If you’ve been following my blog or my Twitter page recently you will know that I LOVE Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I was already excited about the movie but when I actually sat in my local IMAX theater and watched it I was blown away by its profound storytelling and awe-inspiring moments. Shuri commanded the screen as the film’s lead and Namor pierced my heart with his searing performance, instantly joining my personal pantheon of favorite Marvel characters.
The movie, now having received five Academy Award nominations including Best Supporting Actress for Angela Basset, is filled with layers upon layers of details that make the film all the more rewarding. But a striking detail that I actually discovered several months ago but have only now decided to share is the fascinating parallels between T’Challa and Shuri’s journeys as the Black Panther. Let’s dive deeper.
What If…? continues to surprise me on a weekly basis and this latest episode really took me for a spin.
It focuses on Killmonger and honestly, I thought this series would turn him into a hero. It didn’t. In fact, it solidified Killmonger’s stance as a villain…and I LOVED IT!
This episode surprised me at every turn and wow, was it entertaining. When it concluded I was like, “Wait, what?!”
As I always say, if you haven’t watched this series because you think it isn’t necessary or worth the time trust me, it’s just as good as everything Marvel Studios has been giving us over the years. In fact, it’s actually kind of brilliant.
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It’s been a while since I’ve updated my Marvel villains roster but a lot has come out since then and after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings I felt it was the perfect time to revisit this list. (Btw, I will be including some What If…? villains into this story as well because there are a couple that really stood out to me.) Okay, here we go.
Malekith is still the worst MCU villain; the Dark Elf jibberish he speaks is ridiculous, and the entire design of the character is just not cool.
29. Karli Morgenthau
I wanted to like this character and while the writers tried to paint Karli in an empathetic light she and her scrappy band of Flag Smashers ultimately became some of my least favorite villains.
She brought nothing to this show and when she died I felt nothing.
28. Director Hayward
I think Director Hayward is undoubtedly the fandom’s most-hated villain and it’s easy to understand why. He is just so unbelievably dislikable and after seeing him manipulate the story about Wanda I disliked him even more!
Part of the reason why I don’t watch Ant-Man and the Wasp anymore is because I don’t like Ghost. But when she does return in the future I’ll be happy to see her.
26. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash
“I want my bird” is the only thing that makes this character half-memorable.
25. Ronan the Accuser
While Guardians of the Galaxy will always be one of my favorite Marvel films Ronan is just…corny. And he’s even worse in Captain Marvel.
I remember Marvel Studios years ago. Every movie was fun and some films were better than others but one element of the universe that was always lacking was the movies’ villains; Whiplash, Red Skull, Yellow Jacket, Ego, Secretary Pierce, Ronan, Ultron, etc.
These villains were, in a word, lame. And then we got Zemo.
In an instant, the typical antagonist whose grand plan was world domination was flipped on its head. The writers tricked us into thinking that this was Zemo’s motivations as the story unfolds with a predetermined conclusion that Zemo was about to unleash a small but mighty army of scary Super Soldiers onto The Avengers, only for that narrative to be flipped on its head when we realize Zemo’s only goal was to see The Avengers destroy one another.
And what were his motivations? His family was killed in Sokovia.
Suddenly Zemo wasn’t the typical Marvel antagonist. He was a man whose yearning for The Avengers’ downfall spawned from a place we can all understand; grief. That’s why when we reunite with him in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the writers didn’t exactly portray him as this evil guy but as a smart individual who just so happens to not like The Avengers.
We’re down to the top twenty characters. This is where the fun begins. 😁
Peter Quill is one of those characters that isn’t exactly a bona fide hero-type but being the lovable scoundrel that he is, you can’t help but like him. He’s hilarious but he can be brave and loyal to his team in a very profound way thanks to his ultimately tragic backstory of losing his mother.
I’m intrigued to see where his story will go from here now that he’s lost the woman he loves. Is he still on a mission to find her or has he given up? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy.
19. Falcon/Captain America
When Sam Wilson debuted as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier I was already a fan of the character but of course, it’s his turn as an Avenger that made him even more interesting. From there on out, he never played a major role in the MCU but he would, eventually, be passed the mantle of Captain America.
What then transpired was a long study of Sam repelling this responsibility being passed to him and then eventually obliging and taking on the mantle once it became clear he was the only man fit for the job. Now he’s Captain America and I can’t wait to see where his story goes from here.
One of the things that had plagued the Marvel Cinematic Universe despite their entertaining films were the poorly crafted villains. Obadiah Stane, Whiplash, The Mandarin, Ronin, Yellowjacket, Malekith, these were antagonists designed to be the clear-cut bad guy for the hero to defeat. There was nothing complex about them nor were they that memorable. And then the minds behind the MCU decided to change that narrative, creating villains that not only had intriguing storylines but who actually gave the heroes a run for their money.