The advent of Phase 3 of the MCU is getting closer and closer, and I don't know about you but the anticipation is nearly killing me. While we have several films slated for already established heroes and that of a few new ones to look forward to, before we know it, Phase 4 will be upon us. In fact, it's right around the corner. After all, it seemed like yesterday when I looked in awe as I saw Iron Man take to the skies for the first time.
Okay, so maybe his first attempts at flight were a bit lackluster, but they did improve exponentially!
I don't know about you, but I'm having so much fun seeing my favorite heroes grace the big screen. That old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun." That means the speed in which Tony is racing toward these innocent souls plummeting to their ultimate demise is the speed in which MCU Phase 4 will be upon us. It is coming up quickly, guys and gals!
With that said, I would like to present to you a mix of five noteworthy heroes and villains we have yet to see hit the screens that could be introduced in Phase 4:
Dormammu is a classic Dr. Strange villain, and with the Sorcerer Supreme joining the heroic ranks in Phase 3, there is a remote possibility of seeing this adversary show up in the upcoming Dr. Strange film. I find this unlikely, however, since the powers of Dormammu could easily rival that of Thanos, and I doubt writers would risk taking away steam from the Mad Titan. Dormammu could face off against the Avengers in Phase 4, though. This would present an altogether unique threat to the superhero team as they have yet to square off against a purely mystical baddie. Could this be what ultimately brings Dr. Strange into the fold? I mean, how cool would a mid-credits scene be that introduces Dormammu at the end of Infinity War?
2. Moon Knight
The Batman of the Marvel universe has long been rumored to be receiving his own Netflix treatment. Supposedly one of Marvel's existing or future Netflix properties will introduce the character. Whether it's on the small or big screen, chances are we won't see Moon Knight until Phase 4.
3. Beta Ray Bill
Some have postulated the existence of Beta Ray Bill within the shirtless acid trip Thor experienced in Age of Ultron. Personally, I think people are reading too much into something minuscule. I'm placing my bet on Bill showing himself in Phase 4. Why? Well, in the comics, Bill is a part of a galactic race called the Korbonites. As Bill's ship, the Skuttlebutt, approaches the Milky Way Galaxy, it shows up on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar. When he sees it, Nick Fury asks Thor to check it out. The Skuttlebutt sees Thor as a threat and knock him out of the air, turning him back into Donald Blake. It also left Mjolnir vulnerable and exposed. Morbid curiosity gets the best of Bill, so he picks up the hammer, and it deems him worthy.
I share this not only to pump your mind full of trivial Marvel knowledge (although that IS a good reason), but also because I believe Bill WILL be introduced to the MCU in a very similar fashion. I also believe the specific events that'll take place to properly introduce him will most likely unfold after the events of Ragnarok. Think through what little we know about this movie for a moment. Thor's third installment will focus on the chaos and destruction caused by Loki's insatiable lust for power. And now that the Hulk's appearance in Ragnarok has been pretty much confirmed, it leaves very little wiggle room for another central character to be thrown into the mix. My thinking is, Bill could become Thor's replacement after the events of a fourth solo outing. Chris Hemsworth is awesome, but he can't play Thor forever. Could a CGI'd Beta Ray Bill step in to serve as Thor's replacement in Phase 4? It is a crazy thought and rather unlikely - but it is possible.
What do you get when you cross-pollinate the telekinesis of Professor X with the megalomania and metallic manipulation of Magneto? Well, you get Onslaught. That's right; there is a storyline in the X-Men comics where Xavier and Magneto congeal into one enormous super Mutant. Nearly all of us have seen the on-screen interpretations of both of these characters, so could you imagine how insane it would be to witness their combined powers on-screen? And before you tell me FOX still owns the movie rights to X-Men, I am well aware of that. But if Sony's attempts at playing nice with Marvel succeed, chances are the holdouts over at FOX may bend and perhaps opt for an MCU reboot of the franchise. The original Avengers contracts will likely be expiring by that point and Marvel will need a strong and established superhero franchise to breathe new life into their universe. I don't believe it'll be long before we finally get to see Marvel's iteration of the Mutant team. If that happens, we might just see them pull a fresh, unused story like this one out of the comics.
A lot of people have been poo-pooing the idea of the John Hughes inspired Spider-Man reboot; not because of John Hughes, but because of the fact that once the movie comes out it will be the third version of the character we'll have seen in the span of ten years. Hopefully, this one sticks (pun intended)! I, for one, am glad Spidey is finally a part of the MCU, but what I'm even more excited for are the antagonists we'll see him square off against. There are various rumors stirring in the depths of the Internet that the Vulture will be the key villain in the first Spider-Man film, but since Kevin Feige has basically confirmed that they want to place more focus on villains we haven't seen yet, I am strongly holding out hope for an appearance by Mysterio in Phase 4.