5 Supporting Superhero Characters Who Need Their Own Movie
Sometimes I feel like I watch superhero movies wrong. I get overinvested in the relationships, bored with the villains (particularly if there’s more than one big bad) and, most importantly for the purposes of this article, distracted by the supporting characters.
It’s not my fault. Superhero movies often have large ensemble casts and the main cape and tight wearers tend to have very specific types of angst (tragic backstory, nerd turned into super powered hero or both). Sometimes it’s just more fun to hang out with their screen time starved sidekicks and teammates.
I would happily pay to watch any of the heroes on this list headline their own movies even though some of them were only on-screen for a matter of minutes. They’re just that much fun to watch.
I think we can all agree that Chloe Moretz was the real star of Kick-Ass anyway, but I would still love to see her reprise her role in a movie that was all Hit-Girl, all the time. No offense to the titular Kick-Ass, but young guys without super powers becoming vigilante heroes is old news, but a foul-mouthed, ultra-competent eleven-year-old girl was something entirely new.
Now that Hit-Girl’s origin story is out of the way, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman could get right to the good stuff in the sequel. Hit-Girl is a character far too dark and daring to retire at such a young age. Part of me wants to leave her story as it is with a pseudo-happy ending, but come on, heroes never really get happy endings and we like it that way.
This one is a no-brainer: Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner is a flawless human being. Give Jeremy Renner a movie. I’m not at all familiar with the character beyond the three seconds of badassery he displayed in Thor (and the trailers for The Avengers), but that told me everything I needed to know.
He’s snarky, excellent with a crossbow and he has Jeremy Renner’s face. What’s not to love?
Apparently there are some people who don’t like Gambit. I am not one of those people. Ask any fangirl who grew up watching the 90’s X-Men cartoon who their favorite character was and I’m willing to bet the answer will be Gambit. He’s a smooth-talking, card-throwing thief from the Bayou who oozes charm.
Taylor Kitsch’s turn as Gambit in Wolverine was one of the few watchable things about that movie, but I wasn’t completely sold on his performance as my favorite X-Man. The best thing about Gambit’s character is the way he straddles the line between dangerous and charismatic, and that didn’t quite come through in his limited time on screen. I would be happy to watch Kitsch try again though, but if he’s not up for it I hear Josh Holloway finally got off that island.
Kitty didn’t have much to do in the third X-Men movie besides participate in a teen angst filled love triangle, but as a fan of Joss Whedon’s X-Men arc in the comics, I know Kitty has much more to offer the series than her role in the film suggests.
She’s an awesome character who happens to be played by the equally awesome Ellen Page and she has a pet dragon– in the words of Liz Lemon: I want to go to there. Especially if someone can convince Hollywood to use Whedon’s arc as inspiration for the script, or you know, just make him write and direct it.
Samuel L. Jackson’s cool is legendary at this point, but he also brings a sense of gravitas to the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., that makes him a compelling character even though he’s only appeared in a handful of scenes. There are rumors that a movie is already in the works, but we really should have had confirmation by now.
I mean really, who wouldn’t want to watch Jackson and his eyepatch-wearing agent take center stage?
As far as I know, Darcy isn’t an official comic book character and she’s not a superhero. I don’t care. As a somewhat geeky girl myself, she immediately became my favorite character in the movie for her quippy, geeky persona. If they wanted to make Darcy get bitten by a radioactive spider or just become head secretary for The Avengers, that is a thing I would watch. Then again I would also watch the Amazing Adventures of Pepper Potts.
See, I told you, I watch these movies wrong…but my way is more fun.
I’ve shared my dream superhero movies, now I want to hear all about yours. Which supporting characters would you like to see snag a leading role?
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