Avengers Endgame: Forthcoming Villain More Powerful Than Thanos Disclosed
According to the Russo brothers, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will have a bunch of twists and turns that might surprise most fans - but many people are wondering who will be the next villain after Thanos. There are a couple of theories floating around, and you will be definitely surprised by the appearance of several old characters in the upcoming film, which will be the end of the ‘Infinity War’ saga. Do you want to know which characters? Read this article to find out.
THE PLOT OF THE NEXT FILM
Basically, the remaining Avengers will try their best to undo Thanos’ snap and get back all the loved ones they lost. However, some fan theories explain that the villain of the next movie is not the Mad Titan, but someone ten times more fearsome. It could be an entity such as Galactus, the Living Tribunal or even the Celestials. However, this one particular notion points to Kronos, the ruler of Time in the Marvel Universe.
The first part of this idea says that the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ logo could describe the appearance of a new Jim Starlin for the MCU. The second part points to several behind-the-scenes pictures where Doctor Strange is with an unknown person with a CGI outfit, which means that there is a chance for Kronos. The accepted theory for the upcoming motion picture is that time travel will be the key.
The Quantum Realm will be essential for it to happen. Kronos could be trapped inside the Quantum Realm and help the superheroes with their plan. He could have been imprisoned there ages ago to stop him from wreaking havoc on the current universe. However, the Avengers might release him from that plane of existence accidentally.
If so, Kronos might go crazy trying to find those that confined him there in the first place. There are several indications that something like this could happen, especially the fact that Jim Starlin will be getting more credits in this project. Starlin was responsible for making the Marvel Cosmic Universe into what it is today. He created the basis for Thanos, Gamora, and Drax as well as other characters in the cosmos.
Kronos is one of those characters and Thanos’ grandfather. Furthermore, he is an Eternal, and such characters will be introduced to the MCU soon. The idea for the upcoming film is that since the Mad Titan already completed his mission, he won’t be the main villain. Other villains have already been slated to appear, but let’s take a look at several others that could be included as well.
1. THANOS – CONFIRMED
Firstly, it’s obvious that the Mad Titan will be back despite reaching his objective in ‘Infinity War’. There are even theories that state that he will regret his actions. However, the trailer for the film showed him living peacefully on a farm just like the comics. Meanwhile, the Infinity Gauntlet has been destroyed, and there is no way to know if he is still as powerful.
2. THUNDERBOLT ROSS – POSSIBLY
He is one of the main villains of the Hulk, and his personality in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ was very similar to the comic books. However, after gaining the seat of Secretary of State, he became a pest for the Avengers with the Sokovia Accords. During ‘Infinity War’, he wanted War Machine to arrest Captain America and the others, but they had bigger difficulties.
3. JUSTIN HAMMER – POSSIBLY
‘Iron Man 2’ is not the best film in the MCU, but Sam Rockwell’s Hammer was pretty great for fans. He is the anti-Tony Stark with the same attitude and arrogance but without the smarts. He was last seen during the ‘Hail to the King’ shot in ‘Iron Man 3’ when Trevor Slattery was locked up in the same prison.
4. VULTURE – POSSIBLY
It would be interesting to show what happened to the people that were locked up during the snap. Half the police guards are gone, and they might not be able to keep everyone in check. Vulture could have survived. He could also decide to start his crime operation once again, now that Spider-Man is gone and the rest of the Avengers are busy.
5. HYDRA – POSSIBLY
It’s definitely been refreshing that the Avengers no longer deal with HYDRA, but the organization could make a comeback during this dire hour. Villains like Crossbones could confirm the presence of the evil operation once again. They were last dealt with after it was discovered that they had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D.
6. RONAN – POSSIBLY
Ronan, The Accuser, will come back for ‘Captain Marvel’, but that film is a prequel so that does not secure his place in the future of the MCU. While everyone hated him during ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, no one can deny that the character is interesting. Lee Pace’s performance is incredible, and they could add some flashbacks to include him in ‘Endgame’.
7. HELA – POSSIBLY
Although it seemed that Hela died during ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, especially because she got her power from Asgard, there is a chance that she could return. She is the Goddess of Death, after all. Perhaps, Hela cannot be killed at all. Loki has faked his own death several times. Hela could also take on the role of Mistress Death, but it’s unlikely because Thanos had different motives on the film than the comics.
