One of the biggest criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that its villains aren’t that great. I don’t necessarily agree with the claim that Loki is the only good villain, but there aren’t that many great ones.
- Loki (Marvel’s The Avengers; Thor): Loki is the most popular Marvel Cinematic Universe villain by far. Tom Hiddleston was born to play roles like this one. There’s almost a Shakespearian quality to his character in Phase One, and I hope that continues in the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- The Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier): Now, some might argue that this isn’t a villain. I disagree. While Bucky is a hero, and this character becomes a hero again later in the comics, this guy was a weapon in this film. He tried to kill Nick Fury! Of course he was a villain, and one of the best character in Phase Two – period.
- Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron): I love Age of Ultron, and Spader’s performance is a big reason why. Ultron is a creation of Stark, and perfectly mirrors his personality. He isn’t the stereotypical A.I., but he’s really entertaining to watch.
- Obadiah Stane (Iron Man): Stane represented a different way of thinking when he was in control of Stark Industries. I really enjoyed Jeff Bridges in this role, and he doesn’t get enough credit for being stellar in this film.
- Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy): I didn’t like how his cinematic journey ended, but I thought he was a nice change of pace in the very fun James Gunn Guardians-universe.
- Darren Cross (Ant-Man): Now we’re at the first ‘bad’ villain. I love Corey Stoll, but this character – this villain – was probably my biggest problem with Ant-Man.
- Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger): This was supposed to be the best villain in the MCU, but, ultimately, he didn’t do much for the universe. Marvel failed this character.
- Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3): Now, I don’t have as big a problem with how they handled the Mandarin as other people do, but I thought Killian was a joke in this film. He just felt fake, he looked fake – and he wasn’t intimidating at all.
- Ivan Vanko (Iron Man 2): This should have been a much better villain, but the film fell flat – and Rourke wasn’t entertaining at all.
- Abomination (The Incredible Hulk): Forgettable.
- Malekith (Thor: The Dark World): I hate Malekith. Eccleston should have gotten a much better character to work with, but instead he was given the worst villain yet.
Who is your favorite villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Sound off in the comments.
I’m Jeffrey Rex