The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a solid job of delving into cosmic territory during its nine-year run so far thanks to Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This November's Thor: Ragnarok, next year's Avengers: Infinity War and potentially 2019's Avengers 4 will continue to expand these corners, and according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, there will be more focused on cosmic craziness in Phase Four. That said, there are limits to what this franchise can do with its space-set tales.

While the MCU has plenty of characters to populate its cosmic-centric movies, there are some notable heroes and villains who can't be included thanks to 20th Century Fox holding the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. With that in mind, we've gathered up the best cosmic characters from the Marvel comics pages who would be incredible additions to the MCU's cosmic stories.


Few villains can pose a bigger threat to the universe than Thanos, but Galactus is one of those beings. Nicknamed "The Devourer of Worlds," Galactus is a survivor from the universe that died as ours began, and travels across the universe to drain planets of their energy so that he can survive, not caring how many lives he destroys in the process. He appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver, but instead of being the classic tall man in the outlandish purple costume, he was turned into a sentient cloud. That didn't go over well with fans. Galactus is in need of major cinematic redemption, but because he resides at Fox, the MCU can't use him as its next overarching antagonist.

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