8. SURTUR – POSSIBLY
Surtur managed to bring forth Ragnarok, but what could the character be up to if he has fulfilled his destiny? He might even be dead, but there is a chance that he is still around. It could be interesting if Surtur seeks to destroy Thor, the last God of Asgard – theoretically – but ‘Endgame’ does not have that much time.
9. THE GRANDMASTER
The Celestial could appear once again, and although he is a bit crazy, as a powerful force of the cosmos, he might be angry about Thanos’ actions. There is a new novel about the Mad Titan that takes place in the universe of the MCU. In it, they talk about beings that Thanos fears, and the Celestials are part of that.
10. HELMUT ZEMO – POSSIBLY
‘Civil War’ saw the Avengers fighting each other which was perfect for Thanos’ plan, and Zemo is the only other villain the MCU who achieved his goal. He might have been caught, but his plan was to destroy the Avengers. Furthermore, his actions helped that Mad Titan, and he might be glad about it.
11. CROSSBONES – CONFIRMED
Although Crossbones was killed during ‘Captain America: Civil War’, his return has been confirmed. It might be plausible if time travel is involved, but he could also appear during a flashback. He was part of S.H.I.E.L.D. before his allegiance with HYDRA was revealed. Moreover, Captain America might have to fake ignorance to get the information he needs from the past.
12. THE OTHER – POSSIBLY
Thanos’ first appearance in the MCU also included a lackey called The Other, who told him that the Avengers were not to be messed with. He was killed by Ronan in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, but Ebony Maw seemed to fill his role during ‘Infinity War’. It might also happen during a flashback, and Marvel could tie that with Thanos that appeared in the last film.
13. THE COLLECTOR – POSSIBLY
His brief appearance during ‘Infinity War’ was an illusion created by the Mad Titan. Therefore, no one has any idea where the Celestial is at this point. He could be dead if he tried to stop Thanos from getting the Reality Stone. However, if the Avengers go back in time to try and collect the Infinity Stones before the Mad Titan, the Collector will definitely appear.
14. RED SKULL – POSSIBLY
‘Infinity War’ revealed the fate of Red Skull, who was trapped as a guide to the Soul Stone in Vormir. However, now that the stones have been gathered, his role could have changed. He might still be cursed, but with no gem on Vormir to keep, he could be free. If so, he could go back to Earth and exact revenge.
15. NEBULA – CONFIRMED
She might not be a villain anymore, but Nebula started that way in the films and the comics. That is what makes her story sadder. Nebula had recently fixed things with her sister, and now Gamora is dead while Thanos got what he always wanted and trained them to do all their lives. Many fans hope that she could be the one to end the Mad Titan’s life in the next film. But first, she and Tony have to get back to Earth.
16. PROXIMA MIDNIGHT – POSSIBLY
While Proxima Midnight was apparently killed after the Scarlet Witch threw alien machines on top of her, there is a chance that she might not be dead. Of course, blue blood spattered over Black Widow, but her death was not as explicit as the rest of the Black Order. After the Decimation, she would probably be aimless and looking for Thanos.
17. THE KREE – POSSIBLY
Captain Marvel is set to have a pivotal role in ‘Avengers: Endgame’; therefore, several villains from her origin could appear again. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ showed a lot about the Kree and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as well. The Kree will be prominent in ‘Captain Marvel’, and depending on what happens in the film, they could also be part of ‘Endgame’.
18. THE SKRULLS – POSSIBLY
This alien race is extremely important in the Marvel universe, and since ‘Captain Marvel’ will take place in the 90s, the MCU could finally reveal that they have always been on Earth. Some theories state that they could be disguised as Avengers, but most likely, they are government officials or other prominent figures. Finally showing the ‘Secret Invasion’ arc could take the MCU to the next level.
19. THE CHITAURI – POSSIBLY
Although it has not been confirmed, it’s almost certain that the Chitauri will appear. The Avengers are returning to the Battle of New York, which obviously featured this alien race. Of course, they were also seen for a bit during ‘Infinity War’ when Thanos destroyed Gamora’s people. In the end, it will be interesting to see what plays out during that scene.
20. LOKI – CONFIRMED
Loki was killed by Thanos at the beginning of ‘Infinity War’, and even the Russos stated that it was for real. However, if the Avengers go back in time or change the current universe thanks to the Quantum Realm, he will be back. Furthermore, since the superheroes will go back to the Battle of New York, Loki could be shown again. No one is ready to say goodbye to the God of Mischief.
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