12 MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE Villains Who Need To Return During Phase 4

12 MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE Villains Who Need To Return During Phase 4

12 MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE Villains Who Need To Return During Phase 4

Marvel Studios has a habit of killing off its villains but quite a few of them have survived and these are the ones we're hoping to see return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe during Phase 4. Take a look!

Avengers: Endgame is going to shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways we can't even imagine but Marvel Studios' plans for Phase 4 are slowly starting to become clear and are likely to be confirmed a little later this year. 

Looking back over the first three Phases, though, there are a lot of characters who could factor into what comes next, particularly when it comes to the villains! Sure, Marvel will soon have access to more baddies than ever before once they regain the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights but that doesn't mean this lot should be forgotten about.

What we're taking a look at here are the bad guys we want to see make a comeback during Phase 4, some of whom you may have forgotten about and others you'll be desperate to see again.

So, to take a look, all you guys have to do is hit the "View List" button down below! 

Helmut Zemo

While he was quite a bit different to the version of Zemo we're used to seeing in the comic books, Daniel Bruhl's vengeance-fueled former special ops soldier was a great big bad in Captain America: Civil War and managed to do something no one else had until Thanos came along: he broke The Avengers. 

While he presumably remains behind bars, his story is far from over, and it would be great to see him return in the Disney+ series revolving around The Winter Soldier and Falcon.

In terms of the big screen, another clash with Captain America would be no bad thing and while it might take a fair bit of work to get him in that mask from the comics, I'm sure that's something Marvel Studios could do relatively effortlessly given their track record.


Justin Hammer

Iron Man 2 may have been a bit of a mess but an undeniable highlight was Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer. The actor made a brief and unexpected return in the "All Hail the King" One-Shot but hasn't been seen since. 

Unfortunately, a fourth Iron Man movie seems highly unlikely at this point but Hammer could easily target a different superhero or even designs some armours for a group like the Masters of Evil or Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers. Even if he's just a supporting player, there's a lot of 
potential for Hammer to still make an impact in the MCU. 

Personally, I could easily imagine him helping the Green Goblin design some of his 

Alexander Pierce

Yes, Alexander Pierce died while uttering one final "Hail Hydra!" but that doesn't mean he can't come back in another way. Just think about it for a second; Black Widow is going to be set during the 90s/early 2000s, so a younger version of the character could easily come into play there, especially as we're bound to see some Hydra Easter Eggs. Honestly, he could even show up in Captain Marvel!


Another Hulk movie probably isn't going to happen due to some complicated legal issues with Universal Pictures but that doesn't mean Marvel Studios can't continue utilising characters from the Jade Giant's world. 

The Abomination has presumably been in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody ever since the events of The Incredible Hulk and Marvel wouldn't even need to bring Tim Roth back (assuming he doesn't wish to return) considering the fact the villain is a CGI creation. This guy is a heavy hitter and would be a fantastic addition to any villainous group that steps up to challenge The Avengers. 

Fans want to see this happen too and I'm sure Kevin Feige and company are well aware of that.


Arnim Zola

Arnim Zola made an awesome return in Captain America: The Winter Soldier but was seemingly destroyed when that old S.H.I.E.L.D. base was blown up. However, this is a world of superheroes and supervillain so who's to say he couldn't have transferred his mind elsewhere before building himself a robot body?

Sure, he's on the goofier side of the spectrum when it comes to bad guys but that doesn't mean this wouldn't work and if we're not getting another Captain America movie, I can't help but think that he would be a great fit for the aforementioned Winter Soldier and Falcon series coming to the Disney+ streaming service. 


Iron Monger

Iron Monger is also dead but I'm not suggesting that Obidiah Stane make a miraculous return! Instead, I would much prefer to see his son Ezekiel Stane show up in a bid to get revenge on Tony Stark (assuming he's still alive in Phase 4, of course).

