Marvel: The Most Powerful Characters Not Yet Seen In The MCU – CBR – Comic Book Resources

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe adds new characters in the fourth phase and beyond, there are a few powerful heroes and villains left unadapted.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to expand following the events of the Infinity Saga as powerful new characters and storylines continue to be introduced in the fourth phase. So far, this is a blend of Disney+ series like WandaVision And Loki along with theatrical movies like Black Widow and the upcoming Eternals.
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Thanos and the new heroes of the Eternals are just a few examples of powerful characters from the Marvel comics universe, though there are quite a few heroes and villains that have yet to make their cinematic debuts. They may show up yet, beyond Phase Four of the MCU.
While the character was briefly teased in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with the appearance of his golden cocoon, Adam Warlock still hasn’t made his official appearance in the MCU. It’s rumored that it will happen in the upcoming third entry in the GotG franchise.
Adam Warlock’s powers have fluctuated over the years with his various deaths and rebirths, though he is commonly known as the Avatar of Life in contrast to Thanos‘ Avatar of Death, and he has powerful psionic abilities, enhanced strength, and a cosmic awareness that was further enhanced when he bonded with the Soul Gem.
Thor isn’t the only god in the Marvel comic universe who found a new home with the Avengers, as Hercules joined with the team after he was exiled from Mt. Olympus by his father Zeus, and he formed a number of lasting friendships with other members of the team.
Hercules’ super-strength and immortality have made him a powerful member of the team’s roster, though a recent rebirth alongside the other Olympians has given Hercules and his brethren a cosmic upgrade that has also made them potential villains for the MCU to deal with in the future.
Marvel Studios recently revealed that the Fantastic Four will be the next team of heroes to appear after an Easter Egg in Spider-Man: Far From Home seemed to tease the debut of the First Family of Comics in the MCU.
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While Reed Richards and Susan Storm will definitely be appearing in the upcoming movie, it might still be a while until fans get to see their son Franklin Richards and his powerful reality-altering abilities. Franklin is also the older brother of the brilliant Valeria Richards, an additional member of the Fantastic Four who has never been seen in live-action.
While he isn’t the most well-known villain that has threatened the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy over the years, Michael Korvac and his quest to achieve god-like cosmic abilities across storylines like “The Korvac Saga” and “The Books of Korvac” have proven that he is one of the most dangerous villains that have yet to appear on the big screen.
After he betrayed Earth to alien Badoon overlords in the future, he was transformed into a robotic/human hybrid that eventually allowed him to absorb cosmic energy and travel back to the present day in order to remake the universe.
The MCU has introduced quite a few alien races like the Kree and the Skrull over the course of the Infinity Saga, though the Shi’ar were most commonly associated with the X-Men so haven’t had the opportunity to appear in the MCU before Disney purchased the character rights back from 20th Century Fox.
The Shi’ar Empire is protected by its own powerful team of costumed heroes known as the Imperial Guard who are led by the incredibly powerful Gladiator, whose strength and determination are known and feared across the entire galaxy.
While characters like Tony Stark and Shuri are currently considered some of the most brilliant minds in the MCU, the addition of new heroes like Reed Richards and Riri Williams/Ironheart sets the stage for the debut of the hidden genius named Adam Brashear/Blue Marvel.
Brashear was transformed and empowered during an anti-matter experiment with the Negative Zone which led him to become a hero during the 60s, though the tense racial climate of the time saw him step behind the scenes at the request of the government to continue his work in secret. He returned to work alongside teams like the Mighty Avengers and the Ultimates.
The return of Fantastic Four characters to Marvel Studios includes the inevitable threat of Galactus, who is better known as the Devourer of Worlds. Galactus empowers heralds like Norrin Radd/Silver Surfer with the Power Cosmic to find him suitable planets to feast on, though Silver Surfer fought for and won his freedom.
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He retained his abilities thanks to the Power Cosmic and became a central figure in the affairs of Marvel’s cosmic universe that the MCU has been lacking since its inception, so fans are likely to see the Sentinel of the Spaceways in future phases.
While the character of Bob Reynolds/The Sentry existed well before most of the modern Marvels appeared in the comics, he was retroactively inserted following his debut in 2000 that revealed his entire history as a costumed superhero had been erased by his enemies.
When he returned as The Sentry, the New Avengers began to see the unlimited potential of his powers as well as the destabilizing influence of a presence known as The Void that sought to do as much evil as Sentry wanted to do good. The Sentry’s appearance in the MCU could bring a powerful new ally to the Avengers while also setting up his villainous turn in future phases.
A cosmic being known only as The Beyonder first appeared during the 1984 Secret Wars maxi-series as a curious and near-omnipotent entity who chose to pit the heroes and villains of Earth against each other in an ultimate battle of good vs. evil. He transported the characters to his newly created planet called Battleworld in the first of many appearances of the character.
While he has returned to fulfill more of his curiosities, the rest of his powerful other-dimensional species later appeared in the comics. It could substantially increase the roster of cosmic entities of the MCU if the Beyonder made his cinematic debut.
While there are a few different Lords of Hell in the Marvel Universe, one of the most well-known who fits the typical physical description and Faustian wish-fulfillment of the biblical Devil is Mephisto, whose rumored presence in the MCU has recently become a big talking point among fans.
WandaVision on Disney+ teased a mystery that had fans connecting Mephisto to the series that continues as new mysteries and secretive characters develop in the fourth phase, though no official confirmation of the character’s debut has been announced by Marvel Studios.
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Entertainment reporter, writer, and all-around geek, Scoot Allan has written for print and online media sources like Geek Magazine, GeekExchange, GrizzlyBomb, WhatCulture, and the Urban 30 before joining CBR, ScreenRant, GameRant and The Gamer as a staff writer. He enjoys salad but prefers french fries.


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