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MCU Villains Who Turned Evil Because They Didn't Get Enough Respect

List RulesVote up the MCU villains who just needed a little more respect.

Have you ever had a day where you were just down in the dumps and you felt the need to lash out at anyone who wandered into your vicinity? Well, there are plenty of MCU villains who were underappreciated by those around them who feel your pain. We all deserve a little respect, and when we don't get it, sometimes we get a little spiteful. Do we upend our lives and become supervillains? Um, no... but we get where these baddies are coming from!

Sharon Carter became the Power Broker out of desperation after her government turned on her! Nebula was literally raised by a madman and became a bad guy because of it! Aldrich Killian was a total laughing stock before Extremis changed his entire life! If these people had gotten a little more TLC, then maybe they'd have been heroes instead of villains.

  • Photo: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "Complicated paternal relationships" are something of a throughline in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You've got Tony Stark's thorny relationship with Howard Stark. You've got Ego being a completely garbage dad to Peter Quill. There's Odin lying about Loki's parentage for years. Hank Pym spent years refusing to tell his daughter Hope the truth about her mother's supposed demise. But no MCU father is worse than Thanos.

    Just picture it: A wrinkly-chinned, purple maniac comes to your planet, slays half of everyone you know, and kidnaps you to raise you himself. Then he pits you in battles against other "adopted" kids he's done the same thing to, tinkering with your mechanical body parts every time you lose. There is absolutely no way you are coming out of that relationship unscarred. And thus, Nebula spent her early appearances in the MCU as a villain before becoming a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and eventually, the Avengers.

    Needed more respect?
  • Photo: Thor: The Dark World / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Loki really is just a "scared little boy." That is how Agent Mobius describes him in Loki, and it is an apt description. Growing up in the massive, ever-looming shadow of Thor couldn't have been easy. And when Loki discovered he wasn't a true son of Asgard but an adopted Frost Giant, well, the seeds of villainy were well and truly sown. 

    There was always good inside of the God of Mischief. This is something Thor believed to his core, and Loki's redemption in Thor: Ragnarok as well as his attempted assassination of Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War proves it. But if Odin had shown him a little more love as a young man and the God of Thunder had been a little bit better of a person before the events of Thor, perhaps Loki would've never turned heel in the first place. And a bunch of people wouldn't have perished in The Avengers!

    Needed more respect?
  • Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    It would be very interesting to see what Sokovia was like before the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. If the Battle of Sokovia changed the makeup of Earth's Mightiest Heroes forever, setting in motion the events of Captain America: Civil War, imagine how the tragedies inflicted on the innocent people of the fictional country completely altered their reality. Devastation on that scale can send shockwaves that ripple for years and years.

    A good example of this is Baron Zemo. After being a decorated member of the Sokovian Armed Forces, Zemo would turn his eye to criminal masterminding after his family perished as a result of the Battle of Sokovia. His ultimate goal? Destroy the Avengers from within. Not world domination. Not the extinction of mankind. He just wanted retribution for his family. And to terminate anyone who was enhanced with a Super-Soldier Serum, but that's beside the point...

    Needed more respect?
  • Photo: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Sony Pictures Releasing

    Remember the climactic Battle of New York at the end of The Avengers? Of course you do. It has that iconic 360-degree tracking shot that circles around the Avengers that was used in all the marketing? That battle left a ton of detritus in NYC, and the opening of Spider-Man: Homecoming shows Adrian Toomes and his everyman crew of salvage workers slaving away, collecting all the damage caused by the Avengers and the Chitauri.

    And even though Toomes sunk all the money he had into that salvage job, the gig was unfairly ripped from his hands during that opening scene, leaving him as a husband and father desperate to provide for his family. Well, he and his guys had already collected some of that advanced Chitauri tech... and what, are they not supposed to use that stuff to their advantage? Toomes and his crew would end up forming a lucrative weapons business based on that tech, and Toomes would slowly, but surely, delve deeper and deeper into villainy. He accidentally dispatched one of his guys at one point and didn't really care about it at all!

    Needed more respect?