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Even though Kang is the main bad guy in the Multiverse Saga, Marvel has already set up five more dangerous comic book bad guys.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has already set up five bad guys stronger than Kang the Conqueror, the main bad guy. Even though the time traveler from the 31st century is the main bad guy in the Multiverse Saga, he isn’t necessarily the biggest threat in the MCU. The Marvel Phase 4 projects show that, just like in the comics, the MCU is full of characters who can threaten Earth and the whole universe.
Kang, the Conqueror by Jonathan Majors, will keep the MCU heroes busy for a while. Based on how often he’s expected to show up by the end of Phase 6, Kang wants to leave a significant mark on the MCU. In Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, he fought against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. He may or may not fight against them again in Avengers: Secret Wars. Since Kang is getting much attention right now, it could be easy to forget about other enemies who could be even more dangerous. Depending on how they are used, they could be bad guys in projects that come out after Phase 6, if not before. Marvel has already set up five bad guys who are more dangerous than Kang.
In “The Multiverse of Madness,” Doctor Strange sets the stage for Chthon to show up at some point in the future of the MCU. Wong said right in the movie that Chthon was a demonic being and the person who made the Darkhold. He is the one who made the prophecy about the Scarlet Witch. This change came from the comics, where Chthon was shown to be the reason Scarlet Witch can be so dangerous. In Marvel Comics, it was said that Chthon gave Wanda some of his Chaos Magic power when she was born on Mount Wundagore, hundreds of years after he had become trapped there.
The idea was to make Scarlet Witch the reason why he would come back. He always planned for Scarlet Witch to be the person he would use to cause trouble on Earth when he was finally freed. In Doctor Strange 2, Chthon’s temple fell, but that doesn’t mean he won’t appear in another MCU movie. Many people think that Chthon is the real bad guy in the film. Since he has a history of using his prison to control people, it is possible that Chthon quietly influenced Scarlet Witch’s actions so that he could use her power to get out of jail. If the Scarlet Witch returns after Doctor Strange 2, Chthon might get another chance to get away, maybe in a Midnight Sons movie.
Moon Knight’s contributions to the MCU mythology made it possible for Set, another Elder God, to join the MCU. In the fourth episode of Moon Knight, Khonshu and some of the other Egyptian gods were locked up. They didn’t say who they are or why they’d be locked up, but this could be the first time a major Marvel Comics villain appears in the MCU. Set is an Egyptian god, so it’s not crazy to think he might be one of the trapped gods. If that’s true, Marvel can use this to introduce the Serpent Crown, one of the most powerful items in the Marvel Universe. The Serpent Crown is seen as a way for the god to return in the comic books.
Set has been the focus of many crossover events because he has so much power. When people tried to make the Serpent Crown into a weapon, heroes like the Avengers, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and others joined forces to stop his return. By using this version of the mythological god, Marvel can send one of its most dangerous bad guys into the MCU.
Mephisto’s first appearance in the MCU led to many theories because there were a lot of false leads and hints that went in different directions. Details from Doctor Strange 2, WandaVision, Loki, and even Spider-Man: No Way Home was in Marvel’s version of Satan. None of these were accurate, but a real Mephisto hint exists in Phase 4. In the fourth episode of She-Hulk, a wizard named Donny Blaze they opened the door to a realm of demons. Madison, a character on the show, went there off-screen and met a goat demon who tried to get her to trade her soul for something. By confirming that this dimension exists in the MCU, Marvel made a place for Mephisto to live that fits how Marvel shows Hell and how demons act there. And if rumors about Sasha Baron Cohen’s Mephisto project are true, the villain could join the MCU before Kang is even defeated.
Annihilus used to be a bad guy in the Fantastic Four comics, but when Marvel started the Annihilation crossover story, he became a top-tier lousy guy. Annihilus was a threat to all life in the universe. He was in charge of an army called the Annihilation Wave, and even Thanos had to join the heroes to stop him. Annihilus did much damage, so it’s not hard to picture him as a bad guy in a cosmic MCU movie. The chances of that happening one day went up a lot after the season finale of Ms. Marvel, which showed a glimpse of Annihilus’ prison in Marvel Comics, the Negative Zone.
In the episode, Kamala Khan’s bracelet made it look like she switched places with Captain Marvel. This reminded me of a comic book story where the original Captain Marvel and Rick Jones had a similar relationship. Rick would be taken to the Negative Zone when he hit the Nega-bands together. Mar-Vell, already stuck there, would leave and take Rick’s place on Earth. Using this story, Ms. Marvel has enabled The Marvels to introduce the Negative Zone properly. If that happens, it will be easy for the MCU to add Annihilus.
Knull, one of Marvel’s relatively new villains, has a way to get into the MCU after Phase 4. Knull is one of the oldest and strongest beings in the history of the Marvel Universe, just like Chthon and Set. He also made the symbiotes, so he directly connects to Venom, who lives in the MCU because of the multiverse. Gorr the God Butcher’s weapon, All-Black the Necrosword, was the first symbiote that came from his power. The MCU didn’t say for sure that the sword was a symbiote, but the way it slowly turned Gorr bad supports this idea. Since Thor: Love and Thunder didn’t say who made it, Marvel may want to learn more about Knull in the future.
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