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Galactus is MCU’s Phase 4 Villian But Given Marvel Studio’s Penchant For Twists, He Could Be Much More
Celebrating the one year of Avenger’s Infinity Saga the writers of the movie gave out new insight about the movie. One of them being revealing Thanos’ mistake.
Heads Up! Galactus’s fate in Marvel Phase 4 as a Villian Isn’t Cemented Yet
- Galactus’ Homecoming
- Origins of Galactus
- Galactus and His Heralds
- MCU Phase 4’s Big Set Up For The Devourer of the Worlds
- Galactus Posing the Avenger Level Threat
- How will Galactus be portrayed in the MCU?
Writers revealed the mistake that the Mad Titan is referring to is his inability to save his planet. Planet Titan was destroyed. It wasn’t shown how or rather we should ask by whom?
There’s only one planet-eating villain in the Marvel Universe. And now fans are slightly surer of the impending arrival of Galactus in the MCU.
Last Summer Marvel fans worldwide rejoiced in the news of Disney-Fox deal coming through. The deal meant homecoming for fan favourite mutants, Fantastic Four and a whole other array of characters.
When Kevin Feige announced Marvel phase 4 and 5 is inspired by Jack Kirby’s work during the Comic-Con panel. Fans could not hold themselves from predicting a more ‘cosmic universe’ with a possible Secret Invasion timeline. Marvel heads also conclude the impending arrival of the most revered villain of the Marvel Universe Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.
Origins of Galactus
Back in 1996 Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wanted to create a ‘senses shattering’ character and hence Galactus was born. He is a Cosmic Entity who feeds on the planets.
Billions of years ago, Galactus was born as a humanoid on the planet Taa. His Universe crunched to create the existing Universe and in the process, Galactus was saved by the Phoenix Force of the dying Universe.
Galactus’ origin predates the Universe that makes him a sentient being. He is described as a metamorphosed physical embodiment of the cosmos. Given Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s mythological influence on the characters, one can find the description similar to Lord Shiva’s ‘destructor’ form in Hinduism. Hence, as the force of balance of the universe, Galactus has an ever-growing hunger and feeds on the planets.
Though it sounds like how Thanos wanted everything in the ‘perfect balance’ the difference lies in the fact that Galactus would consume the entire planet leaving nothing to regenerate.
Galactus and His Heralds
Galactus needs to consume planets in order to maintain his powers. Galactus is bestowed with ‘Power Cosmic,’ the vast source of limitless, godly, cosmic energy and power.
In the Marvel world, various god-like characters like Thor draws their powers from this power source. The Power Cosmic allow Galactus to use the cosmic energy and convert it to any desired effect he wants. Apart from cosmic awareness on a universal scale that makes him highest intellect and gives him precognition, Galactus can shape and mould matter too.
Meaning like Wanda he can do telekinesis, telepathy; play with time like Doctor Strange; alter size like Ant-Man and once he made a huge suit for himself too. Power Cosmic makes Galactus insurmountable obstacle for any superhero.
To aid his search in a suitable planet to eat Galactus appoints a herald. Silver Surfer is the most known herald for Galactus. And it also gives a good entry point for the MCU to introduce the new villain through Fantastic Four.
Since the Disney-Fox deal came through fans are waiting for a possible announcement about their favourite characters but Marvel Studios have shown no sign yet.
MCU Phase 4’s Big Set Up For The Devourer of the Worlds
As much as February 2021 release, the Eternals movie is being kept under wraps it can be directly set up for Galactus. Another set of alien characters created by Jack Kirby, their story too spans thousands of years ago. In the present-day timeline of the MCU, the Eternals movie will shuffle back and forth between past and the present that is the year 2023, post blip days.
The November 2021 release ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of The Madness’ which is said to spiral the MCU into the multiverse also ties in Galactus as he is the embodiment of the Cosmos. So he can be lurking somewhere there in the Wanda Maximoff’s created madness. Emerging only to caution the bigger challenge in the days to come.
The Doctor Strange movie will also be influenced by events of the Loki Disney Plus series. And we know this version of the God of Mischief is prone to derive his powers from somewhere. Maybe this time from Galactus’ Power Cosmic!
Galactus Posing the Avenger Level Threat
Phase 4 nears its ends in July 2022 with Captain Marvel 2. The plotline for it has already been set up in Spider-Man: Far From Home end credit scene. The Nick Fury Skrull’s plot has left the movie open for fans to anticipate a Secret Invasion comic book story with Skrull War in place. And Galactus is known to have devoured Skrull’s planet.
Galactus’ as a villain, in phase 4 Captain Marvel 2 movie can pose the biggest threat in the cosmos for the Avenger level team to step in.
With the Eternals, Thor Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and many more movies lined up in the phase 4 slate. It’s not a matter of if but when will Marvel introduce the character or they have?
How will Galactus be portrayed in the MCU?
Marvel Studios never repeats the comic book plotline they are always inspired. They tweak stories with the right references and give a completely fresh take on it. Something they recently did with Galactus in the comic book #1000.
The comic book shows a new side of the Devourer of the Worlds. In a one page story ‘The Farmer’ Galactus monologues about how Earth only sees him as a threat whereas he’s done enough to save the planet from getting destroyed. He’s been shown reminiscing a fight with Thanos. This concurs with Kirby’s Hindu mythological influence theme of ‘god’ as ‘destroyer and creator.’
Taking a cue from this recent plotline Marvel Studios can show Galactus as an ally to the Avengers too. He’s known to have teamed up with some of them in previous books.