The Marvel Universe is outstanding for its wide collection of heroes and anti-heroes who have been quite fundamental towards the shaping up of the MCU. With that said, the MCU is just scratching the surface here in its Phase 4; to initiate a wide range of hero stories that will shape the future. Wanda, Vision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki… these may be heroes who have fought the big war, but we shall see them be divided and conquered for a greater phase in the MCU.
But we are all missing something more to this side of the MCU. The coming phase of the MCU isn’t about the heroes itself; it is about being a villain. The fans have spoken about their favorite villains in Marvel lore that they wish to see in the MCU. Galactus, Annihilus, Doctor Doom, Magneto, and more are making their way to make what may be called, a definition of a phase. It is definitely Phase 5 where we’re going to see the big guns shine in all their glory. What Thanos brought was a storyline worth 10 years of waiting. Now, it isn’t a thing to wait anymore as new villains know what humans on Earth are capable of.
The death of Thnaos may have vibrated far and wide throughout the galaxy. This may have now initiated a calling as we saw in Eternals. The celestial beings didn’t want to interfere with mankind’s war and their results did inspire them to bring action. Sersi did see the angle to what being human is. Especially Sprite, who is now human in all her glory. Now, with the Tiamut at the center of Earth as its main spectacle, these set for more complication for what bigger villains will derive their motive out of Earth.
In Phase 4, Marvel is moving into a new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been very successful. The MCU is in a weird place. There haven’t been any big crossovers on the scale of an Avengers movie yet. That doesn’t mean there won’t be crossovers, though. There will still be some. If there’s any chance of a mash-up that could live up to Infinity War and Endgame, the X-Men have to be there.
For years, fans have been wondering how the X-Men could finally join the MCU after Marvel bought the film rights to them from 21st Century Fox in 2019. For now, Marvel hasn’t said much about how the X-Men will join in, but given what’s going on at the studio, that’s a good thing to do. In the long run of X-Men movies that Fox made from 2000 to 2019, the movies were all over the place. But there were enough movies to make certain things stay in people’s minds, like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. As part of the Marvel Comics Universe, the X-Men have to be a new and very complicated part of the MCU.
It’s here that we get a better idea of how the X-Men will enter into the MCU. We might get at least one other X-Men movie before we see Savage Land in Phase 6. That way, we can get to know the team before they go to a place like that; for example, in Phase 5. Captain Marvel 2 is also set to come out soon, and it’s been said that this movie could be like Captain America: Civil War. Rogue, an iconic member of the X-Men, has an origin story that is directly linked to Captain Marvel. So the question is: where are these mutants coming from, and how do we know? If there are mutants like Rogue out there, how have we never heard of them before now? All at once, or have they been there all along?
And of course, Marvel could always do something weird with the X-Men and introduce them in a way that we haven’t thought of before. There might have been some fallout from all the Infinity Stone madness in Endgame. It could have changed reality or changed the human gene pool, making mutants. Or maybe some people came back from the Snap with abilities that they didn’t have before it. There are so many ways to do things.
In Marvel Comics, Galactus is one of the most powerful beings in the world. Marvel Studios doesn’t want to waste him. So, it might make sense for Galactus to be a villain who dominates one or more phases, like Thanos. That way, Marvel could fully explore him. Earlier this month, Eternals writers Ryan and Kaz Firpo talked about what they thought was going on in the Marvel Universe. They said that they were setting the groundwork for a big event, and that the Eternals’ future direction was linked to it in some way. Looking at Phase 4, Marvel has a lot of chances to keep this Galactus theme going.
The Secret Invasion TV show is based on a comic book event that happened when Galactus destroyed the Skrull homeworld. In the MCU, Galactus may have done something similar. He may have taken over a Skrull sanctuary world, which led to a group of the shapeshifting aliens attempting to invade Earth, as well. Secret Invasion is likely to set up The Marvels because there are clear story lines for the supporting cast, and that movie could expand the scope of the threat, which could include the first Herald of Galactus.
Bringing Kang the Conqueror to Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could have a big impact on how the movie goes. Kang the Conqueror is to be playing a huge role in Ant-Man 3. Even though very little is known about the villain’s first appearance in the MCU, fans have been eagerly waiting for him to be a part of the bigger picture for a long time. Ant-Man 2 could even give him a small villain role while setting him up for Avengers 5 in Phase 4 or even the main villain for the whole of Phase 5.
The first three parts of the MCU, known as the Infinity Saga, used Thanos as the main villain. Before Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Mad Titan was always in charge. Before that, he was the main bad guy in both movies. As far as the MCU’s box office is concerned, this was a good way to keep people interested. A new bad guy can now take the place of Thanos. A long-running comic book confusion between the Avengers and the Fantastic Four is about to get even complicated. Kang, a villain who travels back in time, will be the one to start it. It’s complicated because he comes from the 30th century and because he always wants to go back and forth between different eras, always trying to win historical battles and leave his mark on history.
It looks like the MCU may be ready to bring an all-new baddie for its new phase of storytelling. Doctor Doom is going to bring a Darth Vader vibe from Star Wars. Even though Dr. Doom isn’t the most evil person in history; he might be the most deserving of a place in the MCU than any other bad person. Victor von Doom’s disguised self has been the main villain in each of the Fantastic Four’s big-screen movies; and like the superheroes, none of them has shown him in a way that lives up to his reputation with his biggest fans.
While the Fantastic Four are clearly the villain’s most well-known arch nemesis; he has made enemies with all superheroes in the Marvel Universe; by using his pristine intellect and sorcery to outwit many of them; in his ongoing quest to take control of whatever he sets his mind to. He could do a lot of damage and be the next big bad for the MCU.