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The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe 

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Updated August 19, 2019 17.5k votes 1.2k voters 9.2k views 47 items

List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Hiddleston in Marvel Universe

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Josh Brolin in Guardians of the Galaxy

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Erik Killmonger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Vulture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Michael Keaton in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Appears in:

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Ultron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
James Spader in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Appears in:

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
 

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The Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sebastian Stan in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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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Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Appears in:

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

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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy

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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Ebony Maw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Avengers: Infinity War

Appears in:

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

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Ego the Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Grandmaster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Surtur is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Clancy Brown in Thor: Ragnarok

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Klaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Andy Serkis in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Appears in:

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

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Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange

Appears in:

Doctor Strange (2016)

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Helmut Zemo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Daniel Brühl in Captain America: Civil War

Appears in:

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Iron Monger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Ronan the Accuser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Lee Pace in Guardians of the Galaxy

Appears in:

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

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Alexander Goodwin Pierce... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Appears in:

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

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Crossbones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Frank Grillo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Appears in:

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

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Arnim Zola is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Toby Jones in Captain America: The First Avenger

Appears in:

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

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Kaecilius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mads Mikkelsen in Doctor Strange

Appears in:

Doctor Strange (2016)

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Yellowjacket is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe