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Top 5 Rogues Galleries in Comics – #5

Due to there being a 3-way tie for 5th place in the poll, it took awhile to actually decide a top 5. But we finally have it sorted out. So without further ado, let’s get started on the countdown of the greatest collection of villains, as voted on by you.

We begin our journey with Marvel’s primary supergroup:

The Avengers

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes don’t have quite as lenghty a list of major adversaries as some of the other protagonists in the poll, but the level of a threat that their villains typically pose is quite high. Which makes sense considering that the whole point of The Avengers is to deal with threats that no hero could handle individually.

 

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Atop their list would be Ultron, an android bent on the annhilation of the human race. Created by Hank Pym, and given his brain patterns, Ultron is as brilliant as he is powerful. Equipped with an army of drones that all share a hive mind, a myriad of laser weapons, the ability to control and/or transfer his memory and personality into other mechanical devices remotely, and an exoskeleton made of the virtually indestructible metal adamantium, it’s not difficult to see why he has remained such a constant thorn in the side of The Avengers.

 

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Not far behind Ultron on the list of Avengers baddies would be the maniacal Kang the Conqueror. Using time-traveling technology from the 30th Century, Kang (who is a decendant of Mr. Fantastic, with connections to Dr. Doom as well) travels from one time period to the next attempting to establish himself as ruler. Even though he possesses no actual superpowers, his genius-level intellect, his knowledge and skills in physics and engineering, and armor and technology from far more scientifically advanced times, Kang has been a major villain for several of Marvel’s heroes, but most notably The Avengers.

 

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Essentially the antithesis of The Avengers would be the Masters of Evil, a team of major, and sometimes not so major, villains banded together to destroy their heroic counterpart. While the team has gone through several incarnations, it is usually lead by prominent Captain America big bad Baron Zemo. The first villains to really bring the fight to The Avengers instead of the other way around, they have attacked The Avengers Mansion on several occassions.

 

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It would be very easy to dismiss The Taskmaster as a major player, but that would be a mistake. While he has no superpowers outside of “photographic reflexes”, the ability to absorb, recall, and replicate knowledge and information instantaneously. This allows him to mimic and predict the movements and tendencies of any hero he sees. His in-depth observation of The Avengers has allowed him to replicate the hand-to-hand combat skills and athleticism of Black Panther, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Captain America, as well as Cap’s abilities with his shield, the marksmanship of Hawkeye and Black Widow, and the swordsmanship of the Black Knight. It may not seem like much, but he has proven time and time again to be a threat worthy of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

 

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While he is most notably a villain of Thor, Loki has been a significant adversary of The Avengers as well. In fact he inadvertantly lead to the creation of the team. He had used The Hulk as a puppet to try to get revenge on Thor. Eventually his deceit is discovered and Rick Jones, Hulk’s sometimes sidekick, reaches out to Iron Man, Ant-Man, and The Wasp to assist them in defeating Loki. From that moment on, he has remained a fly in the ointment of The Avengers.

 

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Arguably the greatest single threat to the Marvel Universe was Thanos when he wielded the Infinity Gauntlet. Granted virtual omnipotence from the Gauntlet, heroes (and even a few villains) from across the galaxy joined forces lead by The Avengers in an attempt to stop Thanos from destroying all life in the universe. Even after his defeat in the Infinity War, The Avengers have continued to battle The Mad Titan over his obsession with death.

100 Greatest Comic Characters of All-Time – Part 2

95. Sentry
  
With nearly identical super powers and costume design (with a different color palette), Rob Reynolds is Marvel’s answer to Superman. While the two are similar, Sentry’s history is much different. In fact he has one of the more interesting, and clever, histories of any character on this list. Created in the year 2000 (cue the Conan O’Brien song), he was retconned into the history of Marvel Comics, even to the point of creating fake creators and back issues.

94. Rogue

  
Marvel is definitely known for creating characters with amazing powers balanced with interesting, sometimes heartbreaking, weaknesses. Rogue is definitely one of those. She can absorb the life force of anyone she touches, temporarily gaining their attributes, and in the case of mutants or super powered beings, their abilities. Unfortunately, she can’t control it. Leaving her unable to touch another person without fear of seriously hurting or even killing them.

