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Sep 4, 2016
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With studios showcasing more superheroes and supervillains in the coming years, keeping up with the latest on casting, production, and plot details is becoming quite a laborious task.

But that doesn't mean we're not as excited as all of you are about these recent developments.

Sure, we've overdosed on the many treats presented at the recent San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)—from blockbuster trailers to high-profile casting coups. The biggies, of course, dominated the proceedings and set many a news feed on full nerd alert.

You've seen Gal Gadot as Wonder WomanGame of Thrones' star Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as Flash in the surprisingly quippy Justice League debut trailer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and the cast of the critically panned Suicide Squad as they paraded on stage.

So now we'll turn our attention to superhumans of lesser renown who are finally getting their share in the spotlight. Make no mistake: this powerful band of so-called B-listers are big-time players who'll figure prominently in the film universes they're associated with.

Time to let your geek flag fly with this round-up. 

1) Brie Larson is Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)

The Academy Award-winning star of Room is Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, a courageous and temperamental Air Force fighter pilot powered by an alien DNA. In the recent Brian Michael Bendis-penned Civil War II comics, the kickass Captain Marvel and her gang of renegade heroes like Spider-Man, Steve Roger's Captain America, and Hawkeye duke it out with Iron Man's own force of do-gooders composed of Thor, Star-Lord, and Luke Cage.


2) Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock is Black Adam (Shazam!; April 5, 2019)

Black Adam is superhero Shazam's arch-nemesis, hence the shared lightning bolt-accented outfit. In his earlier comic iteration, he was portrayed as a villainous mystical being out to terminate Shazam (erswhile named as DC's Captain Marvel; no relation to Marvel's Carol Danvers) and his associates. He's now depicted as a conflicted antihero who'll do anything to clean up his unjustly tarnished image.


3) Elizabeth Debicki is Ayesha (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; May 5, 2017)

Debicki's role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was revealed in Marvel Studios' Hall H presentation at the SDCC. She will portray Ayesha, the cosmic ally of Adam Warlock, a perfect artificial being and unflinching defender of Counter-earth, an artificial planet.


4) Kurt Russell is Ego (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; May 5, 2017)

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Russell will star as Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) dad, Ego The Living Planet. Together with the alien race Kree, The Colonizers, and Galactus, the super-intelligent Ego The Living Planet were the stars that heralded the birth of Marvel's successful line of "Space Age Mythology" in the '60s. He will remind you of Mogo, the sentient planet and member of DC's Green Lantern Corps.


5) Chris Sullivan is Taserface (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; May 5, 2017)

In comics, Taserface is also known as Overkill and a member of the Stark, a race that evolved from Tony Stark's technology.


6) Michael Keaton is Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming; July 7, 2017)

As with any member of the Spider-Man's famous rogues gallery, Vulture's backstory centered on a relationship doomed by ambition and greed. His alter-ego Adrian Toomes turned to a life of crime after his business partner scammed him and their firm for cash. A genius electronics engineer, Toomes created a flight harness that imbued him with superhuman strength and an extended life span. He debuted in 1963 on The Amazing Spider-Man #2, after mouthy Spidey defeated the Chameleon.


7) Michael B. Jordan is Erik Killmonger (Black Panther; July 6, 2018)

Creed star Michael B. Jordan, whom you last seen donning superhero tights as The Human Torch in the disastrous 2015 flick Fantastic Four, has been tapped to play Erik Killmonger, the main baddie in the upcoming Black Panther film. Killmonger is a Wakandan formerly known as N'Jadaka who was exiled to America following his father’s involvement in a failed coup. He returned to the vibranium-rich and technologically advanced nation as an adult, hoping to topple the rule of T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther) no matter the cost.


8) Lupita Nyong’o is Nakia (
Black Panther; July 6, 2018)

The Oscar-winning actress and Star Wars regular Lupita Nyong'o stars as Nakia, a member of Black Panther's elite female protectors known as the Dora Milaje (Wakandian term for the Adored Ones). The Milaje is composed of daughters from rival tribes who are trained to become warriors and serve as potential queens to an unhitched king. Their presence ensures bloody civil war doesn't break out. Loyal Nakia has royal aspirations and is madly in love with her king. She's prone to jealousy and roguish behavior. Perhaps that's why in some issues of the Black Panther, she also goes by her alias, Malice.


9) Danai Gurira is Okoye (Black Panther; July 6, 2018)

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Okoye is Nakia's batchmate in the deadly Dora Milaje. No stranger to playing strong and fierce women, Gurira will her find her fighting and slashing ways as Michonne in The Walking Dead very much welcome in Wakanda. Compared with passionate but reckless Nakia, Okoye is portrayed in the comics as more level-headed, a trait that serves her well in her duty as Black Panther's personal bodyguard.

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