This week’s #MarvelMondays discussion is all about the Villain Hotties of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This week, Ashley and I are talking all about the hot villains of the MCU. It seems like the MCU always picks a lot of good looking baddies. So let's talk MCU Hotties.
Hands down, I think my favorite hot villain in the MCU is Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Loki first appearing in Thor. Loki is one of the most compelling villains we’ve ever seen. Loki is the villain we love to hate. After keeping us all guessing as to whether or not he is incredibly evil or truly a tortured soul in need of the right guidance, Loki seemingly finds redemption in Thor: Ragnarok. Loki is powerful, deep, and charismatic—everything you could want from your supervillain. He's the villain we love to hate.
Played by Cate Blanchett, Hela in Thor: Ragnarok is sexy badassness through and through. Not your typical embodiment of death, Hela revels in her power, confident in herself and her command. The Asgardian goddess of death is based on the Norse goddess, Hel, and is a force to be reckoned with, Hela must be overcome, but she’s not overdone in the movie.
Erik Killmonger. Holler. Maybe I should have started with this one. Dammmmmmn. Erik Killmonger, from Black Panther, in theatres February 16, is an American black-ops soldier and trained killer who has traveled around the globe on missionary work. Erik Stevens earned the nickname “Killmonger” while in the field. After disappearing off the grid, he has reemerged with a plan that threatens to put Black Panther and all of Wakanda at risk. Using his charisma, considerable combat skills, and his surprising knowledge of Wakandan customs, Erik Killmonger is a dangerous threat to all that T'Challa holds dear.
Villain or Victim of Circumstance?
Bucky Barnes – The Winter Soldier
To label Bucky as a villain isn’t really acceptable. Bucky is not a villain, but rather a victim trying desperately to remember who he is. At one point in his journey, he carries out villain “duties” and definitely doesn’t fit the hero category, so we’re classifying him as a hot “villain” for the purpose of this post.
Bucky was tortured for 20 years, brainwashed, and forced against his will to carry out violent acts as an agent of HYDRA. Marvel makes their heroes flawed and their villains heroic. Steve Rogers is able to pull the real Bucky out of the brainwashed version and bring him back, however, Bucky opts to be put back to sleep in Wakanda until they can figure out how to ensure he can't be controlled by HYDRA again. That is not a true villain.
Nebula is another villain who is truly more of a victim than strictly a villain but possessed many villain qualities throughout both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Raised (tortured?) by her father, Thanos, and the relationship between her and her sister Gamora, she blames much of her misfortune on Gamora and the relationship between them and her father. Nebula was forced to compete with Gamora to survive; they'd fight, and every time she lost to Gamora, Thanos replaced one of her human body parts with a cybernetic enhancement.
In reality, Thanos is just a villainous turd who doesn’t care about his daughters at all and is willing to pit them against one another for his own amusement, but as children, they aren’t able to see to that. Nebula’s struggles stem from her childhood issues. She has a breakthrough in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while fighting with Gamora on Ego's planet where she realizes that Gamora isn't actually her enemy. She’s a villain, but she’s a villain because she was a victim first.
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