Marvel movies have progressed far beyond the times of us looking at a raccoon with derision. Now, there's manti, ant people, time travel, multiverses, Mark Ruffalo in bad mocap … Marvel has expanded the boundaries of what we view as acceptable in film. And they're about to do it again. Because so far, the MCU has barely touched the weird and the wild waiting in their comics. But they're about to ...

Shuma-Gorath, Mascot Of The Multiverse Of Madness

Unlike the others on this list, who are mostly rumored (or all but confirmed), this one has been completely confirmed. Shum-Gorath is the villain of the next Doctor Strange movie, and … okay, what?

Shum-Gorath

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Weirdest of all, they didn't cast Peter Lorre. 

Dormammu is a demon from Hell. Shuma-Gorath is a being that wants to kill everything – including life as a concept.

Shum-Gorath

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Just like [insert the political party you dislike more], ey??

He is a being larger than the solar system. His eye is the size of Earth. He has to be fought multi-planarly. He's older than the universe. He exists beyond black holes. He can never be beaten or killed, only banished. 

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And he looks like a starfish.

Unlike some of Marvel's other villains, he is very rarely parodied or brought down to size. He is always a nightmare of multiversal potential – a demon who first appeared in Robert E "Conan" Howard's Kull series as a companion of other Elder Gods. He was BFFs with the original Cthulhu. 

Shum-Gorath

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He's old as Hell.

And he's going to go toe to toe with Benedict Cumberbatch and a girl whose shirt has the American flag.

Shum-Gorath

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Yeah, they can handle him.

Knull, God Of The Venom Symbiotes And 90s Hair Metal Bands

God is coming. To a theater near you! Knull is the god of all symbiotes, you know the black goop that is Venom, and Gwenom, and Carnage? He's a dark force of nothingness who existed before light poured into the universe, and odds are, he's gonna be on the big screen soon.

Knull exists primarily to end life and extinguish all hope, so the universe is quiet again. He created an entire planet (that the Guardians of the Galaxy visited) that was just him, a giant planet made of himself. And then, at one point, partially because of Carnage, he woke up.

Absolute Carnage, which led to Knull's awakening, is also one of the only comics to show Carnage as larger than Venom, just like in the movie.

Absolute Carnage

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Also, the only non-Gerard Way comic to look like a My Chemical Romance cover.

See, Carnage got ahold of a thing called the Darkhold. Remember the item that is the centerpiece of WandaVision? The villain of Venom 2 nabbed it, and that – along with some side stuff that involved Eddie Brock finding out he had a son, and meeting Miles Morales – woke up Knull from across the universe.

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And so he sent a giant dragon to kill everyone.

And when that didn't work, he decided to come himself, and he looks like, well ... 

Knull

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Yeah.

He's every '90s teenager's dream of what coolness looks like. He's the dictionary definition of rad circa 1987. He's a hair metal cover. He's what you find painted on a van left in a lot in Texas that's decayed so horribly there's a full tree growing through it. He's the darkness and death, and decay of every overaggressive male between 18 - 35, and he rides a goddamn dragon and uses a sword made out of himself that kills gods. And there's a good chance he's going to be the villain of Venom 3

This means Woody Harrelson and Tom Hardy might get to fight against this Heavy Metal wannabe. In the comics, it takes most of the Marvel Universe to beat back the King in Black. 

Absolute Carnage

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Welcome to the world's weirdest text chain 

During which Venom becomes cosmically powered, and it's still barely enough.

Absolute Carnage

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"No, my eyes just do that."

Which makes sense as his ultimate enemies are the Celestials, the gods of the Marvel Universe, and where have we seen them before? 

God is coming to the MCU.

Thor 7

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And only the dentists will survive.

Into The Spider-Verse Again

Spider-Man has been around for a while, and there's a lot of versions of him. Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Drake from Drake and Josh (and also the police reports about domestic violence). But some of these versions are wilder than others – you've already seen a pig, a Nicolas Cage, and a baby mecha bot, but would you believe those are some of the chiller versions?

Well, they are! In the Spider-Verse crossover, dealing with multiple Spider-Men across the multiverse coming together to deal with a huge threat (hey, the exact plot synopsis of No Way Home), we meet hundreds of insane Spider-Men.

Spider-Man Multiverse

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One Spider-Man for every million the film will make at the box office

The second in charge of the group is Doc Ock's Superior Spider-Man – Spider-Man, but a huge dick. 

Superior Spider-Man

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And green highlights, because why not

There's an Aunt May and Uncle Ben Spider-Man that can have little tiny baby Spider-Man.

Spider-May

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If they don't cast Rosemary Harris as Spider-May, we riot. 

But not baby Spider-Man like Spiders-Man, who is literally a bunch of spiders that think they're a person. 

Spiders-Man

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Just like [leader of the political party you dislike more]

Which is odd but not quite as odd as the Sentai Spider-Man that has a giant mech that he can summon through a portal.

Sentai Spider-Man

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Every single story ends with the robot appearing and stepping on the bad guy. 

There's punk rock Spider-Man.

punk rock spider man

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Not as cool as jazz Tobey, but he tries. 

Spider-Girl, Spider-Man's daughter, who is rumored to appear in No Way Home.

