It’s still hard to believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe began way back in 2008, when Tom Holland was in school in the UK and people like Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were still finding their feet in the acting world.
Over the years, the MCU has introduced so many weird and wonderful characters, all of whom are appealing to one degree or another. However, some of these people were killed off too soon, either because of the narrative or simply because fans wanted to see more.
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Over the years, superhero movies have almost always ended with the bad guys dead, which has hurt the longevity of some characters. How can a character develop a lasting enemy if they die too soon? Recently, the alternative was actually shown twice, for the first time in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where Spider-Man villains who died in the past came back to life and he decided to save them from their fate. The second one was She is the Hulkairing on Disney+, where the Hulk’s villain, the Abomination, is not only alive, but poised to once again play a major role in the MCU.
Brock Rumlow was a SHIELD agent who worked alongside Captain America and Black Widow before Hydra attempted a hostile takeover. At the time, he chose to side with Hydra and ended up becoming Crossbones after being caught in an explosion.
However, this only resulted in one more appearance in the MCU. U Captain America: Civil War, Crossbones planned a terrorist attack, but Wanda Maximoff stopped him by containing the explosion and killing him as a result. Death was part of the general structure of c Civil warbut killing off a big villain like Crossbones just to set up a story seemed like a waste since he still had a lot to offer the MCU.
Many Asgardians died between them Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. Some included fan favorites like The Warriors Three, but their loss never really mattered much in the grand scheme of things. Still, Heimdall’s death hit harder.
Heimdall found himself in Thor: Ragnarok that he was one of Asgard’s mightiest warriors. This was his true hero moment. However, he died in the opening scene Infinity War, and it not only took the warrior off the board before the battle with Thanos, but also removed a great actor in the role of Idris Elba. Fortunately, Heimdall returned in the scene from the afterlife in Thor: Love and Thunderbut the MCU will not see Heimdall in action.
Shane Black Iron man 3 remains unfairly maligned. While the Tangerine twist left many MCU fans shocked, the reveal was perfectly executed and created a brilliant side character in Trevor as Shang Chi showed. However, the film got one character wrong.
In the comics, Maia Hansen played a big role in Tony Stark’s life. She was a brilliant scientist who helped create Extremis. She also worked for Stark in SHIELD and even worked with the real Mandarin. However, in the movie she was nothing more than Aldrich Killian’s lackey and died a senseless death. She could have been so much more if she had adapted properly.
Ronan the Accuser
Ronan the Accuser was a huge threat to the Guardians of the Galaxy in their first film, and he is one of the few people who stood up to Thanos and lived to see the next battle. However, when the movie ended, he died at the hands of the Guardian after a tongue-in-cheek prank by Peter Quill.
Fans saw Ronan in a smaller role in Captain Marvel, which was set in the 1990s. However, his death in the MCU means that any future plans for space battles with beings like Annihilus will never be as big as they were in the comics, where Ronan was forced to ally with his enemies for the sake of the Kree Empire.
If there’s one MCU death that should be reversed, it’s that of Wanda Maximoff. Dying at the end Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in an act of selflessness, Wanda does deserve a second chance in the MCU, if for no other reason than Elizabeth Olsen completely owning the role.
Wanda has done a lot in the MCU. She played a major role in three Avengers films, was brilliant in her Disney+ series, WandaVisionand was one of the Marvel’s most powerful villains are at an end, but she deserved a better fate after her traumatic life. There are some fans who believe that Wanda could have survived and that might be the best thing for the MCU.
Thanos’ involvement in the MCU went beyond his two big appearances in the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Before that, he made a cameo appearance in both the first Guardians of the Galaxy film and Avengers: Age of Ultronsetting the stage for the dastardly mission the Mad Titan would embark on many years later.
But two movies about Thanos at the forefront, while impressive, it’s not enough. Josh Brolin portrayed the purple beast as an intriguing character who has a moral compass and is horribly twisted at the same time. I hope, despite his death in Endgamemaybe Disney can find a way to bring the character back at some point.
