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If it’s one thing the new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs, it’s an imminent and omnipotent baddie to follow in Thanos’ footsteps. Galactus might be the one to step up to the plate.
In terms of the silver screen, the last time we saw Galactus was in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The comic book counterpart is portrayed by a humanoid who had survived the end of all things in his own home universe, evolving into a being who must consume planets to survive. The Silver Surfer is one of his Heralds, and their task is to lead the villain to energy-rich worlds to be destroyed by Galactus.
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer sort of… stacked it when it came to representing the threat of Galactus, turning him into a giant cloud. However, the original appearance of the character and the Celestials of Eternals look slightly similar, offering an opportunity to introduce Galactus into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When The Direct asked screenwriters Ryan and Kaz Firpo about the theory that the god of oblivion is on his way to Phase 4, they sounded enthusiastic about the possibility. "Galactus is an amazing, amazing character, and villain,” said Kaz. “We are, you know, obviously setting the stage for intergalactic, cosmic, megalith confrontations, especially when you kill a space god—and then the space god comes and kidnaps you and plans to judge Earth, I think the door is very much open for world-eating villains.”
Ordinarily, I’d like to keep that door closed and bolted, but I suppose a peaceful universe hardly makes for good telly or movies. Ryan and Kaz continued to say they would be “excited to see” whether or not Galactus does make the grade in the new chapter of Marvel media.
"There's definitely conversations about these post-credits sequences, about who we're introducing, where we're going," elaborated Kaz. "Galactus is one of those iconic figures of the Marvel Universe that we're excited to see. But sometimes I think you leave yourself open, you leave these doors open, and who knows what's happening in number two. Maybe you're too busy saving a Celestial from Galactus that you end up incurring his [wrath]… anything's possible."