Alright, gang, the Avengers franchise is finally wrapped up! While we’re all sad to see our favorite superhero team go, the wrap up means the fans can look forward to a breath of fresh air making its way through the MCU. With the end of an era also comes the end of big baddie, Thanos. Now that the Eternal-Deviant hybrid is out of the picture, it’s time for a new villain to shine…but who is going to pick up the torch?
Avengers: Endgame didn’t give off any obvious hints as to who fans can look forward to rooting against in the future, but with a wealth of comic book lore as its inspiration…there are plenty of amazing possibilities that could become reality on the big screen.
The first thing to know is that Galactus isn’t a Marvel creation. This big, and I mean big, baddie has his home on 20th Century Fox. So, how would he make an appearance in the MCU? Well Disney, which we all know is linked to Marvel, has recently acquired an impressive library of Fox’s characters. Among the roster is the first on the list: Galactus.
So who’s the guy with the galaxy-inspired alias? Well, he’s one of the greatest villains of all time, one who is a crucial player at the publishing house. Despite debuting way back in 1966 in Fantastic Four No. 48, he has remained one of the most popular supervillains among some pretty tight competition. Galactus is a cosmic being, one that is literally larger than life. So much so that he eats planets for sustenance, hence the nickname Devourer of Worlds.
It would make for a pretty exciting arc. How could a “pint-sized” team take on an enemy of such proportions? One that can do everything in the book. He can teleport, transmute, create and destroy life, grow and shrink, and output crazy amounts of energy. He’s an omniscient God that’s so unbelievable the majority of the universe can’t even comprehend him enough to “see” him. Talk about overkill.
Ah, another beloved Marvel villain! Like Galactus, Dr. Doom is a Fox creation, one that can finally seamlessly make his way into the MCU. Victor Von Doom has already made an appearance in the Fantastic Four films, so it’s not a stretch for him to crossover as Marvel’s phase four baddie. He’s tangoed with numerous heroes during his reign in the comics including Spiderman and Black Panther.
With Both Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Black Panther sequel a shoo-in for the next phase, it makes perfect sense to bring him on board. He could even make his presence known in the Doctor Strange sequel.
With his ties to so many heroes, Marvel would have no trouble building a story around him throughout the various movies.
So what’s Dr. Doom’s deal? He’s a global threat with dangerous ties to technology and magic. His “hobbies” give him such superpowers as teleportation, summoning (demons of course), spell casting, indestructibility thanks to his badass armor, and mind swapping with other individuals. He’s so intelligent that he isn’t even susceptible to mind control!
He’s a tough one to beat, and one that would give any Marvel hero a run for their money. Oh, and he has an anti-hero backstory too, one where he took over the Iron Man name and fought alongside the same heroes he’s battled against tooth and nail. That could certainly make for a fun twist!
Adam Warlock aka Magus
Adam Warlock or Magus is genetically engineered perfection. His life story is chock full of time travel and shifting through dimensions making him fit right in with the end of Avengers. He’s even been split into several copies of himself, one of which is Magus…our tried and true bad guy. Magus is the personification of every villainous thought and instinct he’s ever had.
When it comes to the comics, Magus’ biggest impact is in the Infinity Saga. Considering that’s already come and gone people may wonder why he’s on this list. Marvel doesn’t have to completely stick to the way they have things written in their comics, but more importantly, there was a teaser to his existence at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Remember that cocoon? That’s representative of the man himself.
So while his most prevalent arc may have been wrapped up, the complex character can certainly make his way into the MCU in phase four. Perhaps he’ll start as a good guy before going rogue. In fact, he’d be a perfect assist for Captain Marvel before converting to the dark side. He could also simply make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
Other supervillains that could shake up the MCU
The sky’s the limit but here are a few other iconic names that would get the fans coming into theaters in droves!
- The Builders – More cosmic entities that would make a perfect addition given The Avengers franchise opened all kinds of time/space doors.
- Skrulls – They made an appearance in Captain Marvel in search of help, but in the comics, they also have an evil plan that would put them in the running for next MCU baddie.
- Dormammu – He already made an appearance in Doctor Strange so he could have a more significant part in phase four!
- Annihilus – Since the Guardians crew is already well established the ground is already paved for their arch nemesis to make an appearance.
- The Kree – They appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel but could certainly use more screen time as major baddies.