In 2022, Disney+ unveiled the special presentation format for some of its Marvel storytelling. Taking advantage of the Halloween and Christmas holidays, Marvel introduced two special presentations, one introducing Werewolf By Night to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the other catching audiences up on the adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy between the events of “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.” This can be an excellent way to introduce some lesser known Marvel characters without giving them a feature length film or a Disney+ series. Even some of the characters that received series might have benefitted from the special presentation format. Let’s take a look at five Marvel characters that deserve their own special presentations.
1. THE BLACK KNIGHT
Kit Harington’s first appearance as Dane Whitman, the man who would become the Black Knight, came in “The Eternals,” but there was very little about his superhero alter-ego. He mentions briefly something in his family’s past and the post-credit scene hints at something important. Harington has also hinted that he will appear in the upcoming “Blade” film but there’s no telling when that will be. The Black Knight is the perfect example of a character who would benefit from a 45 minute special presentation, so fans who may not read the comics can know what to expect from him. And let’s face it, his story will probably be more interesting than “The Eternals.”
2. JEAN GREY
Marvel has hinted at mutants before in their Disney+ Original Series. The animated “X-Men” the animated series guitar riff was played after mutation was mentioned in “Ms. Marvel.” And the service has already greenlit a continuation of that animated series called “X-Men 97.” But what about the characters that make up that team of mutants.
Wolverine has already had a trilogy of films made about his adventures, but Jean Grey is another character who has a lot to offer in a special presentation. She has strong stories that need to be explored. However, Marvel should avoid the Phoenix saga for a bit. Lord knows they’ve already failed to bring that one to live action twice before.
3. SILVER SURFER
The Silver Surfer appeared in Fox’s “The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” but that film was released for the beginning of the MCU and wasn’t well received. However, neither he nor three quarters of the Fantastic Four have appeared in the MCU (Mr. Fantastic appeared in “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”) Still, the Silver Surfer is one of the most beloved characters among Marvel Comics’ fans and I’m certain they would like to see his story told in a proper way.
This character has been on the minds of Marvel fans since, at least, “WandaVision.” Almost everyone who follows the comics was convinced Mephisto would be introduced somewhere in the series. He wasn’t, although it appears if “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” made a meta reference to Mephisto when Madisynn (with two “N”s and one “Y,” but not where you think), references a deal with a demon. Mephisto has also been hinted as appearing in the upcoming “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” but it’s unclear if that is true or a “WandaVision” style misdirect. Even if his first appearance is in “Coven of Chaos,” he would still be a great subject for a special presentation to learn more about this character that has Marvel fans talking about his potential. Hopefully we get Mephisto confirmed.
5. LEGION OF MONSTERS
The very first Marvel Special Presentation introduced viewers to not only the titular “Werewolf By Night” but also the characters of Elsa Bloodstone and Man-Thing. There have been rumors that Man-Thing will get his own special presentation some time close to Halloween, although which year, we don’t know with Marvel slowing down its content releases. But Marvel could set out a yearly or every other year series of Halloween special featuring the rest of the Legion of Monsters. It could be a great way to introduce Manphibian, N’Kantu the Living Mummy or Vampire By Night.
Those are my picks. What characters would you like to see get their own special presentation.