The one thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been criticized heavily about is the quality of its movies' villains. Apart from Loki, the Winter Soldier and, to a lesser extent, Ultron, Darren Cross, Helmut Zemo, and Red Skull, the MCU's bad guys have been pretty damn terrible.
Malekith, Ronan, Whiplash, and the Mandarin/Aldrich Killian (especially the latter), for example, have all been panned by critics and fans alike – while the likes of Crossbones, Batroc, and Baron Strucker have been reduced to mere cameos – and all of us are expecting Marvel Studios to up their game when it comes to future antagonists.
With Phase Three now underway, we know to expect Hela, "Her", whoever the hell Mads Mikkelsen is playing in Doctor Strange, the return of Ulysses Klaue and, of course, the first major appearance by Thanos in the third stage of the franchise – but what about Phase Four?
We all have our preferences about who we want to appear after the second Avengers: Infinity War movie brings Phase Three to a close, but this article will look at those who we are actually more likely to see. Here are ten villains we're likely to see in MCU Phase Four, whether we want to or not.
It seems more than likely that Phase Three's Black Panther movie – due out in 2018 – will see the return of the brilliant Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. T'Challa may also have to defend Wakanda from invasion by parties wanting to get their hands on Bucky Barnes, who is being kept in stasis in the fictional African country until a cure can be found for his brainwashing.
With that in mind, if there's a Black Panther sequel in Phase Four, a new villain for the Wakandan king to battle will be required – step forward, Erik Kilmonger.
Kilmonger is a classic Black Panther villain in the comic books, and should be one of the first names on the list for a live action adaptation. He was exiled from Wakanda by T'Challa, along with his family, after his father was forced to conspire with the aforementioned Klaw (Ulysses Klau). He moved to America, then returned for revenge. As a skilled fighter and a genius, he is a great match for Black Panther. A movie about his desire for vengeance would be great – and it's more than possible that it will happen.
Let's move on to a villain we know exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think we would all agree that a good movie version of this character is long overdue.