10 Marvel Heroes We Want To See In The MCU's Phase 5 – CBR – Comic Book Resources

As the MCU prepares to enter Phase 5, fans are hoping that a few characters from the comics might make their debut on the big screen or on Disney+.
Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to launch in 2023 with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. However, fans got a taste of what’s to come at SDCC 2022 when Marvel Studios announced new movies and series for the next phase of the hit shared universe. New movies like Thunderbolts will join continuing entries like the third Ant-Man to bring new characters to the MCU.
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There are a few heroes that fans will definitely be seeing soon in upcoming movies like the Fantastic Four. However, there are still quite a few comic heroes and previously teased MCU characters that fans hope to make their MCU debut in Phase 5. Powerful heroes that have yet to appear in live-action could join other characters who are currently in development.
The MCU’s next big bad is Kang the Conqueror, who will make his official debut in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania on February 13, 2023. However, Kang has identities that he’s used across time. These include a powerful young hero known as Iron Lad. The armored teenager helped form together other youthful heroes as the Young Avengers in the comics.
Iron Lad was actually Nathaniel Richards, a young version of Kang the Conqueror before he took on his villainous identity. Shocked by the reveal of his dark future, Nathaniel stole Kang’s tech and reconfigured it into the Iron Lad armor. His appearance in Phase 5 could help bring together the other heroes from the Young Avengers who have begun popping up in the MCU recently.
Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige revealed to fans that plans were in the works for a live-action adaptation of Nova. The character is a part of the larger Nova Corps, who were already introduced to the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie or series will likely follow the adventures of the human Novas like Richard Rider or Sam Alexander.
Nova wasn’t part of the announced line-up for Marvel’s Phase 5. However, fans are still hoping the Human Rocket will make his debut in another movie or series. This would fall in line with the MCU’s tendency to introduce characters before their full appearance. This could effectively tease Nova’s likely important role in the next phases of the MCU.
One character that has been rumored to join the MCU for years is Captain Britain. The most well-known version of the character is Brian Braddock. However, other characters like his sister Betsy or Kelsey Leigh have taken on the role. He was mystically powered by the Amulet of Right (or the Sword of Might) by Merlyn and his daughter Roma to serve as Captain Britain.
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Captain Britain’s role as a guardian of the omniverse would fit in well with Phase 5 and 6’s multiversal storyline. Captain Britain’s introduction into the MCU could also potentially unlock other Marvel UK heroes or teams like Excalibur. Recent rumors have also discussed the possibility that Henry Cavill could make the jump from the DCEU to the MCU as Captain Britain.
One of Marvel’s most unique characters is Howard the Duck. He’s a gifted private investigator from another planet called Duckworld. Howard the Duck quickly found himself involved in more than one comic event after his exile to Earth. While Howard isn’t the most well-known Marvel character, he is definitely a fan favorite.
Marvel’s very first live-action film adaptation was the critically-panned Howard the Duck. The character has already made his debut in the MCU during a post-credit Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy. He later returned in Marvel’s What If…? Animated series to further tease the character’s possible live-action return in the MCU, as voiced by Seth Green.
Danny Ramirez has already appeared as Joaquín Torres in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+. In the MCU, Torres is a lieutenant in the United States Air Force who worked closely with Sam Wilson in his mission against the Flag-Smashers. Comic fans recognized the character due to his comic counterpart’s role as Sam Wilson’s eventual sidekick, the new Falcon.
In the comics, Dr. Karl Malus transformed Torres. He was a mad scientist who was experimenting on captured innocents who attempted to cross the American border. Torres was genetically spliced with Wilson’s telepathic vampire bird, Redwing. Torres gained a new mutated form that gave him the power to fly which fans would love to see in Captain America: New World Order.
There have been a few different heroes who have become the Spirit of Vengeance known as Ghost Rider over the years. Johnny Blaze was a stuntman who made a deal with the devil to become the most well-known Ghost Rider. Danny Ketch would update the character in the '90s while Robbie Reyes did so again in 2014.
Fans have already seen a few live-action versions of Ghost Rider over the years. Nicholas Cage starred as Johnny Blaze on the big screen. Gabrel Luna later portrayed Robbie Reyes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the fourth season. The rights to the character are back at Marvel Studios so fans are hoping to see the Spirit of Vengeance make his official MCU debut in Phase 5.
When the modern roster of the Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in the MCU, fans were hoping to see another member from the comics on the live-action team. Bug was one of the first members of the team that initially formed together during the Annihilation: Conquest event. He was an insectivorid warrior from the Microverse who first appeared with the Micronauts.
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His hilarious presence in the Guardians of the Galaxy lightened the team up and worked well with other heroes like Rocket Raccoon. Unfortunately, Bug’s origins with the Micronauts have led to some difficult rights issues that kept the character off the MCU's Guardians. Fans are still hoping to see Bug make his live-action appearance in Phase 5 alongside the Guardians.
Wendell Vaughn was one of the first Marvel heroes to call himself Quasar, but he wasn’t the last. Vaughn was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent when he was first selected by the cosmic being Eon to become the Protector of the Universe. Powerful Nega-Bands gave him the ability to manipulate quantum energy and create energy constructs made of hard light like the MCU’s Ms. Marvel.
Quasar has proven himself as a member of the Avengers as well as a fierce defender of Earth. Other heroes like Richard Rider, Phyla-Vell and Avril Kincaid succeeded him as Quasar in the comics. Quasar could tie into the exploration of the MCU’s quantum realm while introducing a powerful new hero to explore Marvel's cosmic side in Phase 5.
Ryan Reynolds first appeared as Marvel’s Merc-with-a-Mouth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool later introduced a comics-accurate version of the character. The record-breaking movie made Deadpool one of the biggest heroes in Fox’s X-Men adaptations. This popularity allowed the anti-hero to survive after the X-Men’s rights were sold to Marvel Studios.
Deadpool 3 will continue the Merc-with-a-Mouth’s adventures in the MCU. Unfortunately, fans aren’t sure when the popular hero will make his return to the big screen. The MCU’s Phase 5 and 6 are exploring the larger multiverse and has already teased other characters from Fox’s franchise. Deadpool could easily make his debut thanks to the multiversal story that will likely alter the MCU.
Dr. Adam Brashear is one of the most powerful Marvel heroes who have yet to appear in the MCU. He gained his powers during an experiment with anti-matter that he hoped would help him study realms like the Negative Zone. He became a powerful anti-matter reactor that gave him a few incredible abilities, though he disappeared from the superhuman community.
As Blue Marvel, Dr. Brashear attempted to help the general public. However, they shunned him in the 60s when his helmet cracked and revealed a Black man. He went underground and used his genius to help the world instead. He later rejoined Marvel’s heroes as a member of the Ultimates alongside other MCU heroes like Captain Marvel, Spectrum, Black Panther and Miss America.
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Entertainment reporter, writer, and all-around geek, Scoot Allan has written for print and online media sources like Geek Magazine, GeekExchange, GrizzlyBomb, WhatCulture, RoguePlanet.tv and the Urban 30 before joining CBR as a senior writer. He enjoys salad but prefers french fries.
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