It’s crazy to think, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now ten years old. Having begun life back in 2008 with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, the MCU has gone on to be a resounding success, firmly cementing itself as a modern pop culture phenomenon.
Of course, the hot topic on everyone’s lips right now is Avengers: Infinity War, with that being the culmination of years and years of foreboding as Thanos finally stepped out of the shadows. To say that it was worth the wait is a huge understatement, with the Mad Titan firmly establishing why exactly he’s known as such a clinical threat to any and all heroes who happen to be in his way.
Let’s be clear, there are largely no spoilers for Infinity War to be found here other than, you know, some serious business played out in that huge ensemble effort. That being said, we’d imagine you’ve likely seen Infinity War by this point, particularly if you’ve purposely clicked on this very article.
So with Infinity War now in the books, what better time to look ahead at what could be being lined up for the MCU? Or more specifically, which characters are being lined up for this shared cinematic realm.
Everybody is eager to see what new additions the MCU will make and which names will rise to help save the day post-Infinity War, and here we’ve got 25 names to keep your eyes peeled for. Whether it’s as soon as May 2019’s Infinity War follow-up or just a little further down the line, let us guide you on what names to expect to see sooner rather than later in the stunning Marvel Cinematic Universe.
25 Arise, Captain Britain
What you may not be aware of is that Captain Britain’s sister has actually already appeared on the big screen. Granted, that was in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men-driven Marvel realm, but still. Oh, and if you’re not aware, that sister is none other than Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke, a character introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Brian Braddock is a superhero who was first created in 1976 by the iconic Chris Claremont. Basically, think the all-encompassing national symbol of Captain America but give him a splash of the Union Jack. And much like Steve Rogers, Captain Britain is a top level tactical mastermind, although he has more of a scientific base to his workings.
In terms of looking at ways to introduce Captain Britain into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are a whole host of possibilities. Given that he has the swanky Amulet of Right, you could easily somehow tag him on to a Doctor Strange movie down the line, or then you could even possibly introduce him alongside his sister once Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is completed. In the comic books, Braddock also has ties to the mysterious British MI-13 organization — which is a group that could easily be worked into Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross character in the MCU.
To throw further fuel on this fire, MCU bigwig Kevin Feige has previously gone on record to say that discussions have happened over bringing Captain Britain into the fold at some point.
24 The Sentry To Save The Galaxy?
One of the characters that many longtime comic book fans are expecting to see turn up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point down the line is the Sentry. For those of you going “huh?” — let us explain.
Real name Robert Reynolds, the Sentry is an all-powerful being who is literally one of the most powerful in the whole realm of Marvel Comics — although that wasn’t always the case. Reynolds was actually a fat slob at one point. Well, until he happened to be imbued with all sorts of ridiculous powers thanks to a swanky serum.
Sentry is more than your average god-like figure though, for he’s his own worst enemy, too. Literally. As in, as the Sentry he finds himself being one of Earth’s greatest saviours, but for each act of goodwill and heroism he partakes in, his nemesis the Void would cause all kinds of chaos. The catch? Why, that’s because Robert Reynolds is indeed both the Sentry and the Void. Crazy, right?
What gives Reynolds even more chance of an MCU appearance at some point in the near-future is that he’s been involved with the Avengers, the New Avengers, and could quite easily fit in with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
23 Galactus To Oversee Chaos
We’ve already seen Galactus on the big screen, with him being the villain of the so-so Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. But to those of us who are well-versed in the world of Marvel Comics, let’s face it, that wasn’t really Galactus, was it? That was an awfully ill-judged take on a truly iconic comic book villain.
With the right for the Fantastic Four soon to be held by Marvel Studios thanks to Disney’s impending purchase of 20th Century Fox, it’s almost a given that Galactus will appear at some point in the future of the MCU. In fact, recent rumblings of a Silver Surfer movie possibly happening at some point over the next few years means that Galactus really is a shoo-in. After all, you can’t have the Silver Surfer without having Galactus in the background.
