The MCU is a terrifyingly expansive fictional space at this point. It's easier to think of comics characters they HAVEN'T added. But some are just too darn powerful. Like, there's no way to conceivably put half these guys in a movie and have it be to any degree balanced. The Marvel cosmic space is so densely populated with godlike deities and space monsters that you can't swing a dead space-cat without hitting something more powerful than you can comprehend. So here, for your pleasure and enjoyment, is a list of cosmic and magical and other assorted Marvel characters way too powerful for Avengers 4.
10. The Rest of the Elders of the Universe
Well here would be some catch up the film series could do, but probably won't.
The Elders of the Universe are a group of cosmic deities that have always existed. They are most notable for being the temporary caretakers of the Infinity Gems before Thanos got his hands on them. And we've actually already met two in the MCU!! The Collector, who debuted in the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World before having a featured roll in Guardians of the Galaxy and probably dying in Infinity War. He also appears in the Guardians ride at California Adventure.
The other MCU Elder is the Grandmaster, who appears and is probably murdered in Thor: Ragnarok.
But there are more unexplored Elders! Among them are the Champion, who likes boxing people all the time because he's super aggro and is totes into punching. Also the Runner, who races faster than any other being in the cosmos. And finally, the Gardener who"¦ sucks. I guess that's his thing.
Man, the Fantastic Four get all those sweet, sweet cosmic bad guys.
And with that horrible Disney Fox merger I guess he's Avengers-ready now. Annihilus rules the Negative Zone with his hideous bug army and the Cosmic Control Rod. Annihilus is super great and beloved.
And while I teased him as an Avengers villain, I think he'd be better served on the more cosmic side of things. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 maybe, but I would actually suggest something else. Captain Marvel 2, maybe? Or, pie in the sky dreaming, maybe as the villain in a possible Nova movie? That could be fun.
He's a bug man with huge bat wings who hangs out in the middle of space. How is that not tailor made for a movie? Odds are, we would have already gotten him on film if any of the Fantastic Four films had been able to complete a trilogy.
8. Adam Warlock
I mean, we all know he was supposed to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 but now that an alt-right hate mob led by a weird loser with convictions for sexual battery got James Gunn fired from the movie, who knows what's going to happen?
Buuuuuuuut, since Warlock was reserved for Guardians 3, odds are he's not going to be popping up in the already filmed Avengers 4. Warlock (again, that's ADAM Warlock, the Marvel cosmic entity that possessed the Soul Gem not Warlock, the alien from the Technarchy associated for with the New Mutants) is sometimes super powerful and sometimes just a normal dude with average super powers.
His main problem is that he can often suffer from severely underwritten syndrome in a lot of stories. At my meanest, I'd referred to him as "a mannequin that people sometimes put the Infinity Gauntlet on". But that was before I read the Abnett and Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy run which does him real justice.
It gives him a character! I love it so much.
7. Fin Fang Foom
Look, we've gotten a lot of weird Marvel things put into the MCU but I won't feel complete until we get Fin Fang Foom. And MODOK. But we're talking about Fin Fang Foom.
Fin Fang Foom is a very big dragon. Who wears little shorts. Because Marvel Comic Books are very silly. Fin Fang Foom is an alien from Maklu IV who crashed to earth and was awakened in Communist China.
He did what all giant monsters do and went on a big smashy rampage. This is kind of his go to move. He became mostly used as an Iron Man villain but sometimes he fights the Hulk too. And then there was the one time a clone of him fought Nextwave in the first issue of Nextwave, aka the greatest Marvel comic book of all time.
He last appeared in the mini-event Monsters Unleashed which I did not read except for the Doctor Strange crossover issue which was good.
Man, I wish the Marvel Cinematic Universe would go whole hog and introduce the for real devil. Can you imagine what a power move that would be? "Ah, yes, in the next Avengers film, Captain America is going to punch the Devil right in the face."
Anyway, Mephisto isn't technically the Devil but he's about as close as you can get. He's also already been in two movies, it's just that those were the Ghost Rider movies and no one cares or remembers. Mephisto first appeared to menace the Silver Surfer in his more philosophical title, but he soon locked down his role as the go-to devil for all Marvel comics.
