The Marvel Netflix series have been an overwhelming success for Marvel Studios, reaching critical acclaim for its show’s storytelling, acting, cinematography, themes and tone. “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” have all been massive financial successes for both Netflix and Marvel. Unlike the Marvel movies, the Netflix series have received much praise for their utilization of their villains. Whether it’s characters like the Kingpin or the Purple Man, these shows have taken particular care of its villains.
So which villains would we like to see pop up in these shows going forward? Which villains would we want to see Marvel Studios insert into one of their own shows next? Here are 15 villains that we want to see pop up in the future in Marvel’s Netflix series. These characters are generally villains of the heroes we have already established, with a few surprises.
15. WRECKING CREW
The Wrecking Crew first debuted, interestingly enough, on the pages of “The Defenders.” Created by Len Wein and Sal Buscema in 1974, the Wrecking Crew debuted in “The Defenders” #17. The Wrecking Crew have been utilized many number of ways, taking on the Defenders, the Avengers, Thor and street-level vigilantes like Daredevil and Iron Fist. They are a group of construction-themed villains who use weapons you might see in a construction yard.
Perhaps too campy for the serious and grounded atmosphere that Marvel has been trying to establish for their Netflix series, the Wrecking Crew could be used for honestly any of the Netflix series. They would be fitting antagonists for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Defenders, Punisher, or even someone else. Their range and utility make them a pretty good option to go to if you need a villain for any of these series. The Wrecking Crew can be utilized to take on massive threats or small, and can fit any niche.
Chi-Lin comes from the pages of “The Immortal Iron Fist” #17 from 2008 and was created by Duane Swiercynski and Travel Foreman. Chi-Lin is a beast who hungers for the eggs of the dragon, Shou-Lao the Undying, and can only be defeated by the champion of K’un-Lun. The demon can possess humans to travel innocuously as it stalks its prey. The demon’s hunger for the dragon’s eggs is the source of its immense power and it cannot be killed.
In the second season of Iron Fist, if Danny successfully returns to K’un-Lun, having Chi-Lin stalking and waiting to steal the eggs of the dragon could be a major aspect of the season. In the first season, Danny ends up feeling tremendous guilt over abandoning his post in K’un-Lun and Chi-Lin can represent a spiritual embodiment of Danny Rand abandoning K’un-Lun. Plus, showing Chi-Lin possessing different people could add a really spooky element to the show.
Crossbones is a notable Captain America foe, having even appeared in “Captain America: Civil War” portrayed by Frank Grillo. However, what if Crossbones served as an antagonist in the “Punisher” Netflix series? Springing from the pages of “Captain America” #360 in 1989, Crossbones was created by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer.
Predominantly a Captain America antagonist, Crossbones could easily be a Punisher villain as well. An experienced mercenary, with extensive knowledge of hand-to-hand combat, a myriad of handheld weapon experience, and an expert tactician, he could serve as an excellent foil for Frank Castle. A character who is able to match wits and intellectually challenge the Punisher at every turn. in the second season of “Daredevil” we see how intelligent and relentless the Punisher can be, and to have a character challenge step for step in Crossbones could be very excellent. Crossbones is a fairly big picture antagonist, taking on Captain America is no easy task, so to see Crossbones come up in either Daredevil or Punisher could be pretty special.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, Boomerang first appeared in the pages of “Tales to Astonish” in 1966. Boomerang has been utilized to fight any number of the Marvel Comics superheroes. He has been hired to assassinate the Iron Fist, he has helped the Punisher escape from prison, and has tangled up with Daredevil several times.
Boomerang is not exactly a series-long antagonist. That is not exactly his M.O., but he could be utilized early on in the “Defenders” series for the team to beat up on. It would be cool to see a familiar character come up, even if it is to get beat up by Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist. He could also come up in season 3 of “Daredevil” if we get Bullseye, since a big part of Boomerang’s gimmick is that he has impeccable aim, but obviously, Bullseye’s aim is better.
11. THE RUSSIAN
Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, The Russian debuted in “The Punisher” Vol. 5 #8 in 2000. Having already debuted in the 2004 film portrayed by former N.W.O. superstar, Big Daddy Cool himself, Kevin Nash, the Russian would be a great addition for the “Punisher” series. The Russian is an extremely aggressive and durable hitman who in the comics and film is utilized to eliminate Frank Castle. He is noteworthy for his obsession for American culture and is a regional president of a Daredevil fan club.
