After the announcements at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, we thought we’d look at nine characters we need in the MCU as soon as possible. It’s a hotbed of discussion regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – what’s coming, what to expect, and as the point of this article, who to expect to arrive shortly. We’ve had some surprising news in the new Avengers films, the eighteen-episode Daredevil show, but there’s a still a few unknown slots available over the next three years, and with it the chance of new characters being introduced.
To start off this list of nine characters we need in the MCU thankfully is one that’s rumored to already be on his way. Supposedly with a show already in the works to be released on Disney+ in the future, fans have been clamoring for Nova to be introduced since the Nova Corps featured so heavily in the first Guardians film.
8. Mr. Negative
A relatively new villain for Spider-Man in the grand scheme of things, Mr. Negative has featured in multiple media forms over the last fifteen years since his creation, most notably in the Spider-Man PS4 game, to great acclaim.
7. Ghost Rider
Another entry recently in the news, we’ve gone fourteen years without any Ghost Rider in the MCU, but with the clear creation of the Midnight Sons within the MCU, it needs one of its main members before they have a team-up movie.
6. Beta Ray Bill
A blink and you’ll miss it on-screen statue aside, we’ve yet to see one of the few characters able to lift Mjolnir other than Thor. Many thought we’d see him arrive in Thor: Love and Thunder but that’s not been the case, and the longer it goes on, the less likely it seems we’ll actually get him.
With the symbiote being left behind at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s a matter of when not if we’ll be getting some symbiote action in the MCU. The only question is will we be getting black suit Spider-Man with Secret Wars coming up, or will we be skipping that and having the symbiote become full Venom with Eddie Brock, or fingers crossed, maybe Marc Gargan’s Scorpion?
4. The Punisher
Played by Jon Bernthal in the Netflix shows Daredevil and The Punisher, it’s a bit of a no-brainer to not only recast him in the same role but hopefully reintroduce him into the MCU in the upcoming eighteen-episode show for Daredevil.
3. Miles Morales
Briefly hinted at in a single line of dialogue all the way back in Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’ve yet to see or hear anything else of the Latin and Black Spider-Man. With Secret Wars on the horizon, maybe we’ll see him introduced and brought into the MCU the same way the character was brought to the main comic universe in the comic of the same name.
2. The X-Men
An obvious one. With the supposed contracts and rights issues still underway until 2025, it’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing a lot of the X-Men in what is likely to be The Mutants Saga after the current Multiverse Saga. There are so many stories involving the X-Men, that many of us are incredibly frustrated by how slow they’re coming, but I have no doubt Feige will make it worth it.
1. Doctor Doom
Number one for the nine characters we need in the MCU, another obvious one, and one that genuinely seems close to fruition. With the upcoming Fantastic Four film in Phase Six, we’re going to need to see Doctor Doom, and not necessarily as the villain of the first film either. Give him time to build up, perhaps have him in Sokovia as a replacement for Latveria, building the country back up with his magic and technology after the Avengers destroyed it, before turning into the next big bad after Kang.
There are my choices for the nine characters we need in the MCU as soon as possible, but who do you want to join the MCU soon?