The Next Big Bad(s) in the MCU
There will not be a next Big Bad in the MCU.
Instead, there will be Big Bads.
Two of them.
According to my sources, the MCU is planning on having two major villains as part of its new Endgame. In the next couple of phases, all roads lead to **Doctor Doom** and **Galactus**.
First, neither character will debut on Disney+. Both are large chess pieces in the acquisition of Fox. These are A-list characters that fans and general audiences will flock to watch in theaters to finally be seen done correctly; they are not quirky minor league players such as She-Hulk and Moon Knight.
Noah Hawley's *Doom *movie, as publicly reported, is dead and will not be tweaked as a Disney+ TV show. Hawley's script was written for Fox, not Marvel Studios. His version of Doom was not modeled for the MCU and that has to mesh with the vision of the upcoming writer(s) and director(s) for *The Fantastic Four* movie. Disney spent billions on Fox, and Galactus and Doctor Doom was part of that reason. Putting Doctor Doom on Disney+ to begin with is like paying U2 to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe.
How do you top Thanos and make it fresh? You double to the dosage. Doctor Doom has the tragic human element a la Thanos and Killmonger, the "gray" bad guy in terms of morality issues. He has the emotional depth that Kevin Feige feasts on. He will be Easter Egg'd until he debuts on The Big Screen. He is going to have links to other Marvel foes, either politically, mystically, or through business.
Both characters are in the "embryo" stage in terms of MCU development but the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby and John Byrne runs on *The Fantastic Four* will provide the skeleton and soul.
Doctor Doom will deliver the theatrical drama; Galactus is power, light, and spectacle. What they'll be leading towards is an epic battle fought on the ground and in space, a secret wars if you will.
No casting as of yet. I am told Viggo Mortensen has been tossed around as a potential Doctor Doom. But, to my knowledge, he hasn't been approached. Again, it's early. This is the plan *for the moment*.
Big Baddy? No. Bring on the Bad Guys.
Your fly in the ointment,