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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 put cosmic superheroes back on the map. The movie was a stellar follow-up to the first. With Marvel’s Infinity War coming up, endless possibilities lie ahead in the galactic realm.

Marvel has cosmic characters besides the Guardians of the Galaxy, but who will appear in the movies? Look no further, here are ten cosmic Marvel characters ready for the MCU. These guys might make the Guardians of the Galaxy look bad.

Editor’s Note: The film rights to some of these characters are under Fox rather than Marvel Studios, but as evidenced with other characters introduced to the MCU, this doesn’t prevent Marvel Studios from using them as long as Fox grants permission. 

The Beyonder

The Beyonder was a powerful villain in Marvel’s original Secret Wars (1984) when he put the Marvel characters in a land called Battle World. Not to mention he formed Battle World from pieces of other planets. Yeah, this guy was like a God with the ability to be everywhere and control everything. Anyone who snaps their fingers and bends reality is a forced to be reckoned with.

The Beyonder would shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Thanos looks threatening, he’d be a baby compared to the Beyonder. Although the character isn’t a regular in the, it’d make a great twist to Marvel’s films.

Major Victory (Vance Astro)

Vance Astro aka Major Victory helped form the first Guardians of the Galaxy team from 1969. Although most of his stories take place in earlier Guardians stories, Major Victory and his Guardians later travel to the 20th Century.

Vance Astro is a must have for the MCU. His psychokinetic abilities and leadership could always come in handy, plus someone needs Captain America’s shield. Vance is discovered on Earth 616 by Star-Lord in the comics, so this would blend well with the movies.


The Watchers need a cinematic introduction, so what better way to introduce Uatu? Uatu is a Watcher, an extraterrestrial being who watches over planets from space. His planet is Earth, and while he’s not supposed to, he went there on numerous occasions to warn of impending danger.

The MCU could bring in Uatu to warn of Thanos or a greater threat. Many of Earth’s fighters (Captain America, Iron Man, etc.) have no clue Thanos is coming, and they’ll need to be ready. If Uatu showed up, with his vast array of powers and intelligence, it’d cause some urgency for training or preparation for Thanos.


Someone even stronger than Thanos, Galactus is the devourer of planets, destroyer of worlds, and one of Marvel’s best villains. His ability to manipulate life, matter, energy, and souls make him a truly dangerous threat to any characters in the Marvel universe.

Thanos currently holds the “biggest threat” title in the MCU, but he’s nowhere near the power level of Galactus. Galactus is so powerful that his reason for devouring planets is sustaining his life force. So while Galactus is ideal for the movies, he’d be a better fit later down the line after Thanos is defeated.

The Living Tribunal

The Living Tribunal is another insanely powerful cosmic character in the Marvel Universe. It originally debuted in Doctor Strange’s story to force Doctor Strange to prove the worth of Earth. Otherwise, he was going to annihilate the planet, leaving it up to Strange to save it. That sounds like the perfect introduction to the MCU.

The Tribunal would be difficult to depict and animate, but if Marvel could introduce him in a Doctor Strange sequel, it’d all work out.

Molecule Man

Stan Lee wants The Fantastic Four and X-Men back at Marvel, so what better way to put them back than with Molecule Man?

Molecule Man is another incredibly powerful villain in the Marvel Universe. With the power to manipulate reality itself, Molecule man had a destructive presence in Marvel. His threat was so large that Uatu abandoned his watch to warn the Fantastic Four that he was coming. The Molecule Man is no joke.

Molecule Man could be a great first villain in the Fantastic Four. Speaking of Marvel’s first family, another character that’d be ideal for the MCU…

Silver Surfer

The Silver Surfer is one of the most well-known cosmic characters in Marvel. Let’s face it, Fox’s Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) didn’t do this character enough justice.

Silver Surfer sacrificed himself to Galactus for his home world. He became a herald of Galactus, searching for planets for Galactus’ consumption.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer did not explore Silver Surfer’s powers nearly enough. Imbued with the powers of the cosmos, the Silver Surfer is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe. He’s traveled through time, can exceed the speed of light, and even survive black holes. The Silver Surfer deserves a better depiction in films and what better universe than the MCU?

Quasar (Wendell Vaughn)

Quasar is a must have for the MCU. While his name may not sound familiar, he is an excellent character in that he’s a lot more relatable. Unlike characters like Silver Surfer or Adam Warlock, Quasar was once an average Joe with no powers.

Quasar received training from S.H.I.E.L.D. After graduating from S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Quasar discovered scientists experimenting on the Quantum Bands, arm wear that empowers the wearer with energy manipulation. Quasar uses them to stop the scientists.

Wouldn’t this be an epic story in the MCU? It’d fit well as a flashback he tells a character before warning them of Cosmic threats.

Adam Warlock

If anyone is ready for the MCU, it’s Adam Warlock. Warlock was mentioned in a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post-credit cutscene, but how will he be incorporated and when? It’s hard to tell. However, in most scenarios, Adam Warlock is the possessor of the Soul Gem, which we have yet to discover in the MCU.

Warlock was artificially bred by the Enclave, a group of Earth scientists. They made him the perfect human, but after a rebellion, he searches for a higher purpose in space. In this experience, he’s given the Soul Gem to save the planet Counter-Earth.

Since Warlock’s been mentioned by Ayesha, he’s going to appear. He is crucial in the battle against Thanos, so he’s ready.

Nova (Richard Rider)

Nova is a central character to Marvel’s Cosmic lineup. It’s surprising to see he hasn’t appeared in the MCU. Playing an integral role in Marvel’s Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest storylines, Nova should’ve been in the MCU when the Guardians were. Matter of fact, it is the events of Annihilation Conquest that form the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Nova is a member of the Intergalactic Police Force The Nova Corps (who serve a significant role in Guardians of the Galaxy). The Nova Corps grants his ordinary alter ego, New Yorker Richard Rider, powers of flight, speed, strength, and energy absorption/redirection. He also served as a member of the Avengers on multiple occasions, making Nova a perfect character for the MCU.

These characters are ready for the MCU. The characters have proved to be crucial to Marvel’s cosmic storylines and are due for appearances in the MCU. Which cosmic characters do you think should appear in the MCU?

Leo Rydel is The Friendly Neighborhood Blerd (black+nerd). Besides nerding out over the latest geeky media, Leo is a professional content creator and entertainment writer. Leo co-hosts a weekly live web series, ComiConvos—a weekly discussion on the latest in comics, movies, gaming, and television. Follow him on and around the web.

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