Hard Targets: 14 Marvel Villains Perfect For Netflix (And 15 That Would Be Impossible To Adapt)

Out of all of the bright spots that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer, one of the best things they ever did was creating a television universe exclusive to Netflix as a home for their darker characters that may seem out of place in their lighthearted big screen movies. Not only has it proven to be a happy in-house alternative for fans begging for something grittier and riskier from their Marvel movies, but the Netflix Marvel television universe has given us some of the most captivating hours of television that Netflix has to offer. Most of the street level characters would look out of place fighting off an alien invasion (save for Spider-Man, who functions as the normal man's insight into hanging out with geniuses, gods and classic heroes), so the Netflix characters are a nice change of pace from the world-threatening enemies of the big screen.

Fans are all the more enthusiastic to see these shows return for new seasons, especially to see which villains they will face off against which each coming season. Everyone fan has their own opinions as to who should show up as the big threat in the new seasons, but there are just as many opinions on who shouldn't. To give our readers the best of both worlds, here is a list compiling all of the fantastic villains we think would be perfect candidates to be adapted to Marvel's Netflix universe, and villains who we hope never come near the streaming service.

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As brutal and ruthless as they come, Gideon Mace was one of Luke Cage's most recurring enemies back in the day. He served time in the military and in the Vietnam War, but while raiding a village during that time, the Colonel lost his hand following an incident with an explosive mine.

To compensate, he replaced his hand with a giant metal spiked mace. While he has a fascinating backstory for a villain, the metal ball for a hand part is a little too over the top for Marvel's Netflix universe.


Another former member of The Hand, Lady Bullseye was taken and imprisoned by the Yakuza, but was rescued after Bullseye took out her captors. After watching him commit the deed in real time, she was inspired to grow up to be a supervillain in her own right.

One of the more interesting things about her character is that her alter ego is as a lawyer, meaning that by day she trades verbal barbs with Matt Murdock in the courtroom, and by night squares off with Daredevil.


It was Daredevil #78 where we first saw a low level street thug turn into Man-Bull after being the subject of a government experiment that gave him super strength and super speed in exchange for combining him with a bull.

Man-Bull has locked horns with both Daredevil and The Punisher, but don't expect it to happen again on either of their Netflix shows. The concept of a humanoid bull just sounds too cheesy for either one of their dark, serious shows.


This lumbering dolt of a henchman has already made his live action debut in the Thomas Jane version of The Punisher, where he was played by Kevin Nash. While the film as a whole received lackluster reviews, The Russian's fight scene against Frank Castle was one of the few bright spots of the film that fans liked.

Netflix has a chance to duplicate that success if they reintroduce The Russian. As an added bonus, The Russian happens to work for Ma Gnucci, another perfect entry on this list.


As a villain, Boomerang has a long and complicated history with many of the heroes who currently claim Netflix as their home. Boomerang has traded fists with Daredevil dozens of times, he has been hired to take out Iron Fist, and he even helped The Punisher escape from prison.

Of course, the character using a boomerang as a weapon of choice is a little bit too campy for the gritty tone of the Netflix's Marvel shows. Plus, as far as characters with perfect aim are concerned, fans would rather see Bullseye in the role.


The first episode of The Punisher saw Frank Castle take out a loan shark, as well as his entire gang. This guy happened to be a member of the Gnucci crime family, and this could be a way to introduce one of The Punisher's most infamous rivals: Ma Gnucci.

In the comics, Castle crosses paths with the crime boss after he takes out three of her sons, and she hunts him down for the sake of revenge. Sounds like a backstory that would translate perfectly into the Marvel Netflix world.


Silvio Manfredi -- nicknamed Silvermane due to his white hair -- was the figurehead of the Maggio crime syndicate whose obsession with retaining his youth had turned him into a cyborg. After an attempt on his life failed, Silvio was reduced to a talking head, which he attached to the body of a robot.

Animatronic robot suits and magic youth potions sounds a little too wacky for the gritty universe of Mavel's Netflix franchise, so don't expect him to take on Daredevil on Netflix any time soon.


Considering the Marvel shows' frequent interest in portraying The Hand as an antagonistic force, Tenfingers is a villain that would make the most sense to introduce next.

A former member of The Hand, Tenfingers went on to run his own cult called The Church of Sheltering Hands, where he offers shelter to illegals. Daredevil often was the one to tussle with him, but we can just as easily see Tenfingers make an appearance on Iron Fist due to his mystical connections.


