Recently, I posted an article, talking about the Marvel comic characters I would love to read about, but I never mentioned any of my favourite comic character stories I’d love to see on the big screen. I’ve read quite a few comics now, and watched a lot of Marvel adaptions over the years…
So, what exactly is my wish list? Which storylines would I love to see on the big screen?
Here’s just a few I would love to see adapted:
- House Of M/Messiah Complex/Second Coming. After watching Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany talk about wanting to adapt the House Of M storyline, I looked up the series and immediately fell in love with the entire run. As soon as I finished House Of M, I rushed to buy Messiah Complex, and was pleasantly surprised to know that I already owned Second Coming (thanks to local charity shop!) – I devoured the entire series in two days, and I haven’t shut up about it since. It follows Scarlett Witch, who has sadly been consumed by grief at the death of several Avengers, including Vision, so she creates a world where she’s safe – a world where Mutants are the top species on Earth, and ends with her changing the world again, speaking those famous words
NO MORE MUTANTS.
And thus kicks off an epic adventure for the X-Men, as they race to find the first Mutant born in decades. The X-Force is born, Mutants die, the Avengers try to help. It’s just asking for a blockbuster movie, (though if it is made, can we not kill Vision and the others, can it be something else… somehow, PLEASE? Infinity War still hurts), and with the X-Men coming home to Marvel soon, maybe this could be a great way to introduce the X-men somehow? I’d adore watching this in the cinema, especially if it meant that, like in the comics, Legion and Polaris get a chance to take a step onto the big screen, with the rest of their Mutant families. Even briefly. Their TV shows don’t exactly hide who their parents are, it’s about time they got to stand beside their father’s on the big screen.
2. Marvel 1602. Oh come on, you knew that this was coming. I’m a nut for this comic, I adore it. It was one of the first comics I ever read, and up until House Of M, it was my solid favourite. It’s still vying for the top spot if I’m honest. It’s just… it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read.
There are only two potential problems with adapting this comic – It causes the death of a new, major player in the MCU, which probably can’t be reversed, which would break my heart. And, several major plot twist characters would be revealed the second their actors stepped on screen, which is half the fun of the whole run.
That being said, I would absolutely love to see this adapted onto the big screen. It was my first comic team up for three major superhero groups, and I loved it. I would love to see them all together, just once, on screen, in this adaption.
Maybe it could be a one-off, fun spin-off film. Not totally connected to the MCU timelines and storylines, just a fun two-hour film, to celebrate the fact that the X-Men are coming home.
Either way, I’d love it. I wouldn’t care that the character reveals wouldn’t be as fun, as they would be obvious to any viewer, just the fact that I was seeing it on the big screen would be enough for me.
3. X23 – The Four Sisters. I only recently read volume one of this comic, and I adored it from the first page. It follows the story of Laura Kinney, X23, as she tries to make sense as to why she’s been cloned, and just why the company who made them wants them dead. The Four Sisters is a quick, fun read, full of intrigue, and works as a fantastic introduction to just who Laura Kinney is for anyone who doesn’t know.
It would be absolutely insane to even consider recasting Wolverine. Hugh Jackman as Logan is just as iconic as Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man.
But, as the film, Logan, established, there is another Wolverine around. There’s Laura Kinney, X23, Wolverine’s cloned daughter. Angrier, deadlier, and complete with extra claws in her feet.
Adapting this film would be the perfect chance to introduce X23 to the MCU, and I believe that Dafne Keen could pull it off perfectly. She was perfect as Laura, and this would give her the opportunity to really step into the role, and a chance to live up to her on-screen father’s reputation.
It also gives Marvel the chance to honour Logan.
There’s a scene, in the first volume, where Laura turns to Doctor Strange (no, I did not totally pick up this comic just for him, he was only partly the reason) and says that by taking up the name of Wolverine, by wearing his X-Men uniform, she’s keeping him alive. He’s not gone, as long as she’s keeping his legacy alive.
