With 7 Marvel/DC movies expected to be released in 2017, I wondered which storylines, events, etc. Marvel/DC can use to transform into movies in the future. So in this article this I’ll be writing about the top 5 events/arcs/story lines which I would like to see on the big screen:
- Planet Hulk
Even though it has been confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok will incorporate some of the Planet Hulk storyline, I still wish Marvel make a solo movie on the big green guy (they did make an animated movie). Planet Hulk begins when Hulk was jettisoned away from Earth on a S.H.I.E.L.D commissioned space ship, his intended landing place was a lush green planet devoid of any intelligent lifeforms. Unfortunately, the ship was sucked into a wormhole, and Hulk found himself on a planet where a corrupt empire oppressed barbarian tribes. Because the planet, Planet Sakaar, was situated so near the wormhole, there was a wide array of technology, and many different alien species. Captured by the empire, and implanted with a control slug should he decide to disobey, Hulk was thrown into the Imperial Arena to fight as a gladiator. Hulk forms a warbound pact with his fellow gladiators Miek, no-name Brood, Elloe Kaifi, Lavin Skee, Hiroim and Korg. Hulk leads a raid on the Red King’s capital, culminating in a one-on-one battle between the two of them. The Red King is defeated, and Hulk is named the new king. He takes Caiera for his wife, and the two are able to broker peace among the various conflicts which had festered under the Red King. Caiera becomes pregnant with Hulk’s child. Meanwhile, the shuttle that brought Hulk to Sakaar is being turned into a monument. As part of its self-destruct sequence, the antimatter warp core engine detonates in a massive explosion. The whole city is destroyed, and Caiera dies. Enraged and blaming the Avengers who built the shuttle for the damage, Hulk and his warbound leave Sakaar and head for Earth.
- World War Hulk
If I had to summarize World War Hulk in one sentence, it would be Hulk taking on the Marvel Universe which includes the likes of the Avengers, the X-Men and the Inhumans. The storyline follows up with the events of Planet Hulk where Hulk loses his pregnant wife and his city when the spacecraft that brought him to that planet explodes. Blaming the Illuminati for her death, and significantly more powerful than ever because of his time spent absorbing the powerful radiation levels on Planet Sakaar, Hulk returns to Earth for revenge with his allies, the Warbound. There are powerful scenes where Hulk arranges for Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Bolt, and Mister Fantastic to fight a tentacle alien and later battle each other to the death, as a cheering audience watches. The Hulk declares his intention was for “justice and not murder”, and nobody had to or would die. He plans to destroy New York City and leave the Avengers to their shame. The Sentry arrives and attacks the Hulk. Sentry expends all of his energy trying to stop Hulk and reverts to his human form, Robert Reynolds. Reynolds’ sacrifice moves Hulk, who reverts to Bruce Banner. Angered, Warbound member Miek attacks Banner. Rick Jones pushes Banner aside and is injured, causing Banner to return to Hulk form. As the Hulk attacks the Warbound, Miek reveals the explosion that started this war was not caused by the Illuminati, but by Red King loyalists. Miek chose not to prevent it, hoping the incident would encourage the Hulk to keep destroying. Overwhelming rage causes the Hulk to unwillingly radiate energy that threatens Earth. At Hulk’s request, Stark activates a series of weaponized satellites that open fire on the Hulk, leaving him unconscious in his Bruce Banner form. S.H.I.E.L.D. later imprisons Banner in a facility three miles underground, with the other Warbound members having been taken into U.S. military custody.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
This is personally my favorite storyline when it comes to the DC Universe. It is a bit similar to the above mentioned event. Like the Hulk, Superman loses the love of his life Lois Lane and their unborn child by being manipulated by the Joker into thinking it was Doomsday. Not only that, Joker connects a nuclear bomb with Lois’s heartbeat. As Lois dies, the nuclear bomb which is placed in Metropolis explodes and millions of people are killed. Devastated by his loss, Superman loses It and kills the Joker (simply by thrusting his hand straight through the Joker’s chest!). It is from this point on two sides are made. One is Superman’s side which aims to have a one world order and end to crime on a global scale by any means necessary. The other is Batman’s side also known as the Insurgency who want to break Superman’s dictatorial rule. Having read the comics and played the game I really enjoyed the storyline. It was complex and there were many twists and turns. Initially I sided with Superman as I felt his intentions were good but when he decides to destroy Metropolis and Gotham and kills Shazam that is when I felt Superman has gone “full retard”. At the same time I felt he was just pushed to this point by Batman. Had Batman been by his side from the very start he, Superman wouldn’t have an Insurgency to fight with and would focus on maintaining peace. Even though it is very unlikely that DC will be so daring to bring this storyline on the big screen soon, it is definitely an ace up their sleeve. To use this storyline DC may need to follow Marvel’s way which was to build up their universe for the Infinity War storyline which they have been teasing for many years now. Also because it is such an extensive storyline DC might have to make in to parts or a trilogy. Another way to go about it would be making a tv series about it. That way they can make it more detailed and introduce more characters to the audiences.
- Avengers v X-Men
After the Infinity Wars movies come out, this event seems like the next logical step for the Marvel Universe. There have been rumors going around that Fox might be selling its X-Men rights back to Marvel. If that does happen then this event becomes a more likelihood. Even if Fox don’t sell the rights they can collaborate on this together with Marvel (it would be a complicated affair). Now what is this storyline about? When the Phoenix Force approaches Earth, Hope Summers is assumed its next host. The X-Men and the Avengers divide on how to handle the situation. The X-Men believe that the Phoenix Force will herald the rebirth of the Mutant Species, while the Avengers believe that it will bring an end all life on Earth. This leads into a war between Marvel’s two powerful superhero factions.
- Batman: Under the Red Hood/Batman: The Killing Joke
There is a tie over here because these are two storylines I equally want to see on the big screen simply because both focus on how even after personal loss caused by the hands of the same person, the Joker, Batman doesn’t break his one rule. He doesn’t kill. In Under the Hood there’s a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light. We see here that Batman would rather fight his former apprentice than let Joker die. The Killing Joke begins as Batman hunts for the escaped Joker the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness. Here we also finally get to see the origin story of the Joker which makes us feel sympathy for the guy. We get to see the strange relationship Batman has with the Joker. Even after what the Joker does to Barbara Gordon and the torture he puts Jim Gordon through, Batman doesn’t kill him but instead in the last sequence laughs at a joke the Joker tells him… for the very first time. Both these story lines have been made into animated movies, The Killing Joke getting the R rating (a second for the superhero genre after Deadpool). Both these storylines focus more the story than action sequences and it would be interesting to see how they are portrayed on the big screen.
I’m sure there are many other storylines, events, etc. that deserve to be made into movies but these were my top 5 picks. Feel free to let us know which storylines you’d want to be portrayed on the big screen in the comments below.