16 Great Marvel Villains Who Weren't Around When You Were A Kid

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Vote up the modern comic evildoers who fit right in alongside classic villains.

There’s no more well-stocked rogues’ gallery in the whole of fiction than the stable of supervillains collected over the last half-century by Marvel Comics. The Green Goblin, Thanos, Magneto, Mystique, Red Skull, Baron Zemo - the list goes on and on, with more classic and iconic baddies to choose from than there are heroes to battle them. But while everyone knows and loves the villains they grew up with, there is also a whole host of recent Marvel Comics villains who have made a real name for themselves in the last decade or so.

By the very nature of the medium, comic book superheroes need new threats to face on a monthly basis. So, while plenty of evil has already been committed by the big-name, historical antagonists, there’s still lots of room for more villains and more villainy - and there always will be.  


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    1,600 VOTES

    Gorr The God Butcher

    Millennia ago in canon - and first revealed in 2012 in the real world - a humanoid alien named Gorr was born on an impoverished planet on the brink of starvation. The bulk of his mortal existence was miserable, and he slowly but surely lost everyone he cared about to hunger and natural disaster. Then, when he was on the brink of demise himself, Gorr witnessed two gods battling it out in the sky above him.

    In that instant, Gorr learned both that gods were real and that they’d let his suffering people’s prayers go unanswered. Things got interesting when one of the gods - Knull, a primordial god of darkness and the father of all symbiotes - dropped his sword on Gorr’s planet. Gorr picked up All-Black the Necrosword and became imbued with the power to slay pretty much anything he wanted. He became Gorr the God Butcher. 

    From then on out, Gorr traveled around from pantheon to pantheon, meting out lethal justice wherever he found deities. He nearly murdered a young Thor in the ninth century, and then encountered him again in the modern age. On that occasion, it took the power of time travel and the Thors of three different eras to subdue Gorr and his “Godbomb,” which threatened to wipe out all gods in all realms through all time. 

    Gorr would be beaten, but his threat would linger. Glimpses into the future of “King Thor” have shown the God Butcher eventually succeeding in vengefully eradicating all life on Earth just to spite his Asgardian foe and leave him to rule over a vacant Midgard. All-Black stuck around even longer, eventually corrupting Future Galactus and turning him into the Butcher of Worlds. 

    1,600 votes
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    2,247 VOTES

    Knull

    Knull was first mentioned in a Marvel comic book in 2013, and didn’t make his actual on-page debut until 2018, but he’s really been around since the very beginning of the Marvel Universe. In fact, he’s been around since before the beginning of this particular Marvel Universe.

    Knull was born as a god of darkness from the primordial void that filled the gap between the sixth and seventh iterations of the Marvel Multiverse. He was enjoying all that nothingness when the Celestials showed up to spark some life, so one of Knull’s first acts was to forge a blade - All-Black the Necrosword - from his own shadow and use it to behead one of them. That decapitated Celestial skull became the intergalactic space station known as Knowhere. As for the sword, it’s now recognized as the universe’s first symbiote. Later, when he lost the sword, it became the source of power for Gorr the God Butcher, one of Thor’s greatest foes.

    Knull started stylizing himself more as a god of symbiotes than a god of darkness from that point on, spreading his gooey, black alien subjects all over the known worlds. But his own creations came to fear his anti-life urges, so the Klyntar imprisoned him within a planet made of their own bodies. And there Knull remained for millennia, doing his best to maintain his influence from within, until he got out and made a beeline for the planet that had had the most trouble with symbiotes: Earth. 

    Knull wound up going head-to-head with Eddie Brock and Venom, the most notable human-symbiote partnership on record, and in the process, he enslaved a good portion of the world’s superheroes by forcibly bonding symbiotes to them. In the end, however, Venom proved victorious through his strong connection to the Klyntar hive-mind, snuffing out Knull’s existence and replacing him as the King in Black.

    Before he departed, however, Knull managed to tie together and intertwine so many different aspects of Marvel history that his impact will continue to be felt for generations to come. As a foil, he also helped elevate Venom from antihero status to true superheroism - and what else is a good villain for?

    2,247 votes
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    884 VOTES

    Hydra Steve Rogers

    With two little words, Captain America shook up the entire Marvel Multiverse in 2016. First, he threw longtime ally Jack Flag out of a plane to his apparent demise. And then he said “Hail Hydra,” and he meant it.

    Of course, despite initial appearances, this was not the same Steve Rogers that Marvel readers knew and loved. The Star-Spangled Avenger had fallen victim to a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik, who had herself come under the influence of the Red Skull. When the Skull suggested that Kobik rewrite reality so that Rogers had always been a secret agent of Hydra, she was all too happy to comply. Thus, Rogers-616 was replaced by Rogers 61311, and none of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were any the wiser.

    “Hydra Cap” kept up the charade for a while, working behind the scenes to consolidate his power within the evil organization’s ranks. Then he struck, announcing the supposedly benevolent takeover of the United States of America by Hydra under his leadership. The public, and even some superheroes, didn’t know what to make of it. Some found it difficult to question Captain America, even as he instituted a fascist coup. Others resisted.

