The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the biggest brand in Hollywood now, and it has taken some big leaps in solving its villain problem which was pretty prominent in the first 2 Phases. There were very less memorable villains in the first two Phases as Obadiah Stane, Loki and Red Skull were the only ones which were truly loved by everyone. Phase 3 was on a roll starting from Ego, then bringing the likes of Vulture and Hela in 2017. The first two villains of 2018 absolutely nailed it as Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger and Josh Brolin’s Thanos have surely made it to the Top 3 best Marvel Cinematic Universe villains list. Now, moving into Phase 4 we could expect the likes of Galactus to show up as well!
With the upcoming merger of Disney and Fox, the Marvel Cinematic Universe could finally unlock the area which they could never have tapped until now, as they would now be able to use the characters from the Fantastic Four and the X-Men into the bigger shared Universe that they have established over the past 11 years. This would not only mean that we could see our favorite X-Men and Fantastic Four heroes interact with the Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes, but it would actually be the same for the Villains.
With the MCU now having exhausted Thanos after Avengers 4, they would need other big villains to step in and take the MCU forward posing new threats to the heroes. There are so many big characters in the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchise that Marvel could bring in not just as heroes, but also as the big Villains. Many iconic villains from the Marvel Comics have actually been from the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. If you see the likes of Doctor Doom, Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix, Galactus, they all hold the iconic universe shattering villains status but so far the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not been able to use them because their rights actually belonged to Fox.
But not anymore. Once the merger gets completed next year, Marvel can actually bring in these big names to go up against the likes of the Avengers as big bads for different Phases. Thanos has been handled amazingly well by the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though they had to change a lot of his character motivations in order to fit into the story, but still, he is surely the best MCU villain and it was he proved that in Avengers: Infinity War.
Moving past Phase 3 into a new era, Marvel would need to build upon a new Villain for the next 2-3 Phases just like they did with Thanos. They would have a wide variety of options now with them with the Fox characters coming in, but honestly, none of them have a star status like Galactus. We have not seen the villain on the big screen in his true from, and I am not even going to pretend to accept that the giant could in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was Galactus, so he could surely be the next big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Well, while we all are just imagining the big villain to make his grand entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a Reddit user TruthOrGjallarhorn has posted an amazing art showing Galactus going up against the likes of Iron Man. Have a look:
For now, let’s focus on the impact that Thanos had upon all of us as he became the only villain to actually beat the Avengers and accomplish his big mission of bringing Balance to the Universe. He stunned the world in Avengers: Infinity War. Here’s the official Synopsis of the movie:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.