So Bad They’re Good: Top 5 Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains

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We are getting so close to the end of Marvel’s Phase Two, and now that Ultron is coming to haunt us in our dreams, we thought it would be a good time to make a Top 5 of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s villains.

There’s has been a villain for every taste: the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the ambitious, the truly scary creature, and even a paid actor (what a plot twist with that one!), but some of them stayed in our memories more than others, whether it’s because of how epic they were or because the actor happened to be extra-charming.

Whatever the case, here’s our list of Top 5 MCU villains (in no particular order).

1. Red Skull

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Yeah, no particular order, but out of all the villains on this list, this is the one that truly terrifies me.

Red Skull is the Nazi agent archenemy of Captain America, as seen in Cap’s first MCU film The First Avenger. Born Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull was a confidant of Adolf Hitler and was closely affiliated with Hydra. Some of his abilities include being a skilled hand-to-hand combat, strategic genius and political mastermind, and he managed to clone Captain America, including the Super-Soldier serum. I kid you not: he truly managed to clone him!

It’s not just me (and probably Cap too, although he is a brave guy) who finds him terrifying: did you know the Red Skull was ranked number 21 on Wizard Magazine’s Top 100 Greatest Villains Ever List? He is one to fear!

Geek lord Hugo Weaving was the chosen one to portray the Red Skull and he did it just like the Marvel Gods intended: a leader to be feared and never be trusted.

Could he come back in a near future? Well, Weaving recently shared he has “no idea” but anything can happen!

2. Loki

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Of course, it can’t be a list of MCU villains without Loki!

We saw him in the first Thor film and we fell in love. We saw him again in The Avengers and we pretty much sold our souls to him. Loki himself is a pretty interesting character, both in Marvel universe and norse mythology, but his dominance over our fangirl hearts was mainly because of Tom Hiddleston.

Loki, best known as the God of Mischief, is the adopted son of Odin and Frigga. He is smart, thoughtful, manipulative, and is super mega jealous of his step-brother, Thor, and desires the throne of Asgard more than anything; and as we saw in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, he is willing to do anything to get the throne.

Loki is also a skilled magician: he can create illusions, copy himself and alter his appearance, as seen in Thor: The Dark World (are you over that already? Because I’m not. It was pretty freaking epic!).

Tom Hiddleston made Loki even more awesome, with his outstanding acting skills, his poise, natural charm… wait, what were we talking about? My mind drifted a bit.

Anyway, we love Loki and we can’t wait to see him again in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

3. Malekith

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Where to begin with Malekith? He is scary, not only physically, but also mentally.

Malekith the Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim was the villain in Thor: The Dark World, where he wanted the power of the Aether more than anything. Friendly reminder that the Aether is one of the infinity stones of the MCU.

Malekith was portrayed by another geek lord of ours: Christopher Eccleston. And it was fantastic. Not only was the physical change impressive, but we saw a whole new side of Eccleston. Absolutely love it.

Among Malekith’s abilities are superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and the magical ability to summon The Wild Hunt.

4. Ronan

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The most recent villain of the MCU also became very popular among Marvelites, in big part (and let’s be honest) due to Lee Pace. Because Lee Pace is a gift from the high heavens.

Ronan the Accuser is a kree radical who agrees to retrieve one of the infinity stones for Thanos in exchange for him eradicating his mortal enemies: the Xandarians. We now know that didn’t work out as Thanos expected.

Could we have had a better Ronan than Lee? No. Hell no. He was perfect and my heart cries when I remember there’s no chance of seeing him again. But well, we can always re-watch Guardians of the Galaxy!

5. Thanos

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We haven’t seen much of him, but those few moments of Thanos have been more than enough for us to understand the magnitude of his evil.

Thanos’ deal are the infinity stones, basically. He wants them all plus the infinity gauntlet so he can use their powers to destroy the universe, and he won’t stop until he gets them. Hell, he doesn’t even care how many people have to die as long as he gets the freaking stones.

The infinity stones shown in the MCU so far are the tesseract, the Aether and the orb we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy. The rest will pop up during Marvel’s Phase Three (or, maybe, one or two in Age of Ultron and Ant-Man), and we will go full Thanos vs everything in the third Avengers film, Infinity War.

BONUS: Ultron

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Let’s talk Ultron, shall we? We must get ready for May 1st!

Ultron is an AI developed by Tony Stark with the intention of keeping peace on Earth. Thanks to some recently released concept art, we learned that Ultron started as a program in the Chitauri computer system, which serves as a link to the previous Avengers film.

Anyway, Tony’s plan backfires terribly and Ultron decides humans are the real threat and wants to kill us all. So yeah, you should be afraid of him (plus, James Spader’s voice is super creepy. Who knew he could reach those levels of evil?!).

The MCU has given us some pretty interesting villains, all of them portrayed by very talented actors (Robert Redford, Mickey Rourke and Ben Kingsley, for example), and as bad guys have more fun, how can you not end up loving them in all their evil ways? Yeah, we might be a bit masochistic too.

Who is coming now? Well, Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron will come terrorise us on May 1, then Yellowjacket will go against Ant-Man on July 7. As for Phase Three, the only thing we know is Daniel Brühl has signed to play a villain in Captain America: Civil War. Great things are coming in the villain world of the MCU!

Talk to me: who has been your favourite MCU villain so far?