Marvel Phase Two is well underway, and Phase Three is preparing for production. But what comic plot-lines would make the ultimate superhero movie? Marvel have undoubtedly created vast amounts of story line which would make incredible movies, but here is MovieCricket’s Top 5 Marvel Comic Plots to become a future summer blockbuster.
5. Fear Itself
Fear itself is an event which would make an amazing Marvel movie. Red Skull’s daughter, Sin, fulfills an ancient Norse/Nazi prophecy and resurrects Odin’s evil brother, the God of Fear.
The villain then sets about turning our Marvel heroes and villains into hammer-wielding slaves to his will, bent on destroying the world. Our Marvel heroes must not only fight a powerful villain but the strength of one another to vanquish the threat and save the world. The movie would be a Captain America and Thor centric story, so could potentially be used as a mini-avenges movie in-between the big titles.
What would make this plot so great is seeing our Marvel heroes go toe to toe, being orchestrated and controlled by a super-villain who embodies fear itself. Imagine the small battles between our heroes in The Avengers times a hundred.
What gives this event a real chance of becoming a movie is it requires no further backstory. Thor and Cap are established. Their back-stories are set. Odin has been introduced and so has Red Skull. The foundations are all there. This event would also provide a brilliant opportunity to introduce new heroes, as slaves to the God of Fear’s will, only to show their true power before the end.
In Matt Fraction’s Fear Itself’s third act, we are treated to a heroic brawl between Thor, Hulk and The Things. Imagine that on screen and tell me that wouldn’t make a kick ass movie.
4. Age Of Apocalypse
Age of Apocalypse is the benchmark for all blockbuster summer events in the comic world. This storyline changed the face of expectation for Marvel events in general since 1995 and would make an incredible movie.
Written by Mark Waid, the X-Event plot is based around Charles Xavier’s son, Legion, who travels back in time with the intention of killing Magneto. Something along the lines of, some of the worst atrocities in history have come about through ‘good intentions’. However, Legion travels to a time when Magneto and Xavier are still friends, and Legion kills his young father when he protects Magneto, thus creating an all new timeline.
The only person aware of the changes to the future is Bishop, the time-travelling X-Man, who followed Legion back in time. The paradoxes created bu such a story line would be incredible on screen.
Bishop is the only person who recollects the original Marvel world, in a all new dystopian reality-altered timeline, where Apocalypse rules all. The immortal mutant villain, who ceased power after Xavier’s death, begun a human holocaust, killing millions from his base in the mutant ruled USA.
Following his friends death, Magneto now follows Xavier’s philosophy of a mutant/human peaceful co-existence and his X-Men freedom fighters, all grimmer versions of our favourite X-Men heroes, attempt to gain ground on Apocalypse’s forces, using espionage and guerrilla tactics wherever possible. The underground assault on Apocalypse, with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto as the hero would be an outstanding movie.
Bishop returns to the present and becomes a game-changer for the rebellious X-Men, and thus the battle for not only the control of planet earth, but the war to return the Marvel Universe to its original is afoot.
Magneto faces off against Apocalypse in a final act, where he eludes the villains capture. No conclusion spoilers here…but let’s say Magneto is not revered as the most powerful mutant on Earth for nothing…
3. House of M
Originally pitched as a blend between Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers and Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, House of M would make an incredible Marvel blockbuster. The event turned into a much bigger success than expected due to a perfectly complex storyline and an involvement of characters which makes your hearth break.
The plot of House of M is a glorious journey of mind bending paradoxes. Magneto manipulates his Hex powered reality-bending daughter, Scarlet Witch – due to arrive in the Avengers: Age of Ultron – into re-shaping the world in his own image.
Mutants take over the world, and Magneto is literally the King of earth. But the real triumph of the plot is that the would be heroes who would usually rise up and take down the villainous Magneto are all living the lives they always wanted.
The movie would be a little lighter on the action-packed side of the movie genre, but if you want characterization and performance, look no further than House of M. Obviously, there are always superhero fights and borderline wars breaking out…but House of M is an exploration of paradoxes and the minds of the characters, as well as a definitive exhibition of the heroic strength.
The idea behind the movie would be that we get to see the characters find one-another again and question whether or not they want to go back to their comparatively miserable lives, and whether they would be messing with the natural order of things if they did – or didn’t.
As if you needed convincing whether this would make a great movie, consider this. In Issue #4, Wolverine and the others find Spider-man and restore his memory. Up to this point in House of M, Peter Parker has been living the life he not only always deserved, but the one he wanted. He has a son with Gwen Stacy, he is a celebrity and…brace yourselves…Uncle Ben is alive. Imagine seeing Spider-Man have all of this torn away from him. Peter Parker loses his mind for a while as consequence of this. The audience will be delivered a treat and the actors get a chance to showcase some real acting ability.
I particularly have Hugh Jackman in mind here, as his performance in recent movies like Prisoners far exceeds what his role as Wolverine can provide. This role. This movie, can change all that.
