Warning! This list contains major spoilers for the MCU Halloween Special, Werewolf by Night.
Marvel fans were thrilled by the first Halloween special, Werewolf by Night, with its ode to classic monster movies and unexpected gore, but, more importantly, they immediately took a liking to the titular character’s friend, Man. -Thing. As Jack Russell calls him Ted, Man-Thing became the highlight of the special, as a charming and friendly monster caught in the bounty hunters’ pursuit to claim the Bloodstone Jewel.
Considering his appearance was short, fans are eager to see more of the Man-Thing, whether on Disney+ or the big screen, and it’s likely possible since Ted found his freedom and survived the hunt. in the special. With the rest of the MCU focused on the Multiverse, Man-Thing could have a bigger role in possible future TV specials or other supernatural-related series, where his powers are vital against evil entities.
His own special Halloween or Disney+ show
If one thing is certain after Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing deserves its own Halloween special. In fact, he was such an interesting character that he could even do well with his own Disney+ series. Ted’s origin from a scientist wishing to recreate the super soldier serum to a mysterious creature of vine and moss must be explored in full.
Logically, Man-Thing would be the next Halloween special, and it could also be a great way to introduce other important monsters, like Manphibian, Frankenstein’s Monster, and/or N’Kantu, the Living Mummy, to name a few. some. His mutual ally, Jennifer Kale, could also feature, and it could help Man-Thing become a popular character with casual MCU fans.
Loki Season 2
Man-Thing can play a significant role in the unfolding of multiversal stories, which could lead to him playing a role in Loki’s future. When the first trailer for Werewolf by Night came out, many thought the security guards were Time Variance Authority agents, and while that hasn’t been confirmed, their costume was a strong and deliberate choice.
This simple fact could somehow tie Werewolf by Night and Loki together. Although Man-Thing probably won’t play a major role in the upcoming second season, which is currently slated for summer 2023, he could appear in a cameo or as a background Easter egg.
Agatha: Chaos Coven
Now that Werewolf, Elsa Bloodstone, and Man-Thing are here, more supernatural heroes are waiting to join the MCU. A good place for everyone is Agatha: Coven of Chaos. This series will further explore the magical side of the MCU, which could help bring Man-Thing back into the fray.
He doesn’t cast magic like Agatha, Doctor Strange, or Scarlet Witch, but his powers are powerful. Specifically, anyone he touches and feels fear is corroded – like how he killed Jovan and Verussa in Werewolf by Night. Therefore, if Agatha: Coven of Chaos plays horror or brings in villains like Mephisto or Nightmare, Man-Thing might have a role to play in it.
Love at first sight
At D23, fans were finally treated to the Thunderbolts roster in the MCU, consisting of Yelena Belova, Winter Soldier, US Agent, Red Guardian, Ghost, and Taskmaster. More could still appear, especially if the theories are true that there are two teams – one heroic and one villainous. Man-Thing is a member of the Thunderbolts for a while in the comics, so maybe he’s incorporated into Thunderbolts.
It’s a bit of a stretch, but if the Countess or Baron Zemo discover a mystical and incredibly powerful swamp monster in the wild, they’ll either want to find a way to quell the beast or take control of it. As such, there’s room for the Man-Thing to be in Thunderbolts.
Avengers: Kang Dynasty
A strong and sure bet for Man-Thing’s future in the MCU is that he appears in Avengers: Kang Dynasty. Like Avengers: Infinity War, this will likely bring together all the major MCU heroes, and Man-Thing should be included in that group. Interestingly, it may not be as many would initially suspect. There’s no indication in Werewolf by Night that it takes place in the main continuity, so Avengers: The Kang Dynasty could very well follow characters across various Earths.
Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, Elsa Bloodstone and the other monsters could be inhabitants of a different universe from Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and She-Hulk. This could mean they have to fight one of Kang’s variants, of which there are many. Either way, fans will have to wait until 2025 to find out for sure.
Avengers: Secret Wars
After Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, Man-Thing should appear next in Avengers: Secret Wars. This is where his full multiversal connections could come to fruition. In the comics, Man-Thing is more than meets the eye. He is also the guardian of the mysterious Nexus of All Realities, an extradimensional gateway connecting everything across reality, time, and space.
That alone would put a target on his back should Kang the Conqueror or various other villains find out. Also, if it turns out he’s not from Earth-616, it won’t matter by the time of Avengers: Secret Wars, as all the universes will presumably be united like in the comics.
doctor strange 3
Fans are still waiting to find out which projects will still fill the empty Phase Six slots. There are several movies and TV shows the Man-Thing could play a role in, like Doctor Strange 3. The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ending directly set up a third movie that will lead into Avengers: Secret Wars, so that seems like a likely possibility.
If Man-Thing hails from Earth-616, he could fit into Doctor Strange 3 and help thwart incursions threatening their reality. It would certainly be a welcome sight to see the Man-Thing go from TV to the big screen, and this could be a good place for that to happen.
The word Nexus is not only related to Man-Thing, but also to another incredibly powerful and magical character, Scarlet Witch. In the MCU, she is a Nexus being with the ability to drastically reshape the reality of her universe. Although she presumably died in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which may still be up for debate, many fans agree that it’s a long hobby for a Scarlet Witch movie. .
It could also be one of the missing Phase Six films, and in addition to calling her back in action, it could explore her connection to Nexus events and possibly Man-Thing. Ultimately, the two could be hugely important to Kang’s plans to unite the universes together for Avengers: Secret Wars.
Son of Midnight / Legion of Monsters
Werewolf by Night is just the latest project that holds out hope for a future Midnight Sons movie in the MCU, along with Moon Knight, Blade, and the Doctor Strange movies. Man-Thing is a common member of this team in the comics, so it would make sense for him to potentially join the MCU version. However, either alternatively or additionally, he could also be part of a Legion of Monsters team.
If future Halloween specials introduce new monsters like Vampire by Night, Manphibian, or Shiklah, their stories could culminate in a Legion of Monsters special, or better yet, a Disney+ miniseries. Either way, a Midnight Sons or Legion of Monsters project would likely take a while to come together, so they might be something to look forward to after the multiverse saga ends.
The Incredible Hulk 2
This one is definitely over the top, but the Man-Thing could be made to appear in whatever Hulk awaits. He was last seen in the second episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law flying around Sakaar, leading to theories that he interacted with his son, Skaar. And Man-Thing has a connection to this planet and the Grandmaster Contest of Champions in the MCU.
It was probably nothing more than an easter egg, teasing a new character, but Man-Thing was established as Sakaar’s former champion in Thor: Ragnarok – along with Ares, Beta Ray Bill, Bi-Beast and Dark-Crawler. This could mean that the Hulk defeated Man-Thing to become the champion, and while highly unlikely, he could somehow return for the much-desired sequel to The Incredible Hulk.