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Alternate Takes 3.15.14: Comic Adaptation Wish List
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 03.15.2014

Welcome to Week 292 of Alternate Takes, my name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.

This week has been stacked full of Marvel movie news. It turns out the two Marvel movies to get a 2016 release will be Captain America 3 and Doctor Strange. Captain America 3 will hit the same weekend as Batman vs. Superman unless Warner Bros. moves their movie. Doctor Strange will be a mix of Steve Ditko, Staley Kubrick, Hayao Miyazaki and the Matrix movies. Kevin Feige has said that the Inhumans will not be the way Marvel gets around not being able to use the word Mutants. Oh, and Sebastian Stan has signed a nine-year deal Marvel, so there are a ton of rumors that The Winter Soldier might either join SHIELD or eventually take over the reins of Captain America.

With that in mind, here are five comic book storylines I would love to see get the big screen treatment. I chose to not include two from the same movie line and I ignored The Fantastic Four since they don't seem to care about the comics anyway with that franchise.

Spoilers here for comic book stories

The Death of Captain America

I figure the best place to start is the comic book story that made me think of this column The Death of Captain America. Honestly, I think that if Bucky Barnes (The Winter Solder) takes over the role of Captain America, it should follow the death of Captain America. Chris Evans is signed to a six-picture deal (which did not include Thor: The Dark World). That means that this year's Captain America movie is his third, The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be his fourth and Captain America 3 in 2016 would be number five. If it was me, that is where I could have the Death of Captain America and that leaves one more movie for his resurrection.

For those who don't know the storyline, Captain America's murder was not real, but America was made to believe it was. After he died, Bucky took on the role of Captain America until Steve came back. Since Stan is signed to a nine-picture deal, that is how I would want to see it played.

World War Hulk

I figure that Plant Hulk would not be a great idea for a movie (although, it might depending on how Guardians of the Galaxy does). If nothing else, it has already been done in a very good animated movie. However, there are other ways to get around to World War Hulk all it takes is key characters (Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Thor) to betray him and then have him just want revenge. The perfect place for this is not in a Hulk standalone movie, but in an Avengers movie maybe the third one. It could even pay homage to the first ever Avengers comic book where Hulk was tricked, but this time it could be by Thanos or someone setting up that eventual clash.

Kraven's Last Hunt

Let's move to Spider-Man. There are few villains that I love as much as Kraven the Hunter. While he started out as little more than a generic villain (a hunter who has killed every creature there is but then sees Spider-Man and finds a new animal to hunt), he really developed over time. His entire situation with his family is pretty interesting, but Kraven starred in one of the best comic stories in Spider-Man history when he finally won and "killed" Spider-Man for the first time. Now, I don't think this should be the first time we see Kraven, but if they plan spin-offs based on villains in the Spider-Man universe this would be the ultimate movie to finish the story of Keaven the Hunter.

House of M

Bryan Singer seems to have a serious respect for X-Men stories and I think that if both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse works out right, that House of M would be an awesome movie to follow up with. Seriously, they have the rights to Scarlet Witch as well as Marvel, and just the idea that she could change the X-Men into a world that looks nothing like the one that we would have seen for by that time 6 movies, could make the complications with the story work fine because The X-Men have developed nicely onscreen. However, Wolverine plays a hugely important role in the story, so either Hugh Jackman needs to continue on or they need to find a legitimate replacement that fans would accept.

Daredevil: Born Again

They are saying that the Netflix Marvel shows are also being looked at as a testing ground for possible future movies. There is absolutely no reason that Daredevil can't make it as a big screen movie again and a Netflix series could help convince people to give it another chance even if they hated the last movie. Plus, with an entire season on Netflix as well as a Defenders miniseries, fans will really get to know Daredevil well enough for the idea of his breakdown and rebuilding in Born Again to really connect with the viewers. It is one of the best comic book storylines ever written and would make a spectacular movie.


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