Speaking of shared universes, remember when Tom Cruise tried to be the star of his own shared universe by kicking off the Dark Universe with The Mummy in 2017? You have to admit, seeing Universal’s latest attempt to bring their monster movie IP back into the limelight crumble so soon and so dramatically was a little sad. Therefore, I say we give Cruise a second chance at being the head honcho in a monstrous assembly by casting him as a Marvel character with that exact job description.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has its own unit paranormal (like the BPRD from Hellboy or DC’s Justice League Dark) known as the Howling Commandos, which is made up mostly of creature-esque characters like Blade, Groot, or the Abominable Snowman. One of the team’s most notable leaders is Clay Quartermain – a former United States Air Force pilot noted for being arrogant and hard to work with. Tom Cruise has played both of those character types extremely well in the past, which must be why he was also considered for a different Marvel role once.