For years, Thanos has been biding his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but when Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II hit theaters in 2018 and 2019, respectively, he’ll finally get the chance to shine as the main antagonist. He’ll already be extremely powerful on his own, but new word has come down that he may not be alone in fighting the Marvel heroes. Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon recently revealed that there will be more villains than just the Mad Titan in both films. It’s bad enough to have one alien warrior determined to collect the six Infinity Stones, but now there will apparently be other bad guys joining the fray!

It’s not clear in what capacity these villains would serve, but presumably they will be at least be somewhat connected to Thanos and his mission. This could be a great opportunity to not only introduce new adversaries from the comics for the Avengers and other heroes to battle, but also bring back enemies from past movies for another round. Taking Thanos’ comic book history and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s past, here are the best candidates for villains to pit against the heroes in the third and fourth Avengers installments.

In terms of wasted potential in the MCU, Abomination is near the top of the list. Although Tim Roth played Emil Blonsky during the whole film, it was only at the end that he finally transformed into his most monstrous form, and he hasn’t been seen since he was taken into custody. Since there’s little chance of seeing another Hulk solo film in the near future, the best way to bring him back would be as a villain that Thanos recruits to his cause. During his assault on Earth, Thanos will presumably cause enough destruction that government facilities would be compromised, which would allow Abomination to escape. The Mad Titan could then possibly order Blonsky to deal with the Hulk – a serious threat - while he deals with other matters. After the beating he took in The Incredible Hulk, revenge would be fresh on Abomination’s mind, so he would be more than willing to perform the task. After all, who better to distract the Hulk than the man who is his equal in size and strength?

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