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A-Force: 5 Comic Book Storylines the MCU Could Adapt for the Movie

While we’ve already explored why an A-Force movie would make a perfect follow up to Avengers: Endgame, there is a lot of untapped potential the original source material can offer to the backbone of the story of thus group. Here’s a look at five potential ideas the film could elaborate on.

1. S.W.O.R.D.

In Captain Marvel #1: Higher, Further, Faster, SWORD is only mentioned for a brief moment and not really touched upon. It stands for Sentient World Observation and Response, and is a lesser known, autonomous sub-division of SHIELD. It was also known to have been replaced the Alpha Flight Space Program. A nice tie-in to Carol Danvers’ universe could be her ascending the ranks and potentially being in charge of the organization.2

2. Villains

Antimatter, Galactus, Kristoff Vernard, Karven the Hunter, Giganto

The MCU has already introduced its fair share of memorable villains that have left an imprint on cinematic history. However there are some other lesser known villains that could be foes for the A-Force. Galactus, mentioned in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, would be a hard baddie for the group to face because they would have to find a way to stop an all-powerful being from consuming entire life-sustaining plants, which could lead to the collapse of the galaxy. Also mentioned in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 are Kraven the Hunter and Giganto. Kraven switched from hunting animals to supers, and Giganto was created by the Atlanteans as Doomsday weapon. If those three teamed up with the A-Force foe named Antimatter, who was created simultaneously at the same time as team member Singularity, the ladies who be given a run for their money. In She-Hulk #2, we are introduced to Kristoff Vernard, adoptive son of Victor von Doom. He could follow in his father’s footsteps and provide a menacing presence for the team.

3. New Settings

With new villains comes new settings for the movie. Torfa was last seen in Captain Marvel, however in Captain Marvel #3, the population of the planet is ill from a mysterious disease. Carol could enlist the team to help find a cure for the inhabitants of the planet. In Thor Vol 4 #2, Roxxon Island would probably be just as shady as the original corporation that was originally introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger, and could test the morals of the group. She-Hulk #4 introduces Doomstadt, the capital of Latveria and home of Doctor Doom. The A-Force could travel there for a final showdown to end some diabolical scheme of Doom’s and save the world. Thor #3: When the Ice Lords Make War, we are introduced to Utgard the home of the Frost Giants. How the team could end up there could be they have to investigate whether Loki actually did die or not.

4. Characters

Dazzler, Silver Surfer, Medusa, Singularity, Guardians of the Galaxy, Nico Minoru, Daredevil, She-Hulk

Marvel comics are notorious for characters crossing paths. An A-Force movie would be a good way to bring in well-established characters as well as introduce more members of the team: She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler, Singularity and Nico Minoru,. It’s also a chance to meet a few more allies: Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer and Daredevil. Matt Murdock, Medusa and Nico Minoru have already been established on TV, but since the cancellation of Daredevil and Inhumans, both Charlie Cox and Serinda Swan would be good candidates to reprise their respective characters in the A-Force movie. Nico Minoru would be a bit tricky, seeing that she’s already established on Marvel’s Runaways, and it’s difficult to tie in the Marvel TV universe with the MCU. A-Force could always pull an X-Men: Apocalypse and cast a different actress to play the role, but a small hope would be that Lyrica Okano could make the jump from small screen to big screen. Dazzler, She-Hulk and Singularity would be a completely new characters to the MCU, and would be welcome additions to the expansive world as original members of the team. Silver Surfer was last seen in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Maybe he returns with the Guardians of the Galaxy to help them face cosmic threats that could destroy the world.

5. Twists

With an A-Force movie comes it’s own set of potential bombshells and plot twists. In A-Force Vol. 2 #5, reality wrapping mutant, Countess is introduced. She takes control over Nico’s mind and forces her to go against the team. Unlucky for her, Nico manages to overcome the mind control, saves her team and overloads Countess’ powers in the process. How that could work in the movie is the team encounters a group of mutants, and she happens to be among them. The team goes toe to toe VS Thanos in A-Force Vol. 2 #8, but in the process Jen (She-Hulk) gets gravely hurt, and Dazzler and Carol fight over her last rights. Because Thanos (SPOILER WARNING!) was turned to dust in Avengers: Endgame, maybe before Countess is defeated, she can wrap the team’s reality and make them face Thanos in that manner. In The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 Galactus ends up stealing Stark tech and makes himself a suit of “Buster” armor so he can devour whole planets a lot faster. Because of what happened to Tony Stark in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, someone could be helping him steal the tech from a warehouse to make the armor. Because both Dazzler and Countess are mutants, A-Force would be a perfect way to merge the MCU and the X-Men universes together.

Whether the A-Force movie is a follow up or a prequel, it feels like the natural direction to head in after Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The reaction to that one scene is proof enough fans are ready for an all-female superhero group. It’s Marvel’s choice whether they make it happen or not.