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Move aside Thanos, there is a more powerful villain headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New leaks related to Marvel’s upcoming movie, The Eternals, may have revealed the MCU’s next big antagonist. Which iconic villain will be taking Thanos’ place as Marvel heads into Phase 4?

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The cast of Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Will ‘The Eternals’ debut a more powerful villain than Thanos?

A fan theory suggests that the superheroes in The Eternals will be fighting a more powerful villain than Thanos. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) defeated the MCU’s former big bad by snapping him out of existence in Avengers: Endgame

In the comics, the Celestials created the Eternals after experimenting with the genetic code of humans. Their successful experiments led to the Eternals while their failures created a group known as the Deviants.

Marvel has already confirmed that the Deviants will play a central role in the film, which likely means that fans will be introduced to someone who is more powerful than Thanos.

We still do not know which of the Deviants will appear in the movie, but a new leak teases the identity of the project’s main villain.

Leak teases a more powerful villain than Thanos

Marvel has kept a tight lid on spoilers for Phase 4, but a new line of Funko Pop! toys may have revealed the identity of future characters in the MCU.

According to We Got This Covered, a list of future tie-in toys were allegedly leaked on social media, and one of the names on the list belongs to the Deviant named Kro. If the information is accurate, then it looks like we will be introduced to the leader of the Deviants in The Eternals.

As the group’s leader, Kro is often portrayed as a horned, red-skinned being reminiscent of the Devil. He is also an immortal creature and a shapeshifter.

Another name on the list of toys is Arisham, who is the head of the Celestials. If Arisham makes an appearance in the film, he will likely be featured in a flashback scene to help explain the group’s origins.

As a side note, Thanos’ parents were both Eternals, though he was a carrier of the Deviants gene.

Has Marvel already teased ‘The Eternals’?

Over the first three phases of the MCU, Marvel has done an excellent job planning future developments. This includes faking Bucky Barnes’ death in Captain America: The First Avenger and introducing Thanos at the end of The Avengers.

With that in mind, Marvel has already teased the Eternals in previous movies. The first mention of a Celestial, for example, was in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

As fans will recall, Ego (Kurt Russell) called himself a Celestial when he was talking about his origins with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).

Fast forward to Thor: Ragnarok and a space ship in one of the scenes looks awfully close to the vessel the Eternals use in the comics. We cannot say for sure that the ship is linked to the Eternals, but the resemblance is definitely there.

These references are admittedly very subtle, but there is a good chance Marvel will further expound on them in the upcoming film, especially considering how the movie will span thousands of years.

Inside the Marvel Phase 4 delays

Luckily, filming for The Eternals wrapped up prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Even still, filmmakers are working hard to get through the post-production work as most companies are under a lockdown.

Marvel has already delayed several projects related to the coronavirus, including Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, the latter of which was scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 1.

Black Widow has officially been pushed back until November, which could push back the premiere of The Eternals. Hopefully, things get under control in the near future and Marvel does not have to switch up its Phase 4 schedule too much.

The Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao and starring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, and Salma Hayek, is set to open in theaters in November.