Since Kang’s introduction to the Marvel Universe, we’ve been slowly heading towards an ultimate showdown. This time between the Conqueror and the current Avengers roster, with new characters introduced with each new project.
The Marvel Villains Who Could Give Kang A Run For His Money
When it comes to Marvel comics, we’ve seen iconic characters who have proven to be the biggest and baddest villains in the universe. And the Marvel Cinematic Universe has tried to bring some of these characters to life in the best way possible. We have Loki, Ultron, Thanos, Hela and so many more, played by some of the best actors in the business. And now that Jonathan Majors has stepped into the role of Kang the Conqueror, fans are beyond thrilled.
But as fans, we can never be completely satisfied with what we’re given, and rightly so, because there’s so much more in the pool to work with. And with much of Phase 6 still shrouded in mystery, there’s room for other big baddies to be introduced into the storyline.
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Here are 10 Marvel Villains who would make great additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And who knows, maybe over time Avengers: Secret Wars fate, we will have much more to look forward to.
10. Sinister Six
Spider-Man has some of the craziest villains in Marvel comics. And while we’ve seen some of them come to life over the years in the many iterations that have graced the big screen, there are so many more to come. Sinister Six is one of those groups that could show up on the scene and be part of the Secret Wars when the time comes.
Doctor Octopus, who is the leader of the Sinister Six, is one of the many villains that feature in the Secret Wars comics. And while we’ve had glimpses of this character in the MCU, it would be nice to see him and his cast of villains make a bigger, more definite entrance into the MCU.
Pharaoh Rama-Tut, one of Kang’s variants, after losing his son and wife, 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 so far as to eliminate time limits altogether.
To put Scarlet Witch under his thumb, Immortus continues to manipulate timelines as such and soon becomes one of the greatest foes the Avengers have ever faced. Bring him as an adversary in Secret Wars would delight comic book fans.
Beyonder, the being, is a member of an ancient otherworldly race known as the Beyonders. It is pulled down 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 Earth’s heroes to fight on a planet called Battleworld.
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Beyonder has been present in every Secret Wars problem, and having him play a parallel antagonist to Kang, would surely test Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Considered one of Marvel’s most powerful villains, it would be great to see if and how MCU uses the character.
07. Lady Deathstrike
Lady Deathstrike, on a grander scale, might not match Marvel’s greatest villains. But when it comes to durability, very few can match this humanoid. Quite possibly one of the greatest foes Wolverine has ever faced in the comics, the character could bring whole new potential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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While we still don’t know if Marvel Studios is able to use X-Men or their counterparts in their projects at this time, but getting to feature these villains while still Secret Wars is put together, would potentially be the biggest set Marvel could create.
06. Molecule Man
In Earth-616, Owen Reece becomes Molecule Man after an accident gone wrong. But in reality, the Beyonder race created a Molecule Man in each reality, like a bombshell with the idea that if they die, their entire universe is destroyed 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 discovered he could control every molecule in the universe. And like every other Marvel villain, he tried to take over the world with his power after being suppressed his entire life. Line up with the Avengers and a grand battle to save the planet from another megalomaniac. Have this character as part of Secret Wars will certainly have an impact.
05. Madame Hydra
I know, I know, we’ve had a lot of Hydra over the years in MCU. But what bothers me is the fact that they never introduced the greatest weapon Hydra has ever had, Madame Hydra herself. The character has been teased many times, getting fans buzzing and our hopes in play, but the character has never appeared on screen. Well, until Disney+ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
In the comics, the character goes through a foray into transformation, even revealing himself to be a Skrull at one point, which is a real possibility at this point. The fact that she’s one of the many big villains the Avengers should fight in Secret Wars may be a highlight for many fans, especially with Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the helm.
To serve the “cosmic sounding” Galactus has gone his own way, eating, yes eating planets whenever he wants. He’s been trying to eat the Earth for eons, but somehow Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, especially the Fantastic Four, have managed to thwart his ambitions. While the MCU plans to reintroduce the Fantastic Four into their timeline, Galactus could also make a return.
Keeping Galactus in the background, while the Avengers battle Kang and eventually discover that something far worse awaits them than the Conqueror, would put Secret Wars far beyond what can only be hoped 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 part of one of Marvel’s greatest heroines, Jean Grey. We asked Sophie Turner to give us a look at the character in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), and Famke Janssen in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). But to say that the MCU timeline training the Phoenix Force would be incredible is an understatement.
The Phoenix Force has been an enemy that Marvel’s heroes have never been able to truly defeat, despite trying time and time again. So having the anti-sniffer entity and the X-Men brought into the MCU with Secret Wars performing at the center would be an introduction of a lifetime.
Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are adversaries that have plagued the Avengers and X-Men throughout Marvel comics history. Magneto is probably one of the greatest and most powerful mutants of all time, and if his opponent is somehow more powerful, he will inspire them to join his league with his even more powerful charisma.
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They may not pose as big of a threat to the Avengers as Kang the Conqueror, but they could very well play an important role in the Secret Wars, as someone else’s secret weapon. Whoever finds himself behind the curtains pulling all the strings, could wreak havoc with Magneto and his brotherhood.
01. Doctor Doom
In all of Marvel history, there’s probably no adversary the heroes have faced that has grown and evolved as much as Doctor Doom. Don’t think about Julian McMohan, because as much as I’m charmed by this man who was such a mess when it comes to this character. Doom is a worthy villain, with both brawn and brains, and a god-like complex that can put even Thanos to shame.
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There’s arrogance, a power play, and a sort of assertive dominance over his subjects that plays out every time this character shows up. With the reintroduction of the Fantastic Four and their participation in the MCU timeline, Secret Wars would be the time to introduce a Doom that has the power to topple even the greatest adversaries the Avengers have ever faced.