We’ve talked about superheroes already, but the cows have come home so let’s move onto the darker and arguably best Marvel characters this side of humanity.
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Magneto is the supervillain who can manipulate any kind of metal that he senses nearby. He is both friend and adversary to Professor X, leader of the X-Men.
One of our top Marvel characters because of his humanity, he is filled with hatred for mankind from his experiences during the Holocaust. But he is also sometimes compassionate, mostly for other mutants. In the comics, he does see the light and joins the X-Men for a time, but not before being the biggest pain in their behinds for years.
While his friend Professor X works his life to promote peaceful relations between humans and mutants, Magneto was born of tragedy. So it's no wonder that he eventually returns to his campaign to eradicate mankind for their crimes.
Magneto is one of the best villains out there, not just because of his power but because of his realism. He is an example of the hatred that is created by hatred.
If you can withstand everything the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy can physically throw at you, then you are a pretty rad supervillain. One of the only baddies who actually achieved their goal (in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at least), Thanos exterminated half of all life in the universe. Only then did he realise it wasn’t enough and tried to kill the other half too.
His story hits close to home, with our real Earth predicted to suffer disaster from the effects of overpopulation. In the mind of someone like Thanos, he is ridding the universe of the misery people will inevitably experience from climate change, famine and war. But then, don’t all bad guys think they are in the right?
The character in the movies is perfectly played by a broody Josh Brolin, who seems almost exhausted by his deeds, no longer taking pleasure in conquest. He commits genocide with the solemn conviction he is performing a necessary duty. Eventually, even his daughters Gamora and Nebula turn against him for being such a buzzkill.
Otto Octavius, the brilliant nuclear physicist who accidentally grafted four extendable mechanical arms to his body in a radiation leak. The accident also affected his mind, and he became the criminal Doctor Octopus, taking his scientist colleagues hostage and throwing Spider-Man out of a window.
Doc Oc is one of Spider-Man’s oldest enemies, and one of the first in the comic book series. He is a classic villain in the way that he feels like the world is against him; his genius needs to be recognised.
The reason we rate Doctor Octopus one of the best Marvel villains of all time is that he actually took over Peter Parker’s body. He literally became Spider-Man in a mind-swap and took over the job of protecting the city with brutality.
Is there anything more villainous than taking over your enemy’s whole being and then doing their job in a more evil way?
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Loki is the naughty villain we all love, even if he has killed a ton of innocent people and broken nearly every deal the heroes make with him. He does it with style and a sly grin, employed expertly by Tom Hiddleston in the movies. And he still retains enough compassion for his brother Thor to sacrifice himself to Thanos.
Loki is sometimes a supervillain, sometimes an anti-hero, which is why he is one of the best on this list. He makes us think about perspective – what motivations and actions make someone a villain and can they ever be redeemed?
But in reality, it’s his mischief that keeps him high on the villain board. He is just more imaginative than all the others, entertaining everyone by pretending to be someone else, or dead, or good, or bad.
It’s no wonder he has his own TV series coming on Disney+, pandemic permitting.
The Green Goblin is such a terrifying supervillain in a way it’s hard to put our finger on. Maybe it’s his blood-curdling laugh, the way he zips around like a wasp, or those gross gas bombs. Or the whole get-up, which reminds us of a mashup of an orc from Lord of the Rings and one of the witches from The Witches.
What scares us the most is how unpredictable he is, having been driven insane by his own strength-enhancing chemical. He is portrayed brilliantly by Willem Dafoe, who already has the eyes and smile of a jack-o-lantern himself.
So, the Green Goblin gets a star for being not just a clever clogs like the other villains, but for being the most flamboyantly evil of them all.
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