    In the course of establishing his Secret Empire, Hydra Cap had Rick Jones shot by a firing squad, ordered the assassination of Phil Coulson (by Deadpool, no less), and broke Black Widow’s neck with his shield. Fortunately, the real Steve Rogers was somehow able to fight his way back out of retroactive reality and show up back in his original timeline just in time to pick up Mjolnir and deliver his doppelganger a beatdown for the ages. 

    But Cap did not slay his Hydra-fied counterpart. Instead, he had him arrested and imprisoned, but Rogers 61311 was later pardoned and allowed to go right back to building up Hydra. He may or may not have been subsequently murdered by the mutant Selene, but if not, he’s probably still out there plotting his next move. 

    884 votes
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    The One Below All

    The Marvel Universe has countless gods, and it even has multiple variations of a monotheistic god. It also hosts a high number of devils and other dark lords of the underworld. But when it comes to the very bottom of the Marvel Universe, there’s only one being really worth worrying about, and that’s the aptly named One Below All.

    The One Below All is best understood as the dark, evil half of the One-Above-All, the most prominent of those aforementioned monotheistic gods. Operating from the lowest rung of reality, the One Below All has mostly influenced happenings up on Earth through his “Green Doors” and the cosmic force that his “Below-Place” emits: gamma radiation.

    That’s right, the One Below All is the source of all “extreme gamma” and thus the cause of all gamma mutates, including most notably the Incredible Hulk. Actually, these days he goes by the Immortal Hulk, because Bruce Banner learned of the One Below All’s existence in 2018 - and then learned that their connection meant that he could never truly perish. When a gamma mutate perishes, they go straight to the Below-Place, and can return to life via a Green Door. 

    But if that all makes the One Below All sound pretty cool, don’t get it twisted. All of that gamma-tampering was just an extremely long game to escape the limitations of the Below-Place and start wreaking havoc on Earth. The One Below All has been able to possess gamma mutates, transforming them into eldritch horrors of limbs and teeth as he puppets them through acts of mass destruction. His ultimate goal is to possess the Hulk, and in one alternate future, he did - and promptly smashed the entire Multiverse to pieces. 

    Good thing that hasn’t happened on Earth-616... yet.

    1,111 votes
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    883 VOTES

    The Black Order

    Few supervillains have ever become household names as quickly as the members of Thanos’s Black Order. The team made their debut at the outset of the Infinity crossover in 2013, and by 2018, they were starring as the primary antagonists of Avengers: Infinity War in theaters. 

    Unlike their cinematic counterparts, the comic book Black Order are not the children of Thanos. Instead, the Mad Titan recruited the most dangerous beings he encountered on his path of conquest throughout the universe, giving them a choice between serving him as generals or perishing violently. At least five of them chose to join him.

    Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Black Dwarf (called Cull Obsidian in the movies), Ebony Maw, and Supergiant - who didn’t make the cinematic cut - have aided Thanos in countless evil schemes, whether that be the invasion of Earth, the slaughtering of his illegitimate children, or the attempted end of all life in the universe. They stuck with him when he formed the Cabal to destroy other worlds as they collided with Earth-616, and they stuck with him in the great multiversal shuffling that followed. They even picked up a new member in Black Swan.

    Each member of the Black Order is capable of handling most Avengers in a fair fight, even if it hasn’t always gone down that way when they’ve tangled. This has led to some of them - Corvus Glaive in particular - occasionally attempting to bail on Thanos and start intergalactic conquests of their own. But they always end up back under the thrall of the Mad Titan sooner or later, and it’s their loyalty that makes them so especially dangerous - along with, of course, their inherent dangerousness.  

    883 votes
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    The Black Winter

    The Marvel Multiverse is currently on its eighth iteration, formally known as the Eighth Cosmos. Prior to Secret Wars and the demise of everything, most Marvel Comics adventures took place in the Seventh Cosmos. But before that, of course, came the Sixth Cosmos, a version of the Multiverse that met a horrific end - an end that only one being would survive. That being was Galan, but in the Seventh Cosmos, he’d be known as Galactus.

    For millennia, Galactus kept quiet about what had ended the Sixth Cosmos, and how he’d survived when no one else did. As it turned out, there was a good reason for it.

    The Sixth Cosmos was consumed by an entity called the Black Winter, essentially a living storm of destruction and entropy on a multiversal scale. As it finished eating the Sixth Cosmos, the Black Winter selected Galan to live on into the Seventh Cosmos and serve as its herald. It also showed Galan how he would eventually perish in the Seventh Cosmos at the hand of Thor. 

    Galactus mostly ignored his heralding duties until the Black Winter showed up in the Seventh Cosmos in 2019 and came looking for him. Desperate, Galactus turned to Thor for help, but the two were unable to cooperate, and Thor wound up slaying Galactus, fulfilling the Black Winter’s prophecy. Then Thor turned the corpse of Galactus, laden with the Power Cosmic, into a bomb and blew the Black Winter up.

    Before it departed, however, the Black Winter both promised to return one day and showed Thor a glimpse of his own grisly demise via Thanos, wielding an Infinity Stone-encrusted Mjolnir. The God of Thunder has had a difficult time shaking that image from his mind. 

    938 votes