Spider-Girl

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Her superpower is calves that are bigger than her head.

Spider-Gwen, who we've met, but she gets an ungrade as Gwenom. 

Gwenom

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They started with the pun and worked backward from there.

Even the Elizabethan Spider-Man gets in on it. 

Elizabethan Spider-Man

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Shakespdeare.

Of course, there's no Spider-Man comic without ads. So even the Hostess Snacks Spider-Man joins in on the action. 

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Good thing the next two Spider-Man movies aren't both about multiversal multi-Spider meet-ups, or else we might end up seeing a cosmically powered British Spider-Man fight off against a cowboy Spider-Man and a zombie one.

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Uh … right, who would want that?

Oh, Marvel's making that too? Great.

King Thor & The Thor Corp

The next Thor movie is stepping it up a notch. We already had Hela and the apocalypse; what's next? What about the end of all gods? Sure! Sounds great.

Thor Corp

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Also, Natalie Portman.

The film is set to feature Gorr, one of the most devastating Thor villains ever, who prominently wields a blade called All-Black ... which we already saw Hela use in Ragnarok.

Thor Ragnarok

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They'll have to include Gorr without All-Black? Oh no!

Gorr, who is connected to Knull through his sword (which was originally Knull's) and his ability to wield the god-killing symbiote (yes, the sword is a symbiote), is known as the God Butcher and for good reason. In the comics, he slaughters his way through pantheons after his wife's prayers go unanswered. He's kinda like if Richard Dawkins found out gods were real but then was given an awesome lightsaber that could kill them. But played by Christian Bale.

In the comics, he's nigh unkillable, surviving even into the ends of the universe. The only thing that brings him down is ... a shitload of Thors. Just all of them. From the beginning, before he was worthy to wield Mjolnir, to his one-armed, one-eyed present self, to the far future where Thor reigns as King over a dead world, killed by Loki, it took all of them fighting against him ... and that still wasn't enough.

Thor Corps

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Fortnite Thor could have turned the tide, but alas. 

See, in the end, while those three Thors were strong, it took King Thor's daughters and Jane Foster Thor (confirmed for the next film) to ultimately bring him down, which is why it'll be wild if it only takes two Thors to beat what is a multiversal threat.

King Thor

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If you don't get to see a horribly CGI'd old man Hemsworth, then why even bother?

But how many Thors can you have? Well, in Thor: Love & Thunder, there's at least more than one. With the multiverse eroding faster than US voter laws, it's almost guaranteed that we'll one day see a Secret War-style event where all of the multiverses clashes against each other.

And in that multiverse, who will make sure the laws aren't broken? The Thor Corps. 

Thor Corps

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Thor Corps! For more war!

The Thor Corps is a group of different characters from the multiverse – Angela from Spawn, Thor, Beta Ray Bill, various young and old Thors – who wield a Mjolnir and take to policing the multiverse to protect it from itself.

Groot Thor

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There's also a Groot, who is worthy (or, as he puts it, "I am Groot")

It's C.O.P.S., but if all of them had the ability to pull thunder from the heavens and not just plant drugs and erase bodycam tapes. This group showed up first during the Secret Wars event after Doctor Doom took over the remnants of the multiverse and remade it in his own twisted image. Boy, it's a good thing that Doctor Doom and a multiverse war aren't things the MCU is confirmed to be doing, or else it'd look like the Thor Corps are coming to your door.

Thor Corps

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With a warrant and very little clothes.

Of course, what is a Thor corps ... without a gang of Lokis? Like the ones that just showed up on Loki … hmmm.

Shang Chi's Fin Fang Foom Goes Boom Boom

Fin Fan Foom is one of the dread monsters of the Marvel Universe. While, at one point, the company had the rights to Godzilla --

Godzilla

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Yes, Spider-Man fought Godzilla, obviously.

After a while, the rights went away, but that kaiju itch didn't. Monsters fill the Marvel Universe, but none are quite like Fin Fang Foom.

For one, he's had various different forms. You can see him wearing purple underpants and destroying a city before putting a teammate of Spectrum (you know, Monica Rambeau from WandaVision) down his underpants. 

Fin Fang Foom

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Rule 34 Doesn't Go This Hard.

Or, you can go over to Thor comics and see his supposed true self – The World Serpent, Jormungandr, who will eat the world. 

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Pause for quip about Fat Thor. 

He's one of the most prolific and wildest monsters in the Marvel Universe. And he might be coming to a screen near you.

While the new dragon in Shang-Chi is most likely, the Great Defender – another dragon, but without purple pants – Fin Fang Foom's arrival has been heralded for a while.

Thor Ragnarok

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That's his head in the pavilion of champions. 

He's been around since practically before the MCU even was a concept, popping up in the original Iron Man.

Iron Man easter egg

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Yeah, he looks like that sometimes too.

And while there's a good dragon in Shang-Chi, that's not to say there won't be a bad one. Some leaks suggest that when the Mandarin takes the stage and finally shows off his awesome power, part of his plan will be to let free the fearsome Fin Fang Foom, leading to Shang-Chi not having to stop a bunch of martial artists or even the Abomination, but an unholy (maybe purple pants wearing) dragon. After all, that's how it happened in the comics.

Oh, and so did this:

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Top Image: Marvel Comics

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