Comics on Film: 5 Supporting Heroes Who Could Make Great Movies

Comics on Film: 5 Supporting Heroes Who Could Make Great Movies

Jul 10, 2015

With Comic-Con International now in full swing, comics-related movie and TV news is flooding the internet. We'll see big presentations from studios on films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeDeadpoolFantastic Four, and several others. One thing in particular, though, got the wheels turning for this week's Comics on Film.

During the panel for her upcoming CBS drama Extant, Halle Berry was asked if she would ever be willing to do a standalone movie as Storm, the character she's played on and off since 2000's original X-Men film directed by Bryan Singer. "Absolutely," she said, before urging fans to tell 20th Century Fox that they'd want to see such a film.

Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a pretty populated place, we have yet to see a standalone film based off of a character that was, at least at one point, in a supporting role. To that end, here are five characters from comics-based cinema that we'd like to see get their own movie.


5) James Rhodes/War Machine from Iron Man 1-3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron

After establishing himself as an effective operative inside a Stark suit during the latter two Iron Man films, and after becoming a card-carrying member at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it makes a lot of sense that, at some point, War Machine would be able to star in his own, Tony-less film at some point. Not that Tony can't show up at some point, but Don Cheadle's iron-clad soldier has proven that he has what it takes to have his own cinematic adventure.

War Machine's next appearance in the MCU will be in next year's Captain America: Civil War, where he'll be appearing alongside the rest of the "New Avengers" as well as Iron Man and Ant-Man. We'll have to see how that film ultimately positions the character going forward into Avengers: Infinity War and beyond, but Marvel Studios could do far worse than give War Machine consideration for a solo adventure, especially if that film's at least partially based on the 12-issue series by writer Greg Pak.


4) Scott Summers/Cyclops from X-Men 1-3 and Days of Future Past

While we'll be seeing the story of how Scott Summers first joins up with the Professor in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, some people might be surprised to know that Cyclops has a pretty rich history that's barely been scratched in every single X-Men film released thus far. While X-Men: The Last Stand killed the character off pretty early on, Days of Future Past rectified that mistake by bringing him back as a result of the continuity change brought about by the film's events.

In the comics, Cyclops has been handled very memorably by some of the medium's best writers, including Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man), Grant Morrison (The Invisibles), and even Joss Whedon (from...well, you should know). While often portrayed as the team leader who can be obnoxious when directly compared to Wolverine, Whedon said, "...when you find out the thing that's been holding him back from being just a complete bad ass has been himself all his life, that he's been lying to everyone, including himself, about who he is-that should be freeing."


3) Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier from Captain America 1 and 2

When Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released in theaters last May, it quickly became a critical darling. By taking place over seventy years after the last time we saw Cap and Bucky run around with the Howling Commandos, there's quite a large gap that can be explored in the interim: the time that Bucky was under the influence of another force, and served as the deadly assassin the Winter Soldier.

As most comic book fans likely know, Bucky became a pretty important character in the Marvel Comics Universe after writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting reconceived him as the hero-turned-assassin-turned-hero. Whether it takes place during his time serving as the assassin, or whether they choose to focus on what he chooses to do after he finds out who he really is, there could definitely be a very good standalone film based on any number of comic book arcs. The separate solo Winter Soldier series by Ed Brubaker, or the later one by Rick Remender, could be a great source for a future film. We'll just have to see how Bucky plays out in Captain America: Civil War.


2) Sinestro from Green Lantern

While the Green Lantern film from 2011 is likely going to be rebooted instead of given a direct follow-up, that doesn't stop the former Lantern-turned-supervillain Sinestro from being an awesome choice for a solo film. When he appeared in the 2011 film played by actor Mark Strong, Sinestro provided one of the best scenes of an otherwise disappointing film, taking Hal Jordan to task for not having the inner strength required to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps, while also presented as one of the Corps' most senior and effective members.

From the comics, we know that Hal and Sinestro forged a powerful friendship and partnership, which was dissolved when Jordan realized he had instilled order on his home planet by basically ruling it through fear. This caused Jordan to directly challenge Sinestro, which caused him to be ejected from the Corps. He later mastered the power of fear, becoming one of the Green Lanterns' most formidable adversaries, and eventually creating a corps in his own name to challenge them. Yes, the work of comics writer Geoff Johns -- who's rumored to be co-writing a new Batman film with Ben Affleck -- would be a solid choice for a Sinestro film.


1) Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy

Undoubtedly one of the most memorable figures from the 2014 blockbuster, Rocket's backstory was briefly alluded to in an emotional exchange between he and Star-Lord near the end of the film. Still, though, even if a solo Rocket film didn't include his entire origin story, the way that Rocket explained some of his own history should prove that he has a lot of fuel for a solo appearance in some form, whether it's a full film or even a Marvel One-Shot.

In the film, Rocket said that he's escaped from 22 prisons, and his powerful friendship with Groot likely has quite a story behind how it ultimately came to be. Beyond that, Rocket is an exceedingly fun character to watch and get behind, not just because he's a raccoon, but also because he's one of the most outspoken and independent characters ever introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's absolutely saying something, especially considering that the world he inhabits is also occupied by the likes of Star-Lord and Iron Man.


Those are just five ideas of great supporting heroes who we think would thrive in their own films. What're your ideas? Did we miss a glaringly obvious one? Be sure to leave a comment below with your picks, and we'll see you next week for a brand new edition of Comics on Film!

Chris Clow is a geek. He is a gamer, a comic book expert and former retailer, the Junior Editor at, and a freelance contributor to The Huffington Post and You can find his weekly piece Comics on Film right here at Check out his blog, and follow along on Twitter @ChrisClow.

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