Everybody knows the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the hottest film property around, but what about the non-MCU Marvel movies? Back when an interconnected superhero universe was just a fan's dream, there were still plenty of chances to see classic Marvel characters on the big screen (some more successful than others). With the news that Jamie Foxx will be playing Electro again in the upcoming third MCU Spider-Man, it potentially opens the door for other non-MCU characters to return to the fold.
Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch are clearly going to be surfing around the Marvel multiverse in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and that just begs for cameos from Marvel stars of yesteryear. What has Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker been up to since 2007's Spider-Man 3? Ever wished that Wesley Snipes' Blade was around to handle all the MCU villains trying to ice skate uphill? And you know, that Johnny Storm from 2005's Fantastic Four really does look a lot like Captain America...
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2004's Spider-Man 2 was an improvement over its predecessor in every conceivable way and is still considered to be one of the finest superhero films of all-time. Alfred Molina's performance as a tragic Doctor Octopus was central to the film's lasting success.
Having a fan-favorite villain from a fan-favorite movie make a return to Marvel film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would certainly be a delight for die-hard Spidey aficionados. What with Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi making his return to the big screen with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, never say never with this one.258Should be in the MCU?
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Sure, Blade is getting his own MCU spotlight starring Mahershala Ali, but we're over here hoping Marvel's original resident Daywalker pops up in the MCU. The first Blade came out of nowhere to show studios that superhero films could be profitable under the right circumstances, and a leather-clad Wesley Snipes with fake vampire teeth just gets us all giddy for some reminiscing about old-fashioned '90s action film mayhem.
By the time Blade: Trinity hit theaters, the sheen had worn off a bit, but a surprise appearance from Wesley Snipes as the vampire slayer would be the kind of out-of-left-field shocker that would really turn fans' heads. He could show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, perhaps? We sure wouldn't hate it.2410Should be in the MCU?
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Both The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are seen as minor entries into the superhero genre by fans now, but most people agree that Andrew Garfield's take on Peter Parker was one of the franchise's high points. Whether it was Garfield's chemistry with Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy or his ability to pull off both the dramatic scenes as well as the character's signature quips, Garfield's casting was a solid choice by the production team.
Considering The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was setting up a whole cinematic universe that never came to fruition, it would be interesting to see what Garfield's Spider-Man is up to. Could he be fighting the Sinister Six that never actually coalesced on screen? We'd like to see some of that action.2117Should be in the MCU?
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"Hey... that guy kinda looks like Captain America!" The jokes write themselves on this one. Indeed, Chris Evans' first foray into Marvel films was as Johnny Storm in the original Fantastic Four films. Thank heavens Fantastic Four films have been a hard sell to the moviegoing public at large or we might never have gotten Evans as the star-spangled Avenger.
Seriously though, this is the kind of fun cameo that would be a goofy nod to the fans of pre-MCU Marvel output. Have a character flying around in the Multiverse, see Evans' Johnny Storm zooming about, and remark, "Why is this universe's Captain America on fire and flying?" Bing, bang, boom.2117Should be in the MCU?