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The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Updated February 8, 2021 32.3k votes 1.7k voters 12.1k views48 items

List RulesVote up the most memorable villains from the MCU films.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have its share of awesome heroes, but for every great hero, there’s an equally awesome villain. Iron Man has the Iron Monger, the Hulk has Abomination, and Ant-Man has Ghost... and Yellow Jacket... and Sonny Burch.

This list of MCU villains includes all the greats, as well as a few lesser-known foes. Villains like Whiplash and Erik Killmonger may have been memorable in part due to their charisma, but what about other evil characters like Proxima Midnight and Ebony Maw? We also can't forget Ego and Thanos, who are two of the most powerful characters in Marvel history. Which MCU villain is your favorite? 

Vote up the best and most ruthless villains in the MCU so we can all see which evildoers top the list. 

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    Loki

    Tom Hiddleston

    Appears in:

    Thor (2011)
    The Avengers (2012)
    Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Thanos

    Josh Brolin, Damion Poitier

    Appears in:

    The Avengers (2012)
    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Hela

    Cate Blanchett

    Appears in:

    Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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    Erik Stevens (Killmonger)

    Michael B. Jordan

    Appears in:

    Black Panther (2018)

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    Appears in:

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    Ant-Man (2015)
    Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    Black Panther (2018)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Ultron

    James Spader

    Appears in:

    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
     

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    Appears in:

    Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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    Appears in:

    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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    Johann Schmidt (Red Skull)

    Hugo Weaving, Ross Marquand

    Appears in:

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Nebula

    Karen Gillan

    Appears in:

    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Helmut Zemo

    Daniel Brühl

    Appears in:

    Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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    Ebony Maw

    Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

    Appears in:

    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Grandmaster

    Jeff Goldblum

    Appears in:

    Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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    Surtur

    Clancy Brown

    Appears in:

    Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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    Appears in:

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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    Appears in:

    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
    Black Panther (2018)

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    Dormammu

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Appears in:

    Doctor Strange (2016)

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    Appears in:

    Iron Man (2008)

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    Appears in:

    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    Captain Marvel (2019)

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    Appears in:

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Appears in:

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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    Ava Starr (Ghost)

    Hannah John-Kamen

    Appears in:

    Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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    Arnim Zola

    Toby Jones

    Appears in:

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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    Kaecilius

    Mads Mikkelsen

    Appears in:

    Doctor Strange (2016)

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    Appears in:

    Iron Man 2 (2010)