7 Marvel Villains Saved By The MCU

Evil finds its way home.

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It's no secret to Marvel fans that other studios have become rather notorious for mucking up their Marvel properties from time to time. Sure, it's far from being all bad, but every once in a while, movies like Spider-Man 3, Ghost Rider, and Ang Lee's Hulk come along and besmirch the names of their titular heroes.

Luckily, thanks to the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel has been able to re-acquire the rights to these heroes and give them a shot at live-action redemption (be it in films or on television), often successfully. However, while Marvel has certainly saved plenty of heroes by bringing them into the MCU, there's definitely something to be said about the villains who have benefited from the exact same treatment.

In the hands of other studios, some of these baddies have been outright terrible parts of equally terrible movies; some have been the decided weak links of decent films; some have actually been decent, but were dragged down by their association with mediocrity; and one in particular actually had their film debut snatched from them at every turn only to have Marvel Studios finally give them their big break.

Whatever the case may be, these baddies have made great use of the time-tested virtue held by comic book villains for decades: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.


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