With each new year that arrives, it feels like it can easily be labeled the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest one yet, and 2017 is no exception. Aside from the ongoing adventures of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., MCU fans get to look forward to the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok on the big screen, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher on the small screen, and the IMAX/television hybrid Inhumans throughout the year.
It's a lot to soak in, but aside from being able to catch up with characters we've already gotten to know, it also means we'll be able to meet a ton of new faces, including a number of villains.
Thanks to established villains ranging from Loki and Kilgrave to Grant Ward and Wilson Fisk, the bar has been set pretty high for any new evildoer entering the scene, and with so many film and TV projects this year further expanding the MCU, hopefully many of the new antagonists we'll soon be meeting can live up to their predecessors.
If they can, we're in for a red letter year for Marvel's bad guys...