Some may argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has weak villains. Some may also argue that the MCU has perfectly evil, strong villains who fit in the movies perfectly. Perfectly. I myself believe that Marvel has done excellently with the baddies, and so for my own entertainment, I have decided to rank the MCU villains up through Age of Ultron (I know...it hasn't even come out yet).
10. Whiplash (Iron Man 2)
Whiplash, in my opinion, may be one of the only weak villains in the MCU. Mickey Rourke plays this menacing villain who manages to inflict pain on Iron Man and that's about all. In fact, he basically just fights War Machine and Iron Man and then the movie is over. The plot is pretty weak. However, he is still a villain and can do some pretty darn awful damage with those whips of his.
9. The Mandarin (Iron Man 3)
The Mandarin may have been one of the stronger, more cunning villains of the MCU, which is why he earns the number nine spot on the list. Let me define which Mandarin I'm talking about. No, it's not this one.
No, I'm talking about this bad guy - Aldrich Killian. He's a business man gone wild with plans to take over the United States...and then probably the world. He's about as bad as the Iron Man villains get. He's cunning and cruel, but you wouldn't know it because he's hiding in a tuxedo half the movie. Plus, he's planted a very stupid-hilarious decoy, a.k.a. Trevor Slattery, to distract Iron Man.
Next up, the Dark Elves.
8. Malekith (Thor: The Dark World)
When I think of Malekith, I think of him saying this:
Thor, your bravery will not ease your pain. Your family, your world will be extinguished!
Why? Malekith was all brawn and no brains. That's how I think of him anyways. Well, maybe the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk wins the no brains award, but otherwise Malekith is hell bent on destroying Asgard but he doesn't really have a specific plan besides attacking. He's kind of like Iron Man in The Avengers.
And because Malekith can actually put force behind his words, he earns the number eight spot on the list.
7. Abomination (The Incredible Hulk)
What's better than Hulk beating the crap out of someone? What about Hulk beating the crap out of another Hulk-like monster? Add cars honking, pedestrians screaming, explosions here and there, more Hulk smashing, and occasional chest pounding. Now we're talking.
This may not have been the most inventive movie ever, nor the most inventive super-villain. But when it comes to a Hulk movie, some people just want a lot of body slamming and building crushing. Tim Roth definitely delivered when he was in human form, and then when he was in the Abomination form - let's just say it was a very fun thirty minutes of Hulk brawl.
6. Iron Monger (Iron Man)
Iron Man was an exceptional movie for countless reasons. It had great plot. It had a great villain. You may never have known that Jeff Bridges's character was named Iron Monger. He was. He had a killer Iron Man suit, on heck of an awesome voice, and actually was simply evil. He didn't really have a reason for being evil besides the want of power.
He proved to be a very formidable foe for Iron Man and nearly killed him, thus earning the respectable spot of number six on my list.
5. Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Can we pause a moment and just sit back and appreciate Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser? Guardians of the Galaxy has had very much a split audience. Most non-Marvel geeks/nerds hated the movie. And most Marvel geeks/nerds loved the movie. Why? The team was amazing and the villain was spectacular.
Ronan's deep, gravelly voice is very menacing. Hand him a hammer and an Infinity Stone and he's pretty much terrifying. His thirst for vengeance and total annihilation of anyone not Kree is horrifying, and then he has the power of an Infinity Stone to back his word up. He could have eradicated the entire universe if it hadn't been for the daring Guardians of the Galaxy. How scary is that? It's pretty scary, honestly.
4. The Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger)
You are deluded, Captain. 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!
Thus speaks the Red Skull. He was mentally insane...pretty much like Hitler except on steroids...and with quadruple the power. The Red Skull may not have had the biggest bag of evil tools to use but he sure messed up the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. government with his HYDRA garbage. And that face...that face gives me shivers. Can you imagine seeing that in a back alley in the middle of the night?
The Red Skull may have had a pretty cliche origin with a serum and all that jazz, but he sure carries the scary throughout the movie. Hugo Weaving does a stellar job at creating the creepy. Hugo Weaving is pretty much creepy in any role he plays, but Red Skull is definitely one of the more sadistic villains in the MCU.
3. The Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Who knew that giving our poor, dear friend Bucky Barnes some medical procedures and electrocution could turn him into HYDRA's walking death-trap? I wish they had just left him dead in that river in the first Captain America movie.
But none the less, we must face the truth. Bucky Barnes is back as a brain-washed servant for HYRDA who will kill anyone without a moment's hesitation. And my god, Sebastian Stan delivered. He was cold, cunning, and cruel. He punched Captain America until his face was black and blue. He sat in the dark corners of kitchens like a creepy phantom waiting to strike. And when he strikes, man does he strike hard. He comes guns-a-blazing right in public. I tell you what, I was breathing hard after that Winter Soldier/Captain America fight scene half-way through the second Captain America movie.
2. Loki (Thor/The Avengers)
"Where's Loki?" you've probably been asking. Well, here you are my dear Loki fans. Loki is the best villain Marvel has created as of yet. He has a very sad, intriguing back story. He has an amazing smile. And his voice. Wow. When he talks, I'm persuaded. No wonder he's so dangerous.
He's so hilarious, so evil, and so deceptive. I don't even know what to think. He's hoodwinked us in every single movie he's been in. He's got the charm and he's got the stick of destiny. He's got an army of aliens and he has more tricks up his sleeve than a master magician. And just when you think you've finally said goodbye to your favorite villain, he let's you in on a secret...he's taken over Asgard. What a villain. Loki, you will forever be the best.
1. Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Now you may think it's highly presumptive of me to say Ultron is the best of the baddies. I'm saying he's the best of the bads so far. He is so evil, none can compare. From what we know about Age of Ultron (which is not very much) and what we've seen in the trailers, we know Ultron is tearing it down. There will be no return for the Avengers. Some will die. People will die. There will be destruction galore. And we're not talking about just in the United States.
This fight isn't localized like with most of the other villains. This fight spans the world. We know Asgard will be effected, Earth will effected, and possibly other planets. The Avengers will never be the same, the world will never be the same. Ultron will be the worst of the worst until Thanos. I am betting everything on it. He will be a sound, strong, sadistic villain, and he's a robot. That makes it even worse.
So there you have it. There are my favorite villains of the MCU. Let me know who you think deserves to be on this list!