Who is the baddest of the bad in Marvel’s comics?
What’s a hero without a great villain? Whether they’re out for revenge, money, or world domination, Marvel Comics is full of them. But who is the baddest of the bad?
Check out our list of the top 25 Marvel villains — watch the video above for the full list — and then let us know your favorites in the comments!
M.O.D.O.K.’s mission statement is clear. It’s right there in his name – Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. This oversized villain was bioengineered by the scientists of A.I.M. to be the ultimate super-smart, tyrannical leader. And while his appearance may be comical, M.O.D.O.K. is certainly good at killing things.
M.O.D.O.K. is a multi-purpose villain in the Marvel Universe. He’s an enemy to many heroes, especially the Avengers and Fantastic Four. His master plans can be fiendishly brilliant or laughably silly, and sometimes both at once. There are even multiple versions of MODOK floating around the Marvel multiverse, including M.O.D.A.M. (Mental Organism Designed for Aggressive Maneuvers) and M.O.D.O.G. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Genocide).
Hulk may be the strongest one there is, but The Abomination can certainly give him a run for his money. The Abomination is Hulk’s dark mirror. Formerly a KGB agent, Emil Blonsky dosed himself with gamma radiation and transformed into a Hulk-like creature. Unlike Hulk, the Abomination retains his human intelligence while transformed. Which is a good thing for Blonsky, considering that his transformation was permanent.
Though he’s largely been out of commission in the Marvel U. lately, the Abomination remains one of Hulk’s most iconic foes. He was the natural choice to oppose the Jade Giant in his most recent movie.
Thor is happy to battle Frost Giants, Fire Demons, and dragons all day long — if it can be smashed with a hammer, it’s right up his alley. That’s why The Enchantress is one of his greatest villains; her schemes can’t be overcome simply by swinging at it with Mjolnir. A skilled trickster and sorceress, the Enchantress won’t rest until she possesses everything she desires. And it just so happens that she desires the god of thunder.
Often accompanied by her hulking bodyguard, Skurge, the Enchantress is a force to be reckoned with in Asgard, Midgard, or any of the Nine Realms.
The X-Men were formed to battle intolerance and work to foster peace and understanding between humans and mutants. The Sentinels are the ultimate representation of the hatred man holds for mutants. These giant robots are engineered to take down mutants by any means necessary. And even though the X-Men team includes some of the most powerful beings on the planet, the Sentinels have endlessly adapted and improved their weapons to claim countless mutant lives.
As we’ve seen from various alternate future storylines (like Days of Future Past and its recent movie adaptation), these robotic hunter-killers will remain a threat long after the likes of Magneto and Mystique have died away. As long as humanity fears mutants, there will be Sentinels.
The terrorist organization known as Hydra has many heads. But few have played such a crucial role in the organization or caused as much trouble for heroes like Wolverine, Captain America, and Nick Fury as Viper. As if having a literal army of henchmen weren’t enough, Viper is a deadly martial artist and a master of poisons. She definitely earned the moniker of “Madame Hydra.”
Viper has also enjoyed a big mainstream boost in recent years thanks to recurring appearances in the TV series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Agents of Shield and her role in the movie The Wolverine.
What’s better than having six retractable adamantium claws and a healing factor? Try 10 retractable claws and a boatload of cybernetic enhancements. Lady Deathstrike’s father invented the adamantium-bonding process, and she’s made it her mission to kill anyone she feels dishonors that legacy. Naturally, that’s put her in Wolverine’s path on many occasions.
Deathstrike is one of Wolverine’s best villains because she always gives the old Canucklehead a run for his money. Neither fighter has been able to kill the other, but they’ve both drawn plenty of blood. Their rivalry also made for what is arguably the most memorable fight scene in all the X-Men movies.
The Marvel Universe has a companion universe in the form of the anti-matter-based Negative Zone. And in the Negative Zone, Annihilus reigns supreme. This armored, insect-like villain wields the Cosmic Control Rod, a weapon granting him control of the Negative Zone’s billions of inhabitants.
Annihilus began his career as a foe of the Fantastic Four. But no story showcased the threat he poses to all life like the Annihilation storyline, where he led an invasion force that nearly succeeded in subjugating the entire universe. The galaxy’s greatest heroes have been forced to accept that there’s no stopping Annihilus, only living with the constant threat of total annihilation.
Sometimes you set out to build something to help mankind and you wind up creating a genocidal robot with an Oedipal Complex instead. That’s what Hank Pym did when he invented Ultron. This artificial intelligence has dedicated itself to wiping out humanity and its “father,” not necessarily in that order.
Ultron is an imposing villain, by virtue of the fact that its core body is usually built of nigh-indestructible adamantium. And because it can constantly swap bodies and upgrade itself, Ultron is a threat the Avengers will never be truly able to defeat. Which, of course, made him the ideal villain to oppose the team in their second MCU adventure.
Galactus is an all-powerful being tasked with serving “cosmic consonance,” which is a fancy way of saying he eats planets to make sure the universe as a whole stays healthy. But try telling that to anyone who lives on a planet that’s about to be Galactus’ dinner.
For Marvel’s heroes, threats don’t come bigger or more dire than Galactus. Earth has been on his menu several times, and only through desperate actions and out-of-the-box thinking have heroes like the Fantastic Four been able to drive him away. Sooner or later, his hunger will prevail.
Kang is proof of how dangerous a combination boredom and time travel can be. Kang originally hails from the 30th Century, but he used the advanced technology of his era to travel back in time and meddle to his hearts desire. This technology makes Kang a god to the people of the past, and so Kang has come to view himself as the rightful lord and conqueror of pretty much everything that ever was and will be.
Some know him as the pharaoh Rama-Tut. Others know him as Immortus or Iron Lad. But the one constant with Kang is that he can never be trusted. His ambition isn‘t bound by time or space. And thanks to the tricky nature of time travel, he’s a threat the Avengers will never be able to get rid of.
Bullseye is one of the most feared assassins in the Marvel Universe. That’s not just because of his sadistic streak, but also the fact that he’s a superhumanly talented marksman. In Bullseye’s hands, anything can become a deadly weapon – a playing card, paperclip, even a tooth.
Because of his talents and prestige, Bullseye has long been one of the preferred hired killers on the Kingpin’s payroll. That, in turn, has put him in the path of men like Daredevil and the Punisher. The Bullseye/Daredevil rivalry has persisted for years, with Bullseye claiming Matt Murdock’s loved ones and pushing the hero to cross a line he’ll never be able to return from. For Bullseye, their rivalry is both business and pleasure.
Wolverine has Sabretooth, and Spider-Man has Venom. Just like Sabretooth, Venom is an amplified version of his nemesis. When Eddie Brock stumbled across Spider-Man’s discarded alien costume, he inherited boosted versions of Peter Parker’s powers and the symbiote’s hatred for its former wearer. That quickly made Venom a force to be reckoned with, even among a rogues gallery as diverse and fearsome as Spider-Man’s.
Venom has persisted even after being abandoned by a repentant Brock. It found new hosts in the form of a mob boss’ son, the former Scorpion, Mac Gargan, and even in Peter Parker’s good friend, Flash Thompson. Though the Venom suit is being used as a weapon for good these days, it’s original incarnation was an incredibly evil monster with a sadistic streak as long as its tongue.