Welcome back to another edition of LRM's Fantasy Fridays, where myself and Jeremy Scully- two real-life best friends- pretend to be studio execs by calling some major shots. In the past, we rounded out the cast of Ben Affleck's The Batman, we assigned directors for several major upcoming superhero flicks, and today we set our sights on Marvel and it's wonderful relationship with Netflix.
See, say what you will about Marvel's exploits on the ABC network like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but their work on Netflix has been undeniably stellar. With shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, which are all leading up towards Iron Fist and a The Defenders crossover event, Marvel Studios has shown that they can make some amazing television with their partners over at Netflix.
With that in mind, the two of us mused about what other Marvel properties should get the Netflix series treatment.
Full disclosure: I'm not a comic book guy. I've had a few periods in my life when I've collected for a bit, but they were mostly DC books since I'm a Superman guy. So for this week's edition of Fantasy Fridays, I leaned heavily on Scully and let him take the lead. What you'll see below are Scully's unfiltered suggestions, followed by my own two at the end.
Here goes nothing...
Marvel Properties That Should Get Their Own Netflix Shows
The Concept: Similar to how the current run of Marvel shows on Netflix have the high concept of introducing all of the members of The Defenders one by one before capping it all off with an epic crossover event, we've decided that the next group to get this treatment should be the Midnight Sons.
With that in mind, Scully has outlined below who he thinks should comprise the team, who should run the shows, and who should star in them, leading up to a big Midnight Sons showdown on Netflix.
Get Steven Lightfoot (Hannibal, The Punisher) back as the showrunner for this series, starring Michael Jai White (Nate Parker 2nd choice) in the role he should always have played (not hating on Wesley Snipes!). The series would find Blade going after vampires of course, but a particular violent sect led by Lilith (Sienna Miller), with Deacon Frost (Steve Ogg) serving as her second-in-command (and manipulating events to take over completely). At one point, to learn more about Lilith, Blade will reach out to the Darkhold Redeemers, a group of occult specialists who can serve as a connecting figure amongst all the shows before the Midnight Sons team-up.
II. Moon Knight
Showrunner Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) and writer Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, 8mm) would be my dream duo for this series. Marc Spector is Moon Knight! A mercenary with a sordid history. The series would mix flashbacks to Spector’s time as a merc leading up to his discovery of an ancient Egyptian statue of Khonshu (The Moon God). Since then, to deal with the mental anguish of dying and being resurrected, as well as his shameful past, Spector creates new personalities to help deal with everyday life while doubling up as a nightly vigilante honoring the wishes of Khonshu who appears in an ethereal form and speaks to Spector.
Of course all of this might just be completely fake and Spector is just some insane guy wearing a costume beating up on thugs. The main villain of the series would be Raoul Bushman (Daniel Sunjata), a former employer and insane terrorist who may or may not be responsible for the death of Spector’s wife. The show would star Anson Mount of AMC's Hell On Wheels (2nd choice Lee Byung-hun) who would play ALL the personalities of Marc Spector (Mr. Knight, Jake Lockley, possibly even Steve Grant). It would be done similar to how actress Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Mannning in Orphan Black.
III. Daimon Hellstrom
Showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) would be the ideal candidate for this dark comedy series. Each Netflix show likes to “feel” a little different from the rest. Blade would be more of a kickass moody action series, Moon Knight would delve into the mind and questions about what is real, and Damion Hellstrom would be Marvel’s answer to Constantine.
He’s the son of Lucifer and a mortal woman, although for this series it would be retconned to be the son of Mephisto (assuming Marvel Studios has the rights to him, if not any old demon will do) and a mortal woman. Daimon (Matt Bomer OR Cillian Murphy) works as a charismatic occult detective often dealing with the Darkhold Redeemers, and stumbles upon a major supernatural threat to the city, one that involves his evil sister Satanna (Christian Serratos). The conclusion of the series would be that Mephisto (James Purefoy) is pulling everyone’s strings, using Satanna, Lilith, and Bushman.
This would be figured out by Hellstrom who along with the Darkhold Redeemers would find a way to bring everyone together to set up…
IV. Midnight Sons
Showrunner Marco Ramirez, and Doug Petrie (The Defenders) would once again use their talents to bring all the shows together for the big finale! The various cast members from the previously mentioned shows will join up, except this time they are getting some extra help from Gabriel Luna who will reprise his role as Ghost Rider. The Midnight Sons will form with additional knowledge from previous Ghost Rider, and enemy of Mephisto, Johnny Blaze (Norman Reedus)!
MFR's 2 Cents:
Like I said earlier, I trust Scully here. He's the comic book guru. There's not a lot I can tweak here, but- if I may- here's what I got:
- I'd suggest Toby Kebbell for Daimon Hellstrom
- For the Midnight Sons crossover I'd want to bring back Steven S. DeKnight, who I think did an amazing job launching Marvel's Netflix outings with the first season of Daredevil. I've loved this guy since Starz's Spartacus series, and I think he'd make a kickass Midnight Sons
And that's it! Scully knocked it out of the park this week.
What do you guys think of our overall "pitch" for Midnight Sons to be Marvel's next Netflix endeavor, the talent we'd like to see involved? Sound off below!