93. Ultron 

  
The nemesis of the Avengers. With the ability to jump his consciousness from one of his adamantium robot bodies to virtually any electronic device, an army of clones all sharing a hive mind, and his encephalo-ray which can brainwash opponents or send them into a death-like coma, Ultron is one of the most dangerous threats in all of comics.

92. Leonardo

  
Leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His brother Raphael might be the most popular of the Turtles, but Leo is definitely the most disciplined and skilled member of the team. Leonardo is driven by honor, loyalty, and a warrior’s spirit.

91. Zatanna  

  
While she might have a campy costume (though it’s a personal favorite of mine), Zatanna is one of the most powerful heroes in DC Comics. The fact that she is both a stage magician/illusionist and a real-life sorceress makes her one of the more interesting characters in DC as well.

But I’m Not Dead Yet…

Readers, DO NOT adjust your screen! Reports of this blog’s death have been greatly exaggerated. I am back, and back for good.

SOOOO much has happened in the world of comics during my hiatus. I will try to cover it all, albeit not in great detail. Here’s Part 1 of my quick thoughts on everything I can think of:

  • Daredevil

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Best. Superhero. Show. Ever. Everything (minus one plot point) about this show was amazing. The casting was spot-on. The acting was great. The writing was quick, smart, and clever. Connections to the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe were present throughout but felt natural and unforced. The one thing I was disappointed in was the killing of a major character (don’t worry, no spoilers) in the Daredevil mythos this early.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

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I really enjoyed this movie, but couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. The movie is very good, but it just didn’t feel as special as the first. I was really looking forward to seeing James Spader’s portrayal of the titular villain, Ultron, but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the actual product. I felt like Ultron showed too much human emotion and wasn’t as cold as I’ve always seen the character. However, the actions scenes were crazy and spectacular, and the focusing more on Hawkeye and Black Widow’s back stories was an unexpected treat.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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The first teaser trailers and pics from the set have been released. And I still don’t care.

  • Deadpool

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Squeal!!! With every picture, tweet, and announcement my anticipation for this movie grows! It has been way too long coming for us fans of the Merc with the Mouth to finally see him done right on the silver screen. Ryan Reynolds has always been the perfect guy for the role, and it couldn’t make me happier that the movie is going to get a hard R-rating. You can’t do Deadpool without adult language and over-the-top violence. This movie is going to be crazy awesome!

  • Marvel Comics Secret Wars

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I’m not a fan of this. Randomly wiping out continuity and starting over is a DC move, and a move that Marvel should have nothing to do with. But the worst part is the fact that Miles Morales, not Peter Parker, will be the only Spider-Man, and Sam Wilson, not Steve Rogers, will be Captain America in the new continuity is stupid and insulting. Instead of making better minority characters, just changing major established characters into minorities is lazy and shows a complete lack creativity.

We Finally Have Our Thanos

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With Guardians of the Galaxy coming out later this summer, and Guardians members Drax the Destroyer and Gamora having deep connections to him, one could guess that Thanos would be popping up in the film. Interestingly though, with only a few months left until the release of the movie, no one had been announced as playing the character. This lead most fans, myself included, to believe that either Thanos wouldn’t actually be seen on screen and only be mentioned, or that they were saving it for a surprise (possibly even just a stinger cameo again like in The Avengers).

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Last week, both of those theories were shattered like Thor after Thanos turned him to glass in The Infinity Gauntlet, when it was officially announced that Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin will be providing the voice of the Mad Titan. Apparently, Thanos will only appear on screen as a hologram.

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I’m not sure how I feel about the casting of Brolin. It’s nothing against his acting ability. He’s a very good actor and has been in some great films (True Grit, No Country for Old Men, and Milk, just to name a few). I’m just not convinced that he really fits the character. He’s not particularly tall (5’10”), muscular, or intimidating…three things Thanos most definitely is (Thanos is 6’7″). Brolin’s voice isn’t really what I envision when I think about what Thanos would sound like.

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Of course a lot of this can be covered up/altered using visual and sound effects. And it’s yet to be revealed whether Thanos will be physically played by Brolin, or if he will merely be providing the voice and motion-capture work like James Spader is for the CGI-created Ultron in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Because of this, I’m staying cautiously optimistic about the character’s representation. Brolin is a top-notch actor, so kudos to Marvel Studios for bagging another big time Hollywood personality to play such an important character in their Cinematic Universe. I’m definitely excited to see Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet story arc finally getting to be presented to the world on screen.

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