For years Marvel has been criticised for its lack of compelling baddies and admittedly they have been more meh than marvelous. With the release of Dr Strange the Marvel Cinematic Universe added another villain to its roster with evil Master of the Mystical Arts Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen. So how does Kaecilius fare against his fellow Marvel ne’er-do-wells?
The answer to this question is contained in my list of the Top 13 MCU villains. Now you may be thinking that there have been more than 13 Marvel movie bad guys over the course of 14 movies. And while that is true – I saw one list with a whopping 54 characters but ain’t nobody got time for that – I will be sticking to one villain per movie and focusing on the evil doer that had the bigger impact. So with a huge, and I mean HUGE SPOILER ALERT, let us start the countdown:
#13 Whiplash, Iron Man 2
Mickey Rourke is a great actor. If you don’t believe me watch Sin City or The Wrestler. But he could not do anything with this one dimensional turd of a character. Apparently Tony Stark’s father stole his father’s technology and blah blah blah boring motivation. He spends the majority of the movie asking about some stupid bird, or at least it felt that way. An uninspired villain in the most uninspired of MCU films. Let’s move on.
#12 Malekith, Thor: The Dark World
Like Whiplash, Malekith was pretty boring and one dimensional too. And he was a bit forgettable. He barely ekes his way past Whiplash because at least he had a cool look and was not insufferably annoying.
#11 Baron Zemo, Captain America: Civil War
Oh Baron Zemo. You were like a villain but not really. You had this ridiculously complicated plot to get the Avengers to fight each other. And while you had an interesting motivation you were not really interesting yourself. You were like toast buttered with more toast.
#10 Abomination, The Incredible Hulk
Tim Roth’s Emil Blonksy, while undeveloped, was still a fun, over the top character. And as Abomination he threw down with the Hulk for some nice action scenes. And after the snoozefest of Ang Lee’s Hulk that was much appreciated.
#9 Kaecillius, Dr Strange
The newest kid on the block shows up at number 9. I am a huge fan of Mads Mikkelsen and loved him as Hannibal Lecter in the TV series ‘Hannibal’ and as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. And while as Kaecillius he has a decent back story he is just not given much to do other than look menacing, magic fight and trade words with Dr Strange. Very much a waste of potential.
#8 Yellow Jacket/Darren Cross, Ant-Man
I thought Corey Stoll put in a good job as power hungry Darren Cross. He was a little hammy but I liked his motivation and intensity. And the look of Yellow Jacket and the effects were superb! Cross had some pretty cool scenes with Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym as well.
#7 Aldrich Killian, Iron Man 3
Guy Pearce is another actor I enjoy watching. I liked his nerd turned megalomaniac Aldrich Killian and he had a decent power set, dragon breath notwithstanding. He was overshadowed by the whole Mandarin switcheroo, which I thought was clever, and just could not fill the shoes of that vaunted bad guy and Iron Man arch nemesis.
#6 Red Skull, Captain America: The First Avenger
Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull is the best. Well, not the best on this list, but he is so comic book over the top that you have to enjoy it. You just bite into that ham sandwich, diet be damned! And his face effects were pretty cool too.
#5 Ultron, Avengers: Age of Ultron
The MCU certainly has attracted quite the caliber of actors to play its bad guys. For the Avengers sequel we had James Spader as the voice of genocidal AI Ultron. Now the movie was less than impressive and comic book Ultron is way more bad ass than movie Ultron, but Spader imbues the character with wit, charm and venom. If only it was more Age of Ultron and less Ultron’s Super Bad Week.
#4 Ronan the Accuser, Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favourite MCU movies and I love everything about it, including Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser. I loved his aesthetic, bombast and brutality. The guy threatened the Mad Titan Thanos himself. You have to have some big cojones to do that. And watching Star-Lord confuse him with dancing is one of the best scenes in all of the MCU, bar none.
#3 The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Winter Soldier
First up on the podium is the Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan. If the Terminator was a brainwashed assassin he would be this guy. Powerful, menacing and with a back story that tugged at the heart strings, The Winter Soldier easily deserves the bronze medal.
#2 Obadiah Stane, Iron Man
The MCU really hit it out of the gate in 2008 with its first film, Iron Man, and the movie remains one of its best to date. Part of that credit goes to Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane. Cold, calculating, deceptive, malicious and vindictive, Stane ticks all the boxes on the application form for really bad guy. And his final battle with Iron Man in the Iron Monger suit is 20 flavours of awesome sauce.
#1 Loki, Thor & The Avengers
Fine, nobody is surprised by the number one choice. Hearing that Loki is the best MCU movie villain (some of the Netflix MCU baddies like Kingpin and Kilgrave do give him a run for his money) is like a broken record. But Tom Hiddleston is just fantastic as Thor’s charming, power hungry adoptive brother and the strained relationship between the two makes for compelling, almost Shakespearean drama.
Loki is so charming and witty and deceptive that you lap up every moment he is on screen like the last drop of maple syrup with your remnant of a buttermilk pancake. He is the best of the worst and that is why he is our number one MCU movie baddie.
Well that’s my list. Time to vote for your BEST and your WORST favourite Marvel villain:
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