1 – Super-Skrull
The Skrulls, a shapeshifting alien race introduced in “Captain Marvel,” were portrayed as peaceful and passive refugees in the movie, which differed greatly from their portrayal in the comics. As dangerous and violent. Kl’rt, a Super-Skrull infused with the powers of the Fantastic Four, is a particularly nasty example of the Skrulls in the comics. However, in the MCU, the Skrulls have been portrayed differently, and it is unclear whether they will ever have a heel-turn. If they do, Kl’rt would be a fitting ambassador due to his powers and ties to the Fantastic Four, although the Fantastic Four do not currently exist in the MCU.
2 – Arcade
“Keep your Quarters Pal!” Arcade is a unique villain in the Marvel Universe because he doesn’t want to fight or conquer, but rather to play games and create deadly amusement parks. He is often compared to the infamous Gotham City madman, but Arcade is known for playing by the rules and always giving his victims a small chance to survive. The potential for bringing Arcade to the MCU is to see his “Murderworld” come to life and watch as our favourite heroes try to escape its traps. The MCU could benefit from having a villain like Arcade who is not tragic or monstrous, but simply wants to have a good time.
3 – Galactus
Galactus is an important Marvel cosmic villain and a frequent enemy of the Fantastic Four. With the Fantastic Four set to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it would be a good time for Galactus to make a cameo in Phase Five. In comics, Galactus’ first appearance was a fight against the FF, so he could be a low-key villain in the MCU. A mention of him in Phase Five would be a great addition.
4 – Mephisto
During Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there were many theories that Mephisto would appear at some point. This was fueled by speculation for Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness. At this point, Mephisto’s debut would be well-received by fans.
The interesting thing about Mephisto is that he can easily fit into any of Phase Five’s movies. He could be introduced as a seemingly ordinary character who makes bargains before revealing his true nature in a post-credits scene. Marvel has many options for introducing Mephisto and satisfying fan engagement.
5 – Bolivar Trask
With the revelation of Ms. Marvel’s mutant heritage, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has an opportunity to lay the groundwork for the introduction of more mutants. Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels and the Master Mold, is a particularly interesting villainous option. In the early X-Men comics, Trask’s hatred of mutants drove several stories. Since he has already been introduced in the Fox X-Men movies, now would be a good time for his appearance in the MCU. This would also demonstrate that Marvel Studios is committed to showing all aspects of the X-Men, rather than just depicting them as a team of superheroes fighting supervillains.
6 – Magneto
Magneto is a complex villain who is also heroic, and he is one of the few X-Men characters who is still well-liked by general audiences after surviving the Fox era. It may seem strange for Magneto to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) before the X-Men, but establishing his anti-human terrorism could be a great Easter egg for X-Men fans.
Many fans are curious about how Magneto will be introduced in the MCU. Will he be a younger version with no connection to the Holocaust, or will that part of his origin be included in some way? There are many questions that fans want answered about Magneto, and Phase Five could be a good time to start addressing them.
7 – Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom is one of the most important villains in the Marvel universe. He is not only the arch-enemy of the Fantastic Four, but also a formidable foe to many other heroes. He is a complex character who is often more popular than the Fantastic Four, and he has not been portrayed accurately in movies. Because Doctor Doom is more than just an enemy of the Fantastic Four, he can easily appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) before the First Family.
Additionally, Doctor Doom is a central figure in the Secret Wars storyline. The original comic book series focuses more on Doom’s character than on the multiversal war that many people assume is the main focus of the story. Despite the epic climax, Doom remains at the center of the narrative. Because of his importance as a villain and his connection to Secret Wars, Doctor Doom would be a great candidate for a debut in Phase Five of the MCU.
8 – The Shadow King
With the introduction of alternate dimensions and demons in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) through WandaVision and the upcoming multiverse storylines, it is likely that the Darkhold and other dimensions will be explored, along with a darker side of the MCU in the form of the Sons of Midnight and characters like Ghost Rider.
The Shadow King is a powerful demon with a long history in the human world, having worked with Baron von Strucker in the 1940s and battled both Professor Xavier and the X-Men. He was known as Amahl Farouk when he ruled the Egyptian underworld and employed a young thief named Ororo Monroe, who would later become Storm of the X-Men. There are rumors that Storm will appear in the MCU and have a connection to Wakanda. This could be a good way to introduce her character and provide a strong demon antagonist for other Marvel storylines.
9 – Knull
There are theories that the King in Black or Galactus could be the main villain in Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While Galactus is a well-known and powerful villain, some believe that the King in Black would be a better choice because he is a newer character and has proven to be a more formidable adversary in the comics. However, others argue that Galactus could still be intimidating because of his ability to destroy entire planets, while Thanos has already shown that he can destroy half of all existence with a snap of his fingers. Ultimately, it remains to be seen which villain will be chosen for the MCU’s Phase Five.
10 – Maestro
Maestro, the evil future version of the Incredible Hulk, could be an intriguing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In the comics, Maestro is created when the Hulk absorbs too much radiation and becomes an intelligent, ruthless dictator who rules over a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Maestro’s appearance in the MCU could be tied to the events of the upcoming Hulk solo movie, in which Bruce Banner grapples with the consequences of his actions and the potential dangers of the Hulk’s power. It is also possible that Maestro could be introduced in a future Avengers film, where the heroes must confront the threat of a Hulk who has lost control and become a tyrant.
Maestro’s inclusion in the MCU could provide an interesting parallel to the current arc of the Hulk, exploring the consequences of unchecked power and the dangers of becoming a hero. It could also add a new layer of complexity to the character of Bruce Banner, as he grapples with the potential for evil within himself. Overall, Maestro’s presence in the MCU could provide an exciting new villain for the Avengers to face and a deeper exploration of the Hulk’s character.
Did we miss anyone out? Who would you like to see in phase 5 of the MCU?