Total Nerd The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe  

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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 villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so we can all see which evildoers top the list. Is your favorite villain missing? Add them below.

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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
Jake Gyllenhaal

Appears in:

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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Hela is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Cate Blanchett

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Erik Killmonger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Michael B. Jordan

Appears in:

Black Panther (2018)

6
76 54
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)

7
84 64
The Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 7 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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75 55
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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Ultron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
James Spader

Appears in:

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
 

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Ego the Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Kurt Russell

Appears in:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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70 59
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 11 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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62 53
Surtur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Clancy Brown

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

13
71 69
Ebony Maw is listed (or ranked) 13 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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52 48
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Benedict Cumberbatch

Appears in:

Doctor Strange (2016)

15
58 61
Grandmaster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jeff Goldblum

Appears in:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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9 3
Alexander Goodwin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 16 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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8 3
Klaw is listed (or ranked) 17 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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51 61
Ronan the Accuser is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Lee Pace

Appears in:

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

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50 60
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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5 2
Arnim Zola is listed (or ranked) 20 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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41 52
Iron Monger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jeff Bridges

Appears in:

Iron Man (2008)

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51 67
Proxima Midnight is listed (or ranked) 22 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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46 63
Yellowjacket is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Villains In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Corey Stoll

Appears in:

Ant-Man (2015)

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41 56
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 24 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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5 5
Crossbones is listed (or ranked) 25 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)