Ten Villains Who Deserve An Avengers Film
With Loki already having menaced Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Thanos on the way, who else should have a chance to take down The Avengers?
With Iron Man 3 ravaging the box office across the globe, it seems to be a given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here to stay. Despite the misgivings of some fans about the direction that Shane Black took Iron Man in his latest installment, anticipation for the other MCU films, especially The Avengers 2, is still astronomical. Given what little we know so far about the project, the villain and plot still remains mostly a mystery. Many fans assume that Thanos will be the villain of the picture, but recent comments from Whedon indicate that he may be planning to save Thanos for the third Avengers film. Regardless, Thanos being the main villain of a future Avengers movie is a sure thing. But what of other villains? The Avengers have fought numerous foes across their many comic runs, and who's to say who will show up? With that notion in mind, I present the ten villains that I believe most deserve their shot at taking down Earth's Mightiest Heroes on the big screen (besides Thanos).
The Red Skull is a shoe-in for an Avengers film, because well, he was originally supposed to be in the first one! Early drafts of The Avengers actually featured the feared HYDRA leader as the main antagonist rather than Loki, and while I definitely think that going with Loki was a good decision, I still think that Johann Schmidt should get his chance to obtain big screen revenge. At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, the Red Skull was jettisoned into space, but given that Hugo Weaving was signed on for two more films, it's safe to assume that he did not perish. Rumours are now circulating that Robert Redford is actually playing the Red Skull in disguise, after Weaving publicly announced he did not wish to reprise the role. Regardless of who is playing him, the thought of Red Skull leading a modern HYDRA army against the Avengers seems like a sure bet for a future film.
One of the Avengers' most recurring adversaries, the evil sentient artificial intelligence created by Hank Pym has become one of the most dreaded villains in the Marvel Universe. Given that Edgar Wright's Ant-Man film is scheduled to be released after The Avengers 2, some fans think that it will setup Ultron to be the main villain in Avengers 3, which doesn't sound like a bad plan. There's a reason that Ultron keeps returning: fans love the character, as well as the way that the Avengers have to use their intelligence just as much as their brawn in order to defeat him. Whether he appears in Avengers 3 or not, with Hank Pym arriving on the scene, Ultron is sure not to be far behind.
Kang the Conqueror
If the Avengers as a team were ever to have an 'archenemy', Kang the Conqueror would definitely fit the bill. Originally appearing in Avengers issue #8, the time-travelling warlord has menaced both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four over numerous decades of comic book lore. One of the most terrifying things about the character is that his very existence in the past indicates that no matter what the Avengers have done so far, they haven't been able to stop him from coming to power. If Joss Whedon truly wants to do the character justice, he needs only to look at the three-episode story arc 'Kang Dynasty' from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, which provided an excellent template for an Avengers film featuring Kang as the villain.
Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to be going cosmic with the 2014 release of Guardians of the Galaxy, the arrival of the Kree Empire in the films is a sure bet down the road. Some believe that the Kree are off-limits to Marvel because Fox Studios still holds the Fantastic Four rights, but both Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige have confirmed that both the Kree and the Skrulls were candidates for the invading army in the Avengers before the Chitauri were chosen. If the Kree did appear, the Supreme Intelligence could provide a worthy opponent to the Avengers. However, this idea would probably have to shelved for a while, because another alien invasion story might feel repetitive at the moment.
Morgan le Fay
One of the issues I have with The Avengers is that despite using Loki as the villain, there was remarkably little magic use. Loki is known as one of the most powerful magic users in the Marvel Universe, but he preferred to use the Chitauri, his mind-controlling sceptre and his silver tongue to do most of the work. If Morgan le Fay were to appear, there would be an opportunity to pull off an extremely surreal story involving dark magic, necromancy, time travel and alternate dimensions. One interesting design choice would be to set the story in modern times or Arthurian legend, or perhaps a combination of both.
One of the most underrated Marvel villains, Dr. Karla Sofen has proven time and time again that she is one of Marvel's most psychotic and monstrous characters. From smashing her mother's gravestone, turning the Hulk against his allies, destroying the reputation of Ms. Marvel and convincing suicidal patients to kill themselves while she watched, Moonstone is a fascinating and terrifying woman in equal measure. As well, I tend to prefer her over Graviton for the 'gravity manipulator' villain due to her more developed characterization. A perfect way to introduce her would be through a Ms. Marvel film, for Moonstone has come to replace Mystique as Carol Danvers' #1 most hated foe.
While I would prefer him to appear in another Hulk solo outing first, Samuel Sterns' time in the spotlight is long overdue. The character was set up in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, and he was featured again in some Marvel Cinematic Universe comic tie-in material. However, the Leader has yet to surface again on the big screen. All of that could be rectified if he appeared as the main villain of an Avengers film. He could definitely be that level of a threat, bringing other gamma villains to his side, such as the Abomination, Radioactive Man, and the U-Foes. Even if he doesn't get the chance to tangle with the Hulk one-on-one, Leader is a prime candidate for a big screen appearance.
Masters of Evil
The antithesis of the Avengers, the Masters of Evil are what happens when a group of villains decide they've had enough of being pushed around and join forces against their opponents. Using the Masters would also be an opportunity to feature some villains that might not necessarily be 'Avengers' level threats in the film. A team similar to the one featured in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes would probably be best, with candidates including Baron Zemo, Enchantress, Executioner, Crimson Dynamo, Crossbones, Arnim Zola, Abomination, Madame Hydra, Radioactive Man, Living Laser and Whirlwind.
“Wait a minute,” you say. “Loki was the villain in The Avengers!” Yes, he was, but that doesn't mean Loki shouldn't return to menace Earth's Mightiest Heroes once again. While the idea may not work for some, I believe that one day (Avengers 6? 7?) Loki will return to get his revenge on the team that messed up his original plans. One of the things I was hoping to see in The Avengers that didn't appear was the team having to face Loki in Asgard. While battling him on Earth was cool, having to duel the God of Evil on his home turf would be incredibly exciting, as well as a way to make the universe more cohesive.
Of course, I saved the best for last. While Doctor Doom is currently being held hostage by Fox Studios in the Fantastic Four rights package, he still has menaced the team like any other great villain. As well, Doom has personal feuds with both Iron Man and Black Panther, two of the most recurring members of the team. While Doom's appearance in an Avengers film is the least likely of them all, he is the one villain that I want the most. Make it happen, Marvel.
So, what do you think? Do you agree? Is there a rogue I missed that you would prefer appear on the big screen? Let me know!
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