Can you think of a better way to introduce X23 to the MCU? She honours her father, provides an explanation as to why there’s not going to be a Logan in the MCU, and sets up her own storyline, which can maybe end with her going to Westchester, to be with other Mutant kids, and people who knew her father better.
It just needs a little time twist, so Xavier and the rest of the Mutants are still alive. With the X-Men timelines as they are, how hard would it be to believe?
I could go on, but if I did, I’d be here forever. There are so many comics I would love to be adapted, adventures involving character team-ups of my dreams (Doctor Strange, Loki and Scarlett Witch movie, anyone?), but these are my current top three. At least, my top three that could work with the new merger next year.
What are your favourite comics? Which ones would you like to see adapted onto the big screen? Tell me down below!
Book adaptions have been everywhere recently, which has been fantastic. Sadly, most of the books adapted haven’t been ones I’ve been passionate about.
But, that’s changing as this year draws to a close, and next year starts, so I thought I’d tell you about a few adaptions I’ve excited about.
- Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Honestly, did anybody not guess that this would be my number one most anticipated book adaption in the next few months? I’m ecstatic for it! I’ve been ecstatic for it ever since I read the words ‘David Tennant as the demon Crowley.’ I’m a massive fan of David Tennant, have been ever since I first watched Doctor Who, and I’ve watched as much as I can possibly manage of his work. I adore him. I also grew up on Underworld, and therefore Michael Sheen, so him as Aziraphale is such an exciting prospect. And that’s without mentioning the fact that Jack Whitehall is playing Newt, Sian Brooke is the mother of the anti-christ, and Frances McDormand is playing God herself. This cast is incredible. Neil Gaiman promised Terry Pratchett on his deathbed to make the most accurate adaption possible. How can I not be excited about this? Honestly, how can I not be so excited about this?
- Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve. I will put my hands up now and say that I have not read this book yet, but I own the first in the series, and plan to read it in time for the film release. What I will say though is that the story sounds amazing. A steampunk-esque story about moving cities and revenge, written by an author I loved as a child, I can’t wait! Especially when the adaption is being helmed by the producers of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, a franchise I loved, and it’s starring Hugo Weaving and Robert Sheehan!
- Daredevil season 3. Oh yeah, comics are being included on this list. I am ridiculously excited for Daredevil season 3, if not just to see just how the hell Matt survived the ending of Defenders. As I write this, I have just started watching season 1 from the beginning, and have the comic season 3 is based on – Born Again – ready to go on my kindle app. I love the story of the comic, and to say that the trailers for this season look dark is an understatement. The imagery, the quotes, it looks dark, and scary, and like the biggest battle Matt will ever face. I’m planning to binge watch the entire season in a day!
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman. After having finally read the book, I’m so ready to watch the TV adaption. My only problem is finding time – the show isn’t on normal Sky channels, and with so much coming back/arriving on TV this month, I’m not sure when I’ll get round to cracking open the DVD. I want to though, so badly. I want to finally watch the show, to see how it’s been changed, to see what’s been kept, and to generally just watch more Neil Gaiman magic come to life on screen. It’ll be watched before the start of the next season, I swear… hopefully… someone please help.
- Hellboy. Not a direct adaption of a specific comic to my knowledge, but I’m a massive Hellboy fan. Have been ever since Ron Pearlman burst onto screen all those years ago, all red, angry, and trigger happy. I loved him, I loved the entire concept of Hellboy, and while I’m sad that Ron is not back for this adaption, I’m still so excited for it. I was originally iffy on the choice of actor, but after watching David Harbour in Stranger Things, and seeing the posters, I am honestly so ready for this movie. As I type, I’m very impatiently waiting for a trailer, praying it comes at this weekends New York Comic Con, only time will tell if I get my wish, but either way, I’m so ready for this adaption, and so ready for Hellboy to come back to the fore again.
And that is currently all the book adaptions I’m exciting for! I’m sure there are others I’ve forgotten, but these are the ones at the forefront of my mind.
What adaptions are you looking forward to? Got any dream castings for characters you would love to see on the big screen? Comment down below!