The One-shots

WIL­LIAM HURT’S THAD­DEUS ROSS IS BACK. WHAT HOPE FOR MARVEL’S OTHER BIG-NAME ONE-TIMERS?

Empire (UK) - - CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR SPECIAL - DAN JOLIN

TOMMY LEE JONES

Putting his in­tim­i­dat­ing bark and dead­pan stare to good use as su­per-soldier-pro­gram boss Colonel Ch­ester Phillips in Cap­tain America: The First Avenger (2011), Jones was left on the run­way in the 1940s. His best chance of an en­core is a flash­back cameo. Well, ei­ther that or time travel.

CHRISTO­PHER EC­CLE­STON

In Thor: The Dark World (2013), Ec­cle­ston sub­sumed him­self in pros­thet­ics as dark elf over­lord Malekith. He’s prob­a­bly not in a rush to re­turn to the make-up chair, and was defini­tively squished by his own space­ship at the cli­max. Yet vil­lains have sur­vived worse. Malekith could re­turn… AS FLAT­MAN!

HUGO WEAV­ING

Another First Avenger alum­nus, and another ac­tor who per­formed vil­lainy un­der pros­thet­ics, as Hy­dra-führer Red Skull. But he was dis­in­te­grated by the Tesser­act, right? Or was he just tele­ported some­where? One cur­rent fan the­ory sug­gests he’s al­ready re­turned, in a new form, in TV’S Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D..

SAM ROCK­WELL

Tony Stark’s weaselly busi­ness ri­val Justin Ham­mer was im­pris­oned at the end of Iron Man 2 (2010), giv­ing him plenty of time to brew re­sent­ment, hatch an es­cape plan and find other Stark-haters he can pimp with ad­vanced tech, just as he’s done over and over in the Iron Man comic books.

JENNA COLE­MAN

Think Karen Gil­lian is the only Doc­tor Who as­sis­tant to ap­pear in the MCU? What about Jenna Cole­man, who popped up in The First Avenger as Con­nie, one of Bucky’s dates. Who’s to say Thanos hasn’t turned her into a space-as­sas­sin ‘daugh­ter’, like Gil­lan’s Ne­bula in Guardians Of The Galaxy? WHO’S TO SAY?

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