What villains could possibly follow Thanos? Here are 5 Marvel villains that could potentially follow the Mad Titan. So if there is one thing to know about me, it’s that MCU Thanos is one of
What villains could possibly follow Thanos?
Here are 5 Marvel villains that could potentially follow the Mad Titan.
So if there is one thing to know about me, it’s that MCU Thanos is one of my favourite villains of all time.
I mean seriously, the Thanos that we got was complex, interesting, empathetic and most of all deserved to win.
But now that he’s gone (I promised I wouldn’t cry), the MCU is going to need a topnotch villain for our heroes to be fighting against.
In this article, I will list 5 villains that could replace Thanos, and how they could be implemented in the MCU.
I think that this is the one everyone is expecting as the next big bad. Galactus is most commonly known as the devourer of worlds. As a nearly omnipotent being, with an array of powers at his disposal, this would certainly be a formidable foe.
Galactus is definitely what you would describe as an Avengers level threat, and has commonly clashed with the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange.
Galactus is empowered by the virtually limitless power of the Power Cosmic, which allows him to manipulate creation, matter, energy, and universal sources.
Now there are a few ways that he could be implemented as a villain in the MCU. The most interesting one is that he keeps the balance of the universe similar to Thanos. He would mainly keep the balance by just eating planets once the population grew to be unsustainable.
What if Galactus has the same mission as Thanos and is focused on balance?
What if when Thanos erased half of all life, he was doing it to prevent Galactus from trying to implement his own balance?
That would make for an interesting twist, and certainly make our heroes question how wise it was to undo the Snap.
This planet eater would definitely give our heroes a run for their money.
2. Super Adaptoid
This is a less well-known villain for those who watch the MCU. Super Adaptoid was created by A.I.M (Advanced Idea Mechanics), and is empowered by a sliver of the Tesseract.
Now we have seen the Tesseract in multiple locations, and SHIELD even had the cube for a long time. It is not impossible that A.I.M would have been able to obtain a piece, and we have seen A.I.M before. As the main antagonists of Iron Man 3, who’s to say that they won’t pop up again.
Now the main difference would be the androids design, it was originally designed to kill Captain America, but with him out of the equation maybe it will go after the new Captain America.
An interesting scenario would be if A.I.M secretly designed Super Adaptoid to reappear once Iron Man has disappeared. As a result of the heroic sacrifice by Iron Man in Endgame, the android comes out of hiding and starts targeting the Earths Heroes.
This android is certainly an Avengers level threat, it has tangled with the likes of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers.
The Super Adaptoid can absorb the powers of other super beings and the artifacts they posses at the moment that he come in contact with them.
With Captain Marvel being one of the strongest beings in the MCU, this android could pose a gigantic threat if it absorbed multiple powerful heroes powers.
3. The Phoenix Force
Okay now hang on, I know they’ve tried it twice now and each time it has left most people disappointed.
Even though it is mostly associated with Jean Grey and the X-Men, the Phoenix Force is actually an immortal entity.
It is the origin of all psionic energy and will exist forever in all realities of the omniverse.
The Phoenix Force has the power to cut and regrow any part of the universe or destroy it entirely, burning away what it deems “obsolete”. This is what makes it one of the most feared beings in the universe. Part of the purpose of the Phoenix is “The Judgment of the Phoenix”, to burn away the obsolete.
The Phoenix Force is always searching for a host that is strong enough to bear it’s power. When the Phoenix Force does enter a host, it amplifies the basic abilities that the host innately has, allowing them to manipulate matter on sub-atomic levels, and can teleport others from various corners of the universe via wormholes.
Now since this force is not unique to the X-Men or mutants, it can possess anyone who is powerful enough. Could you imagine a Phoenix powered Captain Marvel? Unstoppable.
If the MCU did want to bring the X-Men into their shared universe (with the acquisition of Fox and subsequently the X-Men) then this would be a hell of a way to introduce them.
4. The Heralds of Galactus
Continuing on from Galactus as a main villain, there is a lot of scope for the potential Heralds of Galactus.
In order to efficiently locate worlds to feed, Galactus employs Heralds. These Heralds are imbued with a portion of the power of Galactus, the Power Cosmic.
The Power Cosmic gives these Heralds multiple abilities; survival in the vacuum of space, limited invulnerability, faster than light travel, and the ability to generate massive concussive blasts.
They would serve as great mini villains before the heroes come up against the big bad Galactus. The most famous Herald being the Silver Surfer, who is powerful enough to take on teams of heroes.
Their introduction to the MCU would also make sense, especially if they use the plot that Galactus is also seeking balance in the universe.
If that were the case, then these Heralds would only identify planets to be consumed by Galactus if the universe was becoming too crowded.
5. Gorr The God Butcher
Now I’ve told you already that a main villain can’t just be strong, they need to be complex with convincing viewpoints. What made Thanos work was his overall plan, he wanted to wipe out half of life so the other half would thrive. He believed he was right, and wasn’t sadistic or evil just for the sake of it.
That being said, another complex character who would make an excellent villain; Gorr The God Butcher.
What happens when you get a being that hates all gods and what they stand for and give him the power of All Black the Necrosword?
That’s right, you get Gorr the God Butcher.
While not a well-known villain, he is the cause of Thor becoming unworthy to wield Mjolnir in the comics and has waged a war on the gods of the universe, lasting thousands of years.
Armed with thousands of years worth of combat experience, and the powerful Necrosword, he is capable of going toe to toe with multiple gods, including multiple iterations of Thor.
The Necrosword is bonded to Gorr from the All Black Symbiote and this feeds on every god it kills, giving Gorr more power with every successful defeat of a God.
On top of the motivations for this character being interesting, there are multiple ways that he could come into the universe.
Maybe he came across Thor before he became less arrogant, Thor is 1500 years old so it is very possible that could have come across Gorr in the past and wrong him in some way.
Maybe he is from one of the planets where Thanos was wreaking havoc, and his family was among those who were killed. Gorr would have been praying to the Gods, and in their absence in his time of need, he grew to be angry and resentful, with one goal in mind; a godless universe.
Thor is currently going through an interesting character development, and having an almost unstoppable being like Gorr come in can drive some interesting stories.
Well, that is my list of characters from the comics that I believe could follow Thanos. They could all be implemented in the MCU quite easily, while their motivations can be made interesting enough to keep us engaged.
Did I not include any characters that you think would be a better choice?
Who would you have instead?
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