MCU: Why Do Fans Love These Villains the Most?

The superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are some of the most popular film characters of all time, and it’s easy to see why. They’re funny, kind, humble, strong, selfless, and often put themselves in harm’s way to save others.

However, when watching movies from the MCU, many fans sometimes can’t help also sympathize with a few villains here and there, especially those that have relatable backstories or that bring interesting conflicts into the universe. Let’s take a look at the top 5 most loved villains in the MCU.

5. Ego from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Ego the Living Planet is a Celestial often touted as one of the most powerful people in the MCU. He can be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, where he is revealed to be Star-Lord’s father as well as a villainous entity that wants to transform the whole universe into an extension of himself.

Fans seem to like Ego because he is quite different from other villains in the MCU. For one thing, his evil ways are kept hidden from everyone, including the audience, for a long time.

When we find out that Star-Lord’s father isn’t actually as nice as we all thought, it surely makes for an intriguing plot twist.

Moreover, Ego’s backstory being linked to Star-Lord’s past also allows him to be a rather complex character, which means that viewers become invested and in turns can understand the reasoning behind his actions.

4. The Mandarin from ‘Iron Man 3’

In Iron Man 3, the supervillain persona The Mandarin is portrayed by two people – Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian. Slattery is the public face of The Mandarin, although he is only just a British actor who was hired to do the part. Killian, on the other hand, is a genius scientist who is ultimately the brain behind The Mandarin.

The character was originally not like this in the comic books. The Mandarin was supposed to be a racist caricature reminiscent of Fu Manchu, an evil character in the early 20th century often cited as stereotyping East Asian people.

Since The Mandarin could no longer be made in this offensive manner, the writers of Iron Man 3 tackled the character in a different way. Trevor Slattery playing The Mandarin, especially, became a hit with viewers for his hilariously whimsical behavior.

3. Adrian Toomes from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Adrian Toomes is the owner of a cleanup company who lost a contract with the government to Tony Stark. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Toomes is enraged by this loss of business and becomes an evil weapon dealer.

Although Toomes initially seems like a cookie-cutter villain in the MCU, his big plot twist moment comes when Peter Parker finds out that he is the father of his crush, Liz.

Fans enjoy Toomes as the dynamic between him and Peter Parker really takes the whole “impressing your crush’s parents” to a terrifying new level, which plays well into the film’s idea that Parker is an average high school kid who is also not average at all.

2. Killmonger from ‘Black Panther’

In Black Panther, Killmonger is the alias of Erik Stevens, a relative of the royal family of Wakanda. Having grew up in the U.S., he understands racial tensions in Western countries well and seeks to overthrow T’Challa in order to use Wakanda’s impressive technology to help disenfranchised black people around the world.

This motive for his evil actions is a big reason why a lot of fans might not even consider Killmonger a villain. His heart seems to be in the right place and, especially in this period of time when inequality in the U.S. is at the forefront of people’s minds, it’s hard not to support him.

1. Loki from ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’ movies

Loki is one of the most famous villains from the MCU. He has appeared in several films and is known for being the mischievous, power-hungry brother of Thor. His evil ways are backed up by his tragic past, which includes being lied to about his identity and his father constantly favoring Thor over him.

Loki’s past is filled with sympathy-evoking moments, which makes him complex and is why a lot of fans can’t help but feel for him. Moreover, he’s a brilliant and captivating character, effectively oozing of that irresistible bad-boy charm that viewers can’t get enough of.