After a decade and dozens of movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reached a climax in Phase 3. Avengers: Infinity War and all the madness it contains is a culmination of a lot time and effort on the MCU’s part. However, the story isn’t over.
While MCU Phase 3 is a peak, it’s not the peak of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At least no one at Disney is hoping that’s the case. There’s still a lot of movies to go with a Phase 4, Phase 5, and beyond planned.
However, Phase 3 does mark an end of the era. Phase 3 will end with Avengers 4, where many actors’ contracts are up and a few, like Chris Evans, have hinted that they’re done after the movie is completed.
If that's the case, the MCU is going to need some new blood or it’s going to make sure some of its existing heroes are down for the long haul.
No one (but Kevin Feige) really knows what is in store for the MCU after Avengers 4. Marvel Studios is not only keeping everything under lock and key, but throwing that lock into the bottom of the metaphorical ocean.
However, that can’t stop us chiming in on who we'd like to see and who we hope doesn’t appear at all.
As big as the MCU has become, there’s still some characters from the comics who need make their first MCU appearance. Likewise, there’s some relatively new characters in the MCU that are begging for re-appearances.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are also some characters who have no business joining the MCU or bowing out altogether.
Here are the 14 Characters We Hope Appear In MCU Phase 5 (And 13 We Hope Don’t).
27 Hope Appear: The Fantastic Four
A lot of factors and deals must align for this to be a possibility. Mainly, Disney must continue their march to own all of pop culture and acquire Fox.
However, monopoly concerns aside, it would be rather be fantastic (pun intended) for Marvel’s first family to appear in the MCU.
The Fantastic Four have had a very troubled movie history, but they’d fit in perfectly with the MCU’s tone.
Sue, Reed, Johnny, and Ben need the saving hand of Kevin Feige and crew more than pretty much any other Marvel superheroes.
It’s past time that someone does the Fantastic Four justice.
26 Hope Doesn't: Loki
The curious current case of the MCU is a reality where most of the game-changing events in Avengers: Infinity War are probably going to be undone.
Phase 5 isn’t going to exist in a Marvel universe where half of the entire population was turned into Thanos dust.
Yet at least a few of Infinity War’s big character ends should stick, including Loki’s demise (which opens the movie). Loki has seemingly met his end in every one of his MCU appearances.
However, none of them were as powerful as Loki’s sacrifice for Thor in Infinity War.
Loki is the god of tricks and lies, but he’s been given way too many resurrections.
25 Hope Appears: Moon Knight
It doesn’t seem like Marvel is ever going to put any of The Defenders in a movie, even as a cameo. Dardevil and his friends will stay tethered to their own TV shows.
However, if the MCU changes their mind about putting ground level heroes with a mean streak into their movies, Moon Knight is a great option.
To the uninitiated, Moon Knight might seem like Marvel’s Batman, but that’s not true. Marc Spector is a former criminal who has either bonded with the Moon God, Khonshu, or believes that he’s bonded with Khonshu.
Truth is Moon Knight might be just a little bit crazy.
If you don’t want a gritty crime thriller with a hero with multiple personalities in the MCU, you’re lying.
24 Hope Doesn't: Namor
According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, the rights surrounding Namor (the Sub-Mariner) are “complicated.” This is fancy Hollywood speak for the chances are seeing Namor in the MCU (in any phase) are slim to none.
However, that's probably for the best.
Namor is an important character in the Marvel universe. He’s the king of the seas and he’s been integral to many big comic events. However, he’s also very weird.
Namor has a confusing history and bizarre dress code, where he wears an open vest with insane shoulder pads.
Namor is a silly character but he also happens to be humorless. Self-serious and strange doesn’t work in the MCU.
Namor should stay absent and let DC have all the fun with a superhero from the sea.
23 Hope Appears: The Grandmaster
Jeff Goldblum as one of the Elders of the Universe was one of the great delights of Thor: Ragnarok.
Truthfully, Goldblum’s Grandmaster wasn’t much more than Jeff Goldblum playing Jeff Goldblum wearing blue lipstick. Yet even if it wasn’t the most inspired performance, it was extremely enjoyable.
Ragnarok ended with The Grandmaster being deposed from his planetary throne of Sakaar and in an intergalactic trash heap.
However, since The Grandmaster is one of the powerful beings in the universe (seriously), that’s a minor obstacle for him.
Ragnarok just scratched the surface for The Grandmaster. He needs to return with a vengeance.
22 Hope Doesn't: Starfox
Despite being the one of the most powerful characters in existence and the most successful villain ever, a lot is still not known about Thanos.
