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The MCU’s Next Big Villain Might Set Up For The Beyonder

By Prathamesh Athavale
February 7,2022

In Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kang the Conqueror seems to be set to become the next Thanos-like figure of Phase 5. Although there‘s also the possibility that The Beyonder, a multiverse-spanning antagonist yet to be introduced, will be the next main villain. Because of his appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Thanos has become one of the most recognizable evil characters of all time. He has noble intentions, and a desire to save the universe despite being opposed by the Avengers.

Now Infinity Saga is over and the MCU requires another big antagonist. It is possible for Thanos to come back as a variant thanks to the multiverse and time travel, though bringing him back would take away the meaning of his previous victory and his subsequent defeat. The character Loki introduced as the MCU’s new villain sounds logical, but looking at the bigger picture, there may be another powerful character who can take Kang’s place as the main villain; Beyonder.

The Beyonder

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Like the Celestials, the Beyonder is a cosmic entity. However, he isn’t just a tidbit of the universe’s creation; he is an entire reality in and of itself. After arriving in Marvel’s main comic universe, the Beyonder was astonished to find how complex yet imperfect all of its inhabitants are. A playful curiosity led him to create Battleworld, where Marvel’s heroes and villains would fight each other for freedom and fulfillment of their deepest desires, thus creating the iconic Marvel storyline Secret Wars.

Because of watching mortals struggle, the Beyonder quickly grows interested in human and superhuman conflicts. He adopts human forms, lives alongside humans, and discovers a fascination with the conflict between humans and superhumans. Marvel has revisited the origin and nature of the Beyonder as it has with many popular characters and stories. However, his most loved portrayal of himself as the mysterious and omnipotent host of the Secret Wars has not changed.

Secret Wars Adaptation In Phase 4

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Secret Wars was a chaotic experience, despite its exciting nature. Some characters transported to Battleworld were the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Ultron, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Kang the Conqueror, and Molecule Man, the multiversal villain. An MCU adaptation of such a complex narrative may struggle in balancing many aspects of the story, including the characters’ allegiances and personal motivations for backstabbing, killing, and protecting each other.

Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame could pull off their casts since they didn’t have to follow 30+ heroes at once for the duration of the story. The absence of Captain America and Iron Man are also significant obstacles to overcome. It would be a good idea to take more inspiration from 2015‘s version of Secret Wars, which lines up with Phase 4‘s current direction. Instead of various planets forming Battleworld, the MCU could opt for a massive multiversal battleworld.

Diverse versions of famous characters could take part regardless of their place in the timeline. So maybe, the next Avengers: Endgame would bring back not just all the living characters but also every hero and villain created. Taking part in a multi-team Avengers battle against the Beyonder would be possible if Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and the Sinister Six, as well as new variants of Captain America and Iron Man, formed a team.

Kang’s Role In The New Saga

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KANG THE CONQUEROR

It would not be surprising to see an Avengers 5 finale similar to Secret Wars. Especially since WandaVision, Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange 2, emphasize how the multiverse is a popular concept in the MCU. As a time-traveling villain, Kang the Conqueror poses a threat, but the Beyonder’s omnipotence dwarfs his capabilities. Kang and his variants serve as a perfect replacement for Loki in this new MCU venture. Kang is surely charismatic, someone that can blur the line between heroes and villains.

The figure of Thanos was first hinted at the end of The Avengers. but he got little screen time in Guardians of the Galaxy before taking center stage at the end of Phase 3, only after other villains like Loki, Ultron, and Zemo had already enjoyed their turns.

There is still plenty of time for Kang and his variants to develop their character arcs with other heroes and narratives in various installments before jumping into a universe-wide finale.

Beyonder Can Be The ‘New Thanos’

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In the MCU, and across all media, many antagonists find their motivations in power and control. This makes Kang the Conqueror a little repetitive in his motives. Considering the positive reception to Thanos, the MCU needs a main villain with a more interesting backstory. The Beyonder’s quest is very similar to Thanos. They both have very deep and philosophical motives behind their villainy.

There are several themes the ultimate phase of the MCU’s Phase 5 could address, such as the reasons conflict is inevitable, why people strive for more, and why imperfection is a part of life worth living.

These themes are a forte of the MCU narrative. Kang the Conqueror could play a significant role in that, but the Beyonder seems like the perfect antagonist to make it happen.

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