The Marvel universe has spawned a number of iconic heroes and villains, and some forgettable ones as well. It's a universe littered with characters, all of whom have a long history in the world of the comics. As more and more movies are produced, we also learn more about how these characters were brought to the screen. No good superhero movie is complete without an interesting villain. The best Marvel movies understand that, and are willing to spend time on developing one.
As these characters are developed, we learn things about their history. We know that Loki was adopted, and has trouble accepting that. In The Winter Soldier, we discover that the titular character is actually Bucky Barns, Captain America's friend. Each of these facts enhances the characters these villains play, and the story as a whole. Here are 17 other interesting facts about Marvel villains.
In Thor: The Dark World, there's a scene where Loki impersonates Captain America. That obviously required Chris Evans to come to set for a day or two of filming. In order to make the scene work, though, Tom Hiddleston also dressed as Captain America. He shot the scene with Chris Hemsworth first, and then Chris Evans came in and tried to replicate Hiddleston's speech patterns and mannerisms.
That way, Chris Evans would have something to base his performance off of. After all, Loki would pretend to be Captain America in a totally different way than Chris actually portrays the character.
Darren Cross isn't the most memorable Marvel villain, but the sound the lasers on his Yellowjacket suit are. That's because that sound effect wasn't created for Ant-Man. In fact, that sound effect is the exact same one that the AT-ATs make on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
For those of you who don't know what those are, they're the giant walkers that destroy the rebel base on Hoth. If you're still lost, you should really watch a Star Wars movie. Using this sound probably saved some money, but it also works as a reference to that iconic movie, and its many sounds.
Benedict Cumberbatch has had a long and varied career as a voice actor. He played Smaug in The Hobbit films, and he just recently played the Grinch. In Dr. Strange, Benedict is tasked with playing the titular hero.
Because he's such a great voice actor, Benedict also lent his voice to Dormammu, the all-powerful dark force that threatens Earth in the film. In the film's climax, when Strange is being killed repeatedly by Dormammu, he's actually fighting himself. Benedict has a great, flexible voice. Dormammu has such a deep, dark tone that it's hard to recognize Cumberbatch at all inside of it.
Obadiah Stane has the distinction of being the first ever Marvel villain. He was initially Tony Stark's partner, until Tony decided he wasn't interested in selling weapons anymore. In their climactic battle at the end of Iron Man, Obadiah ends up dead.
As a result, it would have been fairly easy to give Obadiah's son, Ezekial, motivation to fight against Tony. Director Joss Whedon said he had considered including Ezekial as a secondary villain in the original Avengers. That may have added an interesting wrinkle, but it may have complicated the story. Ezekial, a.k.a. the Iron Monger, was better left for another story.
Thanos is an immensely powerful foe even before he's assembled all six infinity stones. In the opening scene of Infinity War, he smashes the tesseract with his bare hands to get to the infinity stone hidden inside it. Breaking the tesseract like that would require an immense amount of force.
In fact, a scientist calculated the amount of force required to break the cube as Thanos does. He told The Washington Post that, given how much force it would require, Thanos could lift 120 million pounds. For the record, that's 10 million pounds more than what the Titanic weighed. So Thanos could lift the boat comfortably.
Gal Gadot's performance as Wonder Woman has quickly evolved into something iconic. She seemed so perfectly suited for the character. Interestingly, Gal may have never gotten that role had she played Nebula, Gamora's sister. In an old interview, Gadot mentioned that she was up for a part that would require her to shave her head and be painted blue.
We don't know for sure that Gadot auditioned for Nebula, but that sure sounds like who she's talking about. If that's the case, we can be grateful she didn't get the part. Otherwise, we may never have gotten the chance to see her as Wonder Woman.
Killmonger earns control of Wakanda through combat in Black Panther, but he's tried a number of methods to attain that power in the comics. In one case, he even framed Iron Man and War Machine for T'Challa's death. Of course, Killmonger had actually killed T'Challa himself.
Framing Iron Man allowed Killmonger to take the throne and the mantle of Black Panther. Eventually, it's revealed that T'Challa is still alive, and he works with Iron Man to take Killmonger down. The comics storylines are often both complex and surreal. Still, they offer some interesting insight into the character's history before he transitioned to the screen.
Michael B. Jordan's performance as Killmonger in Black Panther made the character iconic almost instantly. Even if he's a relatively household name now, Killmonger wasn't always so well-known. In fact, Black Panther was the first time that the character had been depicted in any medium other than comics and video games.
Rarely has a character been given a more outstanding onscreen debut. Now that he's been introduced to audiences, it's safe to say that we'll be seeing a lot more of Erik. He's a true-blue icon of a character, and Michael's portrayal means that he may soon become an iconic villain.
