Once Marvel adapts these 5 characters (or teams) for television, they’ll only have 34,232 left.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones is receiving rave reviews, much like Daredevil earlier this year. Luke Cage has begun filming and once each show’s first season airs, the heroes will team up in a miniseries called The Defenders. While Iron Fist may or may not be on the chopping block, The Defenders would be a natural place to introduce him and open up the possibility of recurring appearances on the other shows.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding rapidly, and the demand for new characters and storylines is even higher for the street-level stars of Marvel’s television series. The Avengers only need one major villain per movie, and while a TV season is perfect for one major overarching villain, there is still plenty of room for monsters-of-the-week and recurring bad guys whom the hero can never seem to put away for good.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage aren’t likely to face villains set on global annihilation, but the Marvel Comics Universe is rife with characters who fit easily into their shared version of New York City. Here are five characters (and groups of characters) that would make for great television.
Black Widow (Yelena Belova)
Although Agent Carter established a precursor to the Black Widow program, Natasha Romanoff is the only Red Room graduate we’ve seen so far. As we’ve seen her in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers movies, Romanoff is trying to atone for the horrible things she’s done over her career as a spy.
Yelena Belova, who considers herself the second Black Widow and is another graduate of the Red Room, is not interested in atonement. She’s a Cold War throwback, with ice water running through her veins and a burning desire to prove she’s the real Black Widow, the Red Room’s greatest accomplishment.
Daredevil has established the presence of the Russian mob, which could easily be connected with clandestine organizations back in Belova’s home country. Black Widow could be played as a ruthless representative of the darkest side of Putin’s Russia or even a discarded Cold War relic turned warrior-without-a-nation, offering her services to the highest bidder.
Another possibility is her introduction through Wilson Fisk, who would utilize Yelena to take his revenge on Daredevil, inevitably alongside Bullseye. She has the martial arts know-how to hold her own against Daredevil and an arsenal to rival the Punisher. Combined with her training as a spy, Yelena Belova is a multifaceted threat. The second Black Widow’s primary motivation is to upstage her precursor, which means being the most coldblooded killer she can be. Yelena Belova can do everything the first Black Widow can do, without a moral compass getting in the way.