Like Boomerang, The Russian is not exactly the type of character to be featured as a series long antagonist like the Kingpin, however, he could easily be used as an extremely intimidating physical threat for Frank to overpower. The Russian is nearly impossible to take out in a fight because of his durability, and would offer a daunting threat for the Punisher to overcome.
Coming in appropriately at #10, Tenfingers first debuted in the pages of “Daredevil” Vol. 5 #5, he was created by Charles Soule and Ron Garney in 2016. Easily the newest character on the list, Tenfingers is a former member of the Hand who steals mythical powers in the process of leaving them. He is the founder of the Church of the Sheltering Hands and offers refuge to illegal Chinese immigrants in exchange for total devotion.
Tenfingers literally has ten fingers on each hand. With his relationship to the Hand, his crime activity in Chinatown, Tenfingers could serve as an excellent antagonist in either “Daredevil” or “Iron Fist” considering their involvement with the Hand. Tenfingers can magically enhance his men to make them more of a threat in a fight with any hero who they may come upon, and has the ability to influence people to do things they wouldn’t normally do.
9. LADY BULLSEYE
Another character associated with the Hand, Lady Bullseye first debuted from the pages of “Daredevil” Vol. 2 #111 and was created by Ed Brubaker, Marko Djurdjevic and Clay Mann in 2008. Lady Bullseye is a very interesting character, as she represents a threat to Daredevil in two different ways. She represents a threat to him as a member of the Hand and as a lawyer, as her alias also serves as an attorney. She draws her inspiration from Bullseye, who saved her by brutally murdering the people who captured her as a child and planned on selling her into sex slavery.
Lady Bullseye would have to be featured after Bullseye had already been established in Daredevil, but she represents a very palpable and challenging threat for Daredevil to overcome, as she can challenge and defeat him on a rooftop or in the courtroom. Perhaps she could be utilized as a Season 4 antagonist to Matt Murdock as a season-long villain. Also, just an interesting tidbit here: Lady Bullseye was inspired by the Japanese manga character, “Lady Snowblood.”
Created by Doug Moench in 1980, Bushman debuted in “Moon Knight” #1. Bushman is Moon Knight’s oldest villain appearing in the very first issue of the character’s ongoing. There has been a vocal crowd of people hollering for a “Moon Knight” show, which would absolutely fit in tonally with the other Netflix shows. So in the event that Marvel does decide to make a “Moon Knight” series some time after the Defenders, Bushman would be the way to go for a first season antagonist.
If Marvel ever gets around to making a “Moon Knight”Netflix series, which might I add, would be absolutely incredible, then Bushman would be the character to utilize for the series’ first season. He is tied to the character’s origin story, and would make a lot of sense to use as Marc Spector’s foil. Spector and Bushman were friends before Spector became disgusted with the Sudanese mercenary’s brutality. After defeating him, Moon Knight carved his face off, because apparently Moon Knight doesn’t mind being brutal to people who are too brutal.
The Taskmaster, like Crossbones, is generally a bigger-stage antagonist than most of the characters on this list, often coming to blows with characters like Captain America, Iron Man, and the Avengers as a whole. However, he has come to blows with characters like Daredevil, Moon Knight and the Punisher. Debuting in “The Avengers” #185 in 1980, Taskmaster was created by David Michelinie and George Perez.
The Taskmaster could easily fit into any of these characters’ shows. Whether it be as a foe for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, the Punisher or someone like Moonknight, Taskmaster is a flexible villain who can be used in a wide variety of ways. He has the ability to mimic anyone he is combating against, and as a result, could represent an extremely intimidating threat as a mercenary. Like Crossbones, there is a fair amount of utility for Taskmaster and range, so to see him come up in any of these shows would elevate the conflict, not to mention that Taskmaster himself is very cool.
6. THE HOOD
Debuting in “The Hood” #1 in 2002, The Hood was created by Brian K. Vaughan, Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell. The character’s origin ties together with Daredevil, as he witnessed a fight between Daredevil and Electro as a kid. The Hood is an extremely charismatic villain who has come into contact with the Infinity Gems, Dormammu and the Nord Stones, and has also been portrayed as a major crime lord in New York City.
The Hood could represent an alternative to the Kingpin in the Netflix series and could come up in any of the Netflix series as a major crime lord of New York City. Should Daredevil or the Punisher permanently remove Wilson Fisk, a hole would open up in New York’s crime scene. Parker Robbins would be a refreshing change of pace as a major villain in the Marvel Netflix universe. The Hood could easily come up in a future season of “Daredevil” considering how tied together he is with Daredevil in his origin story, which could incite an interesting dynamic.
