A villain is just as important to our superhero franchises as the superheroes. We've had our share of great villains on the big screen Magneto, Loki, Doctor Octopus to name a few. We've also had several duds; Electro, Dr. Doom, Galactus and Malekith.
We know that several big names are near on the horizon: Ultron is going to be the main villain in Avengers 2 next summer along with baddies Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Baron Strucker, also we know a Sinister Six movie is in development over at Sony, and that the next X-Men installment set for 2016 will feature their biggest villain yet: Apocalypse.
Marvel still has dozens of villains yet to ever appear, and here are my top picks of villains I'm still dying to see!
It would surprise me if Sinister didn't show up in some form or another in the [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267) film; in several different continuities Sinister has ties to Apocalypse. In the Age of Apocalypse universe he's one of the Four Horsemen, in the main continuity Sinister was a 19th century scientist who made a deal with Apocalypse to become immortal and powerful. In exchange he served him for over a century, but he cloned Jean Grey and used her clone (named Madelyne Pryor) and Cyclops to birth Cable, the time traveler he knew would be destined to destroy Apocalypse.
In story lines without Apocalypse Sinister is still a an X-Men villain, often creating his own team of Marauders to fight the X-Men.
Where He Could Show Up: X-Men: Apocalypse for sure! I hope we see the apprentice that is attempting to long con his master, and perhaps he even survives the final battle to be the main villain for a later movie.
Kang the Conqueror
Kang is mostly an Avengers villain, even though he has also fought the X-Men. If you're familiar with the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon then you recognize him. He played a huge part in several episodes, and was one of the better villains the Avengers faced in the short-lived cartoon. (It's is on Netflix! Check it out!)
Kang is from the distant future where he is the supreme ruler of the galaxy. His comic counterpart is confusing, having been re-written, killed and re-born several times, but the cartoon counterpart came from the future into the present to kill the Avengers because of a catastrophe they were to cause that ended up destroying most of Earth's solar system leaving what's left of our planet a wasteland. He attempts to conquer Earth in the past to preserve it's future, but is thwarted by the Avengers, nearly causing the events he was hoping to prevent. In his mind he isn't even a villain, he's trying to protect the world by ruling it.
One of the cool things about Kang is that not only is he a time traveler, but he can also travel between realities, and he belongs to a group called The Council of Kangs, filled solely with dozens of Kangs from different timelines, some similar to himself, some different, all of whom watch over and "protect" their realities and preserve them as they see fit.
Where He Could Show Up: We know that Ultron is up for Avengers 2, and part of Phase 3 will be the Superhero Civil War, then Thanos is up. We don't know which Avengers will still be around after all those movies and fights, we know several of the actors will have expired contracts at this point, and we know that even for Avengers 2 Joss Whedon has said that not all the Avengers will make it out alive, we can probably expect the same threat for the third. Who knows who will be left, but if we get a fourth installment of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, I think Kang would be a great potential villain for an Avengers 4 in Phase 4.
Mysterio is mainly a Spider-Man villain, and my hope is that we'll get him as part of the future Sinister Six film that Sony has in production. Mysterio is an extremely powerful magician, hypnotist, and excellent in hand-to-hand combat, but his main power is his gift of illusions. He can make you see and believe anything that he wishes. He uses this power to harass Peter Parker about his dead girlfriend Gwen Stacy (which would be cool to see in a future movie!) but one of the biggest and saddest examples of his power comes from an X-Men storyline set in an alternate future where all the Marvel villains come together and defeat all the heroes. In this timeline Mysterio solely took out all the X-Men. He created an illusion of every villain attacking the mansion at once and Wolverine solely slaughtered them all. As Wolverine killed the last "villain" Mysterio dropped the illusion and all the X-Men lay dead at Wolverine's feet. Mysterio had tricked Wolverine into taking out his own friends.
Where He Could Show Up: Hopefully he'll be around as part of the Sinister Six. Only problem is he'd be the most powerful of any of them, and could easily control the rest. He wasn't one of the teased villains at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2 for [Sinister Six](movie:1274281) which was Vulture, Doc Oc, Rhino, Goblin, Lizard and Electro (all presumably), but he could still show up in the franchise somewhere else.