Thanos doesn’t have much of a confirmed backstory in the MCU. We know nothing about his parents or the rest of his (non-adopted) family.
However, in the comics, Thanos has quite an extensive family tree. This includes his brother, Eros, who is otherwise known as Starfox.
Starfox, to put it plainly, is a creep. Eros has a number of powers, but his favorite is to manipulate the pleasure centers of people’s brains, specifically female brains.
Eros, in other words, is misogynic playboy who uses his powers to get any woman to sleep with him, despite if they really want to or not.
No thanks, Marvel.
21 Hope Appears: Wiccan
It would be complicated for the MCU to add Wiccan, as Wiccan’s backstory is a nosebleed-worthy confusion.
Wiccan, and his brother Speed, are the reincarnated twins of Vision and Scarlet Witch’s children. However, Wiccan also has two other (biological) parents. Don’t ask.
The point is that the MCU could use some more magical character and young heroes.
Whatever way the MCU needs to twist things to add Wiccan, along with his boyfriend Hulkling or his team the Young Avengers, they should do it.
Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch have proved how useful the mystical arts can be for superheroes. Wiccan might as well join in on the action.
20 Hope Doesn't: Starhawk
Though most fans might not realize it, Starhawk (one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy) is already in the MCU.
Starhawk, played by Sylvester Stallone, has a small cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
In the after credits sequence of the movie, Starhawk even gets back together with his old crew to go on new adventures. It’s a fun little cameo and Easter egg, but it doesn’t need to be explored.
Fans of '80s action movies can rest easy known that Sylvester Stallone is an official part of the MCU, but no one really needs to see Sly as a superhero.
The actor is much better off playing a grizzled, mentor Rocky in Creed.
19 Hope Appears: Nova
The Nova Corps are already apart of the MCU. They were introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy as a space police force on Xandar.
They also were evidently all destroyed by Thanos, according to Thanos, before Infinity War.
Yet even if the Nova Corps are gone, especially if they’re gone, they should live on in Nova.
There have been a few characters named Nova in Marvel’s canon. Yet the most recent and famous is teenager Sam Alexander. Through standard comic book wackiness, Sam goes from a high school student to the super strong, energy manipulating, space flying hero named Nova.
Spider-Man Homecoming in space sounds like the ideal movie for Marvel Phase 5.
18 Hope Doesn't: The Real Mandarin
Iron Man 3 is one of the more divisive movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the chief reasons for Iron Man 3’s controversy is its central twist concerning villain The Mandarin.
Despite all the marketing leading up to the movie, Ben Kingsley didn’t play The Mandarin. Instead, Kingsley played actor Trevor Slattery, who was playing The Mandarin.
However, a Marvel One-Shot released on the Thor: The Dark World blu-ray revealed that there was a real Mandarin out there and he wasn’t happy about Trevor using his name.
He could appear, but he shouldn't.
Way too much time has passed since the tease. Furthermore, The Mandarin is a borderline racist stereotype. Trevor should stay the one and only (fake) Mandarin.
17 Hope Appears: Red Skull
During Infinity War, the MCU did the impossible. They brought back Red Skull and somehow found a way for it to make sense.
Red Skull didn’t expire at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger… well kind of. Instead, Red Skull is now the ghostly keeper of the Soul Stone living on the planet Vormir.
Now that Red Skull doesn’t need to guard the Soul Stone anymore, it could make his purpose in the MCU null and void. However, it would be far more interesting for Marvel to find a way to bring Red Skull back.
If, for no other reason, to see him interact with Captain America one more time.
16 Hope Doesn't: Green Goblin
There have been a lot of cinematic Spider-Man(s). However, there have been just as many Green Goblins.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy had two Green Goblins with Norman Osborn and his son Harry as Hobgoblin. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 introduced Harry Osborn and almost immediately turned him into the Green Goblin.
The Green Goblin is one of Spider-Man’s best villains, but he’s been adapted far too many times.Green Goblin is just one small silver of Spider-Man’s rogue galleries too.
It’s not as if he should never appear in the MCU, but having him show up in Phase 5 would far too soon. Let the Goblin rest.
15 Hope Appears: She-Hulk
Sadly, much like her cousin, The Hulk, Marvel Studios doesn’t have the exclusive rights to make a solo She-Hulk movie. She-Hulk and The Hulk’s rights belong to Universal.
However, since things have been worked out to make The Hulk appear multiple times in the MCU as a supporting character, the same can happen with She-Hulk.
