Of course, that doesn’t mean we have to wait until the first MCU
Here are six
I think the best and most sensible way to introduce X-Men villains would be through the cosmic aspect. The MCU is heavily embracing Marvel’s weird cosmic comics, and the X-Men have had some of the best cosmic encounters of any of them. Which brings us to Mojo. Mojo is an evil alien slug beast thing who resides in spider-legs. His brain is attached to monitors and he’s essentially a villainous reality TV show producer. In the comics, he kidnaps mutants and other superheroes to make them compete in various deathsport shows. This is obviously fairly similar to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in
Another cosmic baddie, Deathbird is part of the extraterrestrial Shi’ar race that possesses razor-tipped wings. It’s a pretty lethal thing to have, really. Deathbird first showed up in the pages of
In the comics, the Phalanx are a group of Mutant-hating humans in the future who use Warlock’s techno-organic virus to turn themselves into part-machine hunters. This might also be a great way to introduce mutants into the MCU, through a cybernetic race hunting imperfections in human genetics. It’s a backwards way to say mutants are among us, but it’d be a great reveal.
Graydon Creed/Friends of Humanity
One of the mainstays of
While the MCU tends not to deal with that, they’re going to have to for the X-Men to show up. So what if Creed and his Friends of Humanity show up to speak out about any and all super-powered individuals? Anyone with superpowers that make them superior to humanity. That way when the MCU introduces mutants, there’s already the context for the hatred. Not fun, but important.
Sort of the Marvel Universe’s version of the Joker, Arcade is an evil genius and a hitman who carries out his assassinations via various elaborate traps. They’re often centered around a giant fictional amusement park called “Murderworld.” So, real nice guy. Obviously, he’s maybe a little darker than your average MCU villain, but he’d be a great lower-level threat. He’s fought Spider-Man and various Avengers in the past, so he’s not totally out of place among the non-X-Men. Plus, it’d just be cool to have a sadistic yet jolly baddie out there.
I have wanted Nathaniel Essex to appear on the big screen almost since
He has a long history with the X-Men and is one of their greatest foes. But he also poses a major threat to any and all heroes in the Marvel Universe with his telepathy and powers of persuasion. To my mind, he’s the best X-Men villain who’s never been in a movie, and he’d be a great foe for any current MCU Avenger.