After the shocking post-credit scene in The Avengers movie revealed a big cosmic baddie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been wondering if we would see the Mad Titan take on the Avengers in the much anticipated sequel or in one of the other related films. Yes, Thanos seems like a safe bet, but Whedon himself has put some doubt on him being the villain in the climactic Phase 2 wrap up sequel.
With at least two new Avengers confirmed for the sequel (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), it’s time to take a look through the huge selection of Avengers villains and decide who we really want to see in the MCU. Characters that would not only fit in the MCU, but offer enough of a screen presence to shake things up without taking away from the team dynamic at the heart of the story. The only clue we really have so far is that the villain will be male, which Whedon dropped recently. With that potential piece of information, let’s take a look at 8 possible villains we might (or just really want to) see in The Avengers 2.
Thanos is a powerful being born on Saturn’s moon, Titan. He is infatuated with the personification of Death, and devotes his life in a futile quest to please her. Thanos has been a cosmic villain since Marvel had cosmic villains, and he has continued to be a threat to the universe since he first appeared. This obviously leads him in to numerous encounters against the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Universe. The most notable would be his quest for the Infinity Gauntlet, which resulted in the death of half the sentient life in the universe until the Avengers (with some cosmic help) defeated Thanos and restored the universe.
There is still a pretty big chance that Thanos will play a part in The Avengers 2, but most signs point to his inclusion in a number of the Phase Two films (like Guardians of the Galaxy and possibly Thor: The Dark World) which would lead to a big finale in The Avengers 3.
The Supreme Intelligence is the bulbous and brilliant leader of the Kree, and is responsible for a number of attacks on the Avengers and the Earth as a whole. A giant computer brain composed of other brilliant brains, it rules over the Kree Empire with an iron – chunk of brain. With Marvel clearly unafraid of the cosmic elements of the Marvel U., bringing in the Kree wouldn’t seem outlandish at this point. It would also help set up a number of great storylines and bring in potential new characters like Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel, and later Captain Marvel).
This is a bit more unlikely, as fans wouldn’t be that excited to see the Avengers take on yet another alien race looking to dominate the planet. With that being said, the potential of seeing the Kree/Skrull War play out on the big screen is almost too great to ignore. And that is only the beginning of the great stories featuring both the Kree and the Supreme Intelligence.
Luchino Nefaria is one of the strongest foes the Avengers have ever faced, but started out just like any other hired gun. Working with the Maggia (Marvel’s high tech version of the Mafia), Nefaria underwent a procedure and received a combined set of powers from various Marvel villains, that were then ridiculously amplified. Unfortunately, despite his increased power, his bravado and temperament usually contributed to his constant defeat and de-powering. Nefaria would be a great villain to really showcase the might of the team and place them against a foe who is a little more punch-y than your regular villain. Because everyone loves a good super-powered fist fight.
Count Nefaria has never really been a world conquering threat, and therefore might not match the level of villainy Loki brought to the first film. While extremely powerful, Nefaria’s faults more than often cause his defeat, and the Avengers are just too good for that at this point. Plus we get more than enough bravado from Tony Stark.
The Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing may seem a bit far fetched for the MCU, but it would certainly appease some fans of the giant headed despot. Starting out life as an A.I.M. scientist who created their version of the Cosmic Cube, he was transformed into M.O.D.O.K. in order to further improve upon the Cube before taking over A.I.M. and waging war against the rest of the world. While his unique appearance and diabolical plans may have made him a bit of a joke to the Marvel U., it certainly doesn’t detract from his deadliness. Plus that huge noggin would make for some great visuals and humor from the cast.
With A.I.M. now officially a part of the MCU thanks to Iron Man 3 (spoilers?), the various villains created by the evil scientists have a place to shine. M.O.D.O.K. might not be able to headline the film as the villain, but his presence in any form would surely be appreciated by fans of the character.
The first Baron Zemo started out his career during World War II in the pages of Captain America, but his son followed in his footsteps and soon became a constant antagonist to the Avengers. Usually backed up by whichever version of the Masters of Evil he was leading, Zemo was the one strategic mastermind who could match the wits of some of the more brilliant members of the Avengers. His Masters of Evil are well known for one of the most vicious attacks on the team, when they stormed Avengers mansion and beat Jarvis (longtime Avengers butler) to within an inch of his life.
While his appearance as a villain in a Captain America sequel seems more likely, it’s entirely possible he might show up in The Avengers 2. Whether he’s backed by the Masters of Evil or not, Zemo is definitely a worthy villain to take on the Avengers in the cineplex.
The High Evolutionary is a brilliant geneticist who removed himself from society in order to properly examine the science of evolution away from prying eyes and scientists with morals. Originally Herbert Wyndham, he resides at the mythical Wundagore Mountain, where his genetic creations and ominous plans generally remain off the radar of the various superheroes of the Marvel U., with a few exceptions. Two heroes who have a large connection to the High Evolutionary are Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, who were raised at the base of Wundagore Mountain and were partly raised by one of his mutates.
The High Evolutionary’s involvement in The Avengers 2 is pretty slim despite his connection to the new members of the Avengers, but if the film follows the villainous origins of Pietro and Wanda, the High Evolutionary might be an interesting touch to help flush out their origins and not pull attention away from the developing team. Especially if they are unable to reference the fact that they are mutants or the children of Magneto in the film due to some rights issues with Fox.
One of the most dangerous villains the Avengers have ever dealt with, Ultron is an evil artificial intelligence with an unbreakable robotic body. Ultron has plagued the Avengers on so many occasions, and is currently reshaping the Marvel Universe in Age of Ultron. While his power and determination to kill the Avengers along with the rest of humanity makes him a menacing threat, the fact that he was originally created by one of their own founding members, Hank Pym, affects the team on a greater level, and raises Ultron to another level of villainy.
With Ant-Man arriving during Marvel’s Phase Three along with Dr. Strange, the stage might be set for an Ultron appearance. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be in time for The Avengers 2, but fans can still hope we get to see the ultimate Avengers villain by the third Avengers or, at the very least, in an Ant-Man sequel.
Kang the Conqueror
Kang is a time travelling conqueror from the future, which should pretty much cement his involvement in the movie due to his level of badassery. Despite conquering the future (yep, all of it), Kang continues to travel back in time to test his mettle against the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses, but he always causes problems among the team. His inclusion as a villain in the sequel would show yet another facet of the MCU with time-travel, and his level of villainy would not only match, but presumably exceed Loki’s. With the right casting of the eventual Lord of Time, the Avengers might take second stage to the iconic villain.
Which is the one strike against his role in The Avengers 2, since Whedon has stated that his attention is more on the the developing team and the problems they face than a central villain who could overshadow them. That just might be a small price to pay for the epic battle we could see between Kang and the Avengers, but we’ll leave that for Whedon to decide.
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