In an effort to pay respects to the Infinity Saga and keep fans keen on the next slate of movies, Marvel Studios has been uncharacteristically quiet when it comes to revealing their next slate of movies for the upcoming years. While Kevin Feige has repeatedly stated that the studio tends to plan out movies in 5-year increments, these plans are usually revealed a year or two before coming to fruition. Considering Spider-Man: Far from Home ends Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga, no future plans have been stated yet other than the advanced development of some movies (The Eternals, Shang-Chi) and current movies being filmed (Black Widow).
MediaByte has exclusively learned of some characters that might prove pivotal to the MCU going forward. These characters are currently being discussed by Marvel Studios on how and when to incorporate them. While it’s unconfirmed which character will show up where the list of the following characters are reportedly going to show up either in future movie properties or upcoming TV series:
A frequent enemy of both Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider, Nightmare seems like a perfect villain choice for the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. Being a ruler of a dream dimension in the comics while preying on others fears to fuel his own powers, this character might be better suited to show up in an upcoming movie as opposed to a TV debut.
Clea has also been rumored for the sequel and also makes more sense for this character to show up in a film as opposed to a TV show. Clea is a character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and was initially written to be a love interest for Doctor Strange. Her skill set includes sorcery, superhuman strength, and magic resistance. Her intentions might not be as noble as the Sorcerer’s Supreme considering her main goal is to rule the Dark Dimension.
Essentially being Marvel’s rendition of Lucifer, Mephisto actually played a big part during the Infinity Gauntlet comic and was rumored to show up in the 2018 movie. Mephisto, along with Moon Knight, has been highly requested by MCU fans to show up onscreen since the inclusion of other cosmic and otherworldly characters. Even actor Gabriel Luna, who plays Ghost Rider on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped the character’s name in an interview with Collider all the way back in 2017. Luna said
What we [The MCU] haven’t touched on are things that can’t be explained perfectly by science. It’s a lot of really fun stuff that starts to lean into the world of Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider and Mephisto, and all of these other elements that also exist there, like ghouls and goblins and all sorts of cool things. We’re happy to be the ones to break the ice on that.
This means that the character and the idea of using these characters have been on Marvel’s mind for some time, and now that the Infinity Saga has come to a close, it appears we will be moving towards this Marvel Horror Universe on Hulu.
MediaByte can confirm that the aforementioned character Moon Knight is on the list of characters that Marvel is eager to introduce to the MCU. Moon Knight might’ve potentially been teased during the interrogation scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier that takes place on a rooftop between Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and agent Jasper Sitwell. Whether the studio wants to develop the character for a Hulu series or a feature film remains to be seen. In the comics, Moon Knight has been compared to DC’s Batman, and while there may be similarities between the two including being “normal” wealthy people who fight crime with gadgetry, there are also great differences. Moon Knight, unlike Batman, has no motive for his vengeance. He beats up whoever has it coming because he believes he is the avatar of the Egyptian god of vengeance, and it helps him to feel better about all the people he killed when he was a mercenary. Differences go on and include that Moon Knight has three alter egos that help him with his inner demons, not help him stop crime, unlike Batman who’s alter ego Bruce Wayne helps to stop crime during the day as well. Fans have been asking for ages to see Moon Knight appear in live action. He is a fan favorite, and hopefully, more details will be given soon as to when fans will see him on screen.
Other notable characters that are rumored to be in the discussion include Brother Voodoo, Jennifer Kale, Dracula, Enchantress, Werewolf by Night, Satana, Lilith, and Elsa Bloodstone. The character of Morgan Le Fay was also included on the list MediaByte received, which was confirmed by Deadline. While these characters might sound familiar to many considering their presence in pop culture, they all share one thing in common: their affiliation with monsters or horror. If these characters are indeed rumored to be in development, could Marvel be starting up their own Monster-Verse on a streaming service? With shows like Ghost Rider and Blade rumored to be in development, the possibility seems fairly high.