Jackal Clone Saga

In the comics, The Jackal manipulates The Punisher into a fight with Spider-Man. Considering how increasingly hesitant that Marvel Studios seems to allow their Netflix properties to crossover into their big screen counterparts -- and vice versa -- it is unlikely we'll ever see The Jackal come between Spidey and Frank Castle.

Which is a shame, because with the right writing, The Jackal can prove to be a compelling criminal mastermind and would prove to be a fun character if Netflix took the chance.


Taskmaster is a supervillain who can perfectly mimic another person's mannerisms, movements, skills, talents and abilities just by watching them do it onnce. Meaning that if he sees someone fight, the Taskmaster instantly learns their technique exactly the way they do it, and immediately has a counter in his head for every one of their moves.

He often used these abilities against Daredevil. Taskmaster would make a formidable opponent if he ever stepped foot onto the blind Avenger's Netflix show.


Clearly, everything from the very concept of Jack O' Lantern, right down to the villain's physical appearance just reads off as something from an over the top Halloween movie.

Granted, it would make for some wildly entertaining material, but it would bring about a tone that does not fit the stark serious and dark tone that the Netflix Marvel shows have been riding for the past few years. As fun as it would be to see Jack O' Lantern in live action, he's not a character that Netflix would see breaking that traditional tone for.


Maggie Farrell Daredevil Father

Nicknamed Johnny Sockets, Maggie Farrell has an awfully tragic backstory that would be perfect for Marvel's Netflix universe. Farrell's tragedy struck when a young Daredevil saved the life of Maggie's blind father.

This would be all well and dandy, except when we discover that Maggie's father went on to do particularly horrible things to Maggie for several years to come. All of this made Maggie go insane. Not only did she grow up to become a criminal, she swore vengeance over Daredevil for saving her father's life.


Mysterio illusion

Since Mysterio is already slated to appear in Spider-Man: Far from Home, and Marvel never once to cross over their film universe into their Netflix universe, we doubt Mysterio would ever show up on Daredevil, although we would love to see it happen.

During the "Guardian Devil", a cancer stricken Mysterio proves to be a thorn in Daredevil's side, manifesting his biggest tragedy to date. It would be perfect for adaptation, but alas, impossible to pull off due to Marvel's crossover hesitation.


Barracuda always served as The Joker to Frank Castle's Batman -- the Ying to his Yang. Archenemies who are polar opposites, but at the same time, exactly the same. Like Castle, Barracuda served in the military and had a tragedy strike his family.

The only difference between the two is that when Barracuda was hit by tragedy, it turned him into a psychopath with no remorse for anyone. Bringing him to the Netflix show could bring a captivating dynamic to the show.


Similar to the iconic literature character of the same name, Dr. Calvin Zebo has an evil alter ego called Mr. Hyde. Although, to be fair, Dr. Zebo wasn't much of a saint himself. The only major difference between Zebo and Hyde is that the latter becomes much taller and even stronger than his former counterpart.

We already saw Mr. Hyde adapted in the MCU series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- played by Kyle MacLachlan -- so it is unlikely that Marvel is willing to go to the well with Hyde twice on two vastly different shows.


Moses Magnum is man who took a childhood fascination with weapons, and turned it into a global phenomenon. He founded a weapons manufacturing company called Deterrence Research Corporation.

His dastardly plans for world domination and destruction put him on the radar of not only The Punisher, but even that of the X-Men and The Avengers. But it was his defeat to Luke Cage that made Moses a notable adversary to The Power Man. Stuff like that should translate well into the Netflix series.


In an origin story that sounds far too similar to Mysterio for the MCU to allow on-screen, Jester was once Jonathan Powers, a failed actor who decided to commit himself to a life of crime when acting was not working out.

He uses gadgets crafted for him by The Tinkerer and a set of gymnastic skills he obtained from acting to perfect his crime skills. A bit too much camp for any of the Netflix shows to handle. Jester was usually nothing more than a punching bag to the heroes anyway, so it's not a big loss.


Tombstone is an albino African American from Harlem who gains extraordinary feats of strength after taking part in an Oscorp experiment. He uses his powers to work as a hitman for the nastiest crime syndicates in New York.

Tombstone often squared off in the comics against Daredevil and The Punisher, but considering how similar his birthplace and source of powers compare to Luke Cage's, Tombstone would not seem so out of place making an appearance on his show as well.



