10 More Non-MCU Marvel Movie Characters Who Should Join The MCU Multiverse – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Spider-Man: No Way Home is bringing back some non-MCU villains, but who else could return from the past to join the developing cinematic multiverse?
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home confirmed long-standing rumors that Alfred Molina would be returning to the role of Doctor Octopus. He first played the villain in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and will be making his MCU debut alongside other villains like Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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While characters like 20th Century Fox’s cinematic version of Deadpool are also set to make their MCU debut in the near future, there are a few other characters from Marvel projects that aren’t connected to the MCU who could show up in the developing multiverse, which we’ll be taking a closer look at today.
20th Century Fox’s long-running X-Men franchise introduced a number of live-action mutants to the big screen. The most celebrated was Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Marvel’s Canucklehead, Wolverine.
Jackman has repeatedly said he won’t be returning to the role of Wolverine after appearing in the role for 17 years, despite frequent requests from Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds. However, he could still make an appearance as a multiversal Old Man Logan alongside Dafne Keen’s X-23, whose potential was barely touched on in 2017’s Logan.
Spider-Man will be helping to introduce the multiverse to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will be bringing in villains from previous franchises. However, an important character in Spider-Man’s origin that has yet to be seen in the MCU could make an appearance. Uncle Ben and his death are part of what sets Peter Parker on his path to becoming Spider-Man.
Two previous franchises introduced versions of Uncle Ben that help teach Peter his greatest lesson, though Cliff Robertson from the Sam Raimi trilogy passed in 2011. Martin Sheen’s Uncle Ben from The Amazing Spider-Man could appear in the MCU multiverse to finally deliver the iconic “with great power, must also come great responsibility” which he never got to say in TASM.
Another character from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise that could make a return in the MCU’s multiverse is Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy, whose tragic death in the sequel stands out among the other cinematic franchises. However, there is an alternate version of the character that fans would love to see in live-action who also made an appearance in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
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In an alternate reality, Gwen Stacy was the one who gained incredible spider-powers to become Spider-Woman, though she later took on the name of Ghost-Spider when she made her way to the mainstream 616 universe. With rumors of other TASM characters appearing, Emma Stone could return as the hit character originally known to fans as Spider-Gwen.
20th Century Fox planned to launch a new series in the X-Men franchise with The New Mutants from director Josh Boone, though the studio shelved the project and it was sold alongside other properties to Disney.
While The New Mutants was then released by Disney, the next generation of the X-Men weren’t given much of a chance to shine on the big screen. The X-Men and other mutants have yet to appear in the MCU, though characters from the New Mutants could show up in the multiverse and potentially get another moment in the spotlight.
Fox also released a few movies starring Marvel’s Fantastic Four that took a few liberties with the source material, including 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The movie (or franchise) wasn’t well-received by fans, but the character of Norrin Radd/Silver Surfer (played by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne) was a surprising success.
While most fans are patiently waiting for the debut of the MCU’s version of the Fantastic Four, most fans would be all right with seeing the first cinematic Silver Surfer make his return as part of the MCU’s multiverse. As long as the sad excuse for Galactus stays behind in the 2007 movie, of course.
2005 saw the limited release of Marvel’s live-action Man-Thing movie, which flew under everybody’s radar after it lost a theatrical release and ended up airing on TV. However, for anyone who has seen it, the actual appearance of Man-Thing is the highlight of the movie, despite some lackluster special effects.
Since Man-Thing is a defender of the Nexus of All Realities in the comic, it would make a lot of sense for this version of the character to appear in the MCU’s developing multiverse as other characters like Scarlet Witch begin to explore their own connection to the Nexus.
Fans have now seen a couple of different versions of Ghost Rider in live-action, with TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introducing the modern character named Robbie Reyes for the first time. While AoS is considered to be MCU-adjacent, its actual status in the canon is disputable.
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Still, while Nicholas Cage’s take on the character from 2007’s Ghost Rider and 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance isn’t considered the best adaptations by fans, his return as the character in the MCU’s multiverse would undoubtedly be a fun inclusion.
Netflix produced a few series starring Marvel characters that were also loosely connected to the MCU, which included two seasons of The Punisher following Jon Bernthal’s debut as the character in Daredevil second season.
While those series also have a dubious place in the MCU’s continuity, fans are still holding out hope that Bernthal will be able to suit up again someday as The Punisher. Introducing another universe in the multiverse for Netflix’s characters might be a great way to bring Frank Castle and others to the big screen so fans can see more of the Defenders and The Punisher.
Fans were excited by Marvel Studios’ announcement that Mahershala Ali will be starring in the upcoming Blade reboot from director Bassam Tariq, though it was slightly bittersweet to fans of the original Blade trilogy. He helped put Marvel on the map in Hollywood as the first vampire hunter, and fans are already looking at ways that Wesley Snipes could reappear as Blade.
Having him appear as another Blade in the multiverse not only brings Snipes back to the fan-favorite character, but it would also allow Mahershala Ali’s version some freedom to create a new take on Blade without upsetting classic fans.
Sony Pictures owns the rights to Spider-Man and related characters, though a deal with Marvel Studios has allowed the newest Spider-Man to appear in the MCU. 2018’s Venom starring Tom Hardy exists in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe which is removed from the MCU alongside upcoming movies like Morbius and Kraven The Hunter.
However, Hardy was recently spotted wearing a Spider-Man: No Way Home hat, which kicked off further rumors about the inevitable mashup between Venom and the MCU’s Spider-Man. The multiverse serves as an excellent way to bring these characters together after years of teases and speculation.
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Entertainment reporter, writer, and all-around geek, Scoot Allan has written for print and online media sources like Geek Magazine, GeekExchange, GrizzlyBomb, WhatCulture, RoguePlanet.tv and the Urban 30 before joining CBR, ScreenRant, GameRant and The Gamer as a staff writer. He enjoys salad but prefers french fries.


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