The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a history of awful villains, there's no lying there. Of course there are diamonds in this mega-franchise rough so I thought it was time we took a look back at the big bads we've seen over the years and find out who's best. Very minor spoilers for Ant-Man.
20. Malekith The Accursed - Christopher Eccleston
Malekith, just saying the name sends chills down my spine. This guy had to have less than 20 seconds of dialogue in a language that anyone actually understood. We literally knew nothing about why he was doing this, he was just there. You got a damn Doctor to play him, talking about wasted potential.
19. Emil Blonsky/Abomination - Tim Roth
Tim Roth's performance wasn't too bad, I just don't like the way the character was handled. I never really understood why he wanted to become the Abomination. Ross hired him, he took on the hulk, failed, tried again, failed and landed in critical condition, stole a serum from the Leader and then became Abomination. I'm sorry, saying "I want more" just won't do. I wanted more.
18. The Other - Alexis Denisof
You can't really say much about The Other. He isn't really even a character, he's a caricature. He never offered anything, we knew nothing about him and by the looks of it, they randomly killed him off in GOTG to make writing easier. I'm sorry Other, you'll be a villain soon forgotten.
17. Ronan The Accuser - Lee Pace
I was expecting so much more from this character. His absence from the trailers and how Pace talked about this character gave me hope that this would be an awesome villain. He turned out to be another run of the mill villain full of wasted potential. I think he could have been very interesting had they made him a bit more entertaining to watch.
16. Laufey - Colm Feore
There isn't really anything wrong with Laufey, just that there wan't anything good about him. Fans are always going to remember him as the other villain in Thor because of the unfortunate circumstances of being overshadowed. I'm sure if given the proper opportunity, Laufey could have been interesting.
15. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash - Mickey Rourke
I honestly didn't think Iron Man 2 was that bad, there was clearly something decent lying under the pile of Avengers set-up shoved into the film. Whiplash was functional, his motive was clear, he had a distinctive appearance and voice, he was well on his way to becoming a great villain, this just wasn't his movie.
14. Arnim Zola -Toby Jones
Red Skull's right-hand man turned founder of the new HYDRA turned computer, Zola has had a fairly interesting arc. What this character has lacked is development and hoping to see a lot more of him on [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765). Toby Jones's performance was a little chilling as well.
13. Aldrich Killian/Mandarin - Guy Pearce
Aldrich is a fairly underrated villain due to the circumstances that the fans put him in because of the Iron Man 3 twist. This guy's motives weren't always entirely clear but he did have charisma. And when you think about it, that Mandarin twist was very smart on his part.
12. Baron Von Strucker - Thomas Kretchsmann
It's a shame that he was killed off so early on. It sort of frustrates how he was wasted but hopefully Zemo will give us some much needed HYDRA loving. The short amount of time that he was alive seemed to give promise and there was some entertainment there.
11. Trevor Slattery/Mandarin - Ben Kingsley
Did I hate the fact that he turned out to be just an actor? Yes. Was I very disappointed? Yes. But you gotta give Ben Kingsley credit, his performance on both personas was spot on and very entertaining. The Mandarin was terrifying and Trevor was hilarious. Just would have been better if you didn't do that to a beloved character...
10. Thanos - Josh Brolin
Thanos is meant to be the big bad of the MCU, I hope that they don't disappoint. What we've seen so far has been promising, just not anything that would make him a good villain. He's got the bulk, he's got the ego and he's got the power. I wish you the best of luck Josh Brolin.
9. General Ross - William Hurt
Although not the main villain of The Incredible Hulk, Ross proved himself to be the more formidable foe. A man of great arrogance and self-destruction, his hunt for the Hulk might just cost him dearly. I'm looking forward to seeing him in Civil War, I was worried that they were just going to ignore that Hulk solo film.
8. Alexander Pierce - Robert Redford
Pierce gave us something that other Phase 2 villains didn't, hope. Hope that the enemies in the MCU might just be getting better. He genuinely believed what he was doing was right and stood by his beliefs no matter what. He even seemed reluctant to be going against Fury.
7. Johann Schmidt/Red Skull - Hugo Weaving
The Red Skull was a lot of fun to watch and gave us a fairly decent adaptation of the infamous Captain America villain. The worst thing about him is that he only appeared in one film. Hopefully they resurrect him at some point.
6. Nebula - Karen Gillian
In Guardians Of The Galaxy, Nebula proved herself to be the superior villain. She is sinister, diabolical and the fact that she's one the of the hero's sisters make her a very formidable foe. Since she didn't die, let's hope she returns in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. She also has to be in Infinity War.
5. Darren Cross/Yellowjacket - Corey Stoll
Ant-Man had only been released a week ago but I can already say they had a fairly decent villain. He definitely had some parallels with other MCU villains but his ability to shrink offered some very cool fight sequences. I loved seeing his psychological deterioration as he flipped out at the other characters. I was sort of hoping him at one point to say "Pym built this in a cave! With a box of scraps!"
4. Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier - Sebastian Stan
As The Red Hood of the Marvel Universe, Bucky has not disappointed us. While he kicked ass as Pierce's soldier, his inner conflict was the true highlight of his character. I can't wait to see what's in store for him in Civil War.
3. Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger - Jeff Bridges
The very first villain of the MCU had to be a good one to lay the foundation. Stane has proven himself as a brilliant villain. He has the ego, he has the tech and he's the perfect nemesis for Iron Man. It's a shame we will never be seeing him again.
2. Ultron - James Spader
I had high hopes for Age Of Ultron...and I wasn't disappointed. Ultron definitely wasn't what I expected but I could say he was better than I expected. He was very different from the other MCU villains. You expect robots to be cold, emotionless and calculative. Not Ultron, he had a very twisted sense of humour as well as the occasional rage out. Hats off to you, James Spader.
1. Loki Laufeyson - Tom Hiddleston
Did you expect anyone else? Loki is up there with Ledger's Joker, Darth Vader and Hannibal Lecter. He had charm, he had pain, he had a noble motive. I much preferred his portrayal in Thor since his plan wasn't actually that evil but his Avengers version was definitely more entertaining.