[Warning: The Following Contains Spoilers From WandaVision, As Well As Rumors Regarding the Third Spider-Man Movie’s Plot.]
Before and during the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, other studios created their own films based on Marvel characters. Retroactively referred to as “Marvel Legacy” movies, they range from the wildly successful Spider-Man and X-Men franchises to standalone movies starring the likes of Daredevil, Hulk and the Fantastic Four. They all exist in their own continuity, which is almost unheard of in the modern age of superhero films. But now, with the MCU getting ready to explore the Multiverse, these worlds are starting to blur.
Following J.K. Simmons’ reprisal of J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Evan Peters returned as the X-Men films’ version of Quicksilver on Disney+’s WandaVision. In addition, the next Spider-Man film is rumored to feature Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of the Web-Slinger, alongside various villains and other characters. Both projects will tie into the aptly titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So, clearly, the MCU is looking to past Marvel movies for inspiration, as the Multiverse is about to be seen.
Of course, there’s a wide variety of characters to choose from, which makes it hard to narrow it down. But below, we list five Marvel Legacy characters that we would love to see in future MCU films…
Daredevil (Ben Affleck)
This is more of a longshot, but bear with us. Before he was Batman, Ben Affleck played another comic book vigilante in 2003’s Daredevil. The film received mixed reviews, and Affleck has been vocal in the years since about his disdain for it. So, why would he ever want to revisit this role? Well, Affleck recently shared immense praise for MCU producer Kevin Feige, so some sort of collaboration makes sense. With Marvel visiting the Multiverse, redeeming this version of the character (especially after the success of Netflix’s Daredevil) with a quick cameo or something would make sense. Also, Affleck probably won’t play Batman again after The Flash, and if he’s willing to reprise that role after everything that happened with Justice League, why not take another shot at Daredevil?
Human Torch (Chris Evans)
Another actor who’s played more than one superhero, Chris Evans had Marvel experience before becoming Captain America. His portrayal of Johnny Storm/Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films was well received, even when other elements of the movies were not. Recent reports have pointed to Evans eyeing a return as Captain America, but what if he’s also revisiting Human Torch? This would be a perfect cameo for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Not only would it show a familiar world outside of the MCU, but it would allow Evans to revisit another iconic role and have a little more fun with it.
Blade (Wesley Snipes)
Wesley Snipes played the vampire slayer Blade in a trilogy of movies. While the third film was a misfire, the first two were a success, helping bring credibility back to the comic book genre. Snipes’ portrayal was very well-received, and he and Blade are almost synonymous at this point. It would be great to see the actor reprise the role, ending his run on a high note. Mahershala Ali is headlining a Blade reboot set in the MCU, but this would be a really cool cameo. Plus, with Sam Raimi directing Multiverse of Madness, surely he’ll want to tackle one of Marvel’s most horror-centric characters…
Silver Surfer (Doug Jones/Laurence Fishburne)
Another praised performance from the Fantastic Four movies, this character may have been one of a few things that almost everyone liked about 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer. There have been attempts to re-adapt the character in other films, primarily a solo movie, but to date this has been the only portrayal. Whether Jones/Fisburne reprise their role as the Fantastic Four version or just play the MCU version, this would be a perfect fit. Marvel is exploring its cosmic properties in future films, so Silver Surfer has to be coming in soon.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman)
Y’all knew this one was coming up. Hugh Jackman played Wolverine for 17 years straight in the X-Men series, definitively concluding his run in 2017’s Logan. Jackman has been clear since that he doesn’t plan to reprise the role again, even for an MCU crossover. However, what if he cameos as an alternate-universe Wolverine in another film? It can be done without negating Logan’s ending, and it would give Jackman a chance to play in the MCU sandbox. Plus, this is one crossover that would leave fans talking for years to come.