As Hollywood’s obsession with spinoffs continues to grow, some fan-favorite characters remain surprisingly overlooked. In recent years, franchises have made some very unexpected spinoffs about side characters from popular movies. Star Wars chose Cassian Andor as the subject of a TV series, and the Harry Potter franchise even produced the Fantastic Beasts movies based on the author of one of Harry’s school textbooks. Despite this spinoff-mania, some great characters are being unjustly ignored, even though they deserve to be the focus of their own movies.

Some spinoffs are met with confusion, because the characters who are chosen aren’t the ones which audiences are most interested in. Occasionally, these odd choices produce brilliant results, like Creed or Logan. Unfortunately, more often than not, they fail to recapture the magic of the original movies. If franchises gave some of their forgotten characters more attention, they could produce some fascinating movies. Some characters are such obvious choices for a spinoff, either because of their compelling personalities or their mysterious pasts, that it’s surprising they haven’t gotten their time in the spotlight yet.

Lightyear suggests that Pixar could be interested in producing more spinoff movies for its beloved characters. Edna Mode doesn’t have as big a role as Buzz Lightyear does in Toy Story, but she’s a scene-stealing presence in The Incredibles and The Incredibles II. There are loads of interesting heroes who could have their own spinoffs, like Frozone, Gazerbeam, or Voyd, but Edna Mode would provide a different angle. Her sassy, no-nonsense attitude is a constant source of humor, and a sequel about her life as a fashion designer who secretly works with the world’s greatest superheroes would be a unique twist on the saturated superhero genre.

Among the recurring characters in the Bond franchise, none are more deserving of a spinoff than CIA agent Felix Leiter. Bond’s American counterpart is a rare friend in a world of subterfuge and deceit. He represents the “special relationship” shared by the US and the UK, and the pair often team up on missions. Felix Leiter has been recast more than James Bond, but Jeffrey Wright firmly nailed down his spot in the Daniel Craig era. Since his character has shifted so much over the years, a Felix Leiter spinoff would be a chance to add some depth, and it could detail how the CIA operates in James Bond’s world.

With his iconic purple lightsaber, Mace Windu is one of the outstanding characters introduced in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Samuel L. Jackson made him the coolest Jedi on the High Council, and he would be the ideal candidate for a spinoff movie. Star Wars clearly loves a spinoff. Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi each have their own spinoffs, but even less central characters, like Ahsoka Tano and Cassian Andor, have had their own time in the spotlight. Emperor Palpatine threw the Jedi from a window on Coruscant, but it’s possible Mace Windu survived his fall. If so, a spinoff could explore why he didn’t fight the Empire during the original trilogy, or where he was in the intervening years.

With the upcoming Harry Potter reboot series, Sirius Black could finally get the screen time which he deserves. Harry Potter’s godfather is a pivotal figure in his story, but he’s one of a few characters with much more detail in the books than in the movies. A Sirius Black spinoff would be a great way to remedy this, and it could even go back to Sirius’ time at Hogwarts, when he was part of the “Marauders” with Peter Pettigrew, Remus Lupin, and Harry’s father James. A Sirius Black spinoff could also explore his time with the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War, or his time in Azkaban.

Tropic Thunder‘s foul-mouthed, Diet Coke-loving studio executive steals every scene he’s in. In a movie with the comedic talents of Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Steve Coogan, among others, Tom Cruise was not expected to be the standout performer, but that’s exactly what happened. He sealed the deal with a dad-dance to Flo Rida’s “Low” as the credits rolled, and sadly, that’s still the last audiences have seen of him. Cruise is reportedly interested in a Les Grossman spinoff, although it’s unknown what an entire movie based on the character would look like. Reuniting him with Bill Hader as his mild-mannered assistant would be a good place to start.

Spider-Man Noir has appeared in comics since 2009, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse finally brought him to the big screen. Nicolas Cage’s transatlantic, Humphrey Bogart-inspired voice is perfect for the character, and the film noir parody would be a great choice for a spinoff movie. Spider-Man Noir outlines exactly how this movie would look when he introduces himself to Miles in Spider-Verse. He says, “It’s 1933, and I’m a private eye. I like to drink egg creams and I like to fight Nazis.” A live-action Spider-Man Noir TV series is in development, but without Nicolas Cage, or Spider-Verse creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, it’s an entirely different prospect.

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle introduced the American spy agency Statesman, and Channing Tatum as Tequila, one of their best agents. In an uneven movie, Tatum is a constant highlight. The Kingsman franchise has already started expanding into spinoffs, with the prequel The King’s Man starring Ralph Fiennes. A Statesman spinoff seems like the logical next step. Tequila joins Kingsman at the end of Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle, so it’s possible he’ll appear alongside Eggsy in the sequel. If he doesn’t, then a separate movie with Tatum and the other Statesman members, played by Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges, would be a great alternative.

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