Similarly, with the powers-that-be on the lookout for the next event arc following Infinity War and its 2019 follow-up, utilizing Galactus as the "big bad" of the next major all-encompassing ensemble arc would be a smart move. This is a villain who is one of the biggest and baddest in the entire galaxy, with his remit being to destroy entire planets. That certainly sounds like a job for which you’d need to bring in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
22 The MCU's Newest "Enemy"
With Marvel Studios having openly discussed their plans to expand their cinematic realm to focus on the Marvel Cosmic Universe, looking to the stars is a logical move when thinking of characters who could soon make their debut in the MCU. And one such character is Korvac. Well, Michael Korvac, to be precise. Or, you know, the Enemy, as he’s known to many comic book fans.
Not only does Korvac have comic book ties to the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but he’s also been seen fighting for the Grandmaster against Doctor Strange and the Defenders. So yeah, given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe technically includes Netflix’s Marvel shows — ie Marvel’s The Defenders, which, granted, is different to the comic book team of the same name – then you’re left with a whole host of fingers pointing towards Korvac heading toward the MCU.
A space and reality-travelling cyborg of sorts, Korvac has had more expansive adventures than near-enough any other heroes and villains. And thanks to his huge level of power, it’s often taken the combined might of multiple heroes to ultimately take him down. Interestingly enough, it has even taken the Avengers and the Guardians teaming up to defeat the Enemy — which would suggest him as a natural fit to fill the larger "big bad" role once Thanos fades into the shadows.
21 Samuel Sterns To Take A "Leading" Role
As it stands, we’ve actually already seen the infancy of the Leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And by infancy, we mean we’ve seen the start of Samuel Sterns transformation in to the Leader. Remember back to Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk? You know, the one in which Ed Norton played Bruce Banner? And Banner is in touch with a mysterious scientist — played by Tim Blake Nelson — going by the moniker of Mr. Blue? Well, Mr. Blue is indeed Samuel Sterns, a.k.a. the Leader.
Mutated by Banner’s radiation-drenched blood, Sterns becomes something greater, something smarter, something more powerful, something else. In fact, off-screen, the story of Sterns continued after The Incredible Hulk. In The Avengers Prelude: Nick Fury’s Big Week comic, Sterns had a run-in with Black Widow. The end result being Sterns finding himself being held at the pleasure of S.H.I.E.L.D.
While some other Hulk-related villains could be easily incorporated to butt heads with our heroes in an Avengers picture, the inclusion of the Leader would only really work if the Green Goliath himself is given another solo picture in the future. Whether that happens, we’ll have to wait and see. Should that indeed get the A-okay, expect the Leader to be front-and-centre to go up against the Engine of Mass Destruction.
20 Norman Osborn To Always, Always Be Norman Osborn
Now that Spider-Man’s officially a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that opens up a whole slew of potential heroes and villains who could join the MCU down the line. And while we could litter this entire feature with those plentiful characters, one clearly stands out from the pack: Norman Osborn.
To the majority of people, Osborn is the greatest foe of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker, with Norman being responsible for bringing so much chaos, destruction, and pain to the world of old Webhead.
Given how there’s two sequels to Spider-Man: Homecoming confirmed to be on the way, there’s absolutely no way that Osborn — be it in his everyday guise or as the Green Goblin — won’t be lurking in the shadows somewhere, waiting to wipe out the Wallcrawler for good. Not only that, but the comic book take on Osborn has also butted head with the Avengers over the decades, even spearheading the Thunderbolts, H.A.M.M.E.R., and Dark Avengers groups in the aftermath of the Civil War arc.
Simply put, Norman Osborn is just too good of a villain to not utilize in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whether that’s going up against Spider-Man or any of the other plentiful superheroes in the MCU.
19 The Daywalker To Walk Among Earth's Mightiest Heroes
For the past several years, there has been plentiful rumblings of Blade finally making his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, Marvel finally regained the cinematic rights to the character a couple of years ago; at the same time that Daredevil and Ghost Rider returned to the Marvel fold.
There has been speculation of the Daywalker appearing in his own MCU adventure in the next few years, and Wesley Snipes has even gone on record to say that he’s met with Marvel Studios to reprise the role that he played in a trilogy of movies.
