The 10 Worst MCU Villains, According To Reddit

Now Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been released, MCU fans are now looking forward to the next big event movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will feature the villain Kang. Kang is promised to be a Thanos-level threat and will have a profound impact on the universe, but not every MCU villain has had anywhere near as much impact


The cinematic universe has had a major issue with underwhelming villains over the past 14 years. Between a sympathy-seeking terrorist, a power-hungry SWORD operative, and a fire-breathing businessman, these villains left fans disappointed, but not everyone can be the next Thanos.

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Malekith

The 10 Worst MCU Villains, According To Reddit

Loki being the villain in Thor was a hard act to follow but it feels like Marvel Studios didn’t even try with Malekith. The Thor: The Dark World villain was the first example of the villain-of-the-week problem that the MCU has and he’s by far one of the most unmemorable antagonists in the franchise.

DweebNRoll is the first to mention the villain, noting “When the villain’s right-hand man is more of a threat than the main villain… you know something is wrong. Just needed to be written better.” The Redditor is referring to the underrated Kurse, as the villain was imposing, terrifying, and looked like the Predator. That aspect of the movie was well done, but the henchman should never outshine the main villain.

Aldrich Killian

Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3

Skyguy_2020 points to the Iron Man 3 villain, Aldrich Killian, as the MCU’s worst protagonist. The Redditor mentions, “His motivations were just stupid. And fire breath? Really?” The 2010 movie is known for the bait and switch that reveals The Mandarin isn’t a villain but a beer-drinking theater actor from London named Trevor.

However, the biggest letdown wasn’t that The Mandarin didn’t exist but that it led to Aldrich Killian being revealed as the main antagonist. It was a fun twist, but once the movie starts repeating the plot of the previous two Iron Man movies, which is that a billionaire wants Stark’s tech, it becomes a little derivative. And the fire breath didn’t make much sense either.

Karli Morgenthau

Karli Morgenthau looking distressed in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Karli is one of the newest villains in the MCU, as she leads the Flagsmashers, the terrorist organization, in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. While the series was generally well-received, most fans and critics agreed that the Flagsmashers were underwritten, and trying to get audiences to relate to the organization and humanizing Karli was such a strange choice.

Mkmakashaggy puts it best, noting, “I don’t understand why they kept trying to force it on us that she is somehow sympathetic after murdering civilians.” And as hard as the show tried to make viewers sympathize with Karli, it was impossible given that she was completely unsympathetic and emotionless.

Yon-Rogg

Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel.

Alvmont thinks Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel is the worst villain in the MCU. The Redditor comments, “Even before Carol got ridiculously overpowered, he was already being slapped around.” However, the whole point of Yon-Rogg wasn’t that he was physically powerful, but that he continued to gaslight Carol and emotionally manipulate her, and that’s because he knew he didn’t have any true power over her.

However, despite that, and despite being the main villain of the series, he’s the least memorable part of the film. Fans even remember Ronan’s brief appearance at the very end before they remember Yon-Rogg.

Scarlet Witch

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Esmelucina argues that Scarlet Witch is the worst villain that Marvel Studios has to offer, calling her “the most underdeveloped villain with perhaps the least compelling premise.” It’s understandable if the user feels fatigued after she has had such a strong presence in Phase 4, but this is a hugely unpopular opinion.

Wanda is the MVP of Phase 4 between WandaVision spirit Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Both releases depicted Wanda fully embracing her alter ego, and in Multiverse of Madnessshe was as close to an Evil Dead Deadite as she could be in a Marvel movie. Scarlet Witch is all-powerful, has a purpose, and is terrifying.

Tyler Hayward

Hayward talking to Monica in WandaVision

Tyler Hayward is the high-ranking SWORD operative who worked on stopping Wanda and getting to the bottom of what was going on in Westview. Baronradd thinks he’s one of the worst villains in the MCU and that he almost ruined the series. The Redditor explains, “I loved almost everything else about WandaVision but he was really bad.”

In fairness, he arguably wasn’t a villain in WandaVision and he was willing to do anything it took to stop Wanda. While he might have been extremely unlikable, didn’t listen to his peers, and took advantage of his power, he was simply trying to do his job efficiently.

Ronan The Accuser

Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy.

While Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most acclaimed MCU movies and was a brave move for Marvel Studios at the time, Trish77x has a major problem with Ronan the Accuser. The Redditor explains, “For a character that had as much potential as he had and to be butchered to the extent he was is mind-blowing.”

The worst part about the character, who is generally a force to be reckoned with in the comic books, is that he lost to the Guardians after simply being distracted by a dance-off started by Peter Quill. It’s a ridiculous moment and one that doesn’t do Ronan justice whatsoever. However, actor Lee Pace nailed Ronan’s mannerisms, and his stoic and reserved personality is a great counter-balance to the Guardians’ goofy interactions.

Sonny Birch

Sonny Burch in Ant-Man and the Wasp

Absherlock points to Sonny Birch (Walton Goggins), the businessman in Ant-Man and the Wasp as the worst villain. The Redditor adds, “Totally nothing. Not even a threat, just an annoyance.” Goggins typically plays manipulative southern alpha males, and Sonny felt like a caricature of some of the actor’s great previous roles.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is one of the most easy-going, low-stakes, and entertaining MCU movies, and for that reason, it’s easily one of the most watchable too. Unfortunately, the movie has a one-two punch of terrible villains, as not only is Sonny forgettable, but Ghost is poorly written too. However, Ghost will have a bigger role in the Multiverse Saga, as she’ll feature in Thunderboltswhich could give the character a much better arc.

Taskmaster

Taskmaster Development Thunderbolts

GodFlintstone takes issue with the depiction of Taskmaster in Black Widow, who was a fan-favorite comic book character. The Redditor explains, “There was really no reason to ‘Bane’ Taskmaster by making the character nothing more than a silent heavy.” Taskmaster is one of the most colorful characters in the MCU, and the villain has a Deadpool-like personality, but all of that was stripped away and was relegated to nothing more than a henchman role.

Even comparing the Black Widow character two Batman & Robin’s Bane is a disservice to the 1997 movie, as Bane is at least comedic and intentionally silly. While Taskmaster had a personal vendetta against Natasha, be the final act, viewers didn’t care.

Mystery

Jake Gyllenhall as Quintin Beck (aka Mysterio) in the MCU.

In what is another unpopular opinion, VanilliBean complains about Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Redditor questions the character’s inherently ridiculous motives, noting, “Tony stark named my invention barf so I’m finna mentally abuse his successor, try to kill him, and ruin his career.”

The villain’s motive doesn’t make perfect sense, and it is petty, but whether it’s Killmonger, Aldrich Killian, or Yellow Jacket, there’s a long pattern of MCU villains being petty and holding silly grudges. Mysterio was mostly faithful to the beloved comic book character, and although he died, fans will likely see a variant of him in the future. It’d be the ultimate payoff given that he was the character who first brought the idea of ​​a multiverse into the MCU.

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