Stories about superpowered individuals abound in the epic fantasy that the MCU has become. We now have over a decade’s worth of movies filled to the brim with heroes and villains, chronicling their struggles to save humanity or bring forth the end of the world.
In the grand scheme of things, it seems like the MCU has no place left for minor stories. Even the smallest side projects, like What If…? will eventually end up crossing their paths with the larger MCU, as seen in the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
That’s why the MCU Spider-Man films have been so refreshing so far. Sure, No Way Home deals with its own cataclysmic event of epic proportions, but, at their core, these movies are about the struggles of individual characters.
This is the same thing that elevated the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy into the cult-like status it enjoys today: it understood that small characters also have big stories to tell. And I can’t think of a smaller character in the MCU than Klev.
Don’t know who MCU’s Klev is? Well, you might already have seen him cheering on some of the MCU’s biggest heroes.
The first time we see Klev in the MCU is in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He’s presented as just a random dude who admires the so-called “Spider-Guy” that’s been making the rounds online. He then proceeds to ask Spidey to do a flip – and absolutely loses his mind once the arachnid hero shows off his acrobatic skills.
We wouldn’t see Klev in the MCU for a while – until 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In this movie, we learn a bit more about Klev: he seems to be a superhero fanboy, streaming a fight between Razor Fist and Shang-Chi to his online audience.
It seems like Klev is completely enamoured with the idea of superheroes, and in the world of the MCU, who wouldn’t be? The idea that Klev could be such a fan of the Avengers lends itself to a ton of potential for an original Disney+ show – one that doesn’t star superheroes or villains, but rather chronicles the life of an ordinary man living in an extraordinary world.
The Adventures of The MCU’s Klev
With the success of Disney+’s MCU shows and the precedent of the Marvel One-Shots, there’s simply no reason why Klev couldn’t get his own series. After all, we already got a follow-up on the life of Trevor Slattery, twice, so it wouldn’t be too out of the blue to focus on an otherwise minor character like Klev.
There’s also the fact that the actor who plays the character, Zach Cherry, is insanely likeable. You might remember him from shows like You and Crashing. As a comedic actor, Cherry has more than enough charisma to play the lead role in a solo project, especially if the said project is an MCU film.
Sure, an MCU movie starring Klev would be a tough sell, but after seeing the success of Hawkeye, it’s clear that MCU shows are better the more concentrated they are. Not every Marvel story has to be this grand, apocalyptic show: if Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse taught us anything about Marvel, is that anyone can be a hero given the right circumstances.
So yeah, he might not be a superhuman by any stretch of the imagination, but Klev has everything he needs to star in his own Marvel adventure, even if it consists mostly of following his favourite heroes throughout their daily routines.