson who turned into Captain Marvel by saying the majic word "Shazam." I can understand him getting older but when did he have the sex change?

    • noelenecy says:

      Hi John,
      Several characters have used the alias "Captain Marvel," including DC's Billy Batson (A.K.A. Shazam), Marvel's Mar-Vell, a member of the Kree race, and others. Carol Danvers, formerly Ms. Marvel, received Mar-vell's knowledge and training in an incident with a Kree Psyche-Magneton device (aren't comics great?). Anyway, Billy Batson and Carol Danvers have both used the name "Captain Marvel," but they exist in separate universes — DC and Marvel.
      Thanks so much for reading!
      Team Hero Complex

    • Elizabeth says:

      The Captain Marvel that you are thinking of is from the DC comic universe

  2. marvin mcdonald says:

    luke cage& iron fist need more not so well known heroe on t series for the new teenage years even docter stranged & ms marvel please think about it really think about

  3. guest says:

    PLEASE do not let who ever wrote this article to ever comment again on comic book related tv shows (or movies)

    as for serious ideas for other tv shows with Marvel heroes …
    the New Warriors
    Punisher – with Thomas Jane returning to the role !
    Blade and the Midnight Sons
    Doc Sampson
    Alpha Flight – if the rights aren't held by Fox (under the X-men banner)
    Werewolf by Night
    Mockingbird & Tigra & Wonderman …. 3 or 4 episodes each
    leading to a mini-series West Coast Avengers !!!! – led by Hawkeye !!

    • Guest AGAIN says:

      oh yeah – I almost forgot another couple of characters that would be great for a TV series …

      Quasar

      Rom – Space Knight !

      if you can’t have a Silver Surfer movie one of these guys would be great for a well-budgeted tv show

  4. Fanon says:

    Just to clarify, Carol Danvers was "Ms. Marvel" not "Captain Marvel". Captain Marvel was a totally different character, actually two different characters used the name Captain Marvel: One a male, the other a female member of the Avengers.

  5. @heathater says:

    For Shang Chi's entry, Wushu is a catchall term for Chinese martial arts so that sentence is a bit redundant.

  6. drstrangerthanU says:

    Dr. Strange? Yes, please.

  7. Draven says:

    Hey Team Hero Complex, wushu is definitely a very specific sport and martial art, and it is very unlikely to be used as a catch-all term. Your original post was right — and great!

    • noelenecy says:

      Hey thanks, Draven! Interestingly enough, several actors who participated in stunts and fight scenes have mentioned wushu as part of their inspiration and physical training, including Tom Hiddleston (for Loki). Apparently it's a very cinematic sport. Appreciate your insight!
      Team Hero Complex

  8. sue says:

    No to Netflix, but on another cable channel Moon Knight would be great. This would allow the show to go to the Hard R extremes Spector does, as long as they do not use the Bendis/Maleev storyline. Hire Charlie Huston to write from his own work and get Anson Mount to play Marc.

    Shang Chi and Misty Knight and Colleen Wing would be fun too.

    I'd rather see Doctor Strange on the big screen.

  9. norberto ayala says:

    has anyone remember the white tiger from deathly hands of kung-fu fame

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