If the heroes get to spend their time in the limelight, I think villains deserve their shining moment on the silver screen.
For decades, we’ve been watching the avengers take down intergalactic enemies while Superman and Batman stop doomsday events, but movies featuring prominent villains like Venom, Joker and Loki, show a whole new side to what truly makes a villain.
Not only do they deserve attention, they are entertaining, based on the popularity of Deadpool, Venom, Killmonger and Loki, to name a few.
The majority of these would not even be considered villains, but rather anti-heroes in their universes wanting to do the right thing, but are often acting out of self-interest or in ways that would be seen as unethical.
In some movies, the villain is even more memorable than the heroes.
Take a look at Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight”. His memorable performance as Batman’s nemesis earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor, when none of the other actors were even nominated.
Loki, who was straight up evil in the first “Thor” movie, has had character developments leaning towards being a anti-hero, which has increased his popularity. Even though he is the god of mischief, we have seen that one of his main goals is to feel accepted by his family and to be part of something, which can be very relatable to some.
To me, being able to see the depth and motivations of these characters make them more entertaining to watch. A great example of this is Black Panther’s rival, Killmonger.
Michael B. Jordan did a remarkable job making this character really come to life, and even though Killmonger’s methods were questionable, one could still understand the pain he felt and why he became the villain he did.
“Our very strength incites challenge,” says Vision in Marvel’s “Civil War”. Without that challenge, the heroes we know and love today would be nothing without the villains they face and thus the villains deserve their time at center stage.