If Marvel decides to develop a Midnight Sons TV show or film, there are already a lot of people in the MCU that may join the gang. Marvel’s Midnight Sons Phase 4 of the MCU is bringing a slew of new characters and superheroes, partly thanks to its Disney+ series, which fueled the prior three phases of the MCU. With the debut, or forthcoming introduction, of characters like as Wiccan and Speed, Joaquin Torres and Kate Bishop as the future version of Falcon and Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, America Chavez, and others, Marvel has already created the basis for both a Young Avengers team and a Champions squad.
While the MCU’s youth movement has gotten a lot of attention, there’s another Marvel comics squad that has already established roots and will continue to do so throughout the Disney+ series and movies: the Midnight Sons. The Midnight Sons are a collection of supernaturally based superheroes that, when combined, basically formed Marvel’s horror wing. The Spirits of Vengeance, which included Ghost Riders Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch (and later Michael Badilino/Vengeance), the Nightstalkers, which included Blade, Frank Drake, and Hannibal King, the Darkhold Redeemers, which included Sam Buchanan, Victoria Montesi, and Louise Hastings (and later Modred the Mystic and Jinx), and Morbius, the Living Vampire. Though the Midnight Sons team in its initial iteration only lasted from around 1992 to 1995, a new iteration was established during the Marvel Zombies run, and in 2018, the limited series Damnation brought the squad back in its most current roster.
While the Midnight Sons were not as well-known as other superhero supergroups like the aforementioned Young Avengers and Champions, they did have a dedicated readership. Furthermore, with Marvel treading into more mature territory and heavier issues, like horror in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, now is the ideal moment to present the team onscreen with a brand-new roster. There are currently a plethora of characters in the MCU, or soon to be in the MCU, that may become members of the Midnight Sons.
Members of the Midnight Sons have already appeared in MCU and Marvel Live-Action Films.
Doctor Strange is the first and most noticeable character. Despite the fact that he didn’t formally join the Midnight Sons until the “Siege of Darkness” narrative in the comics, he was the one who had discreetly organized and aided the squad from the start. Given Strange’s present status in the MCU Phase 4 as the great chess master and the only figure with the capacity to anticipate events and know what’s going on in several realities, it’s only natural that he’d be the one to put the team together in the MCU, just as he did in the comics.
However, a few additional characters have already featured in the MCU, primarily in pre-Disney+ TV series. While the debate of whether or not the Marvel TV programs are still MCU canon is valid, it doesn’t change the fact that some members of the Midnight Sons have previously featured in live-action Marvel properties. It’s entirely possible for Marvel to bring back the performers or at the very least the characters, on their own. Gabriel Luna played the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but not as Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch. Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in The Punisher and Finn Jones as Danny Rand in Iron Fist are two members of the Midnight Sons gang that have starred in Marvel Netflix series. Finally, Daimon Hellstrom was first presented in Helstrom, the final Marvel TV series before Marvel Studios absorbed Marvel Television. Tom Austen portrayed him in the series. While Santana Hellstrom was never a member of the Midnight Sons in the comics, a version of her named Ana, portrayed by Sydney Lemmon, was introduced in the show and would make a fantastic addition to the squad. Elsa Bloodstone, another team member, has a live-action series in the works.
A couple of characters that are on their way to the MCU might possibly join the cast. Blade, which will be performed by Mahershala Ali, is one of them. While no official release date for the Blade reboot has been set, Marvel hired Watchmen writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour to write the script early this year, indicating it’s going ahead. Oscar Isaac is currently filming Moon Knight, a film that will bring another member of the Midnight Sons to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) sometime next year.
Morbius, the Living Vampire, played by Jared Leto, is another character who will make his live-action debut early next year. Morbius has likely played as important a part in the Midnight Sons’ history as the Ghost Riders and Doctor Strange, assisting in the team’s leadership and even forming his own rendition at times. Although Morbius is legally Sony’s property, they have proven a willingness to collaborate with Marvel. A number of Spider-Man-related characters previously owned by Sony, like as Electro and Doctor Octopus, will reprise their roles in this year’s MCU film Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Marvel has done an incredible job with the MCU. No one can deny that, just as no one can dispute that the Avengers: Infinity War/Avengers: Endgame two-parter was a huge finale to almost ten years of onscreen narrative, warts and all. Still, it’s starting to feel a little too homogenous, with Disney frequently discouraging Marvel from taking risks in order to meet all four quadrants while maintaining the “family-friendly” facade.
Doctor Strange 2 is being billed as the MCU’s first “horror” film, and though it’s unclear how far it will lean toward horror after the resignation of original director Scott Derrickson, the fact that Marvel chose Sam Raimi to direct it implies it will be significantly influenced by the genre. Thankfully, Marvel is willing to experiment artistically in Phase 4 of the MCU — at least a little. Horror has previously been carefully explored in other Marvel-branded ventures, demonstrating that it can work in the MCU.
Fox’s New Mutants may have collapsed, but it was a victim of production hell and the Fox-Disney merger. And, sadly, Hulu’s Helstrom series was also a casualty of the Marvel Television-Marvel Studios merger, debuting with minimal fanfare and minimal marketing but performing well with viewers. Both were actual horror films that were actually disturbing at moments. Despite the sad circumstances outside each’s control influencing their reception, they’re proof that Marvel can lean towards horror if it wants to.
It would be imprudent not to go beyond Doctor Strange 2. Horror is one of the most popular and constant genres out there, and there has been a resurgence of interest in horror in recent years. Horror films are now released all year, and there is a plethora of horror programs and supernaturally flavored television. Marvel’s first foray into horror would appeal to a large audience that has previously shunned the MCU’s offerings. The Midnight Sons would be an excellent approach to embrace the supernatural genre and horror themes while staying inside the PG-13 classification guidelines.
Those who suggest that children would be scared to see a Midnight Sons series or TV program should revisit the last moments of Infinity War or the length of Endgame: they are not lighthearted in plot or tone. As terrifying as anybody horror scenario, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker crumbling to dust Even if Thanos’ Outriders originate from another world rather than through magical powers, they are nonetheless monsters. And the Darkhold, a black magic spellbook that has been at the crux of several Midnight Sons plots in the comics, has been floating about the Marvel TV programs for years until making its first appearance in the MCU proper in WandaVision and is scheduled to return in Doctor Strange 2. In the MCU, Marvel has arguably been edging closer to horror for years. It’s time to embrace the genre and execute it right, and a squad like the Midnight Sons may help.
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