This Villain Could Be The First to Receive an MCU Standalone Installment Following ‘Avengers: Endgame’

The DCEU is allegedly planning to release a slew of villain-centric tales following Joker’s success; the films will presumably be adult-oriented and R-Rated narratives operating within the morally gray and beckoning humanity to confront the foundations for villainy. For instance, fans may receive a political drama with Lex Luthor as president (though the frightening relevance may dissuade some). On the other hand, the MCU has yet to release a single standalone installment for a villain, no matter how formidable the foe. Thanos didn’t even receive his own movie; his characterization was fleshed out over Infinity War and Endgame. 

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Marvel’s failure, or resistance, to release a villain-centered movie remains one of its most controversial drawbacks, or assets, depending on how you view the predicament. Some feel Marvel villains lack individualized personas, succumbing to existences that merely serve to contrast the supers. Others argue that Marvel’s commitment to heroism over villainy is admirable, sending a positive message to the youth that the spotlight belongs to the noble, not the notorious. 

Despite the obvious conflict, one villain-centered movie would work within the MCU. One tale, following the Fox/Disney merger, is now up for grabs and, given the character’s redemptive arc – from evil to good, rather than from human to inhumane — he fits with Marvel’s brand identity. 

Marvel Studios should release an X-Men origin story for Magneto as part of the MCU 

Magneto’s story is a complex one, as he is not a villain for his entire existence, but rather travels back and forth across the moral spectrum. The backstory: his parents and sister were killed in the Holocaust, and he committed his life to protecting mutant-kind, often prioritizing the mutant species over humanity, relegating the latter to lesser evolved status, and destroying possibilities for coexistence. 

For years, Magneto is Professor Xavier’s primary adversary; they do not see eye to eye, for Xavier longs for cohabitation, while Magneto believes mutants should rule the humans (at first). Magneto’s vision is misguided and his life experiences leave him hardened, but he grows. In time, he comes to save the day. He does become a hero — with a lot of pushing, shoving, and unexpected circumstances nudging him along the way. However, he is first and foremost a villain. This origin story would be a villain tale, yet one that sets up a redemptive arc. 

As humans, we should forgive. We should believe people can change; this is a message Marvel has already sent once before. Think about Iron Man. Tony Stark went from selfish egotist to selfless savior over the course of multiple movies. Why can’t Magneto go from misguided mutant to super savior … stopping at confused and powerful, does-what-he-wants guy along the way? 

Marvel is allegedly eyeing some top-tier talent for the role 

According to We Got This Covered, Marvel is already eyeing some major A-listers for the role, including Denzel Washington and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito. While neither of these actors may wind up playing the character, the rumored names suggest that the role will be significant in the MCU. 

Why cast a major actor, why spend the massive amount of money, and then fail to use the actor’s full potential? If Marvel goes for an A-lister to play Magneto, the studio should also push a standalone installment with that actor’s face front and center.