When Did Marvel Villains Get Good? – Nostalgia Critic

The MCU has hit after hit, but their villains have been dud after dud. Somehow though, they recently got better and better. What is Marvel doing now that’s different from before?

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  1. I actually didn’t like Ego but I don’t know why. So I would say it started with Vulture because him being working class made him relatable except when he caused harm to people. I think Marvel will continue with good villains.

  2. Please review the 1986 Cannon Group film Dangerously Close! Maybe this Siskel and Ebert review would entice you: https://siskelebert.org/?p=1028

  3. That’s… Doctor Doom.
    Now that I think about it, all the good qualities that these villains like Killmonger and Thanos have, and the ones they take from Loki and seem to make him great, are all qualities of Doom.
    The sheer enjoyment of what he does, the feel of abandonment and loss, his undoubtful arrogance, his plans going astray because of it, his complete believe taht peace can only be achieved if he rules the world and puts out the injustices, the sheer power and intelligence that make you believe that his boasts are actually undeniable facts, the complexity of his phsycology…
    MCU’s Loki is basically a half-Doom. Doom is probably the most relatable, charming, unique and focused villain of Marvel. So don’t you drop the ball now, Marvel. When you get the 4F and Doom to the MCU, you better do right the absolute brilliance and enjoyment that is Doctor Doom.
    Because Doom demands it!

  4. First! because no one said it.

  5. I’d throw Zemo from Civil War in there too. He hits those 4 marks AND… HE WINS! He achieves his objective. And we understand where his anger and hurt come from.

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