It’s been a good while since Avengers: Endgame was released and, to say that it was successful would be a colossal understatement. That movie made Marvel and Disney almost $3 billion worldwide and is now the highest grossing movie of all time (not adjusting for inflation, mind you). Even without Endgame hitting big at the box office, most Marvel movies have been rather successful and a major reason for that is how the films respect the source material and do an actual great job at adapting it to the big screen. Captain America: Civil War is based on the miniseries of the same name and Thor: Ragnarok is probably based on three stories: Ragnarok, Unworthy Thor and Planet Hulk. Heck, even Infinity War and Endgame are based on the Infinity Gauntlet series… but you probably know that.
The question then becomes: where can Marvel go from here? The Infinity Gauntlet saga is one of the most revered and renowned story arcs in all of comics. How can they top that? Well, they might not be able to but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try! There are more than a few iconic storylines in their library that they could definitely adapt.
Not just the 1984 comic but also the 2015 saga! Yes, put them both in one movie!
When you mention Secret Wars to any, ahem, vintage comic book fan, they’ll probably invoke some nostalgic memories of the first Secret Wars crossover series. This was the one that gave Spider-Man his first black-and-white costume, which was to become the basis for Venom. Mention it to someone who has kept up with comics, that fan will talk about a story that’s more along the lines of Into the Spider-Verse, with various incarnations of the heroes from different parts of the multiverse interacting with each other. Both of them are really good and have their strong points.
Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel actually uses this to introduce the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, now that Disney has bought off Fox. It’s going to be hard to explain why those two groups haven’t done anything since the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off more than a decade ago. Of course, we all know that it’s because Marvel and Disney didn’t have the movie license to the Fantastic Four and X-Men then. They’ll still need a way to explain it in a comic book fashion. And what better way to do that is to have all their heroes and villains from different universes dumped into the planet to battle it out!
The Galactus Trilogy (AKA The Coming of Galactus)
No, we are not counting Rise of the Silver Surfer because that was not Galactus!
When it comes to Fantastic Four storylines, there’s probably none that is as well-known as The Galactus Trilogy. If you don’t know it by that title, you probably know it as The Coming of Galactus, which was the first issue of the three-issue arc. It was a landmark storyline that introduced Galactus and The Silver Surfer.
I already mentioned that there is already a big screen version of this but… we never speak of it. But with Marvel now at the helm of developing Fantastic Four movies in the future, maybe we can get a version of the story that has Galactus as a large cosmic being instead of a fleet of tiny ships that was shown in Rise of the Silver Surfer. I still get sick thinking how Fox treated Galactus in that movie!
However, I do wish that, instead of just having the Fantastic Four battle against Galactus and Silver Surfer, Marvel escalates things a whole lot more. Maybe include other heroes like Captain Marvel, the Guardians of the Galaxy and maybe even the Eternals. Basically, include the other heroes who can fly into space. Galactus is a big deal so Marvel make his reveal an entire event.
Dark Phoenix Saga
While we’re on the topic of botched film adaptations of epic storylines…
When it comes to ranking the most beloved Marvel sagas of all time, you will almost always two stories top the list. The first would be the Infinity Gauntlet saga and The Dark Phoenix Saga. We already got a really good version of the former with Infinity Gauntlet and Endgame. But we have yet to see a really faithful version of the Dark Phoenix Saga. What really irks me is that Fox bungled it not once, but twice! How the heck can they flub this twice?
Now, I don’t expect Marvel to start their version of the X-Men with the Dark Phoenix Saga. I don’t even want it to just be the X-Men trying to take out the cosmic entity out. No, I want this to be an Avengers level event, where all of the heroes will have to join forces in an attempt to take her out. But they are all going to be divided on how to do that. Maybe have the X-Men try to incapacitate her while the other Marvel heroes decide that the only way to make sure she doesn’t destroy the universe is to kill her.
Oh, did I just describe Avengers vs. X-Men? I kinda did! Heck, include that, too!
Because not everything has to be a huge blockbuster movie. It would be great to go to the small screen, like on Disney+.
I’m not sure how many people know about the Marvels miniseries but it’s a personal favorite of mine. I read it when I was younger and it’s hard to not fall in love with it because of Alex Ross’ stunning photorealistic artwork. However, the story is nothing to sneeze at as it’s a superhero series told not from the perspective of the hero but from a normal human being watching these superheroes in action.
The Marvels miniseries takes place throughout Marvel’s history through the eyes of a reporter. You get to see him cover things like the unveiling of Captain America, Galactus’ invasion, the rise of mutant persecution and his shock that Spider-Man being unable to save Gwen Stacy. Telling these stories from the perspective of an ordinary man is a great twist on the entire superhero comic book.
Like I said, I can’t really see this being translated into the big screen as many moviegoers may be confused as to why they’re viewing the action from afar. However, I think this would work on the small screen much better. It would be a fun twist to see someone cover the major events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Tony Stark revealing he’s Iron Man from the first even Marvel movie, the attack of New York on the ground level and even the Sokovia Accords bombing.
Make it Disney+! Make it!
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
I can’t leave the Merc with a Mouth out of this list!
Okay, I know this is a long shot because, well, you read the title, right? But Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is just a really stupid and fun comic that I would like to see adapted in some way. Make it a really insane cartoon or something. I wouldn’t mind!
What other Marvel storylines would you want to see adapted in the future? Let me know in the comments section below!