For the most part, people really liked Ant-Man and I am one of them; it was an amazing origin for one of the greatest Marvel heroes in history. It was funny, had a great cast of characters, the heist was incredibly fun, and the action pieces were some of the best I've ever seen. However there is something that audiences said they were let down by: the villain named Darren Cross AKA Yellowjacket. When I heard this consensus I expected a weak and lame villain like Malekith from Thor: The Dark World but when I left the theater I was just confused as to what everybody's problem was.
Then I remembered something, it's something that I've noticed A LOT lately and it sort of bothers me. Ever since the Avengers and the first Thor, people seem to want every villain to be the tragic likable villain like Loki was. Look I'm all for sympathetic villains, Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness was a great example of that but why every villain? Some of these people, I don't want to feel sorry for and especially not Darren Cross.
Cross perverts Hank Pym's work, he kills colleagues who disagree with him by shrinking them into goo, kills multiple lambs just to get the particles to work, HE KILLED ANTONY, and when Ant-Man destroys his facility he decides to go after Scott Lang's daughter. Dude, this guy is one twisted son of a gun. And honestly...it's kind of refreshing. It's been a long time since there's been a villain who I loved to hate and when he dies, it's satisfying to see. Would I have liked to have seen Yellowjacket return in a sequel? Sure but his death scene is satisfying yet very very very brutal if you think about it.
I think that people need to get Loki out of their mindsets and try to accept that not every villain is meant to be likable. You don't find Norman Bates or the Joker relatable or sympathetic but yet those villains are amazing. Here I think Yellowjacket is just one of those villains that you just want to reach into the screen and punch him in the face and that's not a bad thing. Personally and don't hate me for saying this: I think he is Marvel's best villain. Sure, Loki IS awesome don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Ronan the Accuser as a villain, and I even liked Iron Monger from the first Iron Man movie but I think Yellowjacket tops them all.
Now I know it's all subjective, you don't have to agree with me. I just find it confusing when people call him a bland and boring villain. Maybe I'm missing something or maybe I'm just an idiot. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below!