There would have to be a lot of exposition, as She-Hulk is deeply tied to Bruce Banner, being his cousin and getting her powers from a similar accident to his own.
However, She-Hulk is much more than the gender-bent Hulk.
Unlike Bruce, Jennifer Waters maintains control of her personality and intellect while using her incredible strength. The MCU needs more superpowered ladies and She-Hulk is one of Marvel’s best (and strongest).
14 Hope Doesn't: Wonder Man
You’re not reading that wrong. Marvel does, in fact, have a character named Wonder Man. Not only that, but Wonder Man is one the earliest Avengers. (Although he joined the team as a double agent under the employ of Baron Zemo.)
Wonder Man has one of the worst lucks of any superhero, which is saying something, as he’s had his life claimed a lot and has been pretty much forgotten by all but the most hardcore fans.
Nathan Fillion was supposed to cameo as him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but even that was cut.
No offense to Wonder Man (okay, some offense) but things should stay that way. There’s nothing that Wonder Man can do that other Avengers can’t.
Also, his name is just way too confusing for the average movie fan.
13 Hope Appears: Beta Ray Bill
In another era of Thor movies, seeing Beta Ray Bill would've been an impossibility. However, after the bonkers movie that was Thor: Ragnarok, Beta Ray Bill must make an appearance in Phase 5.
The whole story of Beta Ray Bill is a little too complicated to go into, but the basic gist is that he’s an alien chosen by his people to be their champion and protector.
Beta Ray Bill, obviously, modeled himself a bit on Thor and even used Mjolnir against Thor at one point.
Whatever way Marvel wants to put Beta Ray Bill into the MCU, they should.
The fun that could be had with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor going up against Bill is almost too much to imagine.
12 Hope Doesn't: Deadpool
Everyone loves Deadpool, and for good reason. Ryan Reynolds plays the pitch-perfect Merc with a Mouth.
There’s no one and nothing that is off limits to Deadpool’s skewering, whether literal or metaphorical. Yet Deadpool doesn’t ever need to join the MCU.
Deadpool is best used in his own filthy and R-rated world. It might be fun to see him poke fun at Tony Stark or hit on Thor, but that joke would become tiring very quickly.
The cinematic Deadpool should remain isolated and only interact with very selective X-Men characters.
The scrappiness of Deadpool is what makes him special.
11 Hope Appears: Miles Morales
Peter Parker has a long history ahead of him in the MCU. Despite Peter Parker’s end in Infinity War, Marvel is going to keep making Spider-Man movies as long as Sony plays nice with them.
So, there’s little chance that Miles Morales, Peter’s Spider replacement in the Ultimate universe, will do the same in the MCU.
It certainly won’t happen by Phase 4, but maybe Phase 5 is a possibility.
Because of Donald Glover’s Homecoming character Aaron Davis, it’s known that Miles does exist in the MCU.
It would be fun to at least introduce Miles in Phase 5, in a cameo if nothing else, so that maybe one day, Peter could train him as the new Spider-Man.
Peter could then eventually fill the role that Tony Stark served for him.
10 Hope Doesn't: Thanos
It took a long time for Thanos to properly appear in an MCU movie and it was worth the wait.
Thanos is a glorious, complicated, and terrifying character in Avengers: Infinity War. However, after Avengers 4, Thanos needs to be retired.
Thanos doesn’t necessarily need to be annihilated in Infinity War’s sequel. However, to have Thanos stick around in any capacity after the Infinity Stones' story is wrapped up would be way too distracting.
The MCU needs strong villains, but there’s something to be said for Thanos being a very effective flash in the pan.
9 Hope Appears: Bullseye
This very well could happen. There are rumors that Daredevil season 3 will introduce Bullseye into the mix.
It certainly makes sense, as Bullseye is one of Daredevil’s biggest villains and he was one the central antagonists of the Ben Affleck movie.
Although that movie appearance is probably why Bullseye's been MIA. After Colin Farrell did… whatever he did in that movie, it made sense for no one wanting to see Bullseye.
Now, more than enough time has passed for Bullseye to make a return to live-action.
The MCU could introduce him and do him right this time.
8 Hope Doesn't: Galactus
Whether he appears or not, Thanos’ story should be wrapped up by the conclusion of Phase 5.
After Thanos, the MCU is going to need another Big Bad and Galactus is a definite possibility.
After all, there is literally no villain bigger than Galactus. He's a being that is so large that he can eat planets.
Galactus does seem like the natural step after Thanos. The only thing more threatening than someone who can wipe out all life with a snap of their fingers is someone who can eat Earth in one big gulp.
