How powerful is every upcoming MCU villain compared to Thanos
Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe move on to other villains after Thanos’ defeat, it may be hard to imagine any villain being more powerful than the Mad Titan. For nearly a decade, the MCU carefully crafted the Infinity saga and set up Thanos to be the worst threat imaginable to create an epic ending for the original Avengers. He was an intergalactic tyrant that took two movies, time travel and an entire team of superheroes to bring down. Because of this, Thanos has left big shoes to fill as Marvel prepares for its next big bad.
So far, Marvel has debuted villains like Namor, Agatha Harkness, and even some familiar villains like Doc Ock and the Green Goblin returning to the big screen in a new way. Thor: Love and Thunder presented potentially the biggest threat since Thanos with the villain Gorr. The butcher god who wielded the Necrosword was defeated, but the MCU is just getting started when it comes to its villains, and Gorr is just the first to challenge the Mad Titan’s incredible power, with other massive threats set to make their big screen debuts in phases 5 and 6. This is how each compares to the big villain of the Infinity saga.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will introduce a new villain to the MCU, High Evolutionary. Along with powers like superhuman strength and durability, he can also manipulate matter, alter his size, and has telepathy and telekinesis. Physically, he also possesses a nearly indestructible exoskeleton and advanced brain power, making him incredibly intelligent. When he makes his screen debut, High Evolutionary will definitely be a Thanos level threat.
Due to the wide range and scope of his powers, the High Evolutionary may even be more powerful than Thanos if the MCU stays true to his character from the comics. Thanos got stronger and gained powers because of the Infinity Stones, but the High Evolutionary has a lot of powers without outside help. He gained his powers by experimenting on himself and altering his genes, resulting in powers that are permanently part of him. This will make him harder to defeat, as it won’t be as simple as taking out the Stones to drain his power.
The leading man will return instead of a debut in the next film, Captain America: New World Orderbut in a slightly altered form. His first debut in MCU was in 2008 a The Incredible Hulk played by Tim Blake Nelson. Similar to the Hulk, the leader was exposed to gamma radiation, but instead of giving him unlimited strength, it gave him unlimited intelligence. Some even believe that The Leader helped create the Smart Hulk.
According to the comics, although the leader can be killed, he can be resurrected at will. He can do this by going through the Green Gate, the bottom layer of the multiverse to which only gamma mutants have access. Because of this, he is basically immortal and will pose a great challenge to Sam Wilson New world order.
If the next version of The Leader has the ability to resurrect himself through the Green Gate as seen in the comics, that would mean he is almost impossible to defeat. While his physical powers may not be as strong as Thanos, his ability to stay alive forever will be a huge problem in taking him down, just like Thanos could manipulate time with the time stone. Thanos and the Leader appear to be equal threats to the MCU, just in different ways.
Kang the Conqueror
Kang is the next MCU villain that has definitely been teased the most and thanks to the season 1 finale of Loki, an alternative version of it has been presented. He Who Remains, a variant of Kang, warned Loki and Sylvie that killing him would only unleash infinite Kangs throughout the multiverse. While Kang may not possess god-like powers similar to the other villains, he is extremely intelligent and strong.
Since his variants are scattered throughout the multiverse, he could appear anywhere and influence many points and places in the multiverse. Because of this, he will ultimately be more dangerous than Thanos and the biggest threat the MCU has seen thus far. Unlike the villains of the past, getting rid of him will not be simple, because there are so many other variants to take his place.
As the MCU wraps up Phase 4 and opens its Phase 5 movies, these villains begin to rear their heads and present the biggest challenge the heroes have ever faced. While it’s still unknown if their powers will be much like their comic book counterparts or if they’ll deviate a bit, it’s likely that these next three villains will be just as powerful (if not more so) than Thanos. It seems that the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe they will have their hands full for years to come as they work to keep the multiverse safe.
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