There are rumors of the MCU unleashing two types of big villains against our favorite Marvel heroes. Assuming the cosmic-based villain is Galactus, who might the earth-focused villain be? Thanos was the perfect choice as the huge “big bad” villain at the MCU for the last handful of years. Josh Brolin, who played the character, did an excellent job portraying the role. All the events central to the story flowed through him along with what would happen going forward. His need to collect the infinity stones to control the current timeline is what made some fans excited to watch the movies.
All in all, Thanos’s reign over our Marvel heroes was short-lived, as his plans were thwarted.
Marvel is considering deploying one “cosmic-based” and one “earth-based” villain to keep our heroes guessing. One overwhelming suggestion for the “cosmic-based” villain is Galactus. The villain, known as the devourer of worlds, fits the persona of the last great villain the MCU used, Thanos. Though, there is no clear-cut choice on who this “earth-based” villain will be going forward. Let’s review and see who would be the best fit.
Amazing Spider-Man #50
Kingpin, also known as Wilson Fisk, made his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #50. The latest rumor is that he will make his MCU introduction in the upcoming Hawkeye series. He is slated to appear in the fifth episode of a six-part series on Disney Plus.
In addition, Vincent D’Onofrio is speculated to reprise his role for the character. If you recall, he portrayed the character in the Daredevil series on Netflix from 2015 through 2018. I think he did a wonderful job portraying the character. Thus, the rumors that Marvel will bring him back. He has received quite the fan support over the years.
Kingpin is a Marvel character that would do very well as a “big-bad” earth-based villain for the MCU. He is a recognizable character amongst fans and has ties to many Marvel characters. Fisk has encounters and feuds with characters such as Daredevil, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Captain America, and Punisher, to name a few. In addition, he is known as a powerful crime lord who frequently collaborates with lower-tiered villains. Villains such as Electro, Bullseye, Doctor Octopus, Hobgoblin, Sandman, and Scorpion. He can easily be a character that pulls the strings in the shadows while presenting himself as a regular working businessman. I would not sleep on this character being the next “big bad” villain in the coming years for the MCU!
Currently, the CGC-graded 8.5 is seeing the most acting and uptick in value. An 8.5 sold on 5/26/2020 for $$1,967 on ComicConnect and then on 5/29/21 for $7863.41 on eBay. That’s a pretty big jump in a year! Read more about this books’ latest sales here.
Fantastic Four #5
Victor Von Doom goes by a more recognizable alias of Doctor Doom. Doom is another character that is in consideration as the MCU’s next “big bad” earth-based villain. Lately, the rumors have been buzzing due to two recent media releases. Firstly, the Fox properties that were recently acquired by Marvel, which means that these characters can be used in the current MCU. Notable characters include the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom.
Lastly, with Marvel’s confirmed news that the Fantastic Four will be coming in the near future, it only makes sense that Doom will oppose them in their upcoming storyline.
He made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #5. Lower grades of this book seem to be seeing the most action at present, particularly in the 2.0 to 4.0 range. Most recently, a 3.0 sold on eBay for $9,410 (7/19/21) and a 3.5 sold through Heritage for $9,300 on 7/12/21.
The Doom Connection
Doctor Doom has many connections to a plethora of Marvel characters similar to Kingpin. He often has altercations with Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Iron Man, Loki, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange. He also has various team-ups or agreements with other villains such as Mephisto, Morgan Le Fay, Molecule Man, Namor, and Galactus.
In addition, Doom also manages his own country, Latveria, which could serve as a base for his operations. Previously, the character appeared in the first live-action Fantastic Four movies in 2005 and 2007 under the control of Fox Studios. I think we can have higher expectations from this character from Marvel. With this many connections to other characters, Doom is a great choice to be the next upcoming villain for the MCU.