ByTaylor Standifird, writer at
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Taylor Standifird

[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is just around the corner, starting out an explosive summer this year. As we draw closer to that and all the other superhero movies this year, it leaves me to wonder what other characters we may see in the future. As I've already pondered the Justice League, this will be my article about the Marvel equivalent: The Avengers.

As we all know, Thanos is coming. Ahe Avengers: Infinity War will show the epic struggle as they face off against the Mad Titan in two amazing parts. With that being said, will Thanos be the end of the Avengers films? Who could follow one of the strongest (if not THE strongest) villain in Marvel history? Here's a list of villains I would've loved to see in the MCU but I don't expect to take part.

1. Kang

Kang, originally named Nathaniel Richards, is a time traveler from the 30th century who takes it upon himself to rule. His first attempt was to rule ancient Egypt in the time of En Sabah Nur (yes, Apocalypse) and to claim him as his heir. In that timeline, he's defeated by a time travelling Fantastic Four, before teleporting between timelines again.

Eventually establishing his own empire and renaming himself Kang, he returns to the 20th century, only to be opposed by our very own Avengers. After a tiring battle, Kang is eventually defeated and sent back to his own time, but swears vengeance against this timeline's heroic team. Kang and the Avengers are locked in battle multiple times over the years and he becomes one of their greatest adversaries.

2. Queen Veranke

Queen of the alien race known as the Skrull, Veranke looks to fulfill an ancient prophecy from their home world that they will one day take a "world of blue" as their home. After Galactus destroys their planet, her plan is set in motion and Earth is the target.

For years, Veranke and several undercover Skrull infiltrate some of the most powerful organizations in the world, including S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA. Veranke herself gets close to Nick Fury as she masquerades as Spider-Woman, even during the Civil War storyline.

Although Veranke and the Skrull aren't likely to be in any Avengers films, I predict that they may be involved in a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. GOTG already introduced the Kree, the alien race that Ronan comes from, and the sworn enemies of the Skrull empire, and that's how Queen Veranke could get her time to shine.

3. Mandarin

Yes, I do remember that Marvel attempted to use the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, and horribly struck out, but I'm referring to the actual Mandarin.

A Chinese resident, the Mandarin (real name unknown) travels to a forbidden valley and discovers alien remains and a ship. He spends years studying the technology, specifically ten rings that apparently controlled the spaceship's propulsion. As the Mandarin's technology makes him the master of surrounding territories, he understands that he must expand his technological advances further for world domination, which of course pits him against the most technologically advanced person on the planet: Tony Stark.

Credited as the archenemy of Iron Man, the Mandarin was terribly represented in Iron Man 3 as a character, although Ben Kingsley put in an awesome performance as an actor. However, in the 2014 short film Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, it's hinted that the real Mandarin is out in the world when an interviewer reveals that Trevor Slattery stole his employer's name, and that he wants it back.

Captain America: Civil War is due to release on May 6 of this year, with the first part of Avengers: Infinity War due in 2018. What villains have Marvel neglected that you'd love to see?



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