Then again, there are also stories out there that should a Blade picture happen then it would be with a completely new actor taking on the role. Where Blade would fit right now, that’s up for debate. The most logical assumption is that he could fit in with the mystical and magical side of the MCU in which Doctor Strange can be found lurking. With the introduction of Strange, that opens up a whole Pandora’s box of dark, twisted creatures, and so the vampire-stalking Blade would make perfect sense to get involved in that sort of spooky action.
Similarly, maybe Blade could well be a good fit for the small-screen Netflix world of Marvel heroes, as that is also technically part of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
18 Quasar To Be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Secret Weapon
He may be a character that many of you aren’t all that familiar with, but Quasar is a character who seems destined to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe bow over the next few years for a whole host of reasons.
Quasar seems like a perfect fit due to his origins and his subsequence expansion up into the stars. As a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Wendell Vaughn was deemed to lack the ruthless instinct required from this hush-hush organization. But that wasn’t it for Vaughn’s foray into fighting the good fight, for he’d end up becoming the hero of the stars, Quasar. And the kicker was? The lack of ruthlessness and his willingness to show mercy was the key trait to him being able to wield the hugely powerful Quantum Bands.
So yeah, S.H.I.E.L.D. in the MCU? Tick! The MCU having showcased its cosmic side? Tick! Project: P.E.G.A.S.U.S. that the comic-book Vaughn ended up working on? Double tick, as that’s already been shown to have been studying the Tesseract. This again all adds further backing and logic to the idea that Quasar is a no-brainer when it comes to characters who could be getting set to make their mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — not to add that he also joined the Avengers at points in the comics realm.
Wendell Vaughn to appear in the MCU? You betcha!
17 The She-Hulk To Join Her Cousin
Seriously, in terms of connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it takes a lot to top the credentials of Jennifer Walters. Also known as She-Hulk, Jennifer has been a member of the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., the Defenders, Heroes for Hire, and the Fantastic Four (who could soon debut in the MCU). That ticks a whole host of MCU boxes. In addition to that, her ‘day job’ of being a lawyer could even see her as a candidate to get introduced in Marvel’s Daredevil series.
Of course, She-Hulk is always going to be closely associated with the big guy. The green guy. The big green guy. Yes, we’re talking about the Hulk. For those who are unfamiliar with She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters is actually the cousin of Bruce Banner. When Jennifer is shot and in desperate need of a blood transfusion to save her life, the only suitable candidate happens to be, you guessed it, Banner. While this did indeed save her life, it also gave Jennifer similar powers and abilities to those of her cousin.
Unlike Banner’s transformation in to the Hulk though, Jennifer’s transition to She-Hulk saw her actually maintain some semblance of control over her actions. Well, unless she became really, really angry.
If the Hulk is given a further solo picture, She-Hulk would be a logical character to bring into the fold. Even if the Green Goliath doesn’t get his own film though, She-Hulk is a character who can be incorporated into the MCU in a whole host of other ways.
16 The Silver Surfer To Make A Splash
The Silver Surfer is hands-down one of the coolest cats in the Marvel galaxy. Whether it’s from a powers point of view or just from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, the Sky-Rider of the Spaceways is a ridiculously cool, cool character.
This hugely powerful hero currently has his cinematic rights held by 20th Century Fox, although said rights will soon be switching over to Marvel Studios and Disney once the House of Mouse’s purchase of Fox goes through. And once that happens, it’s only a matter of time until the Surfer turns up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Given how the Silver Surfer was a pivotal figure in the comic book Infinity Gauntlet tale, some found it a little unnerving to see this arc adapted for the big screen but without the Sentinel present. With the MCU now giving a whole new focus to space and the cosmos though, that frees up a whole host of possibilities for the Silver Surfer if and when he finally makes his way to the MCU. Whether that’s the Surfer coming to Earth or the action once more switching to the stars, it should make for a glorious moment once Marvel Studios finally introduces Norrin Radd to their ranks.
15 Ghost Rider To Go Full Throttle
One of the fun things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the introduction of certain characters always open up a whole host of possibilities. For instance, introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy in the way that the MCU did instantly opened up so many potential stories and new characters up in the stars. Likewise, bringing Doctor Strange into the fold was another move that opens the door to so many opportunities.
