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13 MCU Henchmen Who Could Be A Legit Big Bad On Their Own

List RulesVote up the MCU henchmen who earn their spot at their villainous leader's side.

The prominent antagonists get all the plaudits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - but how about those minor MCU villains you just love to hate? The likes of Thanos, Loki, and Killmonger may garner the attention, but the little guys deserve some love, too - even if those little guys are massive brutes with a sword for an arm. Yeah, that's right, we're talking about Razor Fist. We're talking about Skurge the Executioner. We're talking about Crossbones.

If your favorite underrated MCU villains never got the chance to be the focal point of a superhero's ire in a movie, then chances are, they're on the following list. So, vote up the sidekicks who not only did their bosses proud, but also managed to make you think they could run things themselves.

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    Razor Fist

    Photo: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is He: This guy's name kind of tells you all you need to know. He may not have a "razor fist," but he does have a massive sword prosthetic in place of his right arm. As far as his loyalty to Wenwu - the leader of the Ten Rings, of which Razor Fist is clearly a major member - the actor who plays him says Razor Fist considers Wenwu to be a father figure who rescued him from the streets and gave him a new life.

    His Most Effective Moment: The awesome bus fight scene from Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings may see Razor Fist and his fellow assassins fail to match up to Shang-Chi's effective martial arts, but Razor Fist does accomplish his mission of getting the necklace from Shang-Chi's neck. It doesn't matter that they lost the fight; they got the necklace.

    His Downfall: Siding with the grieving Wenwu on his insane plot to retrieve his deceased wife from Ta-Lo proves to be a bad choice. Razor Fist ends up siding with Shang-Chi, Xialing, and the citizens of Ta-Lo to stop the Dweller-in-Darkness after Wenwu is slain. By the time everything is said and done, Razor Fist is serving a new master as Xialing takes control of the Ten Rings in the wake of her father's demise.

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  • Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is He: Skurge the Executioner serves as Hela's second-in-command in Thor: Ragnarok, though he does so out of a sense of fear more than a sense of loyalty. Knowing he would be little more than a momentary thorn in her side, Skurge allies with Hela when she returns to take control of Asgard. Not the noblest thing to do, but he lasted longer than the Warriors Three, didn't he?

    His Most Effective Moment: Skurge doesn't really have to do much for Hela, as she can handle any threats that come her way. The one moment where he is told to do something is when he nearly beheads an innocent woman while Hela is interrogating Asgardians on the whereabouts of Heimdall and the people he's saved. Though he doesn't end up killing the woman in the end, he does raise that ax, and it sure seems like he is going to do just that.

    His Downfall: As Thor, Valkyrie, Hulk, and Loki are foiling Hela's plans for Asgard, Skurge realizes he is outmatched (yet again) and attempts to stow away with the rest of the Asgardian survivors. He does have a redemption of sorts by deciding to stand against Hela's Berserkers and save innocent Asgardian lives, even giving his own in the process. The Executioner finally gets to use his machine guns, too.

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    Arnim Zola

    Photo: Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is He: Arnim Zola has been one of Captain America's steadiest antagonists over the years, making dozens and dozens of appearances in Marvel Comics since first appearing in 1977. Unfortunately, he was sidelined to henchman duty for Captain America: The First Avenger and was never given the chance to be the big bad he has proven to be in Captain America comic books. At least we can all agree that Toby Jones was great casting for the scientist turned robot-man. Here's hoping he comes back sometime in the MCU's future.

    His Most Effective Moment: The Red Skull may have been the intimidating force behind the original incarnation of Hydra, but Zola was the brains behind the operation. Without Zola tinkering on the Tesseract, the Skull never would've been able to make Hydra into the force that it was. He was so smart, he ended up getting his brain put into a computer.

    His Downfall: Presumably, Zola's computerized form perishes just after being discovered by Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of course, that doesn't mean Marvel Studios couldn't find an easy explanation to bring him back in the future. 

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  • Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is She: Marvel Comics fans know just how bad*ss Proxima Midnight really is. This relatively new character from the mind of famed comic book writer Jonathan Hickman is not one to be trifled with. It's a toss-up between her and her husband, Corvus Glaive, for the title of the Black Order's deadliest member. In Avengers: Infinity War, she seems to be wholly committed to serving Thanos. Though rejecting the Mad Titan would probably mean immediate termination, it's clear Proxima delights in hurting others, and she's quite good at it.

    Her Most Effective Moment: How many Marvel villains could go toe-to-toe with both Black Widow and Okoye at the same time? It appeared as if Proxima was going to eliminate Natasha Romanoff during the Battle of Wakanda if not for the intervention of the Scarlet Witch.

    Her Downfall: Wanda Maximoff is one of the most powerful beings in the MCU, so being slain by her really isn't all that embarrassing. Standing your ground in a fight against the Scarlet Witch, Okoye, and Black Widow is nothing to scoff at, even if it ends with a brutal demise. Maybe don't side with Thanos next time, yeah?

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