ByNiall Thorley, writer at
I love Marvel, in specific, Marvel Studios. I like to read fan theories, however ridiculous they may be, and finding Easter eggs is a grand
Niall Thorley

This is a point that's been made multiple times, and yet with each film that comes out, the problem continues. I offer the solution to the problem that has continued since the first Iron Man film. The villains. Villains are just as important as heroes, and Marvel is really trying their best. However, They just haven't figured it out yet. Here's what they need to do to get it right.

1. No more Dopplegangers.

The Original Doppleganger
The Original Doppleganger

When I say Doppleganger, I mean the villains who have the same powers as the hero. This is an issue that has risen in almost every movie. Here's a list of all the Doppleganger villains in Marvel Films.

  • Iron Man 1- Iron Monger (Stark designed suit)
  • The Incredible Hulk- Abomination (Giant fighting monster)
  • Iron Man 2-Whiplash (Stark designed suit)
  • Captain America TFA-Red Skull (Super Soldier Serum)
  • Ant-Man- Yellowjacket (Pym Particle Tech)

As you can see, this is a long enough list to raise concern. This is not just an issue with Marvel, (Superman and Zod?) but it is much more prominent in the MCU. It seems, as much as people hate the Thor films, they've seen absolutely none of the Doppleganger Villain Issue. I say we Thundergun (nix) the whole idea of the Doppleganger villain and start introducing the more interesting villains. It seems like with the films coming out, the villains will be less like the heroes. Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Spider-Man have much less of a chance for the Doppleganger Villain Issue infecting their stories. I hope that It doesn't happen anymore, unless its a Secret Wars film. In which case, I very much hope it happens.

2. Motivations need to be clear.

Ronan w/ his intense purple eyes
Ronan w/ his intense purple eyes

This is less of an issue, but one that is big enough to mention on the list. This is only really prominent in Iron Man, Iron Man 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy. This is either an issue of the motivation not being clear, or the motivation being weak. In Iron Man, Obadiah Stane's motivations were somewhat unclear. For all we know, he's just doing what he's doing for a little extra pocket change. And then of course, once he gets found out by Tony, he needs to get him out of the picture. Still, that's kind of a lame motive, I think. Iron Man 3 has a weak motive from Aldrich Killian. He wants revenge for something that Tony did what, 12 years ago? It was a small thing. I guess the moral of the movie is that you should treat everyone with respect. However, this was found in my eyes to not be a believable reason for Aldrich to get behind and fund a terrorist organization. Aldrich did all of that ridiculous stuff to get back at Tony. It's just not what would happen in the real world. Guardians of the Galaxy is a wonderful film with an unclear villain. Ronan's rage is semi-explained, and yet it still doesn't make sense. The Xandarians and the Kree people have made a truce, and Ronan is an extremist who doesn't like the truce. So, he becomes power hungry and wants to destroy the entire planet of Xandar. There's gotta be some missing piece. Now, this piece could be missing because of poor writing, or it could be missing because it will be told later. I don't know. All I'm saying is that at the moment, it doesn't make sense.

Those are the two keys I can think of for Marvel Villains to be the best. Include villains like Kraven, who turn the heroes into prey. That's the kind of dynamic change that needs to occur. That's all I've got for now. Let me know in the comments if you know of any other methods marvel could use to fix their villain problem. Seeya!


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