While the Sorcerer Supreme clearly brings with him the concept of other dimensions and astral projection, it also gives hope for some of the darker, more demonic and magical characters to appear. And one such character is the famed Spirit of Vengeance himself, the Ghost Rider.
Sure, we’ve had two Nicolas Cage-headlined Ghost Rider movies, but many feel that certain facets of those films have ultimately been a let down. In recent years, Marvel Studios has regained the cinematic rights to the Rider — as shown by introducing the Robbie Reyes version in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — and it seems only a matter of time before Johnny Blaze is brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, potentially piggybacking on a Doctor Strange sequel.
There really is no limits or bounds to the reach and scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days, and Ghost Rider joining the action would be a logical step to make as the next few years unravel.
14 Namor To Surface
Let’s be honest, most of us would have expected Namor to have made his Marvel Cinematic Universe bow by this point in the MCU game. To highlight just how much of a Marvel Comics staple the Sub-Mariner is, he’s actually often referred to as the oldest character in the history of Marvel Comics — with him having debuted way back in 1939 and while Marvel was still going under the Timely Comics name. So technically, you could even make a case that Namor is older the Marvel Comics itself!
While the MCU is clearly way, way more successful and better received than their rivals over in the DC Extended Universe at this point, the one thing that DCEU has over their Marvel counterparts is that they’ve already introduced their underwater guy.
To again highlight Namor’s significance, he’s not only one of the strongest and most intelligent beings in the Marvel world, he’s also had a major role to play in pretty much any and all of the huge events that Marvel has seen to date. The dude has been part of the Illuminati, for heaven’s sake! That’s the heavy, serious organization that make all of the big calls in the world. Alongside Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, and Doctor Strange, that Illuminati group even made the decision to banish the Hulk to space — even if Namor personally was against that idea. So yeah, Namor is a big, big deal, and quite frankly the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels lesser for him not already being a part of proceedings.
13 Shall I Call You Logan, Weapon X?
Once Disney’s impending purchase of 20th Century Fox — including their Marvel properties — goes through, that means that a whole host of new characters will be available to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And one particular batch of characters that have the interest of many are the X-Men. Now while we could make a case for so many of Xavier’s famed mutants to make an appearance in the MCU, the one that stands out for multiple reasons is old Canucklehead, Wolverine.
The Avengers and the X-Men have crossed over so many times in the comic book world, and several X-Men have actually become a signed-up part of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The one X-Men character who has had the most interaction and dealings with the Avengers is hands-down Wolverine.
In addition to him feasibly joining the Avengers down the line, adding further to the chances of an MCU introduction for Logan is the fact that Joe Russo has also talked up his wish to bring Wolvie into the fold. Russo — co-director of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War — recently revealed that his prized possession is the iconic Incredible Hulk #181 — in which "The" Wolverine debuted — and that Wolverine would “be an amazing character to introduce” into the MCU.
12 The Delights Of Mephisto
You may have forgotten about it, but we’ve actually already seen Mephisto on the big screen. That was in 2007’s Ghost Rider, where he was played by the legendary Peter Fonda. In that picture he was clearly a villain associated with the Ghost Rider character, and that has indeed often been the case in the comic books throughout the decades. But another superhero who has had to battle Mephisto on plentiful occasions is Doctor Strange.
With a Doctor Strange sequel seemingly in the pipeline — you know, once the Sorcerer Supreme is brought back to life in the Infinity War fallout — Mephisto would make for the perfect sinister rogue to butt heads with the Master of the Mystic Arts. Given how Doc Strange is a hugely powerful being, an equally powerful villain is needed for any sequel, and that’s where Mephisto fits the bill.
After all, Mephisto is essentially Satan himself. It also helps that the comic book Infinity Gauntlet arc had Mephisto working with Thanos. All that we can hope is that we don’t get any sort of adaptation of the One More Day Spider-Man story in which Mephisto convinces Peter Parker to sacrifice his marriage in order to bring Aunt May back from the dead — just no.
11 The MCU To Welcome Marvel's First Family
Much like Namor, people often conjure up images of the Fantastic Four when thinking of Marvel Comics’ most longstanding characters. To many of us, it seems as if the FF have been around since the dawn of time. After all, they’re not called Marvel’s First Family for no reason.