When we get our first in-depth look at Thanos in Infinity War, he wants to kill off half the population of the universe. The movies justify this by explaining that Thanos believes that overpopulation is what's destroying the universe.
In the comics, Thanos's motivation is a little stranger. He decides to kill off half of every living thing because he's in love with Death. Death, in the comics, is a physical being, and Thanos does anything and everything he can to please her. It's probably for the best that the filmmakers behind Infinity War cut this detail. It may have been hard to pull off.
Loki is not a god like his adopted brother, Thor. Although he doesn't know this until Thor, Loki is actually from a race called the Frost Giants. Because he was unusually small for a Frost Giant, Loki was abandoned during a war between the Asgardians and the Frost Giants. Odin discovered the boy and took him in.
Loki has always felt a like an outcast living in Thor's shadow. The fact that he is not actually Odin's son only makes him angry, and it's what leads to his villainy. Eventually, Loki redeems himself against Thanos. Given the life he's had, it's hard not to feel bad for the guy.
The Avengers are an iconic team of superheroes. They band together because their strength as a unit outweighs what each of them can do individually. Although Loki has been largely redeemed by Infinity War, his comics counterpart got up to some dastardly deeds.
Loki even formed a supervillain team that worked like the Avengers. Loki knows firsthand how hard it is to beat a team of super-powered beings, which is why he created his own. Members of his team included Magneto, Red Skull and Doctor Doom. If only the Marvel universe included the X-Men and Fantastic Four, we might get to see that kind of team-up one day.
Red Skull is an iconic Captain America foe. He was the villain in The First Avenger, where he was played by Hugo Weaving. At the end of that movie, he attempts to wield the power of the tesseract and it appears to destroy him. There had long been rumors about the character returning.
When he turned up in Infinity War to guide Thanos to the soul stone, he was played by a totally different actor. Ross Marquand, who may be most well-known from The Walking Dead, stepped into the role instead. Ross is a remarkably gifted impersonator, so you'd be forgiven if you didn't notice that a new actor had stepped into the role.
We haven't officially met Captain Marvel yet, but based on the trailers for her movie, she's going to be an exciting addition to the Marvel universe. Captain Marvel his half-Kree, which is an alien warrior race that Guardians of the Galaxy have heard of before.
That's because Ronan the Accuser, the villain in the first Guardians movie, is also a member of the Kree race. His motivation for his actions in Guardians is based in part on his disgust over a treaty the Kree forged with Xandar. He's a powerful radical. He'll also be appearing in Captain Marvel, which takes place before the events of Guardians.
In recent years, there's been something of a reevaluation of Iron Man 3. Even so, most people are still unhappy about the twist at the movie's center. This twist reveals that the Mandarin, Tony Stark's foe through the first half of the movie, is actually just a paid actor.
This twist angered many fans who were excited about seeing the Mandarin onscreen, but those inside Marvel thought the twist would go over much better. They assumed that, because fans usually enjoy twists, they'd like this one. Instead, it was met with outrage because it didn't conform to the version of the Mandarin that lives in the comics.
Audiences were split on Avengers: Age of Ultron when it came out in 2015. Some were confused by Ultron, and by the movie's plotting. In general, though, people were positive about James Spader's performance as Ultron. That was certainly true of the cast who worked with Spader on the set.
Reportedly, after his first take working with the motion capture, the cast and crew gave him a round of applause. James's work in the role is undoubtedly quite good. He creates a very specific, interesting version of the character. Even if the movie around him ended up falling apart, James can be proud of the work he did.
Thanos is the Marvel movie's big bad. He's the kind of character who ends worlds, instead of reigning terror on small groups of people. Many have claimed that Thanos is incredibly derivative of a similar character in the DC universe named Darkseid. In reality, though, Thanos was actually based on another prominent DC character.
Thanos's look in particular is based in large part on Metron, a New God from the DC Universe. It's pretty clear that Thanos's wardrobe is based on the character, as are some of his powers. Every great artist is inspired by something, and Jim Starlin, who created Thanos, took his inspiration from Metron.
As it is, Black Panther is an almost-perfect movie. Director Ryan Coogler brought an incredibly specific vision to his depiction of Wakanda, and it paid off big-time at the box office. Ryan actually wanted to include another villain in the film, in addition to Erik Killmonger.
Initially, he wanted Kraven the Hunter, a Spider-Man villain, to be a part of the story. Unfortunately, the director discovered that he didn't have access to Kraven because he was owned by Sony. The film turned out okay anyway, so maybe it wasn't a loss. Still, it would have been interesting to see how Ryan integrated him into the story.