As fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe anxiously await Avengers: Endgame, the next installment in the series, the creative team behind the superhero epic is already thinking about future films in the franchise. Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of Endgame and three other films in the series, recently revealed what villains they would like to introduce once the Infinity Saga is finished later this month. Speaking with Syfy Wire, the Russo Brothers said that they’d like to introduce the Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom and the Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter into the series.
While Kraven the Hunter appears to be off-limits as Sony is developing their own spin-off film based on the character, Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox makes an appearance by Doctor Doom a possibility in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In discussing why he favors Doctor Doom for the franchise’s next major villain, Joe Russo said that the character has an almost Shakespearian vibe and is extraordinarily complex. As fans of the comic industry know, Doctor Doom is one of the most powerful villains in Marvel Comics, possessing both a genius level intellect and skills in the mystic arts. Joe Russo’s fondness for Doom is also based on the character’s appearances in the 1984 crossover series Secret Wars and its 2015 sequel. Speaking with MTV News, the younger Russo said that Secret Wars was one of the first comics he ever read as a child and he still remembers the grandeur of the event story.
As the series looks to its post-Endgame environment, Joe Russo feels that Marvel should continue pushing the envelope in crafting intriguing storylines. Russo points to the recent acquisition of characters from Fox as a way the studio can continue surprising audiences. The director points out that now that Marvel has access to these characters, they can make bolder decisions on complex crossover stories. Russo specifically suggests that now that Marvel Studios has the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, they can do an adaptation of Secret Wars to encourage fans to buy tickets.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26. The films marks the final chapter in the first ten years of Marvel’s film franchise, which began in 2008 with Iron Man.