ByCharaka Dev, writer at
Charaka Dev

A hero is not complete without a villain. Here are my opinion of the top 15 Marvel Cinematic Villains.

15. Yellowjacket

Darren Cross a.k.a Yellowjacket is the main antagonist of the 2015 Marvel superhero movie Ant-Man. He used to be Hank Pym's former assistant until he forced him out of his own company and took Pym's place as CEO. Since then, he has been planning to revolutionize the future of warfare and espionage with an advanced weaponized version of the Ant-Man Suit: code-named the Yellowjacket.

14. Jiaying

Jiaying is the true main antagonist in the second season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She is the leader of the Inhumans and Skye's biological mother. Her abilities include regeneration and semi-immortality. Unfortunately in order to live she has to drain life force from other Inhumans.

13. Ronan the Accuser

Ronan the Accuser is the main antagonist of the 2014 Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. He is a powerful Kree Warrior, the commander of The Dark Aster, the boss of Nebula and Korath and a former accomplice of Thanos. This film version of Ronan is far more devious and malevolent than his mainstream comic counterpart.

12. Dottie Underwood

The woman known as Dorothy "Dottie" Underwood is a Soviet assassin trained in the Red Room Academy. As an operative of a Soviet espionage agency Leviathan, she participated in Johann Fennhoff's revenge plot against the American industrialist Howard Stark. She subsequently adopted the persona of a small-town girl from Iowa and infiltrated the Griffith Hotel in New York City. While assisting Fennhoff, she came in conflict with Peggy Carter, an SSR agent. During Fennhoff's attempt to kill the entire population of New York City on V-E Day, she was wounded but eventually managed to escape her pursuers.

11. Aldrich Killian

Aldrich Killian is the main antagonist of Iron Man 3. He created his own version "Mandarin" to be a cover of his operations and he is the CEO ,founder and owner of the technology company "A.I.M - Advanced Idea Mechanics" and he is multi-millionaire scientist and terrorist.

10. Johann Fennhoff

Doctor Johann Fennhoff is a psychiatrist and an operative of the Soviet spy agency Leviathan. Originally a medical officer in the Soviet Armed Forces, during World War II Fennhoff realized he could use his techniques to the point of fully hypnotizing other people. In 1944, he was one of the few survivors of the incident that became known as the Battle of Finow, and was recruited as a scientist to work for Leviathan. Calling himself Ivchenko, re-arranging the name of Private Ovechkin, the first man he helped save with his methods, in 1946 he orchestrated the campaign against the American inventor Howard Stark whom he blamed for the death of his brother at Finow. Fennhoff was eventually captured by the Strategic Scientific Reserve and put in same prison cell as HYDRA scientist Arnim Zola.

9. Red Skull

Red Skull , real name Johann Schmidt is the main antagonist of the 2011 Marvel movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, being much the same as his 616 counterpart, but he has also outright by betraying Hitler and desiring control of the world for himself.

8. Alexander Pierce

Alexander Pierce is the true main villain of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with the titular Winter Soldier himself as his henchman. He is a member of the World Security Council, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and is secretly a high-ranking member of HYDRA, and is in charge of the Winter Soilder.

7. Winter Soldier

Brainwashed and armed with a new cybernetic limb, he eventually became an enhanced HYDRA operative known as the Winter Soldier. Over the next decades, he would assassinate everyone who posed a threat to HYDRA, spending time between missions in a cryogenic state.

6. Grant Ward

Grant Douglas Ward was one of the leaders of HYDRA. A former HYDRA infiltrator in S.H.I.E.L.D. disguised as a Level 7 operative, he was abused as a child by his family. As a teenager, he tried to burn down his family home. Ward was imprisoned until he was freed by John Garrett, who trained Ward to become a cold-blooded killer. Ward eventually became more loyal to him than to HYDRA. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., he was recruited onto Coulson's Team, working with them on all their missions, pretending to be gruff and anti-social and to become emotionally attached to the team.

5. Calvin Zabo

Calvin "Cal" Zabo, born Calvin L. Johnson, is a medical doctor of ambiguous morality. After being violently separated from his gifted wife and baby daughter by HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D., he started a quest to avenge his wife's "death" and find his daughter, committing numerous crimes that have caused others to consider him to be a monster. During this time, Zabo developed a formula that gave him enhanced strength. However, the side effects of the unstable formula gave Zabo an erratic personality and severe issues controlling his emotions, particularly anger.

4. Wilson Fisk (Kingpin)

Wilson Grant Fisk is a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell's Kitchen in New York City bring him into conflict with Daredevil. Through his career as a crime lord, Fisk has grown under the belief that his actions are right, leading to his sympathy with many who oppose Daredevil. His attempt to destroy and rebuild Hell's Kitchen was ruined when his criminal activities were leaked to the FBI, leading to his arrest.

3. Ultron

Ultron is the titular main antagonist of the 2015 epic Marvel superhero sequel hit, Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is a self-teaching, self-aware artificial intelligence dormant peacekeeping program created by Tony Stark. Possessing an eight-foot-tall advanced robotic body, Ultron was created by Stark with the purpose of protecting Earth from threats, but eventually deemed humanity itself as the greatest threat to Earth and attempted to create a technological singularity by committing genocide against them.

Ultron is the most fearsome villain the MCU has ever seen – he’s a program capable of commanding machines, upgrading himself, and kicking the crap out of the Avengers. And most terrifying of all? He’s disturbingly human. He brings Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch into his fold, acting as a father figure to the twins and promising them a better world… he just doesn’t tell them that it’s a world without people.

He was killed by the Avengers. But the impact he left affected the MCU big time. While it seems he's completely gone, based on his track record in the comic, we can't help but wonder if we truly have seen the last of him?

2. Loki

Loki Laufeyson is a major recurring antagonist of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the God of Mischief and lives up to that very title. He is the adopted brother and nemesis of Thor, the adopted son of Odin and Frigga, and the biological son of the Frost Giant Laufey. He serves as the main antagonist in both Thor and The Avengers, and as an anti-hero in Thor: The Dark World.

He's evil out of lifelong insecurities; charismatic while still posing a real threat. He electrifies every scene he's in. No other baddie could compete with the charm bomb of vicious wit and antagonist allure that is Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief. But finally the MCU has offered us another worthy baddie.

1. Kilgrave

Taking No.1 spot in this list is KILGRAVE a.k.a The Purple Man.
Kevin Thompson was a man who was experimented on by his parents since his childhood in order to treat a neurodegenerative disease, but the treatment ended up giving him the ability to control people's minds. Assuming the name Kilgrave, he began to use his powers for personal gain, eventually coming across Jessica Jones.

It’s a bit of a shame, actually, that Kilgrave is finished off within the 13-episode series because he’s easily the most captivating villain Marvel has had in years. But where other villains feel like missed opportunities, either killed off too quickly or with little fanfare, Kilgrave’s death feels earned. Jessica Jones gives a full and thorough exploration of his powers, his personality and his motivations. Kilgrave is memorable and loathsome – and isn’t that all we ask of a good villain?

So, there is my list of best MCU villains so far. Comment your opinion below.


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