While the Avengers can rightfully claim to have a family vibe to it, a family dynamic, the Fantastic Four have the edge on that front, for they are an actual family. Led by husband and wife duo Reed Richards and Sue Storm, the foursome also features Sue’s younger brother Johnny and Reed’s best bud Ben Grimm. Gifted extraordinary powers due to a bad experience up in the stars, the whole feel of the Fantastic Four is different to near-enough anything else that the Marvel world — both in the comics and on the big screen — offers.
With the everyday problems that any family goes through, the FF deliver something that each and every person can relate to in some form or fashion. And then there’s the widely different personalities in play for each member of this team, with Reed the work-addicted science bod, Sue the moral compass and real heart of the group, Johnny the hot-headed playboy of the ensemble, and Ben the larger-than-life powerhouse who often longs to simply be normal.
As the Disney purchase of 20th Century Fox looms ever closer, the shackles will soon be off where the restrictions on the FF's use in the MCU are concerned. And let’s face it, the MCU just feels a little off with knowing that the Fantastic Four aren’t heading up the Yancy Street corner of this ever-expanding shared cinematic realm.
10 Clea's Strange Connection
Once word first came out that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was finally to introduce Doctor Strange into its shared world, the thoughts of many a longtime comic book fan instantly turned to Clea. For those of you quietly muttering “who?” let us explain.
With a past overflowing with magic and otherworldly shenanigans, Clea soon became impressed with the work of Doctor Strange. And by impressed, we mean that she ended up in a relationship with the Master of the Mystic Arts. But that’s not where the ties to the MCU stop. As well as being romantically tied to the Sorcerer Supreme, Clea also happens to be the niece of Dormammu. Yes, the one and the same Dormammu who was such an all-powerful presence in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.
We’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date that Marvel Studios and Disney are big fans of giving a love interest to their key characters — Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, Vision and Wanda, and even Bruce Banner and Natasha — and so it would be no surprise whatsoever to introduce a new love interest for Stephen Strange.
Given how Strange is always work, work, work and has no time for anything bar protecting the very universe itself, adding a further romantic spark to proceedings could add an interesting wrinkle to this most fascinating of characters.
9 Ross "Ragin" Red Hulk
Whether we ever got another solo movie for the Hulk is a huge question that none of us have the answer to right now. While the Green Goliath is great at stealing the show in larger ensemble pieces, the jury is out on whether there’s enough there to anchor his own picture, especially given the largely poor response to both Ang Lee’s Hulk and Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk. Regardless of whether the Engine of Mass Destruction gets a future solo film or not though, you can still make a great argument for bringing in the Red Hulk. After all, the foundations are already well in place.
For the first few years of the Red Hulk’s existence, his real identity was never revealed. Fast forward to 2010 and the world found out that the man behind the monster was none other than General “Thunderbolt” Ross.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ross has not only been a thorn in the Hulk’s side, he’s also been a thorn in the side of the Avengers as a whole, with him most recently popping up in Avengers: Infinity War.
Given Ross’ relatively prominent role in the MCU these days, not to mention how well the Hulk himself has been showcased in his most recent outings, it seems like only a matter of time before the Red Hulk is finally awoken and does battle with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes somewhere down the line. And it could even be that the fallout from Infinity War and its 2019 to-be-titled sequel is the trigger to that transformation finally happening.
8 Sersi To Battle In The Stars
Oh Thanos, what have you done. Thor may have uttered a similar line towards the close of Avengers: Infinity War, but we’re more looking at how the actions of the Mad Titan may lead to the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of certain other characters. One such character being Sersi.
Right now, Sersi seems an absolute certainty to pop up in the MCU in the next few years. With news that the Eternals group should be getting their own movie in the near-future, Sersi is as close to a guarantee as you can get for an MCU debut. The Eternals are a race of beings who aren’t too dissimilar to Thanos in terms of powers and presence, and Sersi is often positioned as the leader of this race.
As the scope of the MCU continues to shift more towards the stars and cosmic space, that just opens up so many possibilities. Not only is Sersi based up in said stars, but she’s been a part of the comic book Avengers line-up, has battled through space alongside Thor, and has even been wooed by Captain America. The point being, she already has so, so many ties to existing elements and characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in turn making her a completely natural fit to arrive in the MCU sooner rather than later — potentially even as soon as 2019’s Infinity War follow-up.
