ByManuel Castellanos, writer at
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So to start off this article, I'm gonna discuss a little bit of Guardians of the Galaxy and what I thought about it. (Spoilers ahead!)

Alright, so Guardians of the Galaxy just hit theaters this Friday and I was lucky enough to see it Thursday in IMAX. (I recommend seeing it it IMAX) And I can honestly tell you, I loved it. The moment the introduction started with Star-Lord jamming out to Come and Get Your Love I was Hooked on a Feeling that this movie would be amazing. (See what I did there?)

This is probably my favorite movie from Marvel Studio's because it's so fresh, new, and we haven't seen anything like it before. While I love the Winter Soldier, Guardians touched my heart and I immediately fell in love with all the characters including the villains, who were all fleshed out beautifully in the film each getting a good amount of screen time. That being said let's talk a little bit about the antagonist of the film. I thought Nebula was well portrayed, you can see the jealously and anger she has towards her sister Gamora and we'll for sure be seeing more of her in the future, but honestly, I wasn't that interested in her. I was more interested one of my favorite characters, Ronan, who in my opinion, is the most memorable villain we have had aside from Loki who has been in 3 movies.

So because of my love for Ronan, my favorite villain on film, I have decided decided to go back in time and discuss with you all the villains the Marvel Cinematic Universe have given us and a little glimpse into the future. (Potential Spoilers if you haven't seen the previous movies)

Iron Man:

Villain: Obadiah Stane A.K.A. Iron Monger

First Appearance in the the comics: Iron Man #163 (Obadiah Stane) Iron Man #200 (Iron Monger)

Memorable Quote: "How ironic Tony! Trying to rid the world of weapons, you gave it it's best one ever."

Status: Deceased

Obadiah was first the business partner of Howard Stark, until Howard's death, where he took control of the company, Stark Industries. Then Tony Stark came of age and he was reduced to be Tony's right hand man in leading the company. It was Obadiah who arranged a deal with the terrorist organization Ten Rings to capture and kill Tony Stark.

When Tony came back he was surprised but wondered how he escaped, he did more research and contacted the Ten Rings where they have the Mark I armor. Obadiah stole the armor and had plans to create his own armor, which he does. An armor larger and and stronger compared to Stark's.

Now he obviously isn't the worst villain of the MCU. I personally liked him a lot. He shows the dark side of business, a lust for power, dealing arms to terrorist, and stopping anyone who gets in the way of his goals. Jeff Bridges is a great actor and he does a great job bringing this character to life.

Grade: B-

Chances we'll see him in the future: Never. This ain't like the comics.

The Incredible Hulk:

Villain: Emil Blonsky A.K.A. Abomination


First Appearance in the Comics: Tales to Astonish #90

Memorable Quote: None /:

Status: Alive

Emil Blonsky is or was a Captain for the British Royal Marines who 'Thunderbolt' Ross chose to help in the aid to capture the Hulk. In the first confrontation, Hulk gets the better of him so he decides to put a small dose of super soldier serum used on Banner. He becomes, faster, stronger, better, but not invincible. Hulk kicks Blonsky a new one and he is seriously injured, but due to the serum Blonsky is healed fast. Eventually, Blonsky goes mad with the serum wanting to be like the Hulk, even better. He is injected with more serum where he turns into the Abomination. He then goes on a rampage in Harlem destroying half the city until the Hulk shows up where they fight and as Abomination does seem stronger, Hulk has motivation which makes him superior to Abomination. So Hulk defeats Blonsky and Blonsky is sent to a cyro-cell in Alaska (Agents of Shield)

Now I'm just gonna go ahead and say The Incredible Hulk isn't one of my favorites. It's a good film and Edward Norton does a great job portraying Bruce Banner, as well as Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, but that's all the film has going. My favorite scene, and I'm assuming most people as well, loved the final fight scene between the two. Great action and chaos, things we love to see in film.

Now I have also heard that there have been some complaints about the Abomination and how he looks. I for one love that they changed him, he looks more menacing and threatening and come on...

Do you really wanna see a naked, roided up Skrull with ears like that? I sure as hell don't.

Grade: C+

Chances we'll see him in the future: I say it's likely. They've teased him in the one-shot The Consultant and in Agents of Shield. So maybe next Hulk movie we might see an Abomination being controlled by The Leader. Possibly, maybe, hopefully...

Iron Man 2:

Villain: Ivan Vanko A.K.A. Whiplash


First Appearance in the Comics: Iron Man vs Whiplash #1

Memorable Quote: "If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in Him. There will be blood in the water and the sharks will come. All I have to do is sit back and watch as the world consumes you."

Status: Deceased

Ok before anything I would like to point out that this is my favorite Iron Man film. I know I might get a lot of crap, but I truly enjoyed this movie and the villain. Hear me out.

