This article contains spoilers for Thanos Legacy #1, Thanos Wins, Guardians of the Galaxy #150, Death of the Inhumans #1–#3, Darkhawk #51, Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1–#4, Cosmic Ghost Rider #1, and Infinity Wars Prime #1
In the trailer for Warner Bros.' and James Wan’s Worlds of DC movie Aquaman, fans noticed some similarities to Marvel Studios' and Ryan Coogler’s MCU movie Black Panther. With similar imagery, themes, and villainess motivations, it’s not hard to draw comparisons between the two films. Both movies feature superheroes who would be kings, advanced civilizations, and family members who seek to take control of said civilizations and use their resources to wage war on the rest of the word.
The newly christened Worlds of DC are in desperate need of a refocus. Since 2013, the Worlds of DC have released five movies (The Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League), all of which, for reasons unknown to me, feature a climactic third act battle that determines the fate of world. Granted, properties like Superman and Justice League almost demand a story with potentially world-ending ramifications. Others, like Batman, Suicide Squad, and even Wonder Woman don’t (and in the Suicide Squad’s case, shouldn’t).
The DC Extended Universe is a sinking ship. Warner Bros.’ answer to Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not living up to the tremendous potential it had. They’ve given the world a depressed and dour Superman, a murderous Batman, and a Justice League that feels rushed. Aside from Wonder Woman, the five DCEU movies released so far are objectively disappointing, both financially and critically. However, I believe that with a few tonal shifts, the right writers, the right directors, and these incredible properties, Warner Bros. could save their Great DCEU Experiment and make their game of catch-up with the MCU a bit more neck-and-neck.
Back on July 4, I submitted a list of what I believed to be the top ten Marvel properties that Marvel Studios could turn into successful franchises. Since that was my most successful article, I decided to make a sequel to it. Now, like most sequels, this article was not asked for, nor was it necessarily wanted, and it probably won’t be as good as the original article, but I’m making it anyway. This time, I’ve included some characters associated with the Fantastic Four and X-Men, but like last time, I didn’t add them specifically to the list, given the inevitability that we’ll see them enter the MCU as new franchises. And with that, I present you with number 10:
Doctor Who is one of the most popular science-fiction properties of all time. The show has been on television since 1963 and has legions of fans dedicated to it. In 1982, Marvel saw Doctor Who’s popularity and decided to try and replicate it on the pages of Power Man and Iron Fist #79. This comic opens to our titular characters, Power Man (Luke Cage) and Iron Fist (Danny Rand), admiring a set of robot props, called Dredlox back stage at an old theater. Luke and Danny then have a conversation with their actor friend Bob Diamond, who’s acting in the play The Day of The Dredlox as the lead, Professor Justin Alphonse “J.A.” Gamble. After leaving for an afterparty, a disgruntled janitor at the theater disappears in a blinding flash of light. The next day, after a training session with Danny, Bob confides in the Heroes for Hire that there have been several disappearances at the theater and hires them to investigate. After a day of investigating, Bob calls Danny in a panic and disappears while talking to him. The Heroes for Hire go to find Bob, and are attacked by the Dredlox, seemingly having come to life. Escaping, Luke and Danny take refuge in a small old bookstore (that’s bigger on the inside), where they meet a man claiming to be the real Professor J.A. Gamble.