So while Thanos deserved better, fans were also left disappointed with the decision to kill off Black Maw so early in Infinity War. Of all the Mad Titan’s children, Maw was the best of the bunch, using his superior telekinetic skills to make his enemies’ lives hell.
He was noticeable in the first act of Infinity War, helping capture Doctor Strange and surviving showdowns with Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Wong. But fans definitely felt a little gloomy when he met his end on the spaceship and although he returned Endgamehe was not given enough screen time.
Marvel teased the appearance of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch for some time before both characters starred in the 2015 blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. And they both prove to be worth the wait, with their abilities a breath of fresh air and complex personalities that make them fascinating to watch.
Quicksilver is good in the movie: he moves with incredible speed, makes jokes, and even joins the good guys in the fight against Ultron at the very end. Marvel killed him, but the speedster sacrificed himself for Hawkeye. A true hero — and fans hoped he would be around for a long time.
The MCU started back in 2008 with the release of the first Iron man the movie. One of the first characters introduced in the film was Ho Yinsen, who befriended Tony Stark during his captivity in a cave in the Middle East.
Yinsen is a great guy who helps Tony build his first Iron Man suit and helps the billionaire escape with his life. However, he was shot and the teacher managed to impart some important words of advice before dying. Without him, Tony may never have reached his potential as a creator and more importantly, a superhero.
Despite the stunning sequence of action that takes place during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, critics still consider iron man 2 as one of the worst movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But while the plot leaves much to be desired, it would be nice to see Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash.
The 67-year-old is an interesting enough villain who wants revenge on Tony for the death of his father. He dies at the end, but there was hope that he might return in some form, even in catchphrase films in his country, as Black widow.
Andy Serkis has moved on to play Alfred Pennyworth in Matt Reeves’ film The Batman. This was great because the actor ended up being underutilized by Marvel, making just two appearances in 2015 Age of Ultron and 2018 Black Panther.
In the first, Ultron cut off Klaue’s hand, but in the 2018 film, his character goes above and beyond, using his new metal limb to wreak havoc while acting with a big, if villainous, grin on his face. It was disappointing when Erik Killmonger killed him and he didn’t even get to go back to Wakanda and his most hated enemies.
After Michael B. Jordan failed to live up to expectations in 2015, he was under pressure to perform well Fantastic four. He did just that, giving a performance so good that he is now generally considered one of the best villains in MCU history.
However, he is only in one movie. Watching him fight for what he believes is rightfully his is fascinating and mesmerizing. Killmonger was a brilliant villain. He would be a terrible king of Wakanda for that reason, but could he have been a good black panther.
Mysterio debuted and then died Spider-Man: Far From Home. Fans have been waiting years to see Jake Gyllenhaal make an appearance in the MCU. He did not fail, p Mysterio proved to be a more difficult villain to defeat than Michael Keaton’s Vulture, which appeared in the previous film.
All of Mysterio’s illusions were surprisingly clever and superbly executed, nearly leading to the death of not only Spider-Man, but the people of London as well. He appeared to die at the end when one of Tony Stark’s old drones shot him. However, this is Marvel. Death doesn’t have to be the end.
Poor Thor. As if having a rogue like Loki as a brother wasn’t bad enough, the God of Thunder reveals the Thor: Ragnarok that his father was hiding his thieving sister from him. When Odin died, Hela was freed and immediately set about turning Asgard into a place where she could rule fear.
She turned out to be a true villain, turning Asgard into a battlefield and treating most of its population with nothing but contempt. She also had a cool pet, but was presumed dead at the end when Ragnarok unfolded. It’s a shame, because like Loki’s brother, she’s a character that deserves to be seen again and again.
When Hela first tried to take control of Asgard, she found that no one there was happy to see her. She defeated the Three Warriors, killing them in front of Skurge, who, after being wooed by the promise of greater power and responsibility, decided to defect to her side.
However, he regretted his decision and died heroically fighting many of Hela’s minions to allow the Asgardians to escape. Unfortunately, Karl Urban was a big enough name to stick with, and Skurge looked more complicated than it initially appeared.