As the manga progresses further and we see Zeke more, could you see him becoming more popular over time? I actually see very solid potential in him, between things like him holding the key to the story and being the dark foil and rival to Eren the protagonist. Plus, he's just such a boss/badass all-around in general, being warchief, Marley's strongest titan/warrior, like a commander of sorts for the other warriors (and a great/smart one at that), and very levelheaded with a fearsome personality.
Exactly! You understand what goes through my mind 1:1 xD
The fandom is typically predictable, but the amount of Pieck and Garipiku fanart we got last chapter really took me by surprise.. like, even if it’s not for shippy reasons, I definitely believe Zeke will get more attention. The manga alone, so far, doesn’t give TOO much, but the upcoming battle, like you said will definitely be a memorable one when it comes to Zeke’s character. (I’ve said this so many times already haha)
And of course, once we get Season 3 and/or 4 animated (whenever that may be.. sigh) he will DEFINITELY be more recognized. The anime boosts the popularity of everything, as expected haha.