With all the MCU's crazy success, it's easy to forget that - for the most part - they had to make mountains out of molehills.
Their most famous characters - from Spider-Man and Daredevil to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four - were tied up at other studios, leaving them to make stars out of characters that were relatively unknown outside of the comic book fandom. They did so to great effect, turning Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (who?!) into some of the most recognizable faces in all of pop culture.
Things aren't looking to let up anytime soon. Not only have they proven their ability to make icons out of unknowns, but they've more or less acquired the rights to all of their most popular characters. With Disney's acquisition of Fox, Marvel regained control over the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and all related characters. What's more, with the unprecedented shared custody deal between Sony and Marvel for the rights to Spider-Man, the Webhead is also able to plan in the play in the sandbox with everyone else.
More heroes are to come. After all, did anyone expect the MCU to just stop in its tracks with he departure of Iron Man and Captain America? Of course not! And why would they? They've got a wellspring of great characters, and they'd be remiss not to use them. There are so many faces we still haven't seen. So, who can we expect?
10. Silver Surfer
Talk about a perfect fit if ever there was one. With the MCU set to get more and more cosmic-oriented in the coming years, how could they NOT move forward with Norrin Radd, AKA the Silver Surfer, arguably the most famous space-faring hero in all of Marvel Comics?
With Disney's acquisition of Fox, the Sentinel of the Spaceways is primed to make a splash in the MCU. He is often associated with the Fantastic Four (more on them later), with whom he shares a major villain: Galactus. If you think the Fantastic Four and Galactus aren't coming to the MCU, I've got a bridge to sell you. Here's the thing: if Galactus comes, the Silver Surfer HAS to come with him.
The Fantastic Four isn't the only group he's partnered up with, though -he's also joined forces with the Avengers, and found himself among the roster of groups like the Annihilators, the Defenders, the God Squad, the Order, and the Titans Three (alongside the Hulk and Namor). He's fought alongside Thor, Dr. Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. He's been at the center of schemes by Mephisto and Dr. Doom. How could Marvel not use him?