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The Iconic Villain Fans Think We Might See In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

With each passing day, "Dragon Ball" fans inch closer and closer to the much-anticipated release of the franchise's new movie, "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero." While plot details are still under wraps, there's at least one character from the "DBZ" universe that people expect — or at least hope — will show up in creator Akira Toriyama's latest anime outing, and it isn't one of the good guys.

As with previous "Dragon Ball" iterations, "Super Hero" will likely feature a major villain of some sort, with many believing it'll be someone from the past, like what was done in 2018's "Dragon Ball Super: Broly" with Frieza and Broly. Back in September 2021, Toriyama released a statement online telling fans to "be prepared for some extreme and entertaining bouts, which may feature an unexpected character." He added that the franchise would be "charting through some unexplored territory in terms of the visual aesthetics." So, there's never been a better time to bring back a classic bad guy and give him a digital facelift than with "Super Hero," fans argue.

Dragon Ball fans believe Cell may be returning

Cell's resurrection was attempted before, with the villain showing up briefly in "Dragon Ball GT" and "Dragon Ball Super," but it ultimately never got the Broly or Frieza treatment. But fans think that might all change with "Super Hero."

"Cell is another one of these really popular antagonists," explained Redditor u/Cloudtheloud in a "Dragon Ball" discussion thread. "He was such a menace in Z that he was literally playing with the Z fighters... Admit it, how excited would you be for him to return?"

Some of the biggest evidence of a Cell regeneration showed up recently in the third trailer for "Super Hero," which came out on March 1. At the very end of it, fans can see a container of some sort that is said to be holding a yet-to-be-revealed villain. "The birth of the ultimate evil," a caption reads in Japanese. Social media users have pointed out how Gohan, the person who famously defeated Cell during the Android saga of "Dragon Ball Z," is one of the main protagonists of "Super Hero," along with Piccolo. So the baddie's return would make sense.

"If we get to see Adult Gohan versus Cell in the new Dragon Ball Super movie... I'm gonna lose my f**king mind," said Twitter user @QuakesGameSpot. "Android 21 vs Gohan would be so pointless," tweeted @Killafoe1, in reference to online theories saying Android 21 from "Dragon Ball FighterZ" could be inside the mysterious container from the trailer. "There's no way it's her. Dragon Ball Super has been [capitalizing] off nostalgia since day 1. Cell is deffo coming back."