Wearing a suit of armour he's spent years perfecting since his father's demise, Zeke could pose a problem for any number of heroes and if Marvel Studios is planning to surprise us with an Iron Man 4, then this guy teaming up with The Mandarin would be a lot of fun. Once again, though, this guy definitely feels like someone who would be a solid team player. 

In other words, Marvel has to bring together some sort of villainous group in Phase 4 and that's what a lot of these returning characters could actually end up being used for. 


Red Skull

The Red Skull made his return in Avengers: Infinity War but his future was very much left up in the air after Thanos threw his daughter Gamora off the side of a cliff in order to retrieve the Soul Stone. 

The question is, has he been freed from Vormir in order to finally return to Earth and get his vengeance on Captain America or does he remain trapped, a shadow of his former self? It's impossible to say but Ross Marquand did a fantastic job, so I would have nothing against him reprising the role and possibly putting some of those supernatural powers to good use. 

Honestly, though, the only way this could work would be if Marvel is planning a new Captain America movie and, as of right now, there's nothing to say that's actually going to happen during Phase 4. 


The Mandarin

During the "All Hail the King" One-Shot, we learned that there's a real leader of the Ten Rings called The Mandarin and he wasn't happy with Trevor Slattery impersonating him for the world to see. 

Now, that should lead to the real deal making an appearance somewhere down the line but nothing is guaranteed, especially as Iron Man's big screen future is very much up in the air as of right now. Unlike a lot of the other characters here, it would be hard to get invested in this guy showing up if Tony Stark isn't involved somehow as there's just so much history between them.

I guess we'll have to wait and see but this would be one heck of a throwback to 2008's Iron Man!


Karl Mordo

Doctor Strange ended with Karl Mordo making his new villainous nature known and it's pretty obvious that we'll see him return in the sequel. Whether he's the lead villain or a secondary bad guy, there's an awful lot that can be done with Mordo now that he's on a mission to take magic away from those he doesn't believe deserve it.

That's bound to lead to him crossing paths with Strange again and the battle between these two could be downright epic, especially if Nightmare - Scott Derrickson's top choice of villain for the sequel if past comments are to be believed - ends up also making an appearance. The sequel wouldn't be complete without this guy returning.


Mac Gargan

There are rumblings that Mac Gargan will make an appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home and while his origin story was a tad uninspired and rushed compared to his comic book counterpart, it would still be amazing to see him suit up as the Scorpion. 

Marvel Studios will need to flesh Mac out in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel to make this work but this character's big screen debut is long overdue and while I would have liked to see him take centre stage as a lead villain, a member of the Sinister Six would be just fine thinking about it. 

I definitely expect to see Gargan make this transformation during Marvel's Phase 4 so stay tuned!



Ultron is one of my favourite villains and I think Joss Whedon did a great job with him in Avengers: Age of Ultron (even if he did let off a few too many wisecracks). While it appeared as if The Vision destroyed him at the end of the sequel, the door is definitely open to the android once again taking aim at Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the MCU.

There are many ways Ultron could make a comeback; it could be as an outer space villain in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie or even back on Earth when he assembles the Masters of Evil. 

Whatever the case may be, Ultron should not be a one and done villain and I would love to see what another filmmaker would do with the villain. One thing I can say for sure, though, is that James Spader should return to voice him because it's hard to imagine anyone else doing a better job.


The Winter Soldier

No, I don't want to see Bucky return to his villainous ways but it's absolutely essential that The Winter Soldier makes his return in the planned Black Widow movie next year. 

We know that Natasha has history with the Hydra assassin so even if this ends up being little more than a cameo, it would be fascinating to learn more about that and great fun seeing the Winter Soldier when he was doing the whole assassin thing we caught a glimpse of in the Captain America: The First Avenger sequel. 

It's also possible that we'll get some flashbacks to this era of Bucky's life during his Disney+ series with The Falcon or if Marvel Studios chooses to remain firmly in the present there. 

Which of these villains would you guys most like to see return during Marvel's Phase 4? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
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