Captain Marvel 2 is all the rage with its heroes lined up. Now is the time to find a fitting villain.
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel 2 is scheduled for a November 2022 release. The movie is helmed by indie director Nia DaCosta and scribed by Megan McDonnell. Along with Larson, Teyonah Parris is cast as Monica Rambeau/ Photon and Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/ Ms. Marvel. Both characters made their debut on Disney+ and will gradually ascend to the big screen. With the on and off camera lineup, Captain Marvel 2 has already set a feministic tone for the sequel. So it’s fitting that the villain is the sequel is a female character as well.
Captain Marvel has had many foes in comic history like Nitro, Doomsday, Deathbird, Mystique, Rogue and more. With an impressive rogue gallery, Marvel should not find it difficult to get a worthy opponent for Captain Marvel-Photon-Ms. Marvel trio. While fandom is buzzing with theories about Rouge being the main villain of Captain Marvel 2, its about time we reconsider the alternatives.
Enter Queen Veranke!
Skrulls’ Secret Invasion in the MCU
Ever since the Captain Marvel movie introduced Skrulls into the MCU, fans have been contemplating the Secret Invasion storyline. Their anticipation was furthered by Spider-Man: Far From Home end-credit scene where Skrull leader Talos was seen impersonating Nick Fury on Earth. In December 2020, Disney’s Investor Day finally quenched fans’ thirst. A Secret Invasion Disney+ series was announced by Marvel Studio Head Kevin Feige.
Marvel Comics’ Secret Invasion storyline is a huge crossover event that features shape-shifting Skrulls taking the place of Earth’s mightiest heroes. In the MCU, Samuel L Jackson aka Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn aka Talos were announced as the initial cast. While it won’t be a monumental event like Avengers: Endgame, it will set up the course for another MCU phase. The storyline is expected to be tied into Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel 2 and an antagonist is set to be unveiled on the big screen.
Veranke in the MCU
Veranke is the Princess-turned-Empress of the Skrulls. She is the main antagonist of the Secret Invasion storyline. She has ties to Spider-Woman [Kevin Feige’s passion project], as well as the House of M which is playing out in the ongoing WandaVision series on Disney+.
Introducing Veranke through the Secret Invasion storyline to be the main villain of Captain Marvel 2 could be a path that Marvel Studios might take. A female villain set up through long format storytelling of a series will make her worthy enough to go against the formidable trio of Ms. Marvel-Captain Marvel-Photon.
Her power set includes shape shifting, energy manipulation, bioelectric blasts, flight, and superhuman strength, reflexes and agility.
Watch: MCU: Secret Invasion Will Change Everything
Why Not Rogue?
While Rogue makes for a compelling villain for Captain Marvel 2, chances of the studio featuring a fan favorite X-Men character in a negative role look bleak. Furthermore, X-Men is a recently acquired property at Marvel, so their plans to set up that universe are certainly different from the MCU future plans.
While mutants are making their way into the MCU through Wanda’s kids Wiccan and Speed, the X-Men are expected to get an entirely different treatment.
Captain Marvel 2 FAQ’s
Rogue is the expected villain for Captain Marvel 2. The mutant has a comic history with Carol Danvers and since the Disney Fox acquisition X-Men are to debut in the MCU.
There have been rumours that Henry Cavill is set to play Wolverine in the MCU. However, there are no official confirmation from the studio. Nonetheless, the adamantium claws can debut in upcoming Falcon and the Winter Soldier series.