Disney understands the importance of a villain as much as a hero. In fact, most movies follow the ‘stronger the antagonist, stronger the protagonist’ rule, which works well with the audience. With Loki set to play all-new tricks from June 9 and Cruella getting her own origin story, we got thinking about other villains that deserve to be in the spotlight. Yes, way before Cruella, Maleficent got her origin story and the sequel, but the renewed thought of rediscovering the antagonists from a new perspective is alluring.
Here are some of the most iconic villains, who we think deserve a movie or a series of their own:
Thanos (Avenger movie series)
The Mad Titan who basically triggered the plot of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame should have a series of his own. The reason we say series, is because we’re sure he didn’t become a villain overnight and we want to see his connection with Gamora. In the comics, apparently, the supervillain also has a love interest. Although it may be difficult for us to create a dating profile on Tinder, some of his interests are sure to be – infinity stones, and death. Well, that there is his true match – Death. In the comics, one person or thing that genuinely cares about is lady Death.
So, if we were to have a back story to Thanos, the audience is sure to expect way more than a 140 min movie.
Agatha Harkness (WandaVision)
Now, you remember Wanda’s nosy neighbour Agnes, right? Who doesn’t! Anyway, towards the end of the WandaVision while it is revealed the Wanda is in fact the Scarlet Witch, and her pretentious neighbour is actually an old old witch called Agatha Harkness, who was once affiliated to Salem coven. After an engaging fight between the Scarlet Witch and Harkness, the latter losses her powers. She gets condemned to live the rest of her life in Westview as Agnes.
In the comics, she is portrayed as an evil heroine. She is, in fact, a teacher to Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and helps the Fantastic Four and Avengers in their battles. We would love to discover what makes her go against Wanda and if she ever mends her ways and ends up actually helping her. Now that would make an interesting origin story or a great spin-off to WandaVision.
Helmut Zemo (Captain America: Civil War, Falcon and Winter Soldier)
This guy made the Avengers fight among themselves. He knew he’s just a man with no extraordinary powers, except for his devious mind. The aristocrat resolved to do away with Avengers, who he blamed for the death of his family during the Battle of Sokovia. The only way he knew that he would destroy some of the world’s most famous and powerful heroes was by pitching them against each other and that’s a mission he succeeds in.
We would love to see Zemo’s connection with his family to understand his drive to destroy the Avengers better. Because despite everything, one of Marvel’s supervillains, Zemo, helps the Falcon and the Winter Soldier against the Flag-Smasher. Even though he plays by his rules and no one else’s, the Baron helps them without an ulterior motive, or did he? It would be great to see him in action in the sequel, too. But we think he can sail the ship all on his own and deserves a movie.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio plays a sneaking and cunning villain. He smartly portrays himself to be an ally when he is not. He is one of the embittered employees of Tony Stark who now seeks to fill the position left vacant by Iron Man’s death. While initially he is conflicted with his feeling for Peter Parker, he eventually assumes the role of a full-on antagonist.
In the comics, however, he is one of Spiderman’s most formidable foes. It would be interesting to see the full story of his dissent with Tony and his eventual struggle which let him be evil.
One of the main supervillains in Disney, he is more like Loki than we would like to believe. He is fast-talking, witty, conniving but fun to watch. Since he is threatened by Hercules and wants to take over Mount Olympus from his elder brother Zeus, he keeps devising plans against his teenage nephew.
Despite being utterly villainy, he is pretty lovable and seems to have real family issues that need to be resolved. And even though we know his origin story, it would be nice to see a series or a movie with him in the centre, something similar, yet different to Loki. One can hope!
Scar (The Lion King)
This guy’s creepiness lurks in his voice. It is sad we still don’t have a spin-off on this supervillain. This embittered lion is full of jealousy and has a strong sense of entitlement. This leads him to create turmoil, in Pride Land and plots with hyenas to do away with Mufasa (the king) and Simba (his heir).
We can surely appreciate his origin story and understand his relationship with his brother better.
These are some of the supervillains we think should be heroes in their universe, here’s hoping! Meanwhile you tell us which of these deserve a movie of their own.