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The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe 

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Updated August 19, 2019 8.8k votes 701 voters 3.3k 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

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, 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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Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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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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Hela is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Cate Blanchett

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Vulture is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Michael Keaton

Appears in:

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Ultron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
James Spader

Appears in:

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
 

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Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hugo Weaving, Ross Marquand

Appears in:

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

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Ebony Maw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Appears in:

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

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Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sebastian Stan

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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Ego the Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Surtur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Clancy Brown

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Klaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Andy Serkis

Appears in:

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

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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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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Grandmaster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Alexander Goodwin Pierce... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Robert Redford

Appears in:

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

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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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Helmut Zemo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Daniel Brühl

Appears in:

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Crossbones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Frank Grillo

Appears in:

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

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Ronan the Accuser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Arnim Zola is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Toby Jones

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
Hannah John-Kamen

Appears in:

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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

Appears in:

Doctor Strange (2016)

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Proxima Midnight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Carrie Coon

Appears in:

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

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