11 villains who should be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to join the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel as the villain Mysterio. That’s great news, but there are plenty of other villains, for Spider-Man and beyond, who could be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We’ve thought about the superheroes who should be introduced after the fourth “Avengers” movie next year, but villains are an integral part of the MCU as well – or at least they should be.

The franchise didn’t really start hitting its stride with villains until recently. Vulture in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Hela in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Killmonger in “Black Panther,” and Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” were all compelling villains who proved how engaging a well-written bad guy could be.

We’re hopeful that the MCU can continue this trend. A Disney-Fox deal could open up a world of possibilities with Fantastic Four and X-Men villains and set the stage for franchise-altering events similar to “Infinity War.”

Here are 11 villains who should be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Annihilus

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Enemy of: The Fantastic Four

Annihilus, the ruler of Marvel’s Negative Zone, is just one of many villains who could be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe if the Disney-Fox deal is finalised and would factor into a potential cosmic war reminiscent of the “Annihilation” storyline, which pits Marvel’s space-based characters against one another in an all-out war.

The Fantastic Four discovered the Negative Zone, which has put them in frequent conflict with Annihilus, who often tries to invade Earth but is thwarted.


Chameleon

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Enemy of: Spider-Man

Chameleon, who poses as other people to commit crimes, was the first villain Spider-Man encountered, way back in 1963, so it’s a wonder he hasn’t made his big-screen debut yet. Maybe it’s because he’s not as “cinematic” as the likes of Doctor Octopus or Lizard, but in the comics he is the brother of another Spider-Man foe, Kraven the Hunter – something that could make for an interesting dynamic in a third MCU “Spider-Man” movie.


Doctor Doom

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Enemy of: The Fantastic Four

Doom, the leader of the fictional nation Latveria, would not only be the main enemy of the MCU’s Fantastic Four – he could be a worthy enemy for the entire MCU.

Perhaps the problem with the “Fantastic Four” movies is that Doom is too formidable a villain and too complex a character to be confined to only them. But imagine Doom, a master of sorcery, going toe to toe with Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, and his purpose becomes clearer.


Galactus

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Enemy of: The Fantastic Four (and everyone else)

Galactus has been a primary foe of the Fantastic Four, but like Thanos, he could pose a threat for the entire MCU as a planet-devouring entity.

He was depicted in “Fantast Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” as a dust cloud or something, so he could definitely benefit from an interpretation that redeems him.

Galactus’ motives are simple, but he’s all-powerful – he’s a cosmic force whose purpose is to consume planets.


Kang the Conqueror

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Enemy of: The Avengers

If “Avengers 4” is the end of this era of the MCU, that doesn’t mean Kang couldn’t show up still. There’s still a chance for more “Avengers” movies, and it wouldn’t be a stretch for Kang, as a time-traveller, to show up at any time.

In the comics, Kang is from the 30th century and travels back in time using technology created by Doctor Doom – which would make for an interesting dynamic in the MCU if both are ever introduced.


Kraven the Hunter

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Enemy of: Spider-Man

As mentioned, Kraven is the brother of Chameleon, but that isn’t what makes him interesting.

The character is most recognised for a classic Spider-Man story called “Kraven’s Last Hunt” in which Kraven tranquilizes Spider-Man and buries him alive. He then impersonates Spider-Man and attacks criminals with brutal force. When Spider-Man returns, Kraven shoots and kills himself.

Maybe that would be a bit too dark for an MCU movie, but the story could be altered for a larger audience while still depicting Kraven as a complex villain.


The Leader

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Enemy of: The Hulk

The Leader, whose “brains over brawn” philosophy regularly puts him at odds with the Hulk, was teased in the 2008 MCU movie “The Incredible Hulk.”

Samuel Sterns, played by Tim Blake Nelson, is exposed to radioactive blood in an open head wound that begins to enlarge his head. But that’s the last we saw of him.

While he’s technically been introduced in the MCU, the true Leader has yet to show himself.


Magneto

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Enemy of: The X-Men

Should the Disney-Fox deal be finalised and Marvel decides to introduce the X-Men to the MCU, it would be a no-brainer to include the team’s greatest nemesis, the mutant master of magnetism, Magneto – if Marvel can do something unique with him.

We’ve already seen two interpretations of Magento in the X-Men franchise – Ian McKellen in the original movies and Michael Fassbender in the prequel films – but as Magneto is a character with a rich history in the comic books, it shouldn’t be that hard to take him in a new direction.


Norman Osborn

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Enemy of: Spider-Man

Norman Osborn is Spider-Man’s greatest foe, The Green Goblin. The Osborns have been a thorn in Spider-Man’s side in two interpretations of the character already – Sam Raimi’s original trilogy and Marc Webb’s reboot.

Now that Spider-Man is part of the MCU, Marvel probably doesn’t want to rehash tired conflicts. But Norman Osborn has grown to be much more than The Green Goblin in recent years in the comics, and he could pose a threat for the MCU as a whole.


Super-Skrull

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Enemy of: The Fantastic Four

The “Captain Marvel” movie next year finds two alien races at war with each other. We know one is the Kree, which has already been introduced in the MCU. The other is most likely the shape-shifting Skrull. The Super-Skrull is a prominent adversary of The Fantastic Four and can mimic all their powers.

Introducing the Super-Skrull – and the Skrulls in general – would open up the possibility for the MCU to build to events seen in the comic books, such as “Annihilation” and “Secret Invasion,” the latter of which reveals that the Skrulls have been posing as some Marvel characters for decades.


Taskmaster

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Enemy of: The Avengers

Taskmaster can mimic the reflexes and fighting style of enhanced or highly skilled humans – for example, he could be just as good with a shield as Captain America or with a bow and arrow as Hawkeye.

Look at him: He just looks too cool to not be in a movie.

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