Netflix has announced that they’re bringing us a new Marvel season basically every six months. This most likely just refers to the individual members of the Defenders (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) each getting multiple seasons in addition to the eventual Defenders series itself, but there are lots of other characters who could easily star in their own show.
While he might be referenced in the upcoming Dr. Strange movie, Moon Knight provides the perfect opportunity to explore the horror/supernatural aspect of the Marvel universe under a mature lens. Marc Spector deals with werewolves (OK, one werewolf, but that could easily be expanded), Egyptian lore, and a whole host of otherworldly things that no Marvel Cinematic Universe character currently touches on.
While Batman may be a bit unhinged, Moon Knight is basically Marvel’s Batman, with serious personality disorder issues. If tackled correctly, it would incredibly interesting to follow a man dealing with a loose grip on sanity. And while Daredevil is a key member of the Defenders, he was on another team, unofficially labeled as the Marvel Knights — with our pal Moon Knight. This group teamed up to take down the Punisher, and seeing as Punisher is being introduced in Season 2 of Daredevil, having Moon Knight show up to help seems like an easy way to spin him off into his own series.
A She-Hulk show should be more of a legal drama than anything else, with just a hint of crime fighting on the side. I just really like the idea of She-Hulk, a large green woman, showing up in Marvel courts and being treated as entirely normal. There’s a lot of potential here for a relationship between Matt Murdock and Jennifer Walters, a la Arrow and the Flash, teaming up both in and out of the courtroom. It feels like a natural expansion of the Marvel TV universe, and it could also be a lighter alternative, again like the Flash compared to Arrow.
Howard the Duck
Hey, a lot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is absurd, so who better to observe that fact than Howard the Duck? Howard would never get a movie, but a quirky comedy series that serves as a knowing wink to the Marvel-verse could work, showing that Marvel knows how to laugh at itself. Howard wouldn’t even have to interact with the big boys (and girls), instead meeting obscure characters from depths of Marvel history (Matter-Eater Lad, anybody?), with the occasional out-of-left-field cameo.This actually might be the most challenging series on the list to pull off, but if done right, it could be quite witty and irreverent.
It’s long past time we had a Hercules show besides that fun-but-corny Kevin Sorbo joint from the 90s. While Thor has touched on the idea of a somewhat naive god figure interacting with modern day humans, the Son of Odin still goes home to Asgard at the end of the day. Hercules should be totally unable to return to Olympus (or his respective time), and must adjust to modern city life — a current-day Hercules in New York, if you will. And while I doubt Chris Hemsworth would show up in a Netflix series (he and Herc have a long list of run-ins), he could be an easy link to the Avengers films.
While we get to see some of the literal Marvel universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s only through one movie every few years. A show taking place in that corner of the galaxy would essentially be an outer space version of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — especially if it showed the formation of the Nova Corps, which is basically Marvel’s equivalent of the Green Lanterns. Even starting the show on earth at first, with either Richard Rider or Sam Alexander learning to fly before blasting off into orbit, would work really well. On top of that, Netflix is lacking original sci-fi series, and this would fill that void.
Netflix basically redeemed Daredevil, and we need to do the same for our favorite vampire hunter. Vampires have gained a more favorable reputation since the heyday of Wesley Snipes, so maybe it’s time to treat them as the vicious, bloodsucking monsters they really are, along with all the other monsters that go bump in the night. Blade, much like Moon Knight, could provide an exploration of the supernatural world, a section that remains largely untapped. It could also be a vehicle for re-introducing other characters who have gotten the bad movie treatment, like Ghost Rider.
So there you have it, six Marvel characters who would be great fits for Netflix originals. Know some others you’d like to see? Be sure to post them in the comments!