At number two we have a group I’ve wanted to see adapted to live action for some time now, the Runaways. Back before even The Avengers was planned, Marvel had a film script ready for Runaways but it got put aside to focus on the larger story arcs we now see in the Marvel films, and there have even been rumors of this project going to television. So as there is obviously interest in the group from Marvel, the Runaways seem like a no-brainer on the corporate side of things. In my opinion Netflix is a better platform for these characters than a film would be as we’d be able to spend more time with their story. Another great part of Runaways is that the teenagers actually act like teenagers, they curse, their parents worry about them watching porn, and they’re discovering who they are. Should the property be brought to film, most of the qualities that made the comic great would probably have been nixed to fit the PG-13 family friendly vibe the MCU films have. Sure the Runaways is a group of young teenagers and a little kid, but that doesn’t mean the property isn’t mature in its own right.
Bringing Runaways to live action would also be a great time to introduce LGBT characters to the MCU as Nico Minoru, who becomes the leader of the team, is bisexual. With a variety of powers on display such as sorcery, alien glowing hair, flight, telepathic raptors, and super-advanced technology, Runaways would be an extremely fun show to watch. The group is formed from the children of super villains based in California, offering a different location to Netflix’s current Marvel offerings and a perspective we haven’t seen in any superhero story up to this point. The characters could still run into our current Netflix heroes as the Runaways trek all over the United States during their series, and would be a great way to expand the universe. Runaways could be a nearly direct adaptation of the comic (changing only small things such as one character from Mutant to Inhuman) with cameos from Cloak and Dagger after their premier on Freeform, and would be groundbreaking for the superhero genre.