7 The Beyonder To Launch Secret Wars
Right now, Avengers: Infinity War has seen one of the all-time biggest, all-encompassing comic book arcs brought to live-action life. With the comic book Age of Ultron, Civil War and Infinity Gauntlet arcs now adapted for the silver screen, attention has started to turn to what lies ahead after the next gathering for the surviving members of the Avengers. The May 2019 Infinity War follow-up will again pull its inspiration from the Infinity Gauntlet arc, but then what? Then what ensemble arc could lead the way for the next few years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Well, that next huge event arc could well be an adaptation of Secret Wars. And key to the Secret Wars arc is the Beyonder. For a start, the Secret Wars simply couldn’t happen without the Beyonder.
To get you up to speed, Secret Wars is a 1984 comic book arc that brought together near-enough every single Marvel hero and villain. The Beyonder – who made his debut in the first issue of this tale – kidnapped and transported some of Marvel’s finest heroes and most nefarious villains to a planet called Battleworld. On Battleworld, said characters had to, err, battle for their very existence.
An omnipresent cosmic being, initially the Beyonder didn’t have any particular look or appearance, although that was changed for Secret Wars II. And with Marvel Studios surely on the lookout for a famed comic book arc to adapt in order to once more bring together their cinematic Avengers, Secret Wars is a logical next step, especially as the action of the MCU starts to expand its cosmic reach. And as such, the Beyonder is a no-brainer.
6 Moondragon To Tie To The Guardians And The Avengers
Much like the inclusion of certain heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opens up the door for the arrival of other characters, so too does the inclusion of certain villains. Most notably, Thanos.
One character tied to Thanos who could feasibly debut as soon as the Avengers: Infinity War follow-up or even Captain Marvel is Moondragon. Much like Gamora, Moondragon was left orphaned after Thanos killed her parents. The main difference, though, is that Moondragon is a human known as Heather Douglas. A high-kicking badass telepath with a passion for science and genetics, Moondragon is a ridiculously powerful being who would ultimately end up being raised by Thanos’ father, Mentor. Hence why she has such awesome skills and abilities. In an interesting twist, it would be revealed that the soul of Heather’s father had actually bonded with none other than Drax the Destroyer.
So as you can see, Moondragon is a character who already has so many ties to characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to mention that the comic book incarnation of the character has been a member of both the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers.
With Marvel Studios looking at putting strong female characters front-and-centre moving forward, they don’t get much stronger than Moondragon.
5 Ronin To Rise
Ronin is a moniker taken on by several people in the realm of Marvel Comics, but the Ronin we’re expecting to see surface in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an existing character. To be specific, it will be Clint Barton.
Hawkeye was ominously absent from Avengers: Infinity War, with him taking time out to spend with his family while under house arrest. But Barton is far from done where the MCU is concerned, and he’s expected to play a big role in the Infinity War sequel and in the MCU moving forward.
The Ronin mantle was representative of a lone warrior, pulling inspiration from the Japanese samurai of decades past. Under the Ronin guise, Clint began using more melee weapons and found himself to be quite the fan of slicing ‘n’ dicing with a katana blade. Many presumed that Clint Barton would be one of those to be killed off during Infinity War, but that was clearly not the case. Instead, he was just absent from on-screen action. Not that he’s not been killed off — as far as we’re aware — expect him to come together with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the immediate future. And to throw further weight to that claim, it was after some big problems for the Avengers in the comic book realm when Barton first took on the Ronin name. That was after the Civil War arc in which the Avengers were left splintered. On the big screen, you can expect to apply those same principles to the fallout of Infinity War.
4 One Nova To Rule Them All
For many, Nova is a character who we’ve been expecting to see arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years. But unlike Namor, Nova is someone who’s been frustratingly dangled in front of our very eyes for several years by this point. Heck, some people think we may even have seen the character already in some form or fashion.
Think back to James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. That film introduced the Nova Corps as ‘a thing’, making them an integral part of the cosmic landscape being explored by Star-Lord and Co.