Electro is usually associated with opposing Spider-Man, but he has also crossed paths with Daredevil. In fact, Electro was very first major supervillain that Daredevil crossed paths in, back when the blind vigilante still rocked a bit of yellow with his red in the second ever issue of the Daredevil comic book series.

However, it looks like there are already plans in place to bring Electro back to the big screen through a Sinister Six movie, so it looks unlikely that Marvel would bring him to Netflix instead.


After The Defenders defeated The Hand in the miniseries of the same name, the next logical step would be for Netflix to tease the next big threat, and logically, that threat should be something or someone that is closely affiliated to the threat that brought these heroes together in the first place.

Enter Lady Gorgon, a telepath and firearms expert who is already rumored to debut on Iron Fist's second season.


There have been three men who have picked up the mantle of Chemistro, but they all share virtually the same brand of powers and tech. More specifically, they all have access to an alchemy gun that can emit radiation and turn wood into pure metal, and basically any pure substance into another type of substance.

With all due respect, stuff like that sounds too much like material for a Saturday Morning Cartoon villain, and wouldn't last two seconds in the gritty world of Marvel's Netflix universe.


As a child, Parker Robbins happened to watch Daredevil battle Electro, and the moment had a profound effect on the young man. He grew up to become a petty thief to help his ailing mother and pregnant wife. One day, he shoots a demon, and steals his boots and hood, which gives Robbins powers.

He uses his newfound abilities to start his own criminal organization, packed with supervillains. While the Electro part might be tough to bring to Netflix, this is a wholly original villain backstory that deserves the Netflix treatment.


Leap-Frog, while there have been two different villains to go by that title, is only ever merely a man in a giant animatronic frog suit. He even has coils on the bottom of his feet that allow him to jump -- or, rather leap -- high in the air just like a frog.

Needless to say, this is way too silly of a villain for Marvel to even consider bringing him to their Netflix series, or even their cinematic movies for that matter.


The Wrecking Crew were a horde of supervillains that often feuded with The Defenders. Each member of the group had a gimmick related to construction work.

While that aspect of them will obviously need to be nixed before they are even considered for the Netflix treatment, they could have a similar backstory to Vulture's in Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he was a blue collar construction worker who got laid off by Tony Stark, and that inspires him to commit villainy.


Just as his name suggests, The Matador is, well, a matador. That's really it. He has no powers to speak of, except he is a criminal who just happens to be really good at matadoring.

So good, in fact, that somehow, he has thwarted Daredevil's attempts to catch him just by distracting The Man Without Fear with his cape, just as he would do to a bull in an arena. It was just as goofy as it sounds and made Daredevil look like a total chump so, obviously, he wouldn't fit on his Netflix show.


Typhoid Mary has played antagonist to a bevy of Marvel superheroes -- Daredevil especially -- and for those who have been dying to see the character make her on-screen television Netflix debut, you are all in luck.

It has just been revealed that Typhoid Mary will in fact be arriving to Netflix in the fairly near future, and she will be played by Alice Eve of rebooted Star Trek fame. Mary will be making her long awaited debut during the second season of Iron Fist and, surprisingly, not in Daredevil.


A former law school classmate of Matt Murdock, Larry Cranston decided to use fear toxins to strike fear into the hearts of those he hates as the ever infamous Mister Fear.

We would love to see Mister Fear make an appearance on Netflix, but it is unlikely just because the entire concept of Mister Fear sounds way too familiar to a similar character which belongs to DC Comics with Scarecrow. Marvel may want to steer away from any comparisons to their competition.


Whenever conversations erupt between fans regarding which characters would be better suited for an adaptation onto Marvel's Netflix franchise, Daredevil's arch rival Bullseye is usually at the top of that list.

However, for whatever reason, we are two seasons deep into Daredevil, and Bullseye has yet to even so much as be hinted at. Hopefully, that sentiment changes when the third season arrives (all signs point to yes), because there is a strong demand for the character to make an appearance on the small screen.


There is a reason why Stilt-Man is one of the most heavily ridiculed supervillains in comic book history, and the reason why is pretty self-explanatory. Stilt-Man is nothing but a man, on stilts. Really, really big stilts.

He has remained as the butt of a joke whenever brought up in conversation, and it is likely that if this goofy villain was introduced into the hyper serious reality that Netflix Marvel shows strive for, that joke would continue to manifest itself.

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