Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be a massively large movie event. With characters new and old coming together to join forces against Thanos himself, we have a treat to look forward to come 2018. Most recently we learned of the addition of Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and the trailer for this year's Doctor Strange has us all crying for more from Marvel Studios.
Hopefully we'll see some familiar villainous faces return to fight against the Avengers in the third installment. Faces like Zemo, Red Skull (it could happen, right?), Loki, and Nebula would be welcome surprises as almost side villains to the great catastrophic power that is Thanos. However, what other dastardly characters might we see come into play? What new villains will have the opportunity to wreak havoc on the disenfranchised Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy? Gathered below are the five villains we could see join the ever-growing cast of characters of Avengers: Infinity War.
5. Norman Osborn
At this point in the history of film, we've seen two completely different portrayals of Spider-Man's great foe. However, the Green Goblin is an instantly recognizable character that people all over the world know. In the comic book miniseries What If?, Norman Osborn is the one to bring together the Infinity Gems in his own gauntlet. This alternate reality version of Green Goblin is hell-bent on gaining the approval of his deceased father and in doing so he creates the Dark Avengers and forces Spider-Man to constantly relive the death of Gwen Stacy. Obviously, we won't be able to see this exact situation play out, but incorporating Norman Osborn into the MCU is probably somewhere on the Russo Brothers' plate of things to do.
Personally, I think it would be interesting to have Osborn make a small cameo appearance (similar to that of Ulyssess Klaw in Age of Ultron) to be utilized further down the line in a standalone Spider-Man film. It would be amazing if Osborn's company, Oscorp, were introduced and Osborn himself was just seen and heard from a couple times with a sly remark by Spidey that he's been having trouble with a guy in a scary Halloween costume.
We have yet to see a true female villain in the MCU. Sure, we've had Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, but she was less villainous, more temporarily on the wrong side. And a couple have shown up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, but there's not yet been a real female villain in the already underdeveloped female gallery of characters on the movie end of things, and there won't be until Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
To rectify this absolute waste of opportunity, I propose the introduction of Moonstone. Moonstone is a founding member of the Thunderbolts, a part of the Masters of Evil (like Spider-Man: Homecoming villain Shocker), she has a history with Baron Zemo (Or Col. Zemo in the MCU), and she's a long-time foe of Captain Marvel. With the latter soon to be featured in her own movie, Moonstone could make the perfect first enemy for Captain Marvel to face off against.
In her civilian identity, Moonstone is known as Dr. Karla Sofen. She's a psychiatrist who tricked the original Moonstone in giving his stones to her, hence from where she gets her powers and her moniker. Unfortunately, Moonstone doesn't really have any ties to the Infinity War or to Thanos, but utilizing this movie to bring her into the MCU in time for Captain Marvel could still happen.
3. Magus a.k.a. Adam Warlock
Everybody is awaiting the appearance of Adam Warlock. We thought we had seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy and we hope to see him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but alas, if that doesn't pan out we have to see him in Infinity War. Adam Warlock is a fascinating character that has been both a hero and villain. I wouldn't mind seeing either version of Warlock, but seeing as we're talking about villains here, we'll focus on Magus, his evil alter-ego.
Now, there have been a couple different versions of Magus, but the one I'd like to see is the one that comes to life after the events of The Thanos Quest, a comic series that focused on the Mad Titan himself. At this point, Adam Warlock is already dead (which could be worked into the MCU) but he's found trapped within the Soul Gem and released. After helping defeat Thanos, Adam Warlock dons the Infinity Gauntlet to right the wrongs, but in doing so becomes a man of pure logic. His former goodness and badness take on their own forms, the first as a woman known as Goddess and the other as the dark, evil figure Magus (comic book logic, you know). Like I said, there have been numerous iterations of Adam's character (and his various personas), so here's hoping he shows up in some capacity during Infinity War.
2. The Black Order
This one is kinda cheating. The Black Order is actually several villains, and we can almost be certain that one or more of them will show up in Infinity War. Despite being an incredibly terrifying force of power, Thanos is more a general than a fighter. He is a great strategist and manipulator, and as such, doesn't tend to do his own dirty work. For those tasks that are below him, Thanos utilizes his own personal rogues gallery called The Black Order. The Black Order also has ties to Black Panther, the Nova Corps, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, which means we could very well see them make an appearance before or after the events of Infinity War.
Who exactly are the Black Order, though? Well, at the top of the food chain you have Thanos, followed by his trusted general Corvus Glaive, then you highly skilled fighter Proxima Midnight, the super intelligent Ebony Maw (who managed to intellectually overpower Doctor Strange), the mentally unstable telepath Supergiant, and finally, the powerhouse of the group, Black Dwarf (who personally fought against Black Panther in the comics). Fun Fact: All of the Black Order members have recently been playable characters in some of the apps made by Marvel Heroes. It might be hard to develop all of these characters in a single movie, however, so hopefully if they do end up involved in the war, we get the opportunity to learn more about them in future movies.
Most people would assume the legal matter of Death is pretty black and white, however, it's actually rather grey. No one is really sure who owns the rights to Death, whether it be Marvel Studios or Fox, as she is instrumental in the story arcs of Marvel's Thor and Thanos but also in the development of Deadpool as a character. That being said, let's assume Marvel Studios is allowed to use her for the purpose of this article.
Death is truly the character I am most excited to see in live action. Her relationship with Thanos is fascinating. After his death, Death noticed an imbalance in the ways of the world and resurrected Thanos to bring back the balance of life and death. In doing so, Thanos fell in love with Death, but after he gathered all of the Infinity Gems and built the Infinity Gauntlet, he was now more powerful than she was. She could no longer speak to him, and Thanos was not happy, wiping out millions of people just to prove his devotion to her. While his motivations for collecting the Gauntlet aren't quite clear in the MCU, we know that's his mission. Could it be for Death?:
However, instead of being impressed by Thanos, Death allies with the Avengers in the fight. She joins the other cosmic entities trying to oppose Thanos and eventually manage to defeat the Mad Titan. Talk about a complicated relationship (and don't even get me started on her relationship with Deadpool).
We have less than two years at this point to wait. In the meantime, we'll probably learn a bit more about who will appear in the movie and who the studio claims won't be in the movie.