I love all the current Marvel movies. Yeah, sure, they have flaws—but seeing them in theaters is almost always a lot of fun. Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favorite movies of 2014. That being said—one of their biggest flaws is diversity. They need more LGBTQ, women, and POC characters. There are P L E N T Y of badass women for Marvel to use in their movies too—it’s not like they’re lacking in female characters to choose from. And don’t get me wrong, Pepper Potts and Black Widow are awesome characters—it’d just be nice to see some more superpowered women in these movies.
Just so we’re clear, I'm only including characters that haven’t been announced as being in any series or movie (so, no Captain Marvel or Hellcat) or made any appearances (Stature aka Cassie Lang is seen as a child in the Ant-Man trailer) and only included characters Marvel could legally use in their movies (so, sadly, no mutants). And, ya know, Marvel, if you’re reading this—feel free to hire me.
(1) Misty Knight
Why: Misty Knight is criminally underused in the comics—but she’s been on nearly every version of the Heroes For Hire team and would be great in a Marvel Cinematic Universe series of her own (not unlike Jessica Jones) and she’d be a good rival for Tony Stark—she’s a leader and a smartass who takes no shit.
Who Should Play Her: Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black)
Why: A badass telekinetic who sometimes works with The Avengers and sometimes works with the Guardians of the Galaxy—and dated Phyla-Vell (who is a little too Hot Topic-y for my tastes). The Marvel Cinematic Universe could use an LGBTQ hero—and Moondragon would be awesome to watch on the big screen.
Who Should Play Her: Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) or Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story)
(3) America Chavez
Why: SHE IS SO BADASS AND WONDERFUL AND YOU CLEARLY HAVEN’T READ YOUNG AVENGERS IF YOU NEED TO BE TOLD WHY!
Who Should Play Her: Sandra Vergara (Fright Night remake) or Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
(4) Kate Bishop/Hawkeye
Why: Because we need a Young Avengers movie STAT and a Kate Bishop/Clint Barton buddy movie would be absolutely perfect.
Who Should Play Her: Alison Brie (Community, Scream 4) or Zosia Mamet (Girls)
(5) Monica Rambeau
Why: She’s lead the Avengers more than once—and she’s had quite a few names (my favorite being Photon). She’s more than qualified to hold her own with the current Marvel Cinematic U Avengers.
Who Should Play Her: Kerry Washington (Scandal) or Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, American Horror Story)
Why: She’s become such a staple character it’s almost absurd she hasn’t been in the Marvel Cinematic U yet (even if it’s just as Jessica drew). But, now that Marvel has the rights to all things “spider”—I think it’s safe to assume we will see her soon.
Who Should Play Her: Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) or Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Why: And again, now that Marvel can use all things “spider” in their movies—I’d love to see her. Have you read her arc in Avengers Assemble? Because if not, go read it, then buy her action figure, and then come back and discuss how awesome she is with me.
Who Should Play Her: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Why: Because we need something to wash away that Jennifer Garner movie. I’m sure we’ll see her in some form in the new Daredevil series. But, Elektra could definitely hold her own Netflix series.
Who Should Play Her: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) or Sharni Vinson (You’re Next)
Why: She’s new to the Marvel Universe but not new to comic books (I’m still not quite sure how all that worked out). Her character even had a cameo in the 90s Spawn movie—Angela is a badass warrior who would do great punching Loki all over the place and rolling her eyes at Peter Quill in the Marvel movies.
Who Should Play Her: Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada)
Why: BUT SERIOUSLY WHY HAVEN’T WE EVEN SEEN HER AT LEAST IN HER NON-HULK FORM YET IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC U!? She’s infinitely more interesting than Hulk, and she deserves some screen time.
Who Should Play Her: Laura Prepon (Orange is the New Black, That 70s Show)
Why: This character might take a lot of work to make NOT look silly on screen—but she’d be a great addition. Tony would, no doubt, hit on her and she would, no doubt, kick his ass.
Who Should Play Her: Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) or Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow, Shame)
Why: She’s an Avenger and an Inhuman who has been married to both Ronan the Accuser and Quicksilver. She'd be a great character to connect all the different movies with.
Who Should Play Her: Emmy Rossum (Shameless) or Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
(13) Nico Minoru
Why: The Runaways need their own movie or TV series. There have been rumors for a long time now—but nothing has happened…yet.
Who Should Play Her: Diana Bang (Bates Motel, The Interview) or Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars)
(14) Molly Hayes
Why: The cutest and strongest member of The Runaways. I’d love to see her punching Iron Man through a wall while wearing an adorable knit hat.
Who Should Play Her: Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Annie remake) or Marsai Martin (Black-ish)
Why: A Cloak and Dagger Netflix series would work so well—but Cloak tends to be the more boring character, so they’d need to make sure Dagger was super charismatic.
Who Should Play Her: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) or Emma Caulfield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
(16) Ms. Marvel
Why: Think of how cool it’d be for her to cameo in Captain Marvel and then get her own Netflix series? Ms. Marvel is one of the best new comics Marvel has put out in forever and she deserves some screen time.
Who Should Play Her: Afshan Azad (Harry Potter series)
(17) Black Cat
Why: Because she’s a freakin’ staple of Spider-Man’s story and we have yet to see her (as Black Cat) in any of the 89789 Spider-Man films.
Who Should Play Her: Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, Mockingjay)
Why: Because a Thunderbolts movie would be fuckin’ great—and she’s (mostly) the only one who is actually a hero. She also has really awesome hair.
Who Should Play Her: Lily Rabe (American Horror Story)
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