It’s time for the speculation game, and here are three more villains Disney gained in the Fox buyout who could be featured outside the X-Men franchise.
When Disney bought the Fox properties, Marvel Studios inherited so much more than just the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Both franchises have an array of villains who could be re-imagined and take the MCU by storm, particularly the X-Men adversaries. Yesterday, in “Lesser-Known X-Villains Ripe for the Big Screen,” I argued that Arcade, Mojo, and the Brood would make great antagonists for the likes of Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange. That’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are three more inclusions from the X-family of characters who could make an impact on the MCU.
FIRST APPEARANCE: X-MEN ALPHA (1995)
Dark Beast spawned from the ever-popular X-Men alternate timeline, Age of Apocalypse. With the multiverse and Quantum Realm having been established in the MCU, Dark Beast could be brought into the mix with a little imagination. Since it’s all but a given that Norman Osborn is going to play a major part in the future MCU, Dark Beast would make perfect sense in the Dark Avengers.
Certainly his character wouldn’t make sense without first introducing the classic Beast, but Dark Beast could be amazing onscreen. Personally, I have never found Beast interesting; he’s one of the most boring members of the X-Men, yet he’s regularly put into the movies. Dark Beast, on the other hand, is a fascinating take on the character. Whereas Beast is rational and altruistic, Dark Beast is like a mutated Nazi scientist who has no morals or qualms about getting results at any cost.
FIRST APPEARANCE (AS KYLE LYKOS): X-MEN #59 (1969)
FIRST APPEARANCE (AS SAURON): X-MEN #60 (1969)
I wrote before that the Brood would make for interesting villains in the MCU. If it’s monsters Marvel Studios is after, it’s hard to go wrong with Sauron. Plus, he would look great on a silver screen in all his CGI glory. Named after J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings adversary, Marvel’s version of Sauron is one of the older villains in their history, having debuted in the silver age.
Part dinosaur, part vampire, not only can he fly, but his power is that he leeches energy from his victims. While I can’t see him being a major villain in a film, he would be a formidable secondary antagonist or henchman for another villain. Although it might seem odd at first, I can picture Sauron in a Spider-Man movie, not that Spider-Man doesn’t have enough villains of his own. Sauron could also be a good nemesis for Captain Marvel or possibly Black Panther.
FIRST APPEARANCE: X-MEN #3 (1964)
Speaking of old X-Men villains, Blob is one of the originals.
Laugh if you want, but I have always believed that Blob could be so much more of a character than simply a freakishly obese monster of a man. Give him a decent backstory (forget the ridiculousness of X-Men Origins: Wolverine; in fact, forget that entire movie) and he could become a complex character that fans can sympathize with.
Like Sauron, I can’t picture him carrying a film’s plot as the main antagonist, but he could make for an intriguing addition in the hands of the write filmmakers. With the MCU having “Bro Thor,” as Marvel has dubbed him, he and Blob could have an engaging onscreen dynamic, especially if they avoid the obvious fat jokes and go for substance over cheap laughs.