So far, we’ve seen many villains in the MCU, ranging from run-of-the-mill annoyances to extra-terrestrial threats such as Thanos. Surprisingly we are yet to see one of the most powerful and popular villains in Marvel Comics. Of course, we’re talking about a threat larger than life, Galactus himself, the villain that devours entire worlds, or knowledge most recently.
Now that Kang the Conqueror has been introduced as the main villain of the next few MCU phases appropriately titled ‘Multiverse Saga,’ we’ve decided to revisit the issue of Galactus’ inclusion in the MCU and whether it would be even appropriate to have him share the villain spot with someone else. We’ve decided to explore some theories and issues with his portrayal on screen, and now, without further ado, let’s see when Galactus might join MCU.
Galactus was already featured in the non-MCU movie, and it was a good learning experience
Everyone old enough surely remembers the ‘Fantastic Four’ movies made by Fox. In fact, in 2000-s, Fox had its own cinematic universe that predated the global phenomenon now known as the MCU. Even though the ‘Fantastic Four’ movies flopped, they managed to offer us first glimpses into what some of the most popular and iconic Marvel Characters would look like. And there were significant problems with specifically how Galactus looked in the movie.
Galactus appeared in ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ as a disembodied cloud of cosmic matter. His signature helmet appears later in the movie. And to say the least, fans were disappointed. I mean, it was one of the reasons why fans were disappointed, but on the other hand, it was really brave to include Galactus in the first place.
Galactus almost appeared in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
An unused storyboard scene created by Anthony Winn revealed that Galactus was supposed to be featured in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ as one of the villains that Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor would have fought as soon as she acquired Mjolnir.
The scene eventually didn’t make it to the final cut of the movie, but based on the art, we can see that Galactus’ would be featured in his full size. The only ridiculous aspect of the scene is the fact that Jane Foster, who became Thor a second ago, could stand any chance against the villain being notorious for devouring entire planets and possibly, having the potential to devour reality itself.
It is perhaps for the better that Galactus didn’t ultimately make the cut, since it would be a shame to waste such a major character on an easter egg. Galactus is famous enough (and powerful enough) to be featured as a major villain in his own MCU phases, even if he doesn’t necessarily qualify as a villain in the comics.
The upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ is a perfect opening for Galactus
Now that the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot is on the way, it’s a perfect opportunity to give some justice to Galactus and reboot him as well. Marvel’s first family is notable for dealing with Galactus for several decades now, and there’s no better moment than now to introduce him to the MCU, or at least introduce the idea of him to the MCU.
According to Jeff Snider on the Hot Mic podcast, Galactus might be featured along with Silver Surfer in the upcoming movie.
The current state of the MCU seems perfect to introduce a villain of such a scope. First, we’ve dealt with Thanos, who was a threat to living beings, and now we’re dealing with Kang, who is a threat to the fabric of time. Perhaps Galactus is the next big evil to be faced, given that he is a threat to reality.
Including Galactus in the MCU means that we need to have powerhouses strong enough to deal with him, such as Captain Marvel, Adam Warlock, Nova, and others. Luckily Captain Marvel is already set to have a prominent role in the next few phases, and Adam Warlock recently debuted with the release of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ he solidified his loyalties with the legendary team by joining them as it could be seen in the post-credits scenes.
And regarding Nova, Richard Rider will most likely get his own TV show and not a movie, as it was reported at first. None of these characters stand a chance against Galactus alone but teamed up, they perhaps would have pretty good odds.
MCU’s ‘Eternals’ likewise set a stage for cosmic threats of gigantic proportions while showcasing Celestials, and even though Galactus is not a Celestial himself, he is able to rival them both in size and in power.
Now that the fans are familiar with such concepts of beings holding unimaginable power, it seems like perfect ground to introduce Galactus, as fans will finally be able to understand exactly what kind of a threat he presents.
Besides, CGI has come a long way since ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer,’ and the portrayal of Galactus can be as accurate as possible to his comic book counterpart. He doesn’t necessarily have to be depicted as large as Celestials since he can manipulate his own size.
The downsides of including Galactus in the ‘Fantastic Four’ movies
Even though the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot seems like a perfect opportunity to include Galactus, it would ultimately be a bad idea. Perhaps the first movie focusing on Marvel’s first family should be about them alone and some smaller, less notable villain.
Galactus would rightly take the spotlight away from the iconic characters while they are trying to establish themselves in the bigger MCU picture.
What do you think? When will Galactus be included in the MCU & would ‘Fantastic Four’ be a good opportunity to bring him to the screen? Let us know in the comments below!