Marvel Cinematic Universe is undoubtedly the biggest producer of superhero films. From Iron Man to Captain America, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and more, Marvel Cinematic Universe brings some of the most legendary comic heroes to life. Not just the superheroes, MCU ensures to come up with villains who challenge the heroism of the superheroes. Over the past few years, we’ve seen how MCU has invested in the villains. It has revolutionized the concept and characterization of anti-hero with villains more dynamic and powerful than ever. Here are the best of the baddest the MCU has to offer:
Hela’s character is going to be recorded in history books for the splendid performance by Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett. A jilted wannabe Queen of Asgard, Hela was the Asgardian Goddess of Death and sister of Thor. Imprisoned in Hel for millennia by her father Odin, Hela was released from prison following his death after which she set out to exact vengeance. She wanted to rule Asgard and create an Asgardian Empire. Her raging, impatient and volatile personality makes her prone to killing or maiming anyone who stood in her way. Her superhuman powers & evil intentions makes her a memorable Marvel villain.
Said to be the biggest villain of the MCU, Thanos has appeared in over a dozen movies trying to get his hands on Infinity Stones. Referred to as the Dark Lord by his most loyal underlings and the Mad Titan by the galactic community, Thanos is a powerful Titan warlord. He rules over a distant region of space and also commands two massive armies known as the Chitauri and the Outriders. He desires the Infinity Stones, the objects of immense power that held considerable dominance over the various forces that occupied the universe. Thanos is nothing less than the ultimate personification of cruelty and infinite destruction. It will not be wrong to call him the most inept Marvel villain to date.
Ultron – Avengers: Age of Ultron
James Spader’s evil robot Ultron is essentially one of the most evil villains we’ve seen on screen. Ultron is essentially Tony Stark’s legacy in humanoid form. This one is a story of a son denying his father and carving out a legacy of his own. While the visual design of the character were unbelievable, his dialogues were to die for. One of the greatest villains of the MCU, Ultron has given us many iconic moments including the final scene between Ultron and Vision, discussing the value of humanity itself. Ultron’s lethal acts of decimating Earth’s mightiest heroes makes him one of the MCU’s best baddies.
Killmonger- Black Panther
We got another powerful villain from the MCU this year with director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther in the form of Erik Stevens aka Killmonger. Years after T’Chaka had killed his father for betraying Wakanda, Killmonger then planned to forcibly dethrone T’Challa. His aim was to accomplish his father’s plan to seize control of the world using all of Wakanda’s Vibranium technology and stop the oppression of people of African descent all across the world. His savagery while serving in the U.S. black-ops unit, earned him the nickname Killmonger. Although he doesn’t show up until about halfway through the movie, but his impact is deeply felt long after the credits roll.
Loki – Thor and The Avengers
When it comes to the ultimate Marvel villain, not a single MCU villain comes close to touching the pathos of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Loki Laufeyson is the biological son of Laufey the ruler of the Frost Giants in Jotunheim. Shortly after his birth, Loki was abandoned and left to die. He stole Thor even before he was revealed to be an antagonistic force. Like a soft-boiled Joker, he is whimsical even as he thirsts for ultimate power. He is willing to cut deals with devils. Loki got to build his pathos as a positive character first before being outed as a baddie.