5. THE OWL
One of Daredevil’s oldest and greatest villains, The Owl was created by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando in “Daredevil” #3 in 1964. While the first season of “Daredevil” depicted a version of the Owl in Kingpin confidant Leland Owlsley (portrayed by Bob Gunton), he mentions he has a son named Lee that we picture as being more reminiscent to the villain to the comics. Introducing his father in the first season served as a good set up for a potential villainous son going forward.
After taking a special serum in the comics, the Owl is a lot like, well, an owl. He can glide, has hollow bones, improved vision and enhanced strength. In “Daredevil: Yellow” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the Owl is the primary antagonist of the book, reinforcing how tied together the Owl is to Daredevil’s origin. So perhaps using the Owl in season 3 or 4 of “Daredevil,” perhaps in service of Wilson Fisk, would be a welcome utilization of the character.
4. TYPHOID MARY
Typhoid Mary first appeared in one of the most critically acclaimed story arcs in Daredevil history. Created by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr, she first appeared in “Daredevil” #254 in 1988. She suffers from a unique version of dissociative identity disorder who has low-level psychic abilities. A former lover of Matt Murdock, she has three primary personalities that are all drastically different.
Typhoid Mary is prominently a pawn of the Kingpin, but has also been used by the Hand, making her a perfect choice for the “Daredevil” Netflix series. She could easily appear in seasons three, four or five of the series depending on what direction they choose to go in going forward. As it seems like Matt and Karen Page will be developing their relationship soon, Typhoid Mary could offer an interesting obstacle to the “Man Without Fear.” While Daredevil has already had a violent romantic interest to intertwine with in Elektra, Typhoid Mary introduces a unique dynamic with her multiple personalities, and would further propel Matt’s tortured love life.
3. STEEL SERPENT
The Steel Serpent is a major antagonist of the Iron Fist, first debuting in “Iron Fist“#1 in 1975. Created by the amazing team of Chris Claremont and John Byrne, he is Danny Rand’s childhood friend, Davos. After becoming infinitely jealous of Danny Rand for becoming the Iron Fist and ashamed of his own failure, he becomes associated with Hydra and a major adversary of Danny Rand.
Davos, who “Iron Fist” viewers should recognize from the first season of the show, was a major supporting character who felt betrayed by Danny. It is only a matter of time until viewers see the Steel Serpent as it has been teased throughout the series. For one, in “Daredevil,” the synthetic heroin being sold by Madam Gao is called “Steel Serpent” and for two, Davos has been set up as the primary antagonist for season 2, presumably becoming the Steel Serpent. The friends who become enemies angle has been done countless times in media, but admittedly, it would certainly elevate the stakes of the second season if one of Danny’s villains were to be someone he’s so closely tied to.
No, I’m not talking about the character from the “Saw” films, Jigsaw is the arch-nemesis of the Punisher. Debuting in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #162 in 1976, Jigsaw was created by Len Wein and Ross Andru. Jigsaw appeared in the 2008 “Punisher: Warzone” film portrayed by Dominic West. He is closely tied to the birth of the Punisher, being responsible for the death of Frank’s family. After Frank gets even by ruining Billy Russo’s face, the war between Jigsaw and Punisher wages on.
Considering that Jigsaw is responsible for the death of Frank Castle’s family, there is no one else who should appear more prominently in the first season of Daredevil than Billy Russo. Other than maybe Bullseye and Kingpin, no other villain should serve as the primary antagonist. While he could be utilized as a hired gun for someone else, Jigsaw is the character that most needs to be portrayed in the “Punisher” series.
Daredevil’s ultimate nemesis, the man responsible for both the deaths of Elektra and Karen Page in the comics, the man most responsible for Matt Murdock’s anguish and torment, Bullseye first appeared in the comics in “Daredevil” #131 in 1976 and was created by Marv Wolfman and John Romita Sr. Bullseye has already been depicted on the big screen by Colin Farrell in the live action “Daredevil” film.
Arguably the three biggest antagonists for Daredevil are The Kingpin, the Hand, and Bullseye. The first two seasons of Daredevil already introduced two of those three, and thus, the third season needs to introduce the ultimate villain of Matt Murdock. Bullseye is a ruthless character who can turn anything into a weapon and never misses. He could easily appear in “The Punisher” Netflix series as well, as he has had many notable run-ins with Frank Castle, making the Punisher’s life all the more difficult as well.
And that’s our list! Anyone we missed? If so, let us know in the comments below!