Zebediah Killgrave was a spy when, during one of his missions he made a mistake causing a chemical spill all over him, changing his skin and hair purple. When he reported to his angry superiors they seemed to take his inadequate explanations as truth. He came to find out that the chemicals had given him the ability to tell others what to do. Literally; they'd do anything he says.
In his early history he had interactions with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the Avengers and even X-Men. He brainwashed Jones into living with him for a long time, and then sending her against the Avengers who promptly beat her, and later when they realized she was brainwashed they brought in Jean Grey to reverse his work. She reverses the brainwashing so that Purple Man couldn't control her ever again. He's eventually put into a super villain prison, but when Electro starts a prison break and several heroes intervene (creating the New Avengers) Purple Man escapes and confronts Luke Cage telling him to go home and kill his new girlfriend Jessica Jones and their unborn child. Luckiliy all the villains are drugged up enough in the prison that his mind control didn't work and Cage beat the tar out of him.
In an episode of "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" he talked Iron Man into building a satellite that could spread his mind controlling abilities world-wide, and he turned all the Avengers into world dominating tyrants except for the Vision because he was an android and couldn't be controlled.
Where He Could Show Up: With his links to Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and their shows leading up to the Defenders; I think it's a good bet he'll show up as one of the villains for one, or several, of the Netflix television series we're expecting set for 2015-2016.
The shapeshifting Skrulls are a huge prt of the Marvel mythos, seen first back in 1962. The Skrulls are an alien race that believe they are destined to rule the universe. They first appeared against the Fantastic Four, but have fought against all of our heroes, especially in the infamous Secret Invasion story that had the shape-shifting aliens infiltrating Earth by impersonating government officials and the super heroes, effectively "replacing" them. By taking the place of heroes they were even able to emulate their powers. In the Secret Invasion heroes including Spider-Woman, Elektra, and Black Bolt were replaced for an unknown amount of time. In the cartoon "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" Captain America, Mockingbird and the Invisible Woman were replaced, and the alien impersonating Cap went on live television telling the world that the Skrulls were here to save Earth, and not to be feared, thus allowing the Skrulls to swoop in with very little resistance.
Where They Could Show Up: The Skrulls are an alien race so a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel would make sense, but I'd also love to see a Secret Invasion story line. They could be introduced in Guardians 2, maybe with just one of the small villains shape-shifting as the team realizes they're dealing with a Skrull imposter instead, setting it up for some story lines after Avengers: Infinity War somewhere in Marvel's Phase 4 in an Avengers film or even the third Guardians film that's already in planning stages. Heck, the Skrulls and Kree have such a history that the Skrulls could even show up in the Inhumans movie.
Sauron is another one of those villains who has quite a bit of overlap around the Marvel universe. However, because he's a human mutant, his character rights are over at Fox with all the other X-Men and characters that fall under the "mutant" description.
Sauron's powers are unique, when other mutants are around he absorbs their energy turning himself from his regular human form into a large pterodactyl-human-like form, He can fly, has super-strength and can use the stolen ability of the nearby mutants when he absorbs their energy (healing from Wolverine, telepathy from Xavier, optic blasts from Cyclops, etc.)..
Sauron would be pretty epic to see in a movie, his mutant form would be quite brilliant to see on the big screen, and he'd make a pretty sweet bad guy! Imagine a sweet aerial battle between he and Angel!
Where He Could Show Up: At the end of [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) Magneto gave us a tease that he's going to be recruiting for his Brotherhood of Mutants, Sauron would be quite the member if he's around!
Wolverine 3 is also planned for 2017, and with it most likely being set in the optimistic future we saw with Cyclops and Jean still alive, Sauron would also make a pretty sweet villain, or secondary villain, to fight Wolverine, or even Gambit! His solo movie is coming up and what villain do you put up against our Cajun?
Although his first appearance was less than a decade ago, Vulcan is a character with a very rich back story; the unknown truth that he's the third Summers brother, but back in the 1960s when all of Xavier's original X-Men were captured, he created the next generation of X-Men to rescue them, including Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. However it turned out that they weren't the first team that Xavier assembled to rescue the others, the first team was Vulcan, Darwin, Petra and Sway but they failed in their attempt to rescue the X-Men and were all killed. Xavier mind wiped Cyclops and the others so they had no memory of these four deceased heroes, but later it was revealed that Vulcan was NOT dead and he sought revenge on the Professor and his X-Men and brothers.
