By James Scout/ September 15, 2022

Top 10 Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains Of All Time

The role of a villain in an MCU film is almost always the most interesting. Being the hero is cool; they get all of the glory and fandom.

Top 10 Marvel Universe Villains

If someone wants to play a villain in a superhero film? Most of the time that will be one of the most fun roles—fun, it's wrong—and it will only last for one shoot. The MCU has tapped Hollywood royalty (Robert Redford, Kurt Russell), legitimate megastars (Michael B. Jordan).

Top 10 Marvel Universe Villains 

Avengers: Age of Ultron is quite one of the weirdest movies Marvel has made thus far, and considering it's the sequel to their first BIG movie, that's quite a risk. Writer/director Joss Whedon asks big, difficult, and dark questions concerning this film

10. Ultron – Age of Ultron

The tricky thing about Mysterio is you have to spend half the movie pretending he's a good guy, even when you know he's not. Jake Gyllenhaal does a convincing job (that's why he's Jake Gyllenhaal).

9. Mysterio - Spider-Man:

From a physical standpoint, The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes is one of the most formidable baddies in the MCU. He's led to some of the franchise's best close-quarters combat scenes and offers an emotional point of conflict with Steve Rogers.

8. The Winter Soldier

Vulture is an amazing new addition to Spider-Man's already spectacular rogue gallery. Still, regarding Spidey villains, only one person could be considered the ultimate foe. Spider-Man: No Way Home took things a step further by bringing back the man who started it all: Norman Osborne.

7. Green Goblin 

During the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Hela is released from her imprisonment following the death of her father, Odin. Noticing that Asgard requires a new ruler, Hela plans to seize the throne and establish a new empire. Still, her younger brothers, Thor and Loki, constantly stand in her way.

6. Hela - Thor: Ragnarok

Ego, the Living Planet certainly has one of the better story arcs of any Marvel villain, especially given how it plays out narratively. Elizabeth Debicki's Ayesha turns out to be something of a red herring in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—a pre-villain of sorts.

5. Ego - Guardians of the Galaxy 

Captain America: Civil War is a surprising film that extends to Daniel Bruhl's villainous Helmut Zemo. A revenge thriller is not exactly a new idea. Still, the lengths to which Zemo goes to exact his revenge

4. Helmut Zemo – Civil War

Let's get started. The main villain. The worst of the worst. Thanos erased half of the known world in one *snap*, but it's more than that. From Iron Man to Endgame, the build-up to Thanos very much defined the whole pace of the MCU's first vast plot arc

3. Thanos 

Loki held that title for a long time regarding the ultimate Marvel villain. Not until our #1 appeared did a single other MCU villain match the pathos of Tom Hiddleston's Loki, who stole Thor even before he was revealed to be an antagonistic force.

2. Loki – Thor and The Avengers

Black Panther is Marvel Studios' most notable film to date. It achieved that through the precise, thoughtful, and bold creative vision of co-writer/director Ryan Coogler. That vision wasn't just one of T'Challa getting into fisticuffs with a threat to the Wakandan throne,

1. Killmonger - Black Panther

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