While Marvel has accomplished something truly magnificent with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the franchise is not without its faults. One common criticism from fans is the lack of interesting villains (we’re looking at you Malekith). The villains in this list are over the top and ridiculous, but Marvel has managed to find success by diving into their comic’s rich history and using characters that no one thought could be put to screen, so these could be looked at for Phase 4 which begins with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Guardians of the Galaxy proved that no matter how ludicrous an idea seems, it's more than possible to make a good movie based around a cast that reflects the sometimes wacky nature of comics.
These villains are laughable, yes, but let’s not forget that Marvel managed to take a geriatric lunatic in a bird suit and turn him into the Vulture that we saw in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the Vulture was one of the most compelling villains to come out of the MCU and part of what made the movie so great. These Marvel villains from the comics are so crazy that they just might be able to pull off the same trick when things completely change after Avengers: Endgame.
* M.O.D.O.K. feature image by artist John Gallagher.
A recurring Daredevil villain, Wilbur Day is an engineer turned professional criminal. If you couldn’t guess from the name, his main gimmick is that he uses hydraulic stilts and an armored suit to pull off his robberies. While he started off as just a simple man wanting to find some money the easy way (using 300 foot tall telescopic legs to rob banks), Stilt-Man has become so much more. Some of his misadventures through Marvel comics include: being hit by a shrink ray and finding himself trapped in the microverse, using a Z-ray weapon to transport Goliath and other heroes to an alien planet, and having his suit upgraded with Stark tech to battle Iron Man himself.
Running around in giant stilts was such a good idea that there have been three other criminals to don the armor and take on the mantle of Stilt-Man. There was even a Lady Stilt-Man, who was defeated when Deadpool removed a manhole cover and she accidentally got her leg caught.
Arcade could be an excellent chance for Marvel to try their hands at horror. In the comics, Arcade is an assassin who becomes extremely wealthy after murdering his own father. Deciding to put his money to use, Arcade builds an underground lair and calls it Murderworld. For the reasonable price of 1 million dollars, Arcade is a hitman for hire, who will personally design his Murderworld for each target. He takes the fears and weaknesses of each victim and disguises his Murderworld as an amusement park with all sorts of elaborate and fatal games.
Giving the whole thing an even darker turn, Arcade dresses and acts comedically, with his amusement park having a bright and cheerful style. Despite being paid a large sum as a hitman, Arcade always allows his victims a fair chance to escape. He can design a whole underground amusement park with complex traps but doesn’t realize that trapping superheroes in a “Murderworld” and letting them escape is a really bad move, as they'll likely do their best to find you afterward.
This villain might be the hardest on the list to pull off, but if Marvel managed to, it would go down as one of the greatest accomplishments in movie history. Beloved by fans, MODOK is a giant head that rides around in a levitating chair. Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing (yes, that’s where his name really comes from) was a normal human mutated by AIM. He gains super intelligence to the point where he can predict enemies moves almost like seeing the future. Oh, and he can also shoot lasers out of his giant head, because why not? While he would be extremely hard to put to screen without instantly being laughed at, there would be something beautiful about Marvel putting a gargantuan, laser shooting head with tiny arms and legs in a movie.
Fin Fang Foom
Fin Fang Foom is a fan favorite villain. A giant green dragon that can fly at supersonic speeds and spew fire from his mouth, Fin Fang Foom is nothing to be messed with, despite his comical name. Dragons have always been used as a stereotypical monster for a simple reason, as they’re downright terrifying. Though Fin Fang Foom may seem like just a simple monster, his backstory is much more complex. First appearing when awakened from his slumber by a young Chinese man named Chan Liuchow, Foom went on to become a Marvel regular. The fearsome dragon has faced off against a wide variety of heroes, though he is primarily an Iron Man villain.
The opportunity to finally bring the fan favorite into the MCU could not come at a better time. With Guardians of the Galaxy and the events of Infinity War, the scope of the MCU has started to extend far beyond Earth. Fin Fang Foom is originally from the planet Kakaranathara and his alien origin wouldn’t feel out of place with the extension of the Marvel Universe. The introduction of Fin Fang Foom could also lead to the return of the real Mandarin, not the one played by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3. The original Mandarin gained his powers from the use of ten rings that he recovered from Fin Fang Foom’s alien ship. Bringing the giant green dragon into the movies would be the perfect way to introduce two of Marvel’s best villains.
Dr. Jonathan Ohnn was a scientist attempting to create portals and he partially succeeded. Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan and he found his entire body covered with black portals that he could use to teleport anything anywhere. After what I’m sure was an extensive and rigorous decision-making process, he decided to give himself the supervillain name of “The Spot.”
While part of the appeal of this Spider-Man villain is the glorious quips that would come from any encounter (Spider-Man collapsed with laughter the first time they met in the comics), he also could make the transition to screen and become a much more menacing threat. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, we saw Ghost, another scientific experiment gone wrong, become a seriously creepy antagonist. Though he looks strangely similar to a Dalmatian, The Spot’s power set is no joke. He has the ability to create portals to anywhere that can transport anything which he can make any size. The Spot is practically begging to be underestimated and could really subvert expectations in the MCU.