However, what works on a comic book page doesn’t always work on the big screen.
Thanos was effective because there was human element to him. There’s nothing human about Galactus.
7 Hope Appears: Korg
Korg is the MCU character that no one knew they wanted but now we desperately need.
Taika Waititi isn’t the first MCU director to put himself into his movie. In the very first MCU movie, Iron Man, Jon Favereau did it by playing Happy Hogan. Waititi didn't start it, but he did perfect it.
Waitit took a nothing character (made of rocks) made him into a Thor fan favorite.
Korg is so goofy and almost unbelievably quirky, yet he’s also so much fun. There’s really no reason for Korg to re-appear, besides the fact that he’s hilarious, but that's enough.
Korg (and Mieg) need to be among the Asgardian survivors who escaped Thanos before Infinity War began.
6 Hope Doesn't: Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock is an incredibly important character in Marvel mythology, especially when it comes to the Infinity Stones.
Adam Warlock, even more than Thanos, is vital to tying the Infinity Stones story altogether in the comics. However, the MCU has been doing fine without Adam Warlock so far and there’s absolutely no need to change that fact.
Warlock was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and he may very well exist in the MCU. However, he’s not necessary.
Adam Warlock, despite his importance, is just a strange character.
He’s a deus-ex-machina made into flesh and he’s just not that interesting. Adam Warlock is a blonde space Jesus who the MCU is better off ignoring altogether.
5 Hope Appears: Gwen Stacy
If Spider-Man Homecoming had one failing, it was producing a compelling love interest.
Liz Toomes, the object of Peter’s affections, is pretty… and that’s about it. Say what you will about the previous Spider-Man movies, but they did have excellent love interests.
While Gwen Stacy was well done in The Amazing Spider-Man series, there’s always room for improvement. Gwen should be introduced into Peter’s high school life, if not as a new love interest then at least as a friend.
If Marvel doesn’t want to retread the ground laid by Emma Stone’s Gwen, they can always adapt Gwen from the Ultimate universe.
She was a little tougher and eventually became Peter’s adoptive sister.
4 Hope Doesn't: Iron Man
Iron Man began the MCU, and luckily, Robert Downey Jr. was some pitch-perfect casting. However, it’s time, maybe even past time, for Iron Man to fly off into the sunset.
Since Iron Man 3, the MCU has been setting up Tony’s graceful exit from the universe but the character just keeps coming back.
Tony doesn’t need to lose his life, but his story should come to some definitive end sooner rather than later.
The MCU keeps growing and growing to the point where Tony doesn’t feel as vital or central as he used to be.
By Phase 5, Marvel should cut the cord completely and move on completely from Tony Stark.
3 Hope Appears: Valkyrie
The amount of characters who were stuffed in Avengers: Infinity War is truly shocking. It’s even more surprising how well it all works.
However, even with the most “ambitious crossover event of all time,” one character was left out in the cold.
In movie full of breakout characters, Valkyrie was the best new MCU addition in Thor: Ragnarok. She must make a return.
Ideally, Valkyrie would get her own movie. It could even be a Ragnarok prequel, given her character’s history. Yet as long as she reappears alongside Thor (or another hero), everything is forgiven.
The bottom line is the world needs more Valkyrie.
2 Hope Don't: Any of the X-Men
Before you raise your internet pitchforks, let us explain. The X-Men are great and having them be involved in the MCU would be fascinating, if nothing else.
Yet, even though the X-Men and Avengers exist side-by-side in the comics, the movie universes are better staying apart.
This isn’t just because the X-Men’s timeline is a mess. Mutants just don’t make a lot of sense in the MCU.
The fear of mutants and their powers are a huge theme of the X-Men movies. However, in the MCU, superheroes and their powers seem to be widely celebrated.
The public hating the X-Men but loving the Avengers doesn’t make a lick of sense (even if that's how things are in the comics).
1 Hope Appears: Ms. Marvel
Obviously, the MCU will be delivering a Ms. Marvel by the end of Phase 3-- although it seems that the MCU’s Carol Danvers is skipping over the Ms. Marvel name and jumping right to Captain Marvel.
While that’s exciting, the MCU still needs the current Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.
Kamala Khan first appeared in 2013 and she’s been one of the best new superheroes in recent memory. Ms. Marvel is fun, energetic, and inspiring to people of all types.
Kamala Khan seeing Captain Marvel save the universe in Avengers 4 and being driven to become her own hero would be a fantastic way to launch a new era of MCU movies.
What do you think? What characters would you like to see in Phase 5 of the MCU? Let us know in the comments!