Underutilized MCU Characters Who Could Have Been So Much More

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Vote up the MCU characters you want more time with.

There is so much wasted MCU potential waiting to be tapped from the various projects from the past 15 years. Think about all the underutilized characters who could've been so much more! Seriously, reflect on all those times you've walked out of the theater (or turned off your television) and thought, "Huh, they could've done more with that person."

Like, are we really not going to get any more of Justin Hammer in the MCU? We all know you're waiting for the day M'Baku gets his own Disney+ series. And why didn't the best hero from Eternals - Makkari - get more screen time before it was all said and done? Yeah, the MCU is fantastic and we all love it... but that doesn't mean we can't lament the fantastic characters that deserved more.


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    M'Baku In 'Black Panther'

    Ongoing scuttlebutt about the future of Black Panther in the MCU keeps ringing the same note as each report comes out: Marvel is not going to recast T'Challa after the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. They're certainly not going to leave Wakanda behind, either, so that means another character is going to have to become a new Black Panther as Marvel Studios lets T'Challa ride off into the sunset in one way or another. 

    The popular internet fan theories seem to revolve around either Shuri wearing the mask or somehow getting Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger (or an alternate-universe version of him) to take over. However, we'd like to submit Winston Duke's scene-stealing M'Baku for consideration. M'Baku absolutely stole the show in Black Panther and anyone who argues otherwise is, plainly put, wrong. He's strong, he's funny, he's smarter than he comes off at first... let's give this man a Heart-Shaped Herb, people!

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    Makkari In 'Eternals'

    There are way too many characters in Eternals. Trying to introduce 10 different Eternals (and Kit Harington's Dane Whitman, as well) and attempting to make audiences care for each and every one of them was never going to work. That's just crazy talk. A by-product of this approach was having some of the most intriguing characters in the movie feel entirely hard-done-by when the film's run time wrapped up. For instance, Makkari. 

    Makkari is the first prominent deaf character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (she barely beat out Hawkeye's Echo by a few weeks), and much was made about this before the film was released. And though the speedster is undoubtedly one of the coolest heroes in Eternals, she hardly gets to do anything at all. Lauren Ridloff is perfect in the role, but we just hope any future appearances of the Eternals give her a lot more screentime. 

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    Dum Dum Dugan In 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

    Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan has been around seemingly forever in the pages of Marvel Comics. Okay, his first appearance was in 1963, which means he hasn't literally been around forever, but the point still stands. Dum Dum Dugan is a Marvel mainstay at this point. Get this: He's shown up in almost 600 different issues published by Marvel Comics in the past 60 years. Think about that! That's insane!

    And, all things considered, Marvel Studios really knocked the casting of Dum Dum out of the park with Neal McDonough in Captain America: The First Avenger. Alas, outside of appearing in that movie and the Agent Carter one-shot, McDonough's time in the MCU was quite short. And his role in The First Avenger was tertiary at best. Having him be a WWII soldier makes bringing him back a challenge, but make him a Life-Model Decoy! LMDs have already appeared in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. Just do it, Marvel!

  • Dormammu is one of the Doctor Strange baddies in Marvel Comics, up there with Shuma-Gorath, Baron Mordo, and Mephisto as the cream of the crop. He has so many awesome monikers, he makes Sauron jealous. "The Dread One." "Eater of Souls." "Lord of Darkness." Dormammu is not someone to be trifled with.

    And yet, Dormammu is given almost nothing to do in Doctor Strange. Kaecilius, the Ancient One, and everybody else keep prattling on about how Dormammu and the Dark Dimension are these unbelievably powerful things to be held in check. But by the time the self-proclaimed Lord of Chaos makes his appearance on-screen, the good Doctor has mastered his control of the Time Stone, rendering anything Dormammu does as moot. Cool. Dormammu is still running around in the Dark Dimension somewhere in the background of the MCU, so maybe he'll get another chance in the future. For now, all we have is a giant purple face with a bad temper.

  • Taskmaster's personality from Black Widow seems to be nothing more than "tragic and silent." And while the misunderstood villain's power set is very similar to her gender-swapped comic book counterpart, it's hard to say Tony Masters isn't the more memorable of the pair. Both Masters of the comics and Antonia Dreykov of the film provide an interesting challenge for superheroes to come up against, but Masters is just a total prick about being an expert fighter. He is a fun character to hate.

    Though Dreykov's design fits into the MCU much more neatly, we also can't help but wonder what a comics-accurate look could've done to make her character stand out a bit more. Antonia is out there palling around with Red Guardian and Melina Vostokoff somewhere in the MCU, so here's hoping she gets fleshed out a bit more outside of her devastating past.

  • Janet van Dyne was never going to get a fair shake in the MCU when Marvel Studios decided to go with Scott Lang as the main hero instead of Hank Pym. Van Dyne and Pym's legacies in the comics are forever linked, so when Pym was aged up, giving Michael Douglas the chance to play him, Janet was always going to follow suit.

    That being said, don't get it mixed up: Janet van Dyne is a total boss - at least the Janet van Dyne of Earth-616 is. She's a founding member of the Avengers. She's a famous fashion designer. She's such an integral part of Marvel Comics that she has been a part of the Defenders, the Lady Liberators, too many Avengers teams to list, and the Agents of Wakanda. Perhaps Michelle Pfeiffer will get her time in the sun going forward, but we're not holding our breath over the situation.