Well, except X-Men but that's because they got their own s**t going on.
An MCU Mephisto would fit in well as a Doctor Strange villain, but could also be an Avengers level threat.
5. The Greek Pantheon
I mean, I guess I get why.
Like, the MCU has spent 7 years messing around with the Norse gods so it makes sense that they haven't expanded into anything else. But they have a swath of other gods to eff around with if they so wanted. Namely, the Greek/Roman Pantheon. The big one who people have been bringing up a lot is Hercules, who would be a fun addition to the Avengers line up if Marvel wanted him.
And if they were gonna, I'll campaign hard for Dwayne Johnson to get a crack at the character. Yes, he kinda did, but it was in a bad movie no one saw. And if anything, the way he played Maui in Moana should be the selling point. A cocky demigod who gets in over his head and loves a good time? Seems to fit. But anyway, odds are we won't see Zeus, Hades, or Athena striking down on Thanos.
Also because Wonder Woman kinda has the Greek myths on lockdown.
Hey, it's Shuma Gorath!! I know, like, nothing about Shuma Gorath.
And to be fair, a lot of that is because I'm not a classic Doctor Strange reader. So let's learn together. All I know about him was that he was in Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. Heck, until a few years ago, I'd assumed he was a Capcom character. He is traditionally one of the Old Ones or Many Angled Ones which are essentially Lovecraftian deities.
He's also a multiversal singularity because of this which means that there is only one version of him across all realities. Kill him and they all go poof. He picked several fights with Doctor Strange which makes sense. He's also in some space-based stuff though, specifically the Realm of Kings semi-crossover. In that, Quasar finds his way through the Fault into the Cancerverse, where the Many Angled Ones have infected and conquered earth's heroes, starting with Captain Mar-Vell. Shuma Gorath lost in the follow up event, The Thanos Imperative when Thanos tricked Death into coming to the Cancerverse.
Sorry about that one, Squid-Eye!
3. The Phoenix Force
See, the X-Men movies may be back under the Disney umbrella (due to a horrifying and terrible merger that should scare all of you) but odds are the Dark Phoenix will never see the light of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Part of that is brand confusion. The Dark Phoenix movie is (in theory) coming out and transplanting characters from one cinematic universe to another doesn't really happen that fast unless their huge IP like Spider-Man. Plus, that movie might never actually come out. But the Phoenix Force is crazy powerful.
It showing up anywhere is the kind of event that makes the rest of the galaxy sit up and take notice. It has historically both possessed and replaced people depending on its needs and exhibits varying degrees of sentience. But just imagine Captain America, roaring into battle against Thanos while dressed as a giant firebird and trailing heat behind him.
Ugh, that sounds rad.
And yet another FOX owned Marvel character who makes the list.
Galactus, or Galan, was a resident of the pre-big bang universe and got turned into a world eater by that experience. And now he goes around the galaxy eating worlds like after dinner mints. In the comics, he's been repelled by numerous Marvel Superheroes like the Fantastic Four, Thor, and the Avengers.
Also he gave us my favorite big philosophical shinny boi, the Silver Surfer. But he'd be a ludicrous upscaling for the MCU. Even Thanos is a bug under Galactus's shoe. And while a sense of cosmic scale is good, I'd very much prefer to not minimize everything to such a massive degree by bringing in the world eater. But if they do, I want the big purple guy. None of that Ultimate Universe "oh he's actually a cloud of bugs" BS.
I want to see a large purple man with horns on his large purple hat get out of a spaceship and menace the Avengers. Gosh darn it.
1. The Celestials
Okay I mean we kinda got one of them a little bit in Guardians of the Galaxy.
And ancient cosmic beings like Ego have been dubbed as "Celestials" in the films. But you know what I mean. I mean the big friggin' Kirby knights that went to war with the Eternals time and time again. The ones that just featured in the most recent arc of The Avengers. I'd love to get a big boy like Eson the Searcher in on the Avengers 4 fun but odds are there's no place for him.
Again, Thanos kind of needs to be the most powerful figure in the movie to have any sense of threat and that won't be possible if there are godlike beings strolling around doing whatever they want. All hanging out with the Machine Man and stuff. Calling him a s**t robot or whatever they get up to.
It'd be a fun old time.