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15 Awesome Obscure Marvel Characters You Are About To Love On The Big Screen

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps getting better. What started with Iron Man in 2008 quickly and exponentially blossomed into a full-fledged mega-franchise, full of Avengers, Guardians, Agents, and even Defenders. A core group of original Avengers were soon expanded beyond fans’ wildest dreams. From sentient androids to atom-sized vigilantes, the world of Marvel now includes some characters that most fans thought would never grace the silver screen. Of course, as of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel scored its biggest coup of all: regaining their most popular asset, Spider-Man, from their rivals at Sony. It truly is a Golden Age for seeing your favorite comic book heroes in theaters.

Best of all, things aren’t slowing down anytime soon! Marvel is still cranking out an average of three films per year, and that means more characters for fans to get hyped over. With the MCU now firmly established and already starting to branch off into all-new territory, expect the character choices to be increasingly more obscure, bizarre, and, most of all, comic booky.

  • M'Baku, The Man-Ape

    M’Baku, the Man-Ape, is an antagonist from Black Panther’s past burdened with a ludicrous supervillain name. M’Baku is a rival to T’Challa who once tried to usurp the Wakandan throne. This attempted coup led M’Baku to ally himself with the Gorilla Cult, a group that killed and wore the skins of endangered white gorillas. M’Baku himself killed the largest gorilla, ate it, and made a suit out of it. This ostensibly bizarre ritual imbued him with superpowers, thanks to the mutagenic properties of Wakanda's massive vibranium deposits. He thereafter continued to clash with Black Panther over the years.

    M’Baku, the Man-Ape will be portrayed by Winston Duke in 2018’s Black Panther.

  • Shuri

    Shuri is T’Challa’s half-sister, and thus a princess of Wakanda. Although her brother was born to rule, Shuri is every bit as august, and has dedicated her life to defending her country. She is almost as skilled as her brother when it comes to martial arts, and a gifted educator in her own right. She even had a brief stint as leader of Wakanda, making her a temporary holder of the Black Panther mantle. In fact, the people of Wakanda seemed to prefer her leadership to that of T’Challa. Shuri is tough, and unafraid to stand up to her brother when necessary.

    Shuri will reportedly be portrayed by Letitia Wright in 2018’s Black Panther.

  • Valkyrie, also known as Brunnhilde, is easily the coolest Asgardian yet to make an appearance in the Thor films. Like a classic valkyrie of Norse mythology, the Marvel version is tasked with the chore of ferrying the souls of the dead to the afterlife. Of course, she still makes time to get some solid superheroing in, often accompanied by her winged horse and badass giant sword. Valkyrie is most commonly associated with the Defenders, but has teamed up with Thor on numerous occasions.

    Valkyrie will be portrayed by Tessa Thompson in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

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  • Wonder Man is a long-time Avenger who began his costumed career as a villain before having a change of heart. As a civilian, Simon Williams is also notable for using his Avengers-related fame and natural good looks to launch a successful Hollywood career. Wonder Man is composed entirely of ionic energy, and is thus quite the powerhouse. His brain waves were copied during the creation of The Vision, making them in many ways the same person. This led to a spectacularly awkward love triangle between Wonder Man, The Vision, and Scarlet Witch that puts Twilight to shame.  

    Wonder Man will be portrayed by Nathan Fillion in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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