Vulcan is one of the most powerful mutants ever encountered by Xavier, putting him into the Omega-Level Mutant Class, his powers include: flight, energy absorption and re-direction, regeneration, and limited telepathy that makes him impervious to other telepaths.
Where He Could Show Up: He's still an X-Men villain, and an extremely powerful one at that. It would be cool if we saw a tease of him in the new Apocalypse movie where we're introduced to Cyclops, and we get a scene where Xavier and Beast mention a "third Summers" brother who they believe is deceased, then maybe we could bring Vulcan back as a villain the future timeline with Patrick Stewart's Xavier, and use James Marsden again as Cyclops. I know it's a reach, but I'm still hoping we haven't seen the last of the original cast.
Originally from an alternate universe, Korvac escapes imprisonment by running to our universe. The first being he comes in contact with is the Fantatsic Four villain Galactus, where he downloads all of Galactus' knowledge, and stealings the Power Cosmic creating a god-like form including superhuman abilities: matter manipulation, teleportation, energy projection, and manipulation of time and space. He then sets his sights on Earth hoping to reshape it into a new Utopia, with the Guardians of the Galaxy attempting to stop him. He makes it to Earth, and while in hiding he falls in love. Finally the Guardians, now aided by the Avengers, confront Korvac but he defeats and kills all of them. Seeing the horror and fear in his love's eyes he realizes he's doing more to hurt human kind than help, and he leaves restoring all of the heroes to life.
In "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" a similar story plays out where Korvac was actually a human who was abducted and experimented on by the Kree (the same alien species that Ronan belongs to in Guardians), he returns to Earth with exceptional powers looking for his wife. The Guardians follow him, where he's now been handed over to the Avengers by the local police. Korvac is what brings the Guardians and Avengers together in both the comics and the cartoon.
Where He Could Show Up: Korvac could easily show up in the Guardians sequel slated for 2017, the yellow glow around his comic and cartoon counterpart makes him look almost angelic....remind you of anyone? Could he potentially be set up to be Peter Quill's father?
He's already one of the most powerful characters in all of Marvel history, and with his mysterious powers coming from the Power Cosmic that could easily be another one of the Infinity Gems. Korvac could even be working for Thanos, and we could see him destroy all of Xandar attempting to get a hold of the Orb they have in their vaults. I am completely convinced that Xandar will be destroyed one way or another in the movie universe just as it was in the comics it's just a matter of how and when. If Korvac does collect the Infinity Gems it would make sense for him to head to Earth looking for the gem that will in no doubt be introduced in Dr. Strange.
He would be one of the few villains that would be a match for the mixed teams of the [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) and Avengers.
Amora the Enchantress is an Asgardian by birth, but early in her story she was banished by Odin for her evil ways. Originally Odin had asked her to go to Earth to eliminate his son Thor's distraction Jane Foster. She eventually joins with other villains creating The Masters of Evil to fight the Avengers. She especially has a hard time fighting Scarlet Witch's magic.
In the cartoon Earth's Mightiest Heroes Amora is one of the most recurring villains as she is working for Loki and brings the Masters of Evil together to take on Thor and the Avengers as part of their plan to take over Asgard and Earth.
Her abilities include teleportation, illusions, mind control, and energy blasts.
Where She Could Show Up: Thor 3 was recently given a release date, and based off of how Thor 2 ended with Loki faking his own death, and posing as Odin on the throne of Asgard. Enchantress would be a pretty sweet villain side-kick to see alongside Loki and/or Surtur. however I also would love to see a chick fight between her and Gamora, one with magics, and one with pure instincts and physical power. We know from the end credit scene in Thor 2 when Volstagg visited the Collector in Knowhere that Asgardian visits are rare, but he still is very much aware of who they are. We could see the already banished Enchantress appear in a Guardians sequel working for Thanos too.
Are there any other villains you're dying to see? Comment below!