2017 was a good year for superheroes. 2018 is all poised to be even better. Movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Aquaman are already creating so much buzz. With so many comic book movies hitting the theaters this year, let us have a look at all the supervillains our favorite superheroes will be crossing paths with.
Thanos – Avengers: Infinity War
This guy is going to freaking rock it!!! Thanos is called the Mad Titan for a reason. A renegade member of a genetically enhanced super species called the Eternals, Thanos seeks absolute power to rule over the entire universe. He already has a terrifying reputation among several star systems. It’s time for Thanos to live up to his name.
Erik Killmonger – Black Panther
It is not always that we see a person of color grab the spotlight in a Hollywood movie. Those that actually do, end up becoming superstars. Michael B. Jordan will essay the role of Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan exile that moves to America and becomes a genius and a proficient martial artist. Killmonger, in the comic books, has even assumed the role of Black Panther for a while. Considering the trailer, the movie is not going to show him in any different light.
Dark Phoenix – X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The Phoenix Force is a pretty well known cosmic entity in comic books. It is the embodiment of all psychic power in the universe and Jean Grey is its host. The movie will take cues from The Phoenix Saga and the Dark Phoenix Saga. The X-Men will move to space as Jean Grey loses control of the Phoenix Force as it turns her into something sinister. Expect several other alien races to make their debut as well.
Brainiac – Krypton
Brainiac is one of Superman’s deadliest foes. But until now, he was completely overlooked in all of Superman’s movies and TV shows. Well not anymore as Brainiac will become a part of SyFy’s Krypton TV series. Brainiac’s predecessor Vril Dox will be featured in the TV Show. Time traveling superheroes like Adam Strange and Hawk Girl are also set to appear.
Ocean Master – Aquaman
Ocean Master is Aquaman’s jealous Half Brother and heir to the Throne of Atlantis. It is this jealousy towards Aquaman that made the former the latter’s most significant enemy till date. In the comics, Orm aka Ocean Master wields a trident that gives him weather and magic manipulating powers apart from his own Atlantean physiology. Patrick Wilson will portray Orm in the movie.
Demon Bear – New Mutants
Nope, it is not an 80’s slasher movie villain we are talking about here. Demon Bear is an astral entity that feeds on negative emotions in the comic books. It even once gravely injured Daniel Moonstar, a prominent X-Man with psychic abilities, in a 1984 comic book arc. Demon Bear is all set to appear in The New Mutants. We hope Demon Bear’s on-screen appearance will also be as equally terrifying.
Klaw – Black Panther
Andy Serkis is Awesome. His acting is awesome. His voice is awesome. We get all three and much more in Black Panther. Serkis will portray Ulysses Klaue, a renegade arms dealer that killed T’Challa’s father and lost his hand in the process. In the comic books, Klaw transforms into a being made of pure sound. The movie still shows Serkis in one piece so we have to assume Klaw will use his wits to take down Black Panther in the movie.
Black Order – Avengers: Infinity War
For the first time in the history of Hollywood, the henchmen look cooler than the Bad Guy himself. The Black Order consists of four alien beings of pure hate and malice brought from five corners of the universe and serve as Thanos’ de facto generals in his army. They are – Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw and Proxima Midnight.
Black Manta – Aquaman
Black Manta, in the comics, is a renowned treasure hunter with an intense hatred for the King of the Seven seas. His enmity with Aquaman has led him to cut off Aquaman’s right arm as well as kill his infant son. Black Manta is also the father of Aqualad, Aquaman’s sidekick. Powered by a high tech battle suit, Black Manta will take on Arthur Curry in the movie.
Jessica Chastain’s ‘Smith’ – X-Men: Dark Phoenix
It is still unclear what role does Jessica Chastain actually portray in the movie. She is only credited as ‘Smith’ – a vaguely named antagonist. Fans speculate she could be the Shi’ar Empress Lilandra, Deathbird or another high ranking member of her species. Others say she could be one of the Skrulls, a shape-shifting species that has fought the Avengers several times. She is even thought to be the gender-flipped version of Mastermind, a mutant with vast psychic illusion and mind control abilities. We won’t know for sure until the movie releases.
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