In a world of endless imagination, the executives at Marvel Studios have done a bang-up job of bringing our favorite heroes and villains to life. From a hero standpoint, there has been no shortage of characters to grace the big and small screens. However, when it comes to villains, we typically only see one or if we are lucky, two per movie. Because of this, it is hard for the executives to pump out villains as fast as they can pump out their counterparts.
Unfortunately, due to this, the MCU is missing a slew of villains.
If by some beautiful chance somebody at Marvel takes a look at this list, hopefully, they take notice and heed its advice.
Here are 10 Powerful Marvel Villains That Have Yet To Appear In The MCU.
Ok. This may seem like a no-brainer as the big wigs at Marvel have made it semi-kinda clear that they will be apart of the storyline moving forward. In fact, rumor has it that these green creatures will play a rather large role in the upcoming Ms. Marvel movie.
If the rumor is to be true and the Skrulls will make their appearance, I ask you, are they already here? Are the Skrulls Marvel’s way of getting some of their actors out of the MCU? If this were the case, two things would be confirmed. First, it would show just how smart the writers at Marvel are and how much thought goes into each and every story, character, and event long before it happens. Second, it would make a great exit for many of the longstanding characters whose actors contracts are expiring.
And while I’m at it, third the Skrulls would be an incredible addition to an already solid cast of powerful Marvel villains.
Elvis Presley famously sang,
“Deep in my heart, there’s a trembling question
Still, I am sure that the answers
Answers gonna come somehow”.
My trembling question for the last number of years is whether or not we will see Annihilus in the MCU? If you haven’t read the Annihilation story I suggest that you do so. Not only is it one of the best stories in recent memory, it is one of the most involved and tightly written ones at that.
Where else could we see Nova, Star-Lord, Drax, Galactus, Thanos, and others assemble to fight off a massive threat from the Negative Zone?
Granted they have already made an appearance in the MCU when Ego The Living Planet graced us with his presence. However, a full-fledged Celestial movie could be and would be out of this world (pun intended).
Imagine, just for a moment the spectacle that would appear before your eyes should the likes of Devron The Experimenter, Gammenon The Gatherer, Tefral The Surveyor, and The Red/Blue Judge walked across the screen. Now imagine a movie filled with it. CGI in movies is only getting better and now, more than anytime in history it is starting to age properly.
It’s about time that Marvel uses this and brings forth the Celestials.
Been there, done that, right? Jake Gyllenhaal has basically been cast to play Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming Sequel and I, for one, am excited.
I love Mysterio and I believe that he will be a welcomed addition to an already impressive cast of characters. Thus far in the MCU, no movie has been able to top the beauty of Dr. Strange. While I don’t think the movie was all that great, I can’t argue how simply beautiful it was. Each time he entered the Mirror Dimension, I knew that we’d be in for a ride. And we were.
Mysterio can and will do the same…even if the story ends up being sub-par. Even if he isn’t necessarily one of the most powerful Marvel villains, I’m happy to see him come to life.
Speaking of Dr. Strange, let’s talk about Shuma-Gorath.
First of all, what the Hell is a Shuma-Gorath?
It depends what you consider the beginning. If it is his first appearance, Shuma-Gorath has been a thorn in the side of Dr. Strange since 1972. If we follow Marvel continuity, he’s been around since, well, forever.
For a time long before the existence of Earth as we know it, Shuma-Gorath ruled the world. Eventually, he was defeated an banished by the sorcerer Sise-neg. Like all things in comics, the creature returns but is once again defeated. Rather than being banished, it is simply locked away inside the mountain. From here, Shuma-Gorath continues to plague the Earth. That is, until it is finally sent back to its home dimension.
At this point, it becomes a nuisance to Dr. Strange and the rest is history.
Shuma-Gorath is a God-like creature that is capable of inflicting mass destruction wherever it goes. It is considered one of the most powerful entities in Marvel and rules 100’s of alternate universes.
More than that, look at him! Imagine that on the big screen. If the executives are looking for powerful Marvel villains, look no further.
One of the more obscure characters within the Marvel Universe, M.O.D.O.K. deserves his shot at the MCU. However, I’m just not sure what route to take with him.
When Arnim Zola was tackled he first appeared in a human form. It worked and worked well.
