Marvel have the sleeper hold on Hollywood at the moment, with new films on the horizon for at least the next eight years. Later this year we Have Thor: The Dark World to look forward to and in 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier will hopefully wow us like previous celluloid efforts.
But there are so many heroes and teams that should get their own films too. Here's seven of them...
7. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Unfortunately there's a whopping great hole in the market for female superheroes. Studios always seem to spend years flailing over Wonder Woman scripts, even though it really wouldn't be that difficult to transfer her adventures to the silver screen. I have a feeling that when faceless studio execs think 'female hero' their money-addled minds wander to travesties likes Elektra and Catwoman - both great characters in unbelievably flawed films.
Enter Captian Marvel. The work that Kelly Sue DeConnick is doing on the comics now, where ex-Ms Marvel Carol Danvers has taken on the mantle, is a fantastic example of women done right in comics. Danvers is down-to-earth, funny and loveable, while being as powerful as hell. There's no doubt that she could easily carry a film, if only she were given a chance. She's a fairly similar character to Peter Parker, in that she's young and has all these 'normal' troubles along with her supervillain-bashing problems, and we've seen how many Spidey flicks Hollywood is willing to churn out.
6. Heroes For Hire
Heroes for Hire is pretty much your street level Avengers, professional private investigators helping out those who have dollar to spend. With faces like White Tiger (now familiar to kids in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon), She-Hulk, Iron Fist and Hercules, you're going to get a lot of bang for your buck.
Although we're not going to get a drawn out introduction to each of the characters like with The Avengers, Heroes for Hire could work pretty well if some members of the team were intertwined with Whedon's new show.
Flash is given a suit made from the symbiote and hired by the government to be dropped into war zones and other dangerous areas. Flash can only wear the suit for 48-hours before losing his mind to the alien and becoming permanently bonded. The government has a kill switch to down Flash when he's getting fresh with Venom, but it's still a huge risk to take, which is half of the fun of the comic. Also, Flash has a weapon that can turn into any gun he wants. Oh my!
If you're not familiar with the comics, Hawkeye (or Hawkguy, as he's sometimes affectionately known as) has come back with a bang in his latest run by Matt Fraction. This is one of the best comics on the shelf at the moment, showing a vulnerable, hilarious and bad-ass Clint Barton as he lives in an apartment block with his misfit neighbours. This is the version I want putting to film.
Fans of Green Lantern may find the story of young Richard Rider fairly familiar. Rider was chosen at random by Rhomann Dey of the Nova Corps as his home was destroyed by the annihilation wave. Dey, the last remaining member of the Corps, transfers his suit and powers to Rider, who takes to fighting crime in the guise of Nova. What begins as combating street-level thuggery ends up with Nova fighting the alien Skrulls off-planet in an awesome intergalactic war.
2. Black Panther
Despite bearing a resemblance to Bats, T'Challa, or Black Panther, is in a league of his own. First of all, he's a goddamn king. That's right, he's the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional nation in Africa. He's also a genius who studied at Oxford, a master martial artist who was groomed to be a warrior from birth, a master of disguise, adept in all known weapons, a scientist, multilingual massively influential (being a king and all) and has diplomatic immunity. He is awesome.
His two lives - a Wakandan king and American teacher would make for a great film, and, well, did you read that list of abilities I just wrote? Yes, please let's have a Black Panther movie.
Runaways is just amazingly fun and a bit meta too. The kids give up on using codenames pretty quickly and they don't even have a name for their team, although they're sometimes referred to as the Pride kids. Hell, they don't even have costumes, aside from Molly, who makes one out of old clothes and bedsheets. What's more is that there are more girls than guys in the team, which is pretty refreshing for a super squad.
Oh yeah, and they have a dinosaur on the team.