Marvel’s Most Underrated Villain in the Cinematic Universe

By now us die-hard Marvel fans have all chatted about how Marvel has subpar villains in their cinematic universe.  Villains such as Alexander Pierce  (Captain America: The Winter Soldier),  Ivan Vanko and Justin Hammer  (Iron-man 2) , Aldrich Killian  (Iron-Man 3),  Malekith  (Thor: The Dark World)  and Ronan the Accuser   (Guardians of the Galaxy)  have mostly been disappointing villains for these films.

However, Marvel does have quite a few villains who stand out among the rest including Obadiah Stane  (Iron-Man),  The Red Skull  (Captain America: The First Avenger),  Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier  (Captain America: The Winter Soldier),  the often forgotten villain from the  Incredible Hulk:  Abomination, Ultron  (Avengers: Age of Ultron)  and of course Loki  (Thor, Marvel: The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World).

For me, I was a bit disappointed by Whedon’s overt humor with Ultron.  James Spader was the correct choice for the voice, but the wittiness and humor of Ultron’s personality took me out of the film.  I was hoping for a more menacing villain in Ultron as was hinted at in all of the trailers.  Instead, what we got was a child-like robot who “came to save the world.” 

Now most would agree that Loki is still perhaps Marvel’s greatest movie villain thus far.  Even though Loki had some humor to his personality, we still observed his terrifying presence in both  Thor  and  Marvel: The Avengers  (I didn’t include his role in  Thor: The Dark World  simply because he fought more on the side of good).  Loki in my opinion is still the best on-screen villain that Marvel has brought us thus far (perhaps Thanos will change that in the near future).  We must be patient as I believe Marvel will be bringing us more memorable villains in phase three.  However, there is a villain in this universe that I feel is never mentioned or underappreciated on a regular basis and that person would be Brock Rumlow aka Crossbones.  Here are five reasons why Rumlow should be feared as the PERFECT Marvel villain.

1.  He is a Natural Leader

In the opening scene of  Captain America: The Winter Soldier,  we see Agent Rumlow lead a squadron of “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team to free some hostages who are aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel lead by Georges Batroc and his mercenaries.  With the assistance of Captain America, Rumlow is able to accomplish his mission by taking back the hostages.  We also see him throughout the film chasing down Steve Rogers as he manages to escape capture in an elevator lead by Rumlow’s HYDRA team while also searching for them after Rogers and Romanov narrowly avoided a missile that was aimed toward them while investgating an old S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker.

2.  He will NOT take “no” for an answer

If Rumlow wants his way, he will get it.  As we saw from this clip, Rumlow won’t take ‘no’ for an answer even if he has to point his gun at someone.  If a mission is to be successful, he will take initiative if the situation calls for it.

3.  He is not afraid to go head-to-head with his enemies

In the elevator scene, we saw Rumlow go toe-to-toe with Captain America exclaiming, “Whoa big guy. I just want you to know Cap, this isn’t PERSONAL!”  Even though he wasn’t successful, he proves that he’s not afraid to fight a super-soldier that is Captain America.

Towards the end of the film, Rumlow chases down Sam Wilson aka the Falcon.  Like in his previous fight with Captain America, Rumlow is willing to fight his enemies in hand to hand combat.

4.  He remains loyal to HYDRA

“This is gonna hurt. There are no prisoners with HYDRA. Just order. And order only comes with pain. You ready for yours?”

No matter what, Rumlow knows where his loyalities lie.  We don’t have a lot of his backstory from the film, but what we do know is that he will fight for this organization to succeed at all costs.

5.  He’s back with a vengeance

By the end of  Captain America: The Winter Soldier,  we saw Rumlow nearly killed when a helicarrier crashes through a building.  This makes him become mortally wounded and is seen taken away by a medical team near the end of the film.  He is also set to reprise his role in next years  Captain America: Civil War  although this time he will actually become the Crossbones character that he is known for in the comics.

As shown above, recent set photos has revealed his newer look for his upcoming film.  Lets face it, his new uniform looks absolutely badass and I cannot wait to see it in action when he faces against Steve Rogers once again.  No one knows how big of a role he will play in the second Captain America sequel, but we can be sure that he will certainly play a formidable villain.  I hope that the Russo brothers utilize him well in that he isn’t just a one and done type of character.  I want to see a more developed character because after all, he is seeking revenge after what happened to him in  Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  

We also recently learned that another major villain will make his debut in this cinematic universe: Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).  How much of a role his character will play is up for debate.  I am here hoping that Marvel gives Crossbones his due.  I think he could play a very memorable villain in a film that is already shaping up to be a major hit.

But what do YOU all think?  Do you think that Crossbones will be a MAJOR villain in next summer’s  Captain America: Civil War?  Are you excited to see Rumlow fight Captain America once again?  Please comment below and tell me what you think!



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