The next time we saw him, he was taunting Captain America and Black Widow from the inside of a machine…“Shall we play a game?”
And it worked too.
So, what to do with M.O.D.O.K.? Marvel has a track record of humanizing their characters. From the aforementioned Arnim Zola to the less purple Baron Zemo, they like their humans. I suppose it’s because they are a little more believable on the screen and they age better (although that aging thing is becoming obsolete). But no.
M.O.D.O.K. should be M.O.D.O.K.
Big. Ugly. Angry. And, well, everything else that M.O.D.O.K. is.
At the end of the day, I suppose really don’t care. Just bring him to the MCU.
7. Kang The Conquerer
By the time you read this (depending on when you find it) Kang may have arrived. If this is true, I’d like to think Marvel would give myself and a few others credit for mentioning it.
Kang The Conquerer is a time traveling being who literally traveled back through time to ancient Egypt in an effort to recruit a young and not yet mutated En Sabah Nur. And if you didn’t know, En Sabah Nur is Apocalypse. This Apocalypse, contrary to the one that made his movie debut in X-Men Apocalypse is awesome.
He would not succeed in his attempt but did manage to rule for many years. Eventually, his rule was brought to an end by the equally time-traveling Fantastic Four.
Before you tell me of all the reasons Kang wouldn’t work in the MCU (Fantastic Four and Apocalypse rights) know this…he made his debut in an Avengers book.
Time traveling has already been introduced in at least one superhero movie and I’d be wrong if I didn’t say that we will see it again.
Will it be Kang?
8. Count Nefaria
A once normal human, Count Nefaria has the capability to go toe-to-toe with just about anyone in the MCU.
Luchino Nefaria was a well-to-do aristocrat who desired nothing more than wealth and power. Subject to an experiment at the hands of Dr. Kenneth Sturdy, Nefaria was given energy projection, strength, and speed. Further to that, as he aged, he evolved in a way that enabled him to create ionic forms and manipulate similar forms around him.
Basically, Count Nefaria is near invincible.
But wait! Doesn’t the MCU have enough of these super-powered villains hellbent on rule?
Yes, you are right. But if Marvel wants to continue to go down this path, I can see very few that would rival Count Nefaria. As far as powerful Marvel villains go, he needs to make an appearance.
Does Taskmaster deserve to be the only villain in a Marvel movie? No, probably not. Is he considered a powerful Marvel villain? No. Does he deserve the treatment that Brock Rumlow, Crossbones received? Yes, yes he does.
By no means is Taskmaster capable of being the main protagonist in a movie. His backstory is meh, his powers of mimicry only go so far, and his costume looks kind of goofy but he does deserve a crack at being in the MCU.
It’s exactly as I said before. His powers of mimicry would allow the movie powers that be the opportunity to create one amazing fight scene.
And then it would be over. As is almost always the case, the heroes would figure out a weakness, find a fatal mistake or exploit something and Taskmaster would crumble like a stack of Oreo cookies in the middle of 12 children.
But boy oh boy would that fight scene be glorious.
A Black Panther sequel is coming…how could it not be? The movie dominated the box office and broke just about every conceivable record known to man while there. While I only half enjoyed the film, I was definitely in the minority. My biases aside, when the sequel comes, it will need a villain and who better than Tetu?
Once a student of the Hekima Shulē, or the Wakanda Academy, Tetu left in search of knowledge beyond what we know as the physical world. Unable to find such wisdom, Tetu returned to Wakanda but instead of its city, he lived his life in the wilderness. Eventually, he would, in fact, return to the city, and upon his arrival, he used his now substantial powers of nature manipulation to punish any who exploited those unable to fend for themselves.
Nearly a counterpart to King T’Challa, Tetu’s desire is to overthrow the King so that he may rule Wakanda as he sees fit.
I ask you this…
If Wakanda is beautiful (which it is), can you imagine how amazing it would be to visit more of the land outside of the city? With a villain like Tetu in the mix, there would be no choice but to bring the fight to the countryside.
That’s it. 10 Powerful Marvel Villains That Have Yet To Appear In The MCU. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Who would make your Powerful Marvel Villains list? Which powerful Marvel villains should the executives start using? Leave it in the comments below.