Dark Marvel Villain Details That Fans Noticed In The MCU

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Vote up the details you missed the first time around.

If there's one thing about the villains of the MCU, it's that they have a lot of truly dark moments. That makes sense considering who and what they are, but it's not as simple as that. Thankfully, most of the bad guys in the MCU are multifaceted, complex characters, and some of their darkest moments aren't as clear to some fans as you might think.

Because comic book fans are an inquisitive and detail-oriented lot, many have looked into the MCU's movies to find tons of dark details about Marvel villains that most viewers missed upon first viewing. The fans who spotted many of those small details have taken to the MovieDetails subreddit to share their findings.


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    The Lighting Changes In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Reveal The Truth Of What's Happening In The Car Scene

    From Redditor u/Olibotactually:

    In Spider-Man: Homecoming’s (2017) car scene, when Adrian Toomes (Vulture) figures out that Peter is Spiderman, the traffic light they are waiting at turns green, signifying Toomes’ revelation.

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    When Alexander Pierce Calls Nick Fury "Nick," It's An Indication Of His True Nature

    From Redditor u/Godstevsky:

    In Captain Marvel (2019), Nick Fury mentions only his friends/allies call him 'Fury'. The antagonist in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alexander Pierce, calls him 'Nick.'

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    Loki's True Nature Is Clear When He's Imprisoned By S.H.I.E.L.D.

    From Redditor u/cp_r0bb:

    In The Avengers, there is a small screen showing the heat signature in the room where Loki is being held which shows that he has a cold body temperature because he is a frost giant.

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    Laufey Intonates That Loki Is A Traitor To Asgard

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    Thor (2011) Laufey says "The house of Odin is full of traitors" and we see him looking to his left. Then in the wide shot, Loki is standing farthest to the left. And later, while Odin is yelling at Thor, he says "You are unworthy of the loved ones you have betrayed" and the camera cuts to Loki again.

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    Thanos' Gauntlet Indicates When Dark Events Are Truly Happening

    From Redditor u/russian_bot3:

    In Avengers: Infinity War (2018), there is the subtle use of the stones lighting up when they are in use. In the scene where Thanos interrogates Nebula, only the power and space stones are being used, and the reality stone remains dark. This tells us that what we are seeing in this scene is real.

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    Obadiah Stane's Comment About Tony's Arc Reactor Is Pretty Telling

    From Redditor u/Stormageddon789:

    In Iron Man (2008), Obadiah tells Tony that the arc reactor is his 'ninth symphony.' In the classical music world, there is a belief that after a composer writes their ninth symphony they would die. He was implying that the arc reactor would be the last thing Tony created before Obadiah kills him.