One of the hardest things to get right is how to make a great super-villain, and it seems like filmmakers are just starting to get the hang of it. There’s a mind-blowing roster of classic comic book baddies who are going to be hitting theaters over the next couple of years.
Skrulls are a nasty species of shapeshifting aliens that have existed since the early days of Marvel comics. In Captain Marvel, the most notable one will be Talos, played by Ben Mendelsohn.
In the comics, Talos is a relatively obscure character, albeit a vicious warrior. He’s certainly an unexpected choice for our first major Skrull character in the MCU.
His quality as a movie villain remains to be seen, but a word of caution for viewers of Captain Marvel: whenever you’re dealing with Skrulls, things are never what they seem.
He may have died in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, but Ronan the Accuser, the fanatical Kree warlord, will play a role in the upcoming Captain Marvel. Not only is it generally great to see Lee Pace return, it also makes a lot sense for him to be here. Captain Marvel is a prequel, and the Kree are heavily featured in Carol Danvers’ origin.
Yet Ronan might not end up being an antagonist at all. Throughout the comics, Ronan is devoted to doing what he feels is in the best interest of the Kree. Sometimes he’s trying to eliminate Earth’s pesky superheroes, but sometimes he’s teaming up with them.
Basically, he’s a total wild card.
Since the first trailer, fans have been tentatively optimistic about Mark Strong’s casting as a beefier-than-usual Doctor Sivana in the upcoming Shazam.
To the uninitiated, Doctor Sivana might seem like a checklist of the most generic villain qualities throughout all of fiction were somehow given human form, mainly due to appearing way back in 1939. He’s an evil bald doctor, and his actual catchphrase is, “Curses!”
The movie Sivana appears to resemble the recent New 52 design, where he’s more of a three-dimensional human being than a cackling madman. Although it would be really fun if Mark Strong went full maniacal villain, odds are good that he’s going to be playing Sivana pretty straight. Keep watching the video to see more upcoming super villains you’ll like better than the hero!
Talos | 0:14
Ronan the Accuser | 0:50
Doctor Sivana | 1:29
Dark Phoenix | 2:13
Mastermind | 3:03
Nimue the Blood Queen | 3:54
Black Mask | 4:37
Mysterio | 5:41
Cheetah | 6:23