Given the incredibly predictable mega-success of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s safe to say that comic book movies are here to stay. Luckily, there’s still an innumerable amount of obscure, overlooked, or just plain strange properties yet to be adapted. While some of these suggestions for future movies (as well as casting choices) may seem a bit silly, just remember that a film featuring a talking raccoon and a giant tree-creature made A LOT of money last summer.
Anna Kendrick as Squirrel Girl
If you’re unfamiliar with Squirrel Girl, her name should probably give you the basic gist of what she can do. As a mutant, Doreen Green not only has enhanced strength and speed, but also the amazing ability to communicate with squirrels. Doreen even has a sidekick: a squirrel named Tippy-Toe who wears a pink bow. Personally, I think Anna Kendrick would be a great choice for the role of Doreen Gray, and I’d love nothing more than to see her command an army of squirrels on the big screen. If Ant-Man is good enough for a film, there’s no reason Squirrel Girl isn’t.
Paul Giamatti as Doop
Doop is a bizarre creature (just look at that guy) who is rumored to be the product of some sort of experiment, though his exact origins are unknown. He speaks his own language and is just generally, you know, kind of weird. Admittedly, Doop probably couldn’t carry a movie of his own (though I’d love to see somebody try), but it’s easy to imagine him being one of the best parts of a movie focused on another hero. Just imagine all of the Doop plush toys that could be sold! As for the man who will voice the character, Paul Giamatti would be a perfect fit. Make it happen!
Kristen Wiig as She-Hulk
She-Hulk is so much more than just a cheap ripoff of the Incredible Hulk. A cousin of Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters received a blood transfusion from him which resulted in powers very similar to that of the Hulk. She’s also a lawyer known for defending superhero clients, so a movie adaptation could easily cross over with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Comic books starring She-Hulk are often admired for their humor and tendency to break the fourth wall, so there’s the potential for a She-Hulk film to simply be a lot of fun. Kristen Wiig would be the perfect choice to bring some levity to the project, and although she may not be the first person you think of when it comes to super heroes, I think she could really pull it off.
Jake Gyllenhaal as Ambush Bug
Describing Irwin Schwab (aka Ambush Bug) in just a paragraph is nearly impossible. He’s extremely annoying, possibly insane, and his arch enemy is a “living sock” named “Argh! Yle!” Originally created as a villain to Superman, Ambush Bug has since been portrayed as a hero of sorts, albeit an odd one. His greatest strength is his pure unpredictability, as he is almost incapable of making logical decisions. Jake Gyllenhaal proved he could convincingly play a creepily unbalanced character in Nightcrawler, so the idea of him donning the Ambush Bug costume just feels rights.
Kristen Bell as Dazzler
Dazzler, a mutant with the ability to turn sound vibrations into “dazzling” light, catches a lot of flack. For a while, her powers pretty much amounted to being able to put on cool light shows. It probably doesn’t help that she mostly just used her skills to propel her career as a disco performer. You know what, though? It’s about time that we get a full-blown, over-the-top, superhero musical. The way I see it, it could have the potential to be either “so bad it’s good,” or just plain ol’ great. For audiences, that’s a win-win situation. I, for one, would dig seeing Kristen Bell as a disco-singing mutant, but maybe that’s just me.
Eli Sentman is a writer with a supernatural ability to transform into an elephant, but shhhh, that’s a secret.