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Now, when it comes to which Marvel heroes the MCU can and can't use, it's mostly pretty clear-cut.

The X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man are out - as are most of the villains primarily associated with them - and then more-or-less everyone else is in.

The problem is, there are a whole lot of characters who don't fit all that well into that equation. Take the Skrulls, for instance. They' re a galaxy-spanning alien race, who've featured in wide range of Marvel comics, including The Avengers - but, due to their origins in, and frequent adventures involving, The Fantastic Four, they're all Fox's when it comes to the movies.

And so, perhaps it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that...

James Gunn Just Confirmed a Major Marvel Hero Won't Be Appearing in the MCU

Specifically that guy, right there, better known as Gladiator, leader of the Imperial Guard of the Shi'ar Empire, and a pretty-big deal within the Cosmic Marvel Universe.

Asked by a fan as part of a Facebook Q&A, though, Gunn confirmed that, sadly, Marvel doesn't own the rights to the hero:

Which means we won't be seeing him the MCU anytime soon.

Now, seeing as he originally appeared in the pages of the X-Men, that makes a decent amount of sense. However, since it also suggests that the entire Shi'ar empire - a pretty major part of several Marvel storylines (as well as the sworn enemies of the Kree, who've already appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy) - it might just write off a whole lot of future storylines for the MCU, or at least force them to be re-written fairly substantially.

Which...we always kind of suspected, seeing as the Shi'ar haven't been mentioned anywhere in the MCU, but even so...that's actually kind of a big deal.

After all, to all of us Marvel comics fans out there, the idea that the Kree-Shi'ar war isn't ever going to happen in the MCU is actually kind of a downer...

What do you guys think, though? Who could replace Gladiator and the Shi'ar in the MCU? Does it even matter that they're gone? What's up with the rest of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, and their suspicious similarity to the Legion of Super-Heroes?



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