Ever since 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel has continued to thrive giving us many memorable films and iconic superheroes to root for. The same cannot be said for its villains, simply because the villains usually appear as a mirror image of the hero themselves; a doppleganger if you will. Villains such as the Iron Monger from the first Iron Man film, Loki from the Thor movies, Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, and Darren Cross from Ant-Man; all of those are very similar to our protagonist. The same can be said for DC films as well such as General Zod in Man of Steelr
Since the majority of these movies are introductions to our characters, it should be no surprise that the villain would be similar to our protagonist simply because it gives our hero(es) a major challenge on their hands. Don’t expect this trend to end anytime soon because apparently this character structure will continue with this years Doctor Strange. While Doctor Strange will be introducing audiences to the mystical realm of the MCU, the villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) will also be a sorcerer gone mad and it will be up to Steven Strange to defeat this enemy at large.
Kevin Feige Explains Reasons For Doppleganger Villains
While some fans may be disappointed that we will soon get possibly