With the induction of She-Hulk, introduced on Disney+ in August of 2022, the MCU has seen an influx of new characters from the comics’ extended universe. The franchise has undoubtedly spanned beyond the Avengers, and the fanbase has been introduced to several new heroes and metahumans in a cinematic way.
But while the likes of Thor, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange have certainly dominated the franchise, they might not be the heroes they are without a little help from their friends. A team’s supporting members are just as important as the main figureheads, yet there are several notable absences from the MCU. While they might be critical figures in cartoons and comics, these supporters and side-characters from Marvel have yet to make their film debuts.
Felicia Hardy/Black Cat (Spider-Man/Spider-Verse)
Even with the events of the phenomenal Spider-Man: No Way Home, the absence of one Felicia Hardy is certainly jarring. Especially given the fact that other members of Peter Parker’s social circle have made prominent appearances, such as Ned Leeds and Flash Thompson.
Homecoming play out, and Felicia and her slinky and sultry alter-ego is one of Peter’s most prominent allies and love interests. With three movies under his belt already, it’s disappointing to see that she has still not made an appearance.Peter has been Spider-Man a decent while by the time the events of
Curt Connors (Spider-Man)
While Spidey did lock horns with the Lizard in his most recent outing, Dr. Curt Connors was a key character in Peter’s life before he became the mutant reptile. Depending on the version and variation of the wall-crawler, Dr. Connors was a prominent member of the scientific community while Peter is a student. In fact, Spider-Man goes to Connors on several occasions for his intelligent input.
Dr. Connors is essentially the Two-Face to Spider-Man’s Batman, he’s a close friend that becomes a monster in front of his eyes. Comic book purists will argue that he should’ve appeared before Mysterio did, but he would have made a much more compelling supporting role and ally than a giant lizard prowling the streets of New York.
Amara Perera (Iron Man)
To say that Tony Stark had a way with the ladies would be a glorious understatement, but Marvel/Disney missed a huge opportunity by not introducing Amara Perera into the MCU. Not only would she have been an interesting love interest for Iron Man, but she would have been the catalyst for both Doctor Doom and the X-Men’s introduction into the franchise.
A brilliant scientist from Sri Lanka, Perera was a geneticist who studied the meta-human/mutant gene and eventually found the theoretical cure that would eliminate a host’s mutant abilities. If the MCU didn’t use some variation of this plot line to bring in the X-Men, they could have used her relationship with Victor Von Doom to allude to the induction of the Fantastic Four.
Orini (Doctor Strange)
With the events of Infinity War and The Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange has had his multi-dimensional hands full in more ways than one. So it makes sense that this minion of Dormammu didn’t get a few licks in after Strange’s first encounter with the demon of the Dark Dimension.
Orini is to Dormammu as the Silver Surfer is to Galactus. He’s not necessarily a main antagonist as much as he is a powerful sidekick to the big bad himself. Even so, the opportunity for a fight between him and the sorcerer supreme was there, just not utilized.
Eternity (Doctor Strange)
With the events of his most recent movie spanning across multiple different universes, it’s honestly a shock to know that Eternity wasn’t somehow involved with the events of Multiverse of Madness. With beings like the Watcher, Khonshu, and Celestials existing in the MCU, Eternity should be already present and accounted for.
As his name implies, Eternity is the personification of the concept of time itself. He is an eternally powerful cosmic manifestation concerned with the balance of the universe. With events concerning the Sacred Timeline, he should have had an appearance in the Loki series at the very least.
Halcyon (Iron Man)
An X-Men appearance in the MCU has been heavily desired from the fanbase for some time now, and while it might be difficult for Marvel to simply dump the team in the middle of the established canon, they could be trickled in with an appearance from this Iron Man ally. Halcyon, though not a true-to-title member of the team, is a mutant that could fit in with any tech-based storyline.
Though he was only introduced in 2020, Halcyon has the makings of an impressive and compelling supporting character. A deaf mutant who can control his heart rate and manipulate his body in a way that gives him super senses has such potential that the MCU needs to capitalize as soon as possible.
Rick Jones (The Incredible Hulk)
Despite having several Hulk entries in the MCU already, the franchise has neglected to include one of the most pivotal characters in Bruce Banner’s story arc. Rick Jones and his involvement with the gamma bomb that gave Dr. Banner his powers.
Since it was Jones that designed the bomb and technology that created the Hulk, he is perhaps the biggest catalyst to the creation of one of Marvel’s most popular characters. Not only that, but reducing him to just a name on a piece of paper in the MCU also deprives the series of the A-Bomb, missing the opportunity for an emotional confrontation for Banner’s angry alter-ego.
Nova (Nova/Guardians Of The Galaxy)
It doesn’t really matter whether it’s Richard Rider or Sam Alexander, the fact that the NOVA Corps has been introduced in the MCU since 2014 means an appearance from the Living Rocket is well overdue. Although some might argue that the character deserves to star in his own movie first, comic fans know that both Richard and Sam started out as cadets.
The best approach might simply be a NOVA Corps movie or Disney+ series, but at least some appearance alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy should happen first. Either way, an appearance from the young hero would offer some fresh blood to the MCU’s favorite gang of outlaws.
Angela (Guardians Of The Galaxy/Thor)
With the success of The Sandman and the induction of the Eternals in the MCU, it seems logical that Marvel would want more of Neil Gaiman’s work in their newer projects. After a fallout with Spawn-creator Todd McFarlane, Neil Gaiman turned Angela over to Marvel where she found a new career working alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor.
Given the fact she is Thor’s older sister and the God of Thunder has recently been seen in the company of the Guardians, it’s surprising not to find her somewhere in the mix. Perhaps Marvel can consult Gaiman once more for a proper introduction for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Bob, Agent Of HYDRA (Deadpool)
While he did have a brief nod in Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movie, HYDRA has been a part of the MCU since the first Captain America film. There are multiple ways the organization can still rear its ugly head, especially with characters like Zemo and Zola still in the game. Since the agency might still have sleeper cells and hidden sects, there’s no reason Bob can’t be a part of them.
Comic fans know Bob as a comedic character seen alongside the Merc with a Mouth, but Deadpool’s appearance isn’t required for him to be involved. If anything, he’d be right at home with Spider-Man or the Guardians of the Galaxy given his humorous antics. He’s a bumbling, cowardly, and often silly henchman of HYDRA who is clearly in the wrong business. Given his fan-favorite status, he deserves more than just an Easter egg.