Ever since the introduction of Kang in the Marvel universe, we are slowly moving towards an ultimate showdown. This time between the Conqueror and the present group of Avengers, with new characters being introduced with every new project.
Marvel Villains Who Could Give Kang a Run for His Money
When it comes to Marvel comics, we have seen some iconic characters that turned out to be the biggest, baddest villains in the universe. And the Marvel Cinematic Universe has tried to bring some of those characters to life in the best way possible. We got Loki, Ultron, Thanos, Hela, and so many others, played by some of the best actors in the industry. And now that Jonathan Majors has stepped into the role of Kang the Conqueror, fans are beyond excited.
But as fans, we can never be completely satisfied with what we are given, justly so, as there is so much more in the pool to work with. And with a big part of Phase 6 still shrouded in mystery, there is the possibility of introducing some other big-bads into the storyline.
Here are 10 Marvel villains that would make great additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And who knows, maybe by the time Avengers: Secret Wars comes out, we will have a lot more to look forward to.
10. Sinister Six
Spider-Man has some of the craziest villains in the Marvel comics. And while we have seen some of them come to life over the years in the many iterations that have graced the silver screen, there are so many more to come. Sinister Six is one such group that could turn up to the scene, and be a part of the Secret Wars when the time comes.
Doctor Octopus, who is the leader of Sinister Six, is one of the many villains that are part of the Secret Wars comics. And though we have had glimpses of this character in the MCU, it would be nice to see him and his posse of villains making a grander, more definite entry to the MCU.
Pharaoh Rama-Tut, one of Kang’s variants, after losing his son and consort is approached by Time-Keepers to help them preserve timelines in exchange for immortality. Upon accepting, he becomes Immortus, Master of Limbo, manipulating time, and even going as far as eliminating timelines from existing altogether.
To bring Scarlet Witch under his thumb, Immortus keeps manipulating timelines as such, and soon comes to become one of the greatest foes the Avengers ever met. To bring him as an adversary in Secret Wars would be a delight for the fans of the comics.
Beyonder, the being, is a member of an ancient otherworldly race known as the Beyonders. He gets dragged to Earth by a tachyon beam meant to attract vibranium. The character’s first appearance in the comics was in Secret Wars, where he kidnaps the Earth’s heroes to have them battle it out on a planet called Battleworld.
Beyonder has been present in each Secret Wars issue, and to have him playing an antagonist parallel to Kang, would surely test Earth’s mightiest heroes. Considered to be one of the most powerful Marvel villains, it would be an asset to see if and how MCU uses the character.
07. Lady Deathstrike
Lady Deathstrike, on a grander scale, might not match up to the bigger Marvel villains out there. But when it comes to durability, very few can match up to this humanoid. Probably, one of the biggest foes Wolverine ever faced in the comics, the character could bring a whole new set of potential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Although, we are still not sure whether Marvel Studios are capable of using X-Men or their counterparts in their projects as of yet, but getting to introduce these villains while Secret Wars gets set up, would potentially be the biggest ensemble Marvel can create.
06. Molecule Man
In Earth-616, Owen Reece becomes Molecule Man after an accident gone wrong. But actually, the Beyonder race created a Molecule Man in every reality, as a bomb with the idea that if they die, their whole universe gets destroyed along with them. The plan was to detonate every Molecule Man at the same time and see what happens to the timeline.
After the accident that turned Owen Reece into Molecule Man, he found he could control every molecule in the universe. And like all other Marvel villains, he tried to take over the world with his power after being suppressed his whole life. Queue the Avengers, and a grand battle to save the planet from another megalomaniac. Having this character as a part of Secret Wars will be impactful for sure.
05. Madame Hydra
I know, I know, we have had a whole lot of Hydra over the years in MCU. But what bums me is the fact that they never introduced the biggest weapon Hydra ever had, Madame Hydra herself. The character got teased a couple of times, hyping the fans, and having our hopes played, but the character never actually showed up on the screen. Well, until Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
In the comics, the character goes through a foray of transformation, even turning out to be a Skrull at one point, which is a real possibility at this point. Having her being one of many big-bads the Avengers would have to fight off in Secret Wars can be a highlight for a lot of fans, especially with Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the helm.
To serve the “cosmic consonance”, Galactus has been going about his way, eating, yes eating planets whenever he pleases. He has been trying to eat Earth for eons, but somehow Earth’s mightiest heroes, especially the Fantastic Four, have been able to thwart his ambitions. With the MCU planning to reintroduce the Fantastic Four into their timeline, Galactus could make his return as well.
Keeping Galactus in the background, while the Avengers fight Kang, and eventually find out there is something much worse waiting for them than the Conqueror, would set Secret Wars way beyond what can only hope for in the next Avengers movie.
03. Dark Phoenix
Dark Phoenix is arguably one of the most iconic Marvel villains in comics. Maybe because it’s a part of one of Marvel’s greatest heroines, Jean Grey. We have had Sophie Turner give us a glimpse of the character in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), and Famke Janssen in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). But to say the MCU timeline bringing about the Phoenix Force would be amazing is an understatement.
The Phoenix Force has been a foe that the Marvel heroes have never been able to truly overcome, however many times they tried. So having the un-snuffing entity and the X-Men being brought into the MCU with Secret Wars happening right at the center would be an introduction of a lifetime.
Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are adversaries that have plagued Avengers and X-Men alike all through the history of the Marvel comics. Magneto is probably one of the greatest and most powerful mutants of all time, and if his opponent somehow is more powerful, he will sweet talk them into joining his league with his even more powerful charisma.
They may not pose as big a threat to Avengers as Kang the Conqueror, but they could very well play a big part in the Secret Wars, as someone else’s secret weapon. Whoever ends up being behind the curtains pulling all the strings, could cause chaos with Magneto and his brotherhood.
01. Doctor Doom
In all of Marvel history, there is probably no adversary that the heroes have faced, that has grown and evolved as much as Doctor Doom. Do not think of Julian McMohan, because as much charmed as I am by that man that was such a waste when it came to that character. Doom is a worthy villain, with both the brawn and the brain, and a god-like complex that can put even Thanos to shame.
There is arrogance, power-play, and a sort of assertive dominance over his subjects that comes to play every time this character shows up. With the reintroduction of the Fantastic Four, and having them join the MCU timeline, Secret Wars would be the time to present a Doom that has the power to overthrow even the biggest adversaries the Avengers ever faced.