The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) spans almost twenty films. Each includes at least one villain, so of course, we like some better than others.
If you don't agree, just drag me in the comments.
Remember Malekith? Yeah, me neither.
I literally had to Google this guy's name because I only remembered him as that weird elf dude in the worst Thor movie. He sucked, and I would be genuinely surprised if anyone disagrees with me on this.
As a villain, Aldrich lost me when he started glowing and literally breathing fire like a weird human-dragon hybrid.
Guy Pearce was doing his hardest to turn Aldrich into the MCU's version of a James Bond villain, but no one asked for that.
This is your annual reminder that The Incredible Hulk is canon in the MCU.
Emil Blonsky was fine because Tim Roth is great at playing creepy dudes, but Abomination was a CGI mess that we all like to pretend never happened.
Umm, he had a parrot, dressed like a biker, and was a genius or whatever.
I think he was supposed to be, like, the dark version of Tony Stark, but he mumbled too much and used an electric whip like some bootleg sci-fi version of Indiana Jones.
The only good thing about Yellowjacket was that amazing fight between him and Ant-Man with all the toys.
Other than that, he was just a super smug dude who never really felt like a genuine threat. Yawn.
I've seen this movie a bunch of times, and I still constantly forget about Ronan.
I think of him as the long-lost space son of Kylo Ren and Apocalypse from X-Men: Apocalypse because he gives off whiny ex-boyfriend vibes like Ren and is hidden behind a bad costume like En Sabah Nur.
Okay, I fully expect to take some flack for this, but Kaecilius (I will never believe you if you tell me you actually knew that his name) was a super forgettable villain. Everyone just remembers Dormammu.
Angsty Mads Mikkelsen wearing glittery eye makeup should have been amazing, but this movie completely wasted him, and I'm still mad about it.
Iron Man 3 is underrated, guys. Yes, I know the Mandarin wasn't technically a villain, but I want to give credit where it's due.
It was a brave choice to portray the classic comic book villain as a bumbling drunk actor. It threw everyone for a loop, and I'm into it.
Sure, it was far from perfect, but at least they tried something new.
Honestly, I didn't dig Ego, but Peter Quill's reaction to finding out his dad was responsible for his mom's death was so heartbreaking that I've bumped him up on this list.
However, I laughed out loud when he turned into that weird space skeleton. He literally looked like Halloween decorations.
Kurt Russell should have quit superhero movies after he nailed it in Sky High.
Red Skull was the weakest of the Captain America villains, but he's far from the worst villain in the MCU.
Pulling off a WWII-era comic book villain is no easy task, and honestly, Red Skull is underrated. Sure, everything goes downhill after he reveals his weird skull face, but Schmidt's blind ambition was totally believable.
I love me a good "dear friend turns out to be the villain" trope, so maybe I'm biased, but Obadiah Stane was great in Iron Man.
Jeff Bridges could literally read a phonebook and make it sound sinister, and the scene where Stane tears the Arc Reactor out of Tony's chest never fails to make me hold my breath.
Don't @ me, but I really liked Ultron. I mean, he launched a city into the sky!
James Spader was born to voice Ultron, and you can tell he's having so much fun doing it. Also, Ultron has some of the best and most savage lines of any Marvel villain.
It's also awesome and heartbreaking that he was born out of Tony's desire to do good.
The secret international organization that seems to only affect Captain America is one of the best parts of the MCU, and you can fight me on that.
Hydra is responsible for just so much drama, and part of me hopes that this chapter of the MCU isn't quite over yet.
Yes, his costume was very silly, but Michael Keaton still crushed it as Adrian Toomes.
I legitimately didn't see it coming when he was revealed to be Liz's dad, and that scene in the car when he figures out Peter's identity is bone-chilling.
Toomes also drops a building on Spider-Man (who he knows is just a kid), and it's very upsetting to watch.
Hela is the knife-wielding goth witch that we all deserve and I can't thank Taika Waititi enough for blessing us with this movie. More female characters, please!
Hela was funny, interesting, deadly, and played by Cate Blanchett, which is basically everything I look for in a villain.
Loki is so compelling as a villain because we really know him. I mean, the dude is in more movies than most of the members of the Avengers!
Loki is complicated because he has done bad and good things — but even when he is doing bad, he is still difficult to hate because he's so tragic.
The MCU wouldn't be the same without him, and TBH, he carried the first two Thor movies.
Physically, the Winter Solider is Captain America's most challenging villain. I mean, Cap basically had to fight a helicopter just to slow the guy down.However, he also Cap's biggest emotional challenge, and that's what really makes him great.Also, his fight scenes in The Winter Soldier are some of the best the MCU has to offer.
Say what you want about Zemo's convoluted plan, but he was a fantastic villain.
Zemo knows he can't fight the Avengers, so he manipulates them and drives a wedge between them that is still present seven movies later.
Also, that scene where he cruelly triggers Bucky's brainwashing is one of my faves.
Thanos was teased for years, and he somehow managed to live up to the hype.
Thanos wasn't the monster we were expecting, and that's a good thing. Just like Loki and the Winter Soldier, Thanos is complicated and conflicted, and that makes him interesting.
He also murdered half the Avengers, so yeah, he's a top-tier villain.
Erik Killmonger is Marvel's best villain, and this is not up for debate.
Erik is so impressive as a villain because it's easy to understand his motivations and empathize with his story while simultaneously being horrified by his extreme actions.
Michael B. Jordan is perfect in this role, and my only criticism is we didn't get to see more of him.