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    After Watching The Marvel Films In Timeline Order, I Took The Liberty To Rank The Villains From The Worst To Best

    Honestly, sometimes I was rooting for the villains...

    After watching the MCU films in their storyline timeline order (the best way IMO), it seemed clear that some films had villains that seemed to steal the screen and others had some that you'd forget were even on screen. This is the only ranking of the Marvel villains you'll need, from worst to best. But be warned, spoilers are ahead!

    27. Cull Obsidian

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: He was the largest out of the Children of Thanos, but still contributed the least.

    Best villain moment: When he was basically Ebony Maw’s brawns once arriving to New York.

    Villain score: 1/5

    26. Ava Starr/"The Ghost"

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: While her actions could be taken as sabtagoizing, she was just scared, and wanted to stop phasing in and out of reality.

    Best villain moment: When she asks to be held, showing how tired and scared she was.

    Villain score: 1/5

    25. Ulysses Klaue

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: He always seemed to be upstaged by other villains in the films he appeared in. Plus, he wasn’t “villainy” enough to measure up to any of them.

    Best villain moment: Whenever he would use his Terminator like arm.

    Villain score: 1.5/5

    24. Yon-Rogg

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: He just seemed kind of winey throughout the film, and never really explained why he wanted to wipe out all the Skrulls.

    Best villain moment: Honestly, just the fight scene where Carol takes him down with her new powers (even though that’s more of a win for her).

    Villain score: 1.5/5

    23. Corvus Glaive

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: He almost proved himself to be a strong enemy, until he was offed.

    Best villain moment: His nerve-wracking match up against Vision.

    Villain score: 2/5

    22. Malekith

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: I really like the whole spooky elf look, but his motivations didn’t match. I’m still not sure why he wanted to make the world dark?

    Best villain moment: When his army and him stormed through Asgard, like the owned the place or something.

    Villain score: 2/5

    21. Ivan Vanko/"Whiplash"

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: Most of the time, I couldn’t even make out what he said. He just was your average “off-their rocket” scientist type, and his bird was annoying.

    Best villain moment: The scene on the racetrack where he debuted his lightning whips, which had me shuttering at every whip.

    Villain score: 2/5

    20. Kaecilius

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: His intentions of bringing back his family started out great, but he got his wish in the worst way possible.

    Best villain moment: When he battled Doctor Strange and brought out the sparkly emo wizard look.

    Villain score: 2/5

    19. Ebony Maw

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: Out of all the Children of Thanos, he proved to be the most useful. But overall, he was just a roadbump for the Avengers.

    Best villain moment: When he used telekinesis to torture Doctor Strange with hundreds of needles. I still shudder.

    Villain score: 2.5/5

    18. Proxima Midnight

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: She didn’t really ever have her moment, and for the Avengers’ sake, maybe that was for the best.

    Best villain moment: When she came with a vengeance to the Avengers for the death of her husband Corvus.

    Villain score: 2.5/5

    17. The Destroyer

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: I feel like The Destroyer often gets overlooked despite being like a bazillion feet tall. Overall, he proved to be a toughie to beat.

    Best villain moment: Right before Thor sacrificed himself, and you can see how powerful The Destroyer looks compared to him.

    Villain score: 2.5/5

    16. Darren Cross/Yellowjacket

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: Every time he appeared on screen, I was instantly annoyed. Which is maybe a sign he was a good villain?

    Best villain moment: When he morphed from giant to small, while fighting Ant-Man, in that scary cool suit.

    Villain score: 3/5

    15. Aldrich Killian

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: Killian was a villain that very much didn’t like to do the dirty work. Either having The Mandarian or his test subjects do his orders, it just made him forgettable.

    Best villain moment: That dragon moment when he used his fire breath on Rhodes.

    Villain score: 3/5

    14. Quentin Beck/Mysterio

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: He thought he was the one who was pulling the strings, but his overconfidence lead to his demise.

    Best villain moment: The illusions he used on Spider-Man during their battle

    Villain score: 3/5

    13. Ronan the Accuser

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: I don’t think he ever had his chance to shine as the true menace his is. But there’s something about how scary he looks.

    Best villain moment: The dance-off with Peter, no question.

    Villain score: 3/5

    12. Obadiah Stane/"The Iron Monger"

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: The mentor-turned-enemy arc was a bit predictable but still made for a sizeable villain.

    Best villain moment: Hands down the giant metal Iron Monger suit scene, which just turned his greed and smarts into a scary combo for a powerhouse.

    Villain score: 3/5

    11. Dormammu

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: You know, for the ruler of the Dark Dimension he fell pretty easy for Doctor Strange’s time-loop trick.

    Best villain moment: When Doctor Strange first stood before him and the size of Dormammu seemed a million times greater.

    Villain score: 3.5/5

    10. Adrian Toomes/"The Vulture"

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: His street smarts and good motive made him almost likeable. But his lack of empathy and coldness made him the villain he is.

    Best villain moment: When Spider-Man saved his life, so he agreed kept his identity a secret, even to the other inmates.

    Villain score: 3.5/5

    9. Alexander Pierce

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: The whole double-cross spy storyline was well crafted. I didn’t see it coming until it was literally in my face.

    Best villain moment: The double crossing interactions he was able to carry out between HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D for so long.

    Villain score: 3.5/5

    8. Helmut Zemo

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: While it was just reading some words off paper, he still managed to tear the Avengers apart. All of which without superpowers.

    Best villain moment: When he managed to re-active Bucky’s Winter Soldier program.

    Villain score: 4/5

    7. Ego

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: Yes, he’s technically a mass murder, but there’s something about him that just makes me want to like him. It was also nice to have Peter’s father figured out, despite it being as messy as it was.

    Best villain moment: When he fought Peter, two of the most powerful beings around, to Fleetwood Mac. Iconic.

    Villain score: 4/5

    6. Ultron

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: The thought of apocalyptic A.I. is not new, but Ultron seemed to have a plan. Until he didn’t, then it was actually kind of easy to take him down.

    Best villain moment: When he spoke with Vision in the woods, and you saw how vulnerable he really was.

    Villain score: 4/5

    5. Erik Killmonger

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: I was both rooting for Killmonger and his cause, while also wanting him to be taken down. His actions could be understood and justified.

    Best villain moment: When he actually changed T’Challa’s mind about Wakanda’s foreign policy.

    Villain score: 4.5/5

    4. Johann Schmidt/"Red Skull"

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: He was a Nazi who was hungry for power, to overthrow even Hitler.

    Best villain moment: The reveal! When he reveals his true red face, I audibly gasp.

    Villain score: 4.5/5

    3. Hela

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: The black armour paired with the family issues, made Hela an unstoppable force. Not ashamed to say that I was rooting for her some moments.

    Best villain moment: Her reaching her hand out for the hammer, and it actually appearing before her. No words.

    Villain score: 4.5/5

    2. Loki

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: Listen, Loki is a fan-favorite for a reason, he’s relatable. The tragic backstory and mistakes, just make us root for him even more.

    Best villain moment: When he tried to save Thor from Thanos, but ended up serving up his own fate. And “Get Help,” of course.

    Villain score: 5/5

    1. Thanos

    Marvel Studios

    Reason for rank: I think it’s agreeable when I say that his power is unmatched. Literally with one snap, he wiped out half of the world.

    Best villain moment: When he became one of the few villains to actually complete his goal and wiped out half the world.

    Villain score: 5/5

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