The Marvel movies are beloved the world over, and they are consistent box office and critical hits. But if there’s an Achilles heel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they are villains. And some have fought our heroes over typical desires: greed, power, a desire to destroy or sometimes just because they can. Up to now, Marvel has introduced more than 30 villains in 21 movies (in 10 years).

Now, Toptenfamous channel is counting down top 10 strongest villains in the Marvel Universe.

10. Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Constructing a new body out of the indestructible metal Adamantium, Ultron’s strength go well beyond superstrength, flight, or speed. In addition, his power stems from within the Infinity Stone-laden Scepter gifted to Loki by Thanos, he almost destroys the mighty Avengers. He’s notoriously hard to kill, turning on every other villain who decided to bring him back to life. Ultron (James Spader) can be a benefit in keeping power, since it takes a special breed of hero to mess with such an evil-sounding supervillain. Of course, Ultron doesn’t just battle one such hero, but an entire Avenging team of them.

 

9. Obadiah Stane/ Iron Monger (Iron Man)

Savvy fans probably predicted the mentor-to-villain twist early in Obadiah’s Iron Man arc. Without Obadiah, we would have no Iron Man, which is power in its own right: the power to create an opposing power. Jeff Bridges is irresistible onscreen — when he’s not caught inside the terrible Iron Monger suit. While threatening and clearly willing to be brutal to succeed, Stane’s more of a ruthless businessman than a powerful supervillain. His greed makes him compelling, and his smarts make him scary.

 

8. Kaecilius (Doctor Strange)

Mads Mikkelsen has played some of the best villains in culture, from a Bond baddie to Hannibal Lecter himself. Keacilius measures up. He feels genuine betrayal when he discovers the Ancient One has wielded dark powers to maintain control. And don’t underestimate the importance of looking evil as a villain: Once Kaecilius has his emo-glitter eye makeup on, he looks like a sadistic but stylish wizard.

 

7. Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger)

Red Skull is a Nazi who is so obsessed with power he decided to try to out-evil Hitler. The scientist was powerful before he flew too close to the sun and dosed himself with Super Soldier Serum. Red Skull’s got the ambition to take over the world – and the charisma to draw thousands of soldiers to his cause – and with the power of HYDRA and the Tesseract behind him, he comes closer than most. There are no shades of gray here, which makes Red Skull all the more dastardly. Granted, he’s not trying to rule the galaxy, but during Schmidt’s time no one had even flown to space yet, so galaxy ruling may have been dreaming a little big, even for a nefarious supervillain.

 

6. Ronan (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Ronan might be your average, genocidal, monologuing bad guy, if it weren’t for Lee Pace’s performance under all that blue makeup. Ronan’s (Lee Pace) harboring enough hate and resentment to make even planetary Xandarian genocide seem like justice. And what could be more gumptious than picking a fight with Thanos the Mad Titan? His betrayal of Thanos may have simply been opportunistic, but even if that’s a questionable moral trait, it’s a useful skill in the villain game. For a measure of his fighting abilities, look no further than the licking he puts on Drax the Destroyer, even before he puts an infinity stone in his Warhammer.

 

5. Loki (Thor, Thor: The The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers)

Loki Laufeyson was the biological son of Laufey, the ruler of the Frost Giants in Jotunheim, who was abandoned and left to die shortly after his birth. Found by Odin, Loki was taken to Asgard and raised by him and Frigga as an Asgardian prince, along with Thor. Loki is more of a trickster than a fighter, but don’t mistake subterfuge for weakness. As a god, Loki is automatically more powerful than any mere mortal, and time and time again he’s shown that he’s one of the most disruptive forces in the MCU.

 

4. Ego (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

Ego was a Celestial, a primordial and an extremely powerful being, as well as the biological father of Peter Quill. Ego, the Living Planet (Kurt Russell), is a mass murderer. Over millions of years ago, Ego’s origin remained unknown by nature although Ego remembered himself being born unaccompanied, parentless and bodyless. Despite dwelling in extreme loneliness for years, he discovered the ability to manipulate molecules and matter, which led him to construct a protective core around himself.

 

3. Thanos

Thanos was a genocidal warlord from Titan, whose own main objective was to bring stability to the universe, as he believed its massive population would inevitably use up the universe’s entire supply of resources and condemn it. Thanos also has the ability to always stay at the prime age of his life, essentially making himself immortal. Thanos’ strength is greater than most superheroes, including Hulk and Thor. Thanos also gained several abilities with the usage of the Infinity Gauntlet, including the ability to manipulate terrain, energy, space, reality and time.

2. Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)

Thor: Ragnarok provided many moments for Hela to display how powerful she is, such as when she destroyed Mjølnir. All praise Cate Blanchett, who, decked out in black armor and impeccable headgear, looks born to play a supervillain. Her ability to wipe out almost all of the Valkyries who are considered excellent fighters in their own right. Hela was only able to be defeated when the fire demon Surtur used the Twilight Sword to destroy Asgard. Hela doesn’t need to be particularly complex, though the Shakespearean-eque family drama fits right in with Thor’s saga. Hela just needs to have a blast as she tries to destroy our heroes.

 

1. Dormammu (Doctor Strange)

Dormammu is a primordial inter-dimensional entity who wields apocalyptic levels of supernatural power and is the ruler of the Dark Dimension. As the absolute ruler of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu has absolute control over the Dark Dimension, with the dimension itself warping to form his face and even form other body parts, such as a hand. He used the dimension’s power as a weapon, utilizing it to constantly kill Doctor Strange over and over again, but Doctor Strange managed to swindle him in the end. All we know, Dormammu killed Doctor Strange a dozen times first. However, a lack of understanding of “time” and poor bargaining skills trapped Dormammu back in his Dark Dimension, but he’s still there, lurking. Every other character on this list is just that, a character. Dormammu is an entire plane of existence.

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