The Top 7 Villains of the Marvel Universe

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Robert Downey Jr. stars in this 2008 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The plot surrounds Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), who as an industrialist and master engineer builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man.
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April 18th, 2014

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The Marvel Universe is made up of dozens of amazing superheroes, from Thor and Captain America to Iron Man and the Hulk. However, the Marvel villains are often just as memorable as their heroic counterparts, both for their incredible fighting abilities and their complex back stories. Whether they are portrayed in comic books or brought to life on the big screen, the top seven Marvel villains of all time are sure to give their respective superheroes a run for their money.

 

 

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7. The Dark Elves

The Dark Elves are an ancient race from the world of Svartalfheim who have existed since a time before the universe came into being, thriving in the darkness. They are enemies of Thor and the rest of the Asgardians, and they threaten to bring the entire universe back into darkness in the 2013 film "Thor: The Dark World." These beings possess superhuman intelligence, speed and strength, and their leader Malekith the Accursed is able to use dark magic against his enemies.

 

 

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6. Abomination

The Abomination turns up in a number of Marvel comic books, but he is best known for his role in the 2008 film "The Incredible Hulk." The Abomination is the superhuman form of Soviet agent Emil Bronsky, who takes a combination of the super-soldier serum and gamma radiation to become a strong, terrifying creature like the Hulk. This villain possesses amazing strength, speed, durability and regenerative abilities, and he is unable to return to human form.

 

 

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5. Whiplash

Whiplash is a Marvel Universe supervillain who uses an exoskeleton of armor powered by a miniature arc reactor similar to that of Tony Stark, and the armor possesses two plasma whips which Whiplash uses to subdue his enemies. Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke in "Iron Man 2," is a criminal and illegal drugs dealer who desires to show the world that Iron Man could be defeated. He uses his vast intelligence and mechanical skills to build the armor suit and assaults Tony Stark at a race track, destroying several cars with his powerful equipment.

 

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4. The Red Skull

The Red Skull, a Nazi agent named Johann Schmidt, is the arch enemy of Captain America. He received an earlier version of the super-soldier serum that made Captain America who he is, but the formula deformed his body and ate away at his skin, resulting in the red, skull-like appearance of his face. In "Captain America: The First Avenger," the Red Skull is a powerful enemy who steals a precious item, eventually leading to an exciting confrontation between the two super soldiers.

 

 

3. Iron Monger

Iron Monger is a supervillain whose chief nemesis is Iron Man, and he wears an armored suit similar to the one Tony Stark wears. He makes his first comic book appearance in "Iron Man" #163, and he first dons his infamous armor in "Iron Man" #200. In the 2008 Marvel film "Iron Man," Jeff Bridges played Obadiah Stane, a mentor to Tony Stark who turns on the young prodigy and creates a powerful armored suit to destroy him. 

 

 

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2. The Winter Soldier

This mysterious villain shows up in the Captain America comic books, but his true strength and abilities are perfectly displayed in the 2014 film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." This villain is a mysterious Soviet agent who has been preserved until modern times like Captain America. He wears a mask and possesses a powerful mechanical arm that features superhuman strength and reflexes as well as other devastating abilities.

 

 

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1. Loki

Loki is the most fascinating, cunning and dangerous villain in the Marvel Universe. Although he was born a frost giant, Loki was raised by Odin and Frigga in the realm of Asgard as a prince and adopted brother of Thor. He is a trickster, possessing the ability to create realistic illusions as well as superhuman strength and immunity. Portrayed by Tom Hiddleston, Loki is the chief villain in the movies "Thor" and "The Avengers," and he plays an important role in "Thor: The Dark World." Loki is popular among fans for his charm, sense of humor and elaborate evil schemes.

These seven villains are both powerful and interesting, and they always have a trick up their sleeves to pit against their respective Marvel superheroes. Although they are fascinating on their own, the fight scenes they bring to every Marvel superhero movie are some of the best in cinematic history. Recent innovations in CGI technology and talented actors bring these villains to life in a new way, thoroughly entrancing audiences.