Villainy often feels like a male-dominated industry, so much so that we have a shorthand for it. Plus, there’s the universally understood “bad guy,” while “bad girl” is something else entirely. But there are still plenty of wonderfully evil female villains in the pop culture canon, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has provided some of the best. From a witch to a death-obsessed goddess and several quantum criminals, the lineup is full of dynamic characters who do horrible things – but who you can’t help but love anyway. As Lady Gaga once said, “I don’t believe in the glorification of murder. I To do believe in the empowerment of women.
Ahead, meet some of the best female Marvel villains from movies, shows, and even some comics.
16. Eleanor Bishop (Madam Mask…maybe)
Hawk Eye did not confirm that Eleanor Bishop was Madame Masque, as many viewers theorized. But Eleanor turned out to be an extremely cool quasi-villain, who aligned herself with Wilson Fisk in a misguided attempt to protect her daughter. It’s a good reason!
15. Proxima Midnight
There’s nothing scarier than an extremely capable villain, especially when she’s Thanos’ right-hand man. Proxima Midnight is particularly adept with a spear (which Marvel notes is powered by an active star), but her loyalty to the Mad Titan makes her even scarier.
14. Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Even though she’s appeared in two MCU projects now, it’s hard to tell where Valentina’s allegiances lie. It is by design. In Marvel Comics, she is a triple agent with ties to SHIELD, Hydra, and Leviathan. On the screen, as Polygon puts it, she’s like an “anti-Nick Fury,” assembling a team of powerful people with violent stories for, uh, we’re not sure what. But, some theories suggest she could set up the MCU version of the Thunderbolts. Valentina may not be a confirmed villain, but she’s definitely into this mob, and she’s got the spy skills to pull one on everyone.
13. Supreme Intelligence (Mar-Vell)
This hugely powerful Kree supercomputer can take the form of anything — like, say, Carol Danvers’ Air Force mentor Wendy Lawson aka Mar-Vell, who was actually gender-swapped when translating from comic to screen. “She has the great mentor quality that we were looking for in this character, but she can also be really tough, and that was really needed for both aspects,” Captain Marvel co-writer and co-director Ryan Fleck said Weekly entertainment of the cast of Annette Bening.
The dynamic between the Loki and Sylvie variants has been polarized, but it’s hard to deny that the Goddess of Mischief is a compelling villain. Not only is the witch extremely powerful (and impulsive), having turned the multiverse upside down, but she also serves as a ready symbol for the demons within. After all, who wouldn’t Want to have a stern conversation with their troublemaking alter ego?
11. Ravonna Renslayer
The MCU has seen spies, wizards, super-powered assassins – but rarely royalty. This is where Ravonna Renslayer comes in. In Marvel Comics, she is a princess whose relationship with Kang the Conqueror involves her in dangerous quantum crimes, eventually taking over the role of Terminatrix, or Mistress of Time. As the Loki finale teased, there could be even more chaos in the Time Variance Authority judge’s upcoming timeline.
The relationship between sisters (even the best ones!) can be strained, but Nebula and Gamora take it to another level. Nebula is a skilled and terrifying fighter until she breaks free from Thanos’ influence and fights for the good side. In fact, in the comics, it’s Nebula who flips the infamous cliché of her Mad Titan father. Her redemption arc is all about overcoming trauma and dealing with fractures of your past self. (the “I am you” meme), making her a fascinating upside-down villain.
9. Sharon Carter (potential broker)
Most of the characters on this list are already in their villain era by the time we meet them, but not Sharon Carter. Heroism is literally in her blood (hey, Aunt Peggy), and she even served as a loyal agent and ally of the Avengers under SHIELD. fallout, so she had to forge a new life in the shadows. In doing so, she made a once fairly 2D enemy from Marvel Comics, the Power Broker, all the more interesting. Of course, as Emily VanCamp told Bustle, Sharon may not be a total bad for now. “I hesitate to call her the villain here, because we understand where that frustration and anger is coming from,” VanCamp said. “Did she need to go that far?” Absolutely not. [But] that’s what works so well to make that turn for her, because in the movies you see her commitment to Cap, to the shield, to the cause, to the government.
