There are leaks and rumors on top of leaks and rumors. Willem Dafoe returning as the Green Goblin, for example. There’s some reason to suspect this one is true: It does look like Marvel might be setting up a “Dark Avengers” team, with that evil version of Captain America already in play. And in the comics, Norman Osbourne was in charge of the Dark Avengers. But while Norman could be *a* big villain, he isn’t a threat on the level of Thanos. Not even close. But you know who is? Cthulhu.
In Marvel, Cthulhu is known as “Cthon”. Different spelling but they’re basically the same character. Then there’s Shuma-Gorath.
Here’s a supposed leak that was posted online: “[Elizabeth] Olsen’s first scene was in a cabin. She and [Benedict] Cumberbatch talk about a town and the Darkhold. [This is Marvel’s version of the Necronomicon.]…I don’t know how many villains in total the film [the next DR. STRANE movie] has but one of them is an entity Cumberbatch called Shuma-Gorat. [That would be Shuma-Gorath.] I heard in early drafts the character was going to be something called Chaton [ i.e. Chthon] but [Sam] Raimi came in and wanted an even more freakish looking monster.”
Here’s the thing: both Cthon and Shuma-Gorath are based on Cthulhu. (The name “Shuma-Gorath” was even created by H.P. Lovecraft’s contemporary and friend Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, who helped Lovecraft, um, craft his Cthulhu mythos.) For all intents and purposes, then, according to this new rumor, the next big Marvel villain will be Cthulhu—just Cthulhu going by another name. He’d for sure be a villain that it would take all the Marvel superheroes to oppose. And isn’t it an intriguing idea that Sam Raimi is directing the next DR. STRANGE flick. If anybody knows how to take a Necronomicon and run with it, it’s Raimi. Klaatu! Barada! Nikto!