Man-Thing is one of the more obscure characters in the MCU. Often compared to Swamp Thing in the DC Universe, Man-Thing is potentially a powerful and important character in the stakes of Kang the Conqueror’s quest for a dynasty. Man-Thing is a character with many different origins, spin-offs, and one of the strangest lore’s in comics. With his blink and you’ll miss it appearance in the teaser trailer for Werewolf by Night lets discuss why Man-Thing could be a big player going forward in the MCU.
5. Man-Thing can explore more Horror elements
The most recognizable ability of the Man-Thing is demonstrated when it employs a “burning touch” on one of the monster hunters. Displaying that anyone or anything that feels fear burns when the Man-Thing touches them. It’s a powerful characteristic and lends itself to the idea of applying horror elements to the characters interactions as a guardian of the Multiverse (which we’ll dive into later), and the grotesque moments that could be created. The character’s origin like so many MCU characters is another failed replication of the Super-Soldier serum, and it may be the most grotesque example of a transformation among the failed experiments.
4. Another Super-Soldier Serum Origin
In Man-Thing’s most consistent origin, to keep the Super-Soldier serum from getting into the wrong hands, Dr. Theodore “Ted” Sallis gave himself an injection. Sallis became sensitive to mystical forces that surged across the Florida Everglades as a result of the serum, and he was changed into an entirely new life form with only a faint trace of humanity.
3. We Can Get Weird with the MCU
There are tons of opportunities to explore the character in Werewolf by Night and potentially in future series and films. This character also cannot be omitted from potentially being in a Midnight Sons film with his mystical connections. Man-Thing can also have marketing appeal similar to Groot and still have a different image and personality.
2. Confirms the existence of the MCU’s Nexus of All Realities
The Nexus of All Realities, a hole in the spacetime continuum connecting all realities, was guarded by The Man-Thing. There has been speculation about what characters could be Nexus beings and in Doctor Strange: in the Multiverse of Madness and WandaVision there are teases of the idea of Nexus beings and that the Scarlett Witch could be one. With the introduction of Man-Thing we could get a deep exposition dive into how Nexus realities, beings, and structures work.
1. A Major Obstacle for Kang the Conqueror
The Man-Thing could be a significant player in the upcoming multiverse conflict as the protector of the Nexus of All Realities. This might make a significant contribution to the overarching story of Phases 4-6 because this character is a crucial figure in the multi-versal storylines of Marvel Comics. Every parallel timeline’s rift, known as the Nexus of All Realities, in comic books, has a designated protector for it. One of the most significant guards is the Man-Thing, which is connected to the magical energies around the Nexus thanks to its manufactured mutation. He could be a major deterrent for Kang or even help defeat Kang in Avengers: Kang Dynasty.