The Marvel Cinematic Universe is often criticized for having a “villain problem,” but these movies have had plenty of great villains. The best ones have believable motivations, a fully developed character arc, and a sympathetic side.
They also have to feel like a real match for the heroes. A couple of years ago, for the first time ever, an MCU villain won. He actually succeeded in carrying out his evil plan – donning the Infinity Gauntlet, snapping his fingers, and wiping out half of all life in the universe – and a timeless villain was born. So, here are The 10 Best MCU Villain Funko Pops, Ranked.
10 Funko POP! Marvel: Avengers Infinity War – Thanos
The twist ending of Avengers: Infinity War will go down in film history. We’d all spent ten years going to see MCU movies and, no matter what villain Earth’s mightiest heroes faced, they always managed to triumph over them by the time the end credits rolled.
And then the Mad Titan came along. He said he was going to collect all the Infinity Stones, put them in the Infinity Gauntlet, snap his fingers, and decimate half the life in the universe, and to many moviegoers’ surprise, at the end of the movie, that’s exactly what he did. Thanos is an unforgettable villain.
9 Funko Pop Movie Moments: Marvel – Captain America and Red Skull Collectible Figure, Multicolor
In the comics, Red Skull is Captain America’s primary enemy. He’s the Joker to Cap’s Batman or the Lex Luthor to his Superman. So, it was only fitting that Red Skull was the villain in Cap’s first solo outing in the MCU – and it was a delightful surprise when he reappeared years later.
It’s a shame that we’ll never get to see the two have a rematch in the MCU, since Captain America is now an elderly man and Red Skull is back on Vormir, protecting the Soul Stone. Still, you can commemorate the time we did see them fight with this Funko Pop.
8 Funko Pop! Marvel: Captain Marvel – Yon-Rogg
The MCU has a tendency to disguise its villains as good guys, only for a twist to reveal them to be a bad guy later in the movie. This is the way it went for Ego, Mysterio, Obadiah Stane, and earlier this year, Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel.
Jude Law’s Kree character was introduced as a mentor figure to Carol Danvers, teaching her how to fight and leading her into battle with the Skrulls. However, when it turned out that the Skrulls were just refugees looking for a home and the Kree were a merciless military force, Yon-Rogg was revealed to be a villain.
7 Funko Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man Far from Home – Molten Man
Molten Man is one of the most recent MCU villains to be introduced. Although the Elementals in Spider-Man: Far From Home turned out to be illusions created by Mysterio, surprising pretty much no one who’d read the comics, they’re still cool-looking characters. Drawn from B-list Spidey villains like Hydro-Man and the Sandman – and, indeed, Molten Man – the Elementals were spectacularly realized on the big screen by director Jon Watts (even if they turned out to be projections created by drones).
Molten Man was the last one for Spidey and Mysterio to face, as Mysterio put on a good show in the center of Prague.
6 Funko 35799 Movie Moments Marvel: Avengers Infinity War Thor Vs. Thanos, Multicolor
“You should’ve gone for the head.” Those are the words that turned Thor into an overweight alcoholic. In Infinity War, he has a new weapon forged out of a dying star, Stormbreaker, and arrives at Wakanda to kill Thanos with it. He launches the axe into Thanos’ shoulder and the Mad Titan tells him that if he’d aimed for his head, he would’ve saved humanity.
5 Funko POP! Marvel: Avengers Infinity War – Proxima Midnight
Thanos’ henchmen, who go by the collective name “the Black Order” – and, on some occasions, “the Children of Thanos” – are not the most memorable villains in the MCU, but they do loyally serve the most memorable villain in the MCU. Plus, the members of the Black Order did get involved in some pretty awesome moments in the last two Avengers movies.
Proxima Midnight was fighting Scarlet Witch in the Battle of Wakanda in Infinity War and told her she was going to die alone. And then Black Widow showed up with Okoye and said, “She’s not alone,” before kicking Proxima Midnight’s butt.
4 Pop! Marvel: Thor Ragnarok – Hela Masked
The Thor movies have always had a very strong thematic basis in family, whether it’s Thor battling against his deceitful brother Loki or trying to cope with the death of his mother Frigga. So, it made sense that the primary villain in his third solo outing – flanked by secondary villains Surtur and the Grandmaster – was his long-lost evil sister Hela.
Cate Blanchett did a fantastic job of channeling villains like Maleficent and Cruella de Vil to give us a wonderfully camp take on the character that fit right into the quirky tone set for the film by director Taika Waititi.
3 Funko Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man Far from Home – Mysterio
Marvel fans rejoiced when the team behind Spider-Man: Far From Home kept Mysterio’s costume accurate to the comics, down to the fishbowl helmet. Due to his use of drone technology and advanced projectors, Mysterio’s illusions felt more grounded and realistic in the movie than in the comics, but thankfully, that was the only change to his character.
Despite the trailers depicting him as a hero (although no one ever really bought that), he turned out to be a villain like in the source material, and he wore a cloudy fishbowl on his head and a giant cape on his shoulders.
2 Funko Pop! Marvel: Black Panther Movie – Erik Killmonger (Styles May Vary) Collectible Figure
Erik Killmonger is one of those terrific villains whose motivations make sense. He isn’t just an evil guy; we get why he’s so angry. Michael B. Jordan had recently played the Human Torch when Ryan Coogler offered him the villain role in Black Panther – the two had previously collaborated on Coogler’s prior films, Fruitvale Station and Creed – and it’s a good thing Jordan was willing to play another comic book role, because he gave us one of the MCU’s all-time great villains.
Even though he was followed a few months later by Thanos in Infinity War, Killmonger remained a memorable character.
1 Funko Pop! Marvel: Avengers Endgame – Thanos
Thanos had a slightly different look in Avengers: Endgame than he had in Infinity War. In fact, he had two different looks. At the beginning, we see him as a peaceful farmer. Towards the end, we see him as an armor-clad tyrant with a double-bladed sword.
In combat in the movie’s final battle, Thanos appeared to be stronger and more virile than he was in Infinity War, because he was a younger version who traveled into the future to destroy the Avengers. Thankfully, he didn’t get to do that, because Iron Man got his hands on the Infinity Stones and turned him to dust.
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