One of the great things about comic books is that you know a hero is never truly done with their enemies. They always seem to find their way back. I love it. It is always that added extra layer within the story you keep waiting to see come to fruition. Yet, as our beloved heroes and villains are brought to the big screen, we keep seeing the villains not only defeated, but in many cases flat out killed or destroyed. While I understand this adds a bit of realism and finality to the plot, it tends to keep preventing one of the greatest groups in Marvel Comics from coming to light. I am talking about none other than:
The Masters of Evil
A collaboration of arch-nemeses coming together to attempt to defeat the Avengers, the MoE have been an ongoing thorn in their side for years. Typically organized as one villain per hero, the group has employed henchmen as well on many occasions.
The roster has, of course, changed many times throughout the years. Leadership has rotated around with Baron Zemo typically being the most frequent head. Loki has led them before, Doctor Octopus had a turn and even The Hood has had a couple stints as the Master of the Masters.
I believe the MCU is potentially building towards a possible deployment of this team. Several members of the team at one point or another have already appeared in the MCU or have been announced as coming up soon. I will include them here, as well as give my own picks for some of the other members I think we could very well see down the line.
The obvious Figurehead of the group, is none other than Baron Zemo, to be played by Daniel Bruhl in next year's [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409).
Abomination has been a member of the MoE many times over the years. He was played brilliantly by Tim Roth in The Incredible Hulk, and I would love to see him return as a solidified member of the group. Still being alive in the MCU, Marvel should definitely bring him back, especially if we aren't going to see a solo Hulk film for a while.
Absolutely fantastic in his brief appearance in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), motion-capture maestro Andy Serkis was a great pick for the role of Ulysses Klaue (Klaw). He is all but a certainty to be seen again in Black Panther's solo movie in 2017. His obsession with Vibranium and its properties make him a formidable foe for the Panther, and on some occasions, The Avengers as a whole.
Should he survive the events of Civil War, this character would be a nice addition to the group. Frank Grillo's role as Brock Rumlow has been a standout in my opinion, and I look forward to seeing him seeing him again.
Now onto the characters we have yet to see, but I think we should:
Amora the Enchantress
Amora the Enchantress is a long time foe of her fellow Asgardian Thor. She is also utterly infatuated with him. We have already seen her sister, Lorelei, on Agents of SHIELD. Possessing similar powers of persuasion over men, Amora's power is also superior to that of her sister. She is a character many have been crying out for, and I believe it is time we see her. I think that Olivia Wilde would make an excellent choice here for the role.
Wherever the Enchantress goes, she is closely followed by her bodyguard and loyal man Skurge. Great in both size and strength, Executioner also comes armed with a double-headed axe enchanted with the ability to create dimensional rifts for passing through. Along with his strength, he also is much faster than the best athlete, and has great stamina and durability. I think Nathan Jones, known for his roles in Troy and Mad Max: Fury Road, would be a good choice here.
In the comics, David Cannon was found to be a mutant possessing the ability to twirl his body at massive speeds. I believe this could easily be adjusted within the MCU to make him gifted or even Inhuman. He also utilizes saw-blades on his wrists while moving at high speeds as weapons, even throwing them like shurikens. Most commonly a foe of Ant-Man and Wasp, I think someone like Matthew Fox fits the bill here.
Facing a prison sentence for embezzling funds to try to improve his business, Simon Williams agrees to let Baron Zemo experiment on him to gain powers to defeat Tony Stark, whom he blamed for his business failures. Williams gains ionic-energy abilities. Aside from taking an ionic form, he has superhuman strength, speed, flight, hearing, reflexes, and agility. He can also see energy spectrums and has healing abilities as well. Ultimately he is a possibility to change sides and become a future Avenger, as well as love interest to Ms/Capt. Marvel. I believe Gerard Butler would be a great choice for this role.
Marvel's current track with their films is leading us to the Infinity Conflict with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. After that, however, we don't know what their plan will be. I believe that a solid battle with Zemo and his Masters of Evil will be a great fight for our heroes to have to deal with. In the wake of the Infinity War, our heroes will be bruised, battered, and possibly mourning the loss of one or more of their own. What better time for the cold and calculating Zemo to strike. I believe Marvel could introduce Enchantress and Executioner during the events of Thor 3, possibly siding with Surtur or Thor, likely depending on where Loki stands with it all. Whirlwind would be a nice pick for an Ant Man sequel. Use him as an initial threat working for someone above him. Have Zemo come in at the end of each of these films to recruit the villains into his group. Simon Williams could actually come in during the actual film with The MoE. Work in his comic story arc of Zemo creating him and possibly have his turn over into a hero by the end of the film. There is always the possibility the group can add more/lose some as time goes on. That's the way things go when trying to foil The Avengers.
Feel free to drop me a comment and let me know what you think of my list at this point.