The Dark Side of Marvel Comics: 5 horror characters who need movies.

Characters I want to see in the Avengers cinematic universe.

With a Dr. Strange movie confirmed on the horizon and the copyrights to Ghost Rider and Blade reverted to Marvel, we could be looking a blossoming supernatural side to the Avengers cinematic universe pretty soon. Wesley Snipes has actually already been signed up for another Blade movie and it is this writer’s opinion that it will not be a sequel, but a reboot that takes place in the main Marvel movie universe. I lay it all out in THIS ARTICLE.

Now, if I am right, it would be opening a Pandora’s box of possibilities. So, here are some other supernatural characters I want to see pop up.

1. Morbius, The Living Vampire

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OK, he’s a sticky one. He’s most well known as an adversary of Spider-man which puts him under the control of Sony. However, he has also had an extensive solo career that had nothing to do with Spider-man. So, I think it’d be a situation similar to how both Fox and Disney are allowed to use Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

Legal shtuff out of the way. Morbius is not a typical vampire. His vampirism is scientifically induced rather than supernaturally. He was a brilliant bio-chemist named Michael Morbius. But he suffered from a rare blood disorder that was going to kill him. He came up with a cure that fixed his disorder, but also had the unfortunate side effect of turning him into a vampire.

He started out as a villain and then became an anti-hero. He couldn’t stop his need for blood, but he decided he could choose who he fed on. So he targeted criminals.

It should also be noted that, in the comics, he plays an essential role in Blade’s origin. The concept of Blade as the daywalker was original to the movies. In the comics at the time, his powers resulting from his unique birth extended to nothing more than being immune to vampirism and being able to sense the supernatural. But on one occasion, Morbius was under a spell and bit Blade. Morbius’ unique form of vampirism turned Blade into the daywalker in the comics that the movies had already made him out to be: a dhampire with all the strengths of a vampire but none of their weaknesses except for the thirst.

2. Werewolf by Night

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Jack Russell (I see what you did there) fell victim to his family’s curse of lycanthropy. However, after years of practice, he learned to control it. He now uses his werewolf abilities for good as a hero.

Interesting fact: at one time there was a Werewolf by Night movie in the very early stages of production. It never gained any traction though.

3. Hellstorm

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Who’s Hellstorm? Oh, no one much. Just the freakin’ Son of Satan. Well, that’s how he was introduced anyway. See, Hell in the Marvel universe is actually split into a whole bunch of different domains and each one is ruled over by a different demon. A lot of these very powerful demons enjoy calling themselves Satan because of the power behind that name. But it comes to light later that Hellstorm’s father is actually a demon named Marduk Kurios.

In any case, Hellstorm does not get along with daddy and constantly puts his demonic powers to good use to thwart Marduk’s plans.

Side note: he was a main stay in The Defenders. The Defenders are a smaller super team that Marvel has already confirmed will be getting a mini series culminated from upcoming Netflix exclusive TV shows Daredevil, Luke Cage & Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones.

4. The Darkhold Redeemers

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You know the Necronomicon Ex Mortis from Evil Dead? The Darkhold is basically Marvel’s version. It is a book of evil from ancient times responsible for many atrocities, including the very existence of vampires and werewolves. The Darkhold Redeemers have one goal: stop the evils that the book causes.

The team consists of:

Victoria Montesi: the team leader and descendant of a family that has opposed the Darkhold for ages, she gets visions when a page of the book is used.

Louise Hastings: A friend of Victoria, she is an archaeologist with in depth knowledge of the Darkhold.

Jinx: Louise’s grandson, he is a power adept in magic.

Modred the Mystic: A sorcerer with immense magical abilities and who has training from Cthon.

Sam Buchanan: An agent from Interpol who is assigned to protect Victoria and as a result joins the team.

5. Terror Inc

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My favorite from the list. Terror Inc is not a group. He is a single entity. He refers to himself as a corporation because of his special ability. Terror was one of the first humans. In those primitive days, the early species of mankind was threatened by a demonic bear. The man that became Terror managed to slay it, but in doing so he was cursed and driven away for his appearance. He took to the shadows and, now immortal, has lived through the ages, always adopting the area’s word that most closely approximated people’s reaction to him as his name. His immortality comes at a great price, however. He is constantly rotting. As such, he must always take new body parts, something his curse allows him to do. His touch secretes an acid that breaks down flesh, allowing him to remove parts from people, or even animals, and then attach them, incorporate them, into his body. The only part of him that stays the same is his left hand, the hand that once belonged to his long dead lover, now hermetically sealed in a special metal gauntlet to prevent it from rotting. But his grotesque abilities don’t end there. Aside from simply allowing him to keep from rotting away, his incorporation of new body parts also grants him any skills or memories that part had, even super powers. He can use a safe cracker’s ear to open a safe, a martial artist’s legs to learn their fighting prowess, attach a pair of demon’s wings to his back to gain flight, and in one notable instance he took on a mysterious clawed arm that was found “in an unmarked grave outside an abandoned government facility in Canada” to even the odds in a fight with Wolverine.

He is not a hero, not a villain. He is a mercenary with a sense of honor. His word is his bond and he is known for his warning he gives to his clients: “Caveat Emptor”, Latin for “Let the buyer beware”. My favorite moment of all? After he and Wolverine put their differences aside and worked together against a common enemy, Wolverine asked Terror what exactly he was. Terror replied, “I’m the best there is at what I do. And what I do makes even your routine look pleasant by comparison.”

Side note: Terror Inc was briefly considered for an animated series. Obviously, that never transpired.

Bonus: The Midnight Sons

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This is the culmination this can all lead up to: the super team from the 90’s known as the Midnight Sons. The team consisted of Dr. Strange, Morbius, Ghost Rider, Blade and the Nightstalkers, and the Darkhold Redeemers. And to be honest, all you really need is Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Blade, and Morbius. The Nightstalkers and Darkhold Redeemers are not necessary.

With a Dr. Strange movie already in the works, a new Blade movie announced, and Ghost Rider back in Marvel’s control, the pieces are all there. Marvel has also shown that it has no problem giving lesser known teams attention, having given the Guardians of the Galaxy their own movie and having announced that The Defenders are getting a mini-series.

What do you think? Do you want to see Marvel show its darker side?

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