In comic book lore, Nova became the hero he is following the destruction of the Nova Corps and their Xandar home. The last surviving member, Rhomann Dey — already seen in the MCU as played by John C. Reilly — imbued the power of the Nova Corps into high school student Richard Rider. From there, the youngster would go on to be one of the greatest heroes in the galaxy.
Rumours of Nova appearing in the MCU have been rampant for years now, and it could well be that the actions of Thanos in the Infinity War follow-up ultimately end up, whether directly or indirectly, resulting in Richard Rider stepping up to the plate and becoming the uber-cool Nova.
3 A Mentor Role For The OG Captain Marvel
While a lot of this feature is based around rumour, speculation, or educated guesswork, some characters have already been confirmed as making their MCU debut in the near-future. One such character is Mar-Vell.
Jude Law will play Mar-Vell in March 2019’s Captain Marvel. In that film, Law’s Mar-Vell will be a mentor figure to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, assisting her in getting to grips with the powers and abilities gifted to her as Captain Marvel.
In terms of comic book history, the original Mar-Vell incarnation of Captain Marvel has been around since way back in 1967. A hugely powerful Kree warrior, Mar-Vell was so often seen as one of the greatest heroes in the whole range of Marvel Comics, with Mar-Vell largely remaining known as Captain Marvel up until Carol Danvers fully took on the moniker in 2012.
When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jude Law will also portray Mar-Vell’s alter-ego of Dr. Walter Lawson as he looks to keep a close and watchful eye on Danvers. Given how Captain Marvel is an origin for Carol, it’s fair to assume that we’ll get to see at least a little of Law’s Mar-Vell in full Captain Marvel mode before handing over the baton. And let’s face it, seeing the OG Captain Marvel on the big screen is something many a comic book fan has been wanting to see for decades now.
2 Adam Warlock Comes Out Of His Shell
He’s coming! Ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy, many savvy fans have been eagerly awaiting the debut of Adam Warlock. In fact, technically we’ve kind of already seen this most pivotal of characters. Think back to the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There we saw a pissed-off Ayesha unveil a weapon with which she will get her revenge of the Guardians. As she herself states, “I think I will call him Adam.”
Yep, that Adam. That’d be Adam Warlock. Originally, Adam Warlock was meant to be a part of Guardians Vol. 2 before James Gunn made the decision to take him out of the story due to time constraints. Then there’s the moment where Adam’s famed cocoon was glimpsed in the Collector’s residence in the first Guardians.
That cocoon would get a swanky gold-plated upgrade for the Guardians Vol. 2 post-credits scene, and the arrival of Adam Warlock should be a huge, huge moment for the MCU. In terms of abilities, Warlock is a self-healing super-strong being who has major ties to the Soul Gem. Interestingly, Adam is the key figure to stopping Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book arc. Don’t be expecting him to pop up in next year’s Infinity War follow-up, though, for his MCU arrival is currently expected to happen in 2020’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
1 Captain Marvel Saves The Day
Seriously, who else could be at #1 in this feature other than Captain Marvel? Initially, it was reported that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel would actually debut in Avengers: Infinity War, but clearly that wasn’t the case. Then as the post-credits sequence for that film started to play out, many presumed that that would be the moment in which the Carol Danvers character would be shown. Again, that was no the case. What we did get, however, is the famed logo of Captain Marvel as Nick Fury frantically tries to get a message to this most powerful of heroes.
So yes, make no mistake about it, Captain Marvel will be making her MCU debut imminently. To be precise, Danvers has her own solo movie on the way for March 2019. That film will actually be set before the standard timeline of the MCU, actually being set in the '90s. Added to that, the movie will feature Samuel L. Jackson as a two-eyed Fury who will be working with Larson’s Danvers as she progresses from plain ol’ Carol Danvers to becoming one of the very best heroes in the Marvel world.
To wrap things up, Captain Marvel will arrive in March 2019 and give the character’s origin story before we fast-forward to the present-day MCU in May 2019 and see Danvers return from the stars to help save the day following the death, decimation, and destruction caused by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. To say that Captain Marvel has a huge role to play in the MCU is a serious understatement. Expect to see Carol Danvers front-and-centre as the MCU moves forward through its second decade.