10 Hyped Movie Villains Who Turned Out To Be Just Henchmen

10. Kaecilius - Doctor Strange

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Mads Mikkelsen is great at playing menacing bad guys, so when it was announced that he would be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's Doctor Strange, fans were understandably excited to see what he would do.

Unfortunately, Kaecilius continued that most frustrating of MCU trends: underwhelming villains. It wasn't that Mikkelsen's performance was bad, it was just that the character was written in a very bland way; as an obstacle for Strange to overcome, he was serviceable, but that's really all there was to him.

Kaecilius' impact as a credible bad guy was lessened even further when it was revealed that his plan was to summon Dormammu - an inter-dimensional being with world-destroying levels of power - to Earth, where he would lay waste to the planet.

This resulted in Dormammu actually being the film's main threat, relegating Kaecilius to simply being a herald for a far more powerful, far more destructive villain.

In the end, Kaecilius was bested by Strange thanks to the Time Stone, before being removed from the Earth by Dormammu - and it was the latter who proved a far more difficult test for the soon-to-be Sorcerer Supreme.


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