As anyone that pays even a small amount of attention to the movie industry no doubt realizes, movies based on Marvel Comics characters have dominated the box office for a long time now. In fact, not only is the Marvel Cinematic Universe the highest-grossing film franchise of all time but movies about the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Blade have done huge business too.
Of course, just because the majority of Marvel movies have done well doesn’t mean that there weren’t some glaring problems with those films. For example, Marvel movies that exist within the MCU and those that take place outside of it have featured some outright bad characters. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 9 Non-MCU Marvel movie characters that sucked and 6 bad characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
15 MCU: Darcy Lewis
Clearly meant to add a bit of comic relief to the first two Thor movies, in the first film Darcy Lewis was fine enough. However, that completely changed in Thor: The Dark World, as it seemed like every line Darcy uttered was irritating. For example, who wanted the movie to cut to her and some dude she suddenly has a budding relationship with in the middle of the movie’s climax?
14 MCU: Quicksilver
By the time Quicksilver appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he had an awful lot to live up to since the X-Men movie’s version of that same character was awesome. Sadly, even though Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a fantastic actor, his version of Quicksilver was pretty much useless. Given that he debuted in the comics 55 years ago and he has been a big part of the Avengers and X-Men, doing so little with Quicksilver in a movie is unforgivable.
13 Non-MCU: Emma Frost
In the comics, Emma Frost is one of the most fascinating X-Men characters. First introduced as a vicious villain, when she fought the X-Men it was a lot of fun to see how much she enjoyed being ruthless. Unfortunately, in X-Men: First Class January Jones’ take on the character lacked any of the passion she is known for in the comics which made her boring to watch.
12 MCU: Kaecilius
Given that Mads Mikkelsen is one of the best actors in the world today and his version of Hannibal Lecter was glorious, it should’ve been amazing when he joined the MCU as a villain. Unfortunately, his character Kaecilius was so poorly executed in Doctor Strange that he had almost no personality which is why his eyes are the only cool aspect of him in the film.
11 Non-MCU: Mr. Fantastic
As one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel universe, Reed Richards not only leads the Fantastic Four but he also is the kind of character the masses are willing to follow too. Yet, both actors who’ve played Mr. Fantastic on the big screen so far, have been so bad in the role that we can’t imagine anyone listening to him, let alone wanting to watch a movie about him.
10 Non-MCU: Blob
As one of the X-Men’s first villains in the comics, it is safe to say that many Marvel fans have a special place in their hearts for Blob. As a result, it was very exciting when word broke that the character would appear in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sadly, unlike in the comics where Blob is so big due to his mutation, the movie made him a severe overeater who was treated as seriously as Fat Bastard is in the Austin Powers films.
9 MCU: Sharon Carter
When you ask your average MCU fan, there is a very good chance they would name Captain America and Agent Carter as the franchise’s best romantic pairing. As a result, it was weird when they gave Cap a new romantic interest, Agent Carter’s niece Sharon. Worse yet, even though Sharon is an amazing character in the comics, in the movies she is nothing more than a romantic interest with no depth, at least so far.
8 Non-MCU: Electro
When it comes to comic book movies, Batman & Robin may be the most reviled in film history. Despite that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s version of Electro feels so goofy at times that he would be right at home in that movie. If that doesn’t say everything about why this Marvel movie character sucked we don’t know what will.
7 Non-MCU: Mystique
Don’t get us wrong, Mystique has been awesome on the big screen, including in the first two X-Men movies as well as First Class and Days of Future Past. However, in Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix the character became a lot worse. As for why the character suddenly sucked, while watching both of those movies you can feel how much Jennifer Lawrence resents playing Mystique which makes every scene she is a part of worse.
6 MCU: Malekith
If you check Rotten Tomatoes, Thor: The Dark World is the MCU movie with the worst score. While there are a lot of reasons why that is the case, the movie’s main villain Malekith deserves a great deal of the blame. Not at all believable as a threat, by the time Malekith battles Thor we cared so little about his plans that the only entertaining part was seeing things fly from one realm to another.
5 Non-MCU: Daredevil
As the titular character in one of the worst comic book movies ever made, it is safe to say that Ben Affleck’s version of Daredevil wasn’t overly popular for good reason. Lacking the charisma you want from a costumed crime fighter, Daredevil only got worse when he traded dialogue with the movie’s other main characters since he was so wooden in those moments.
4 Non-MCU: Doctor Doom
Of all the entries on this list, this is the one that pains us the most. After all, Doctor Doom is such an awesome character that he should be one of the best comic book movie villains ever. Instead, he is among the worst as the movies have done an awful job showing off how brilliant, dangerous, manipulative, and power-hungry the character is supposed to be.
Instead, he has been a laughable villain and in the last Fantastic Four movie, he even resorted to throwing dirt and rocks at people over and over.
3 MCU: Aldrich Killian
While putting together this list, we put serious thought into including Iron Man 3’s other supposed villain, “The Mandarin”. However, at the end of the day, if we cared about the movie’s ultimate antagonist we wouldn’t be as outraged by the Mandarin fakeout. Instead, Aldrich Killian is a joke from the first moment he shows up in the movie and by the time he yells “I am the Mandarin” the only reaction we could muster was an eye roll.
2 Non-MCU: Rhino
When you watch Paul Giamatti’s performance as Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it is hard to get over just how truly bad it is. Wildly over the top, based on unbelievable his fake Russian accent is and the fact that he acts like he is a children’s cartoon character, it feels like Giamatti went to the Snidely Whiplash school of acting.
1 Non-MCU: Venom
Right off the hop, we want to make it clear that Topher Grace has been excellent in several roles. That said, casting him as Venom in Spider-Man 3 is a baffling decision. Not even close to as scary as the character is supposed to be, his version of Venom is like a whiny kid that wants to have the world handed to him instead of the scary bad guy who is going to take it.