This movie would be unbelievable, but setting aside the new found emotional side of the wise-cracking wall-crawler, I don’t think I could take losing Uncle Ben again.
2. Civil War
Ironman vs Captain America
If we are discussing summer blockbuster plot lines, then Civil War is the definitive Top 5. We have seen the high tensions surrounding the existence of Superheroes and what that means for the legitimate enforcing of law and the security of non-super citizens.
Christopher Nolan explores this in his Dark Knight Trilogy, and Marvel have ventured into the same plot in the past. It is THE most pressing issue in the superhero genre, as every audience member can relate to it. We all wish we were super, but we are not. And can we trust those with power to protect us against those that are bent on destroying us?
Civil War revolves around the Super Human Registration Act. A legislation brought in by the US Government in the wake of a superhero and super villain war which leveled a small town. The Act calls for all superheroes to be registered and unmasked. If they refuse, they are to be locked up in another dimension. Those that resist the punishment…are destroyed.
Ironman, the corporate, logical thinker among the Avengers sides with the Government, and most of the Marvel heroes stand along side Tony Stark. Already unmasked due to his profile and blatant narcissism, Tony Stark is the face of superheroes becoming unmasked – he even talks one of the most secretive heroes into unmasking – Peter Parker, a.k.a Spider-Man.
However, the rebellious few that believed they should be trusted. That their intentions are pure and protective, stood by the side of Captain America. The rebels go underground. The complexities of the heroic American figure being the centric figure to the rebellion are vast and entertaining. The plot explores more than the superhero identity, but the political and societal overtones are virtually on every page.
With our heroes established, imagine a movie where human forces, where government and politics intervene like we have began to see with Nicky Fury and the council in the Avengers, cause the group to divide and start a turf war. Civil War and the following winner of this Top 5 show that tensions between the group themselves can create the best plot lines going. The winner is…
1. World War Hulk
Choosing an order for this Top 5 was literally a superhero feat. Any could make an incredible summer blockbuster in reality, but World War Hulk in particular would blow our nerdy socks off.
If you want incredible high action, special effects and a certain green rage monster smashing everything…look no further than World War Hulk.
Planet Hulk would be the ultimate revenge blockbuster. After deciding Hulk is just too dangerous to keep around on earth, Tony Stark, Reed Richards and the rest of the secret Marvel force shoot to sedate Hulk and send him off in a capsule to a peaceful planet where he can live out his remaining days with minimal stress and rage issues – a nice idea, but in effect they are backstabbing and marooning a friend. You must remember, Hulk is as much Banner as Banner is Hulk.
Instead of ending up on the peaceful planet, Hulk is drawn into a wormhole and ends up on planet Sakaar. The Hulk is the forced into slavery in a gladiatorial arena where he is far from the strongest there. Planet Hulk is the ultimate opportunity to exhibit Hulk in his true ferocity. He must fight opponents way bigger and stronger than himself, only to survive. Hulk eventually triumphs and overthrows Sakaar’s Red Emperor and becomes their new king.
With the resources and power now his, guess where Hulk’s next destination is…That’s right. Back to Earth we go. Hulk returns with his Warbound, a horde of badass gladiator aliens in a giant ship of revenge.
This would make the ultimate superhero movie. Hulk takes on all of Earth’s mightiest heroes from the Avengers and beats them all to within an inch of death. He breaks both of Colossus’s arms and mushes Wolverine’s brain within his adamantium skull. He smashes Ironman through Stark Tower. And the best thing is…they all deserve it! Hulk would make the ultimate anti-hero, fighting our heroes, because they acted like villains!
With Doctor Strange being movie bound, Planet Hulk/World War Hulk becomes a possibility. reduced to his human form by the Sorcerer Supreme, Strange bargains with Banner to cease his destructive madness. Banner seemingly complies, and takes Strange’s hand in a gesture of goodwill. (Remember it is the loss of his hands which created Doctor Strange in the first place).
The pair shake hands…only for Banner to turn into the Hulk and crush Strange’s hands in a giant green rage sting! The point is, Banner is on board with the Hulk this time. The Marvel universe pushes Banner too far, and he and the Hulk and now in agreement. Smashing is the only way.
With the way Joss Whedon has created the Hulk in the Avengers, you can see this plot being a reality in the future. The characters are established. Hulk is set to be a great hero. But if all was well in the Avengers camp, there would be no storylines. Hulk makes a convincing villain as much as a hero. Planet Hulk would make the ultimate summer blockbuster and give fans everything we want. Action, complexity, character exploration…Marvel will undoubtedly consider this plot for a future Avengers movie.
And there concludes our Top 5 Marvel Plots to be made into summer blockbusters. If you knew the comics already, what do you think of our choices? If you didn’t, tell us how much you think these plots would make exceptional movies! We love hearing from our readers.
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