August’s poll asks the question, “Who’s the best baddie so far?” when it comes to the 13 films and four TV series that have so far made up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel bucked the established trend in comic movies before Iron Man, which was that the villain was the centerpiece of the film and the hero’s journey was shaped by their adversary. Marvel’s films and series are very much hero-centric. The villains tend to spring out of the origins or plot journey of the hero rather than, say, X-Men or Sony’s Spider-Man or past DC movies, which put the villain first.
That’s not to say the MCU hasn’t had great villains. Marvel’s first phase was pretty much owned by Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, and I think he would be the clear choice were it not for Marvel’s Netflix series. In Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, Daredevil created a character every bit as interesting as any in the entire MCU. When you thought your villains couldn’t get darker, Jessica Jones gave us David Tenant’s Killgrave, quite possibly the most evil comic book villain brought to life. You’ll note that the ultimate evil of Marvel’s first three phases, Thanos, is not up for vote. While the Mad Titan has appeared briefly in Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy (and most likely will again in Guardians Vol. 2), he hasn’t carried a film yet, so all we have is the promise of his impact. Granted, that promise is extremely impressive, but his turn will have to wait. For now, VOTE VOTE VOTE! Pick your favorite of the MCU villains and we’ll announce the Killing Time official choice before next month’s poll, which is our fourth annual battle for “Best Show on TV”.