To start it off we should start with Tony and Ivan's fathers, Howard and Anton. Both Howard and Anton were great scientist, each equally minded, but Anton lacked moral and was soon removed from the company and deported to Russia. There, Anton bitterness and hatred towards the Starks grew, so much that he passed it to his son, Ivan. Who eventually creates his own arc reactor from his father's blue prints but creates a new armor and weapon out of it.

You see Tony Stark and we all love him but he has an easy life. He was the son of a billionaire and then he became a billionaire himself leading his father's company, (after all, he is a genius) where he has vowed to protect the innocent and be a man with moral.

Now Ivan Vanko has proven that his intelligence is equal to Tony Stark's. But we also see Ivan become twisted, bitter, angry with his life and he blames the Starks for that. Ivan is similar but at the same time the opposite of Tony. (If that makes sense)

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if we were to the dark side of Tony Stark/Iron Man, it would be Ivan Vanko/ Whiplash.

And I love the armor and the weapon he possessed, in the race track and in the final battle. Although they are short, they sure as he'll are fun to watch.

And just for shits and giggles...

This was the original whiplash in the comics. So I think they made a good choice, this obviously tells us that the movie could've gone a a very different... more disturbing route.

Grade: B+

Chances we'll see him the future: we won't see Ivan Vanko but how about the original one from the comic? No? I was thinking the same thing.

Thor & The Avengers:

Villain: Loki


First Appearance in the Comics: Journey into Mystery #85

Memorable Quote: Loki: "ENOUGH! You are, all of you, beneath me. I am a god, you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by-" you know the rest (;

Status: "Deceased" but still being badass

I decided to put Loki in both Thor and The Avengers since he is the main antagonist in both. And honestly this is probably going to be really short because Tom Hiddleston IS Loki. He's the only other Marvel character who's fan base rivals Iron Man, and he's the bad guy! Honestly Tom Hiddleston was meant for this role and we see so much development with this character mainly because he's been in 3 movies but let's talk about the first 2.

In the film Thor you see him as the jealous brother. He doesn't believe Thor deserves to be King of Asgard and arranges a sort of sabotage to rule. Loki "inadvertently" banishes Thor to Earth, leaving Loki the heir to the thrown, but when there father Odin falls into the Odin Sleep (comatose) Loki rules and the people of Asgard aren't too happy... I think. I mean he lets frost giants into the kingdom only so he can kill them to make him look like the hero. Damn.

In the end Thor returns and defeats Loki, Loki then let's himself wonder around space and during that time he met the being that is the "Big bad of the MCU" Thanos. (BTW who loved seeing him in GOTG?)

In Avengers you don't see so much the jealous brother but you see the crazy brother, who's thirst for powers and arrogance leads to his downfall. But still an amazing villain. He is the most memorable villain but only because he is the villain with the most development. If he was only in Thor I believe he wouldn't be as memorable as he is now but still, a fantastic villain

Grade: A

Chances we'll see him the future: Oh believe me, we will(;

Captain America: The First Avenger:

Villain: Red Skull

First Appearance in the Comics: Captain America Comics #7

Memorable Quotes: "You pretend to be a simple soldier but, in reality, you are just afraid to admit that we have left humanity behind. Unlike you, I embrace it proudly – without fear!”

Status: Deceased... I think. I hope he's alive.

Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite stand-alone film of Phase 1 and I'm gonna say he's my favorite Avenger. Cap is someone I wish I could be even though he is a Boy Scout. But you know who isn't a Boy Scout? Johann Schmidt that dude is literally a super nazi. One of Hitler's main confidant, he became the leader of HYDRA, an advanced, special weapons division.

Schmidt heard the stories of Norse mythology and became fascinated with them, so much so, that he believed they were more than just myths. Fascinated by this, Schmidt wished for himself to be like a god possessing there powers. He wanted to be the strongest; ignoring all warnings he injected himself with the super soldier serum developed my Dr. Erskine. There was a large side effect making his face blood red looking like a "red skull." But it doesn't bother Schmidt as much as he see's himself as the superior race.

He soon finds theTesseract and is able to create a weapon out of it, where he can eliminate his targets and turn them into nothing but dust. Literally. But Cap gets in his way and stops him and foils his plan. But when Schmidt touches theTesseract he appears to transport away from Earth, where we can assume he passes.

I really liked Schmidt/Red Skull; Hugo Weaving is a phenomenal actor and he makes this weird villain come to life. You can tell that this guy is a nasty nazi, who will eliminate half the world all because of superiority. Props to the people who did the make up and effects it looks wonderful. Way better than the abomination in 1990...



Grade: B+

Chances we'll see him in the future: I really think it's a possibility, Red Skull always comes back in the comics, it might be possible for this character since it is unclear oh whether he is alive or not.

Alright guys so that just about raps up the Villains of the MCU Phase 1 Villains. And be sure to check out the villains of Phase 2.

Hope you enjoyed it, and let me know what you think of the post. And let me know who's you favorite or least favorite of Phase 1 villains. Leave a comment and thanks (:


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