Sasha Baron Cohen is reportedly playing Mephisto in the upcoming Ironheart Disney+ streaming series. The demonic supernatural villain might surprise some fans, but Riri Williams is no stranger to powerful Marvel Comics villains. In fact, fans can expect her to take on Marvel’s biggest hitters in the MCU just like she did in the comics.
Ironheart faced Mephisto’s son Blackheart in the comics. She also battles Doctor Doom, Thanos, and other iconic Marvel villains whose power and reach extend far beyond her own. These villains and his struggles against them likely paint a picture for fans when it comes to understanding his live-action future.
10/10 Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden ranks among the top martial artists in Marvel Comics. A deadly assassin and spy, she emerged from the Cold War era as Black Widow. She differs from Black Widows like Natasha Romanov and Yelena Belova in that she wears an armored suit which greatly increases her strength and stamina.
The armor also houses advanced weaponry, including energy emitters. While not as substantial as the Ironheart armor, Iron Maiden has always proven a worthy foe to Riri Williams in the comics and can in the MCU as well.
9/10 Lady Octopus
Lady Octopus, a powerful variant of Doctor Octopus, challenged Ironheart in the comics. She wields four robotic arms with the same strength and dexterity as Otto Octavius’ original arms. These generate tremendous strength and strength and also allow him to move very quickly in urban combat.
Although she lacks natural superhuman powers, Lady Octopus possesses considerable technical and engineering knowledge and expertise which she uses against an equally brilliant Ironheart.
Rhino is one of the best Spider-Man villains in Marvel Comics, but he also threatened Ironheart. Rhino wields superhuman strength through gamma radiation, allowing him to bench over 100 tons in his virtually impregnable suit. The suit protects him against most conventional attacks, including Ironheart’s weaponry.
Ironheart battled Rhino early in his career, testing the limits of his armor and his own as a hero. Depending on whether the MCU or Sony Marvel Universe uses Rhino in future films, she could fight him in live-action.
Armadillo potentially takes Ironheart into the MCU thanks to its origins in the comics. He ultimately derives his powers from The Power Broker in Marvel Comics, including his considerable superhuman strength and durability. Although he doesn’t have the raw power of Rhino, he has much more skill and knowledge in martial arts.
Armadillo also slashes enemies with its retractable claws. These destroy virtually all materials, including the dense metal that makes up Ironheart’s advanced armor. With The Power Broker creating superhumans in the MCU, many comic book characters like Armadillo could appear.
CRADLE (Child Hero Recognition and Disruption Law Enforcement) provided the US government with the resources and the will to enforce the Underage Superhuman Welfare Act. This agency has mobilized thousands of agents, soldiers, and assets, including advanced weaponry, to capture teenage superheroes, including Ironheart and Ms. Marvel.
CRADLE likely appears in the MCU if the franchise follows the comics, which saw Ironheart join The Champions alongside Ms. Marvel and Miles Morales, the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. The organization may have come from Damage Control, which stalked Kamala Khan in her streaming series.
5/10 Lucia de Bardas
Lucia von Bardas counts as another character with MCU potential. This powerful Latvian politician wielded considerable power and influence which she translated into succeeding Doctor Doom as head of Latveria. As the country’s monarch, she controls vast resources and assets, including Latveria’s armed forces.
She also has cyborg implants that greatly enhance her stature as a villain. His implants give him the ability to fly, generate energy shields, and also interact with computer systems. In a compelling story that could lead to some interesting live-action possibilities, Ironheart has replaced Lucia as the ruler of Latveria to rule the country.
4/10 Supreme Hydra
Ironheart encountered a major threat early in her Marvel Comics career when she battled Hydra Supreme. This powerful variant of Captain America shared all of Steve Rogers’ powers and abilities, including maximum human strength, speed, and agility. He lacked the morality of Rogers, becoming a cold and ruthless dictator.
Hydra Supreme conquered the United States in Secret Empire, a comic book storyline that required all surviving superheroes, including Ironheart, to band together to fight back. Steve Rogers still being a Hydra agent proved a shocking retcon for Marvel Comics fans, making adapting this story for the MCU questionable.
3/10 Black Heart
Comic book fans know that Mephisto creates and controls demons. Blackheart stands with its most powerful creations. This immortal creature has many mystical abilities, including the power to influence and capture souls. He also controls minds like he did with Ironheart, manipulating her to fight her own friends on The Champions.
Blackheart also exhibits superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, making her a difficult opponent in conventional combat. These attributes increase with his size and density, which he can also manipulate with matter and energy.
Thanos ranks among the most powerful cosmic beings in the Marvel Universe. Most fans know of his vast power with the Infinity Gauntlet, which combines the Infinity Stones to practically make him a god. With this power, he destroyed half of life in the entire universe in The Infinity Gauntlet comic book series.
Even without the Gauntlet, Thanos proves to be powerful, as Ironheart discovered. His Titan physiology gives him superhuman strength, stamina, and other abilities, which he used to destroy Ironheart’s armor with little effort.
1/10 Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom arguably stands at the top of all Marvel Comics supervillains. His genius translates into technological creations like the Time Platform, which allows him to travel through time. He also has vast skills and knowledge of magic, enough to allow him to travel to the hellish dimension of Mephisto in an effort to retrieve his mother’s soul.
Doom is definitely showing up in the MCU in the near future, and he’s likely challenging plenty of heroes. He starred as the Invincible Iron Man in the comics when Riri emerged, pitting them against each other in a storyline that live action can adapt.