8. Titania (Mary MacPherran)
Apparently ready to be introduced in She-Hulk, Titania is a strong enemy for Jennifer Walters. But while her green adversary’s muscles come from an infusion of Hulk blood, Titania’s super strength and durability come from alien technology and a shady deal with Doctor Doom. Titania’s jealousy is not a Powerin and of itself, but that’s definitely part of what makes her a serious threat to She-Hulk – kind of like a syndrome/Mr. Incredible situation.
7. Elektra Natchios
An assassin for the hand and friend (but sometimes enemy) of Daredevil, Elektra’s combat prowess makes her a truly terrifying person to be on the wrong side. But like many of Marvel’s best female villains, her crime list wasn’t born out of an inherent desire to be evil — rather, in Marvel Comics, she turns to the dark lifestyle in response to a major loss. in his life.
6. Agatha Harkness
Agatha went down in MCU history as the first villain to have her own theme song, making the case for all future villains to have their own as well. A witch whose dark magic powers were too great even for her own Salem-era witch family, Agatha is the best kind of fictional villain. He is a person who unwittingly makes his enemy hero realize how capable he really is, like Supreme Intelligence.
5. Task Master (Antonia Dreykov)
Look, villains who wreak havoc just to wreak havoc can be so much fun. But several major recent MCU villains have deconstructed (and humanized) their comic counterparts in major ways. Take for example, Black Widow‘s Taskmaster. In the comics, Taskmaster is an assassin for hire who can replicate his opponents’ fighting styles. on screen is Antonia, the daughter of the real villain, Dreykov, who controls the Black Widows through the Red Room. She was also injured (and nearly killed) by Natasha as a child, further blurring the line between the heroic Avengers and their adversaries in an interesting way.
And, of course, when it comes to fighting style, the Taskmaster is a major threat. Because she is such a talented impersonator, opponents like Black Widow have to work very hard to fend her off. In a strange way, she encourages the heroes to reach their full potential, lest they suffer extreme injury or death.
4. Ghost (Ava Starr)
Another gender-changed Marvel Comics villain, Ghost (aka Ava Starr) suffered from a science experiment gone wrong as a child. Now she swings in and out of existence in a sort of painful half-life, and has even been exploited by SHIELD to serve as an assassin. So can you blame him for doing whatever it takes to get his hands on the Pym tech that could relieve this pain?
the Antman and the Wasp the enemy may not have an impressive list of powers like many of her counterparts, but she more than justifies being one of Marvel’s top five female villains. For starters, his progressive – albeit extremely painful – disease gives him the ability to sneak up on enemies and throw punches without necessarily receiving them back, which is also a joy to watch. And her complicated-but-not-quite-villain status makes her a layered addition to the MCU, proof that villainy is a phase (pardon the pun) and not always a static situation.
3. The death of the mistress
Remember how Thanos had a logically diabolical argument to wipe out half the universe by Infinity War? In the comics, his motives were of a more exciting nature: he wanted to impress Death herself. Although Marvel describes Death as (duh) an “abstract entity”, it can take many different forms, including that of a woman, which Thanos quickly became obsessed with. The skull-faced villain is hardcore and one of Marvel’s most powerful characters.
2. Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch)
Wanda may be the most powerful Avenger, and she’s certainly sacrificed more than her fair share in the world-saving enterprise, but those acts don’t stop her from embracing her villainous side. As we have seen in Wanda Vision (and are probably about to testify in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Wanda is capable of immense tragedy born of injury. From controlling the minds of the Avengers when they first meet, to tapping into chaos magic, and holding Westview captive, Wanda is certainly not a traditional villain – we understand her motivations and she has helped *way* more people than it hurts. At the same time, it’s easy to see why a resident of Westview or Lagos (where Wanda’s inadvertent destruction helped trigger the events of Civil war) wouldn’t be so quick to give him the benefit of the doubt. Either way, with powers ranging from mind control to chaos-fueled reality bending, it’s easy to see that Wanda is a capable hero. and wicked, depending on the day.
There simply isn’t a cooler (or scarier) MCU villain than Hela. Thor and Loki’s older sister is the Goddess of Death, a role she takes extremely seriously. Hela also has an extremely stacked set of powers, the beginning of which we only see in Thor: Ragnarok. She can age you (or kill you) with a single burst of energy, bring back dead deities, deliver an extreme punch with her “hand of glory” and her astral project, to name a few fun talents. If only she used her powers for good… but then again, that wouldn’t be half as fun.