ByBrandon M. Prosek, writer at
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Brandon M. Prosek

A few weeks ago when the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was first leaked and then officially released by Marvel we all thought the same thing. OH MY GOD THAT WAS AWESOME! Now, that we've had time to really breath and accept the fact that we have like 6 months until the film is actually released we can talk about what we can expect.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short) is changing the film industry as we know it. They give us a fun, entertaining, quality comic book film at least once or even twice a year. However, there are flaws. The huge one that we seem to dance around is the villain issue. Yes, MCU does have Loki. We all enjoy Loki. No one is taking that away from the MCU. However, besides Loki who has been a memorable villain? Yeah... hard to name them isn't. Just to name a few we had: Obadiah Stane, Whiplash, Red Skull, and Ronan. Some pretty slim pickings.

I'm not going to count the build we've been having for Thanos since [The Avengers](movie:9040) because he has just been in the background. I'm talking the main villains or antagonists of the films. The only two I can say I enjoyed were Loki and Robert Redford's Alexander Pierce/Winter Soldier. Marvel has to fix something.

Remember this guy from [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462)? Not really. I don't even care to look up his name cause I forgot. Why didn't I care? Because there was really no reason for him to be evil. He was evil just because he was evil. Same goes for guys like Ronan or Aldrich Killian. Sure, we might've been given tiny little hints or reasons but nothing was believable.

Loki and Winter Soldier worked because they were sympathetic and in their eyes they weren't doing "evil". We felt their reasons and could understand why they have become this way. We need more villains like this.

With the vocal casting of James Spader, Ultron has the opportunity to become another great villain. Sure, he may not be someone we feel for but that's because he is a machine. He can make us truly believe our heroes are in danger and will destroy our world as we know it.

I believe James Spader's Ultron can usher in a whole new wave of villains that will dazzle us, and scare us at the same time. Marvel announced a huge slate of movies including [Black Panther](movie:9047), Captain Marvel, The Inhumans, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok and eventually the battle with Thanos in Avengers: The Infinity War.

I'll be the first to say I don't know anything about a lot of those new properties but if we have possibly Andy Serkis rumored to be a Black Panther villain and Josh Brolin as Thanos then I am GAME for the possibilities.

Can we not just have another bland one of these okay? For all the great heroes they create they need to counter balance that with equally great villains to combat them. What do you guys think? Do you think Marvel is aware of it's villain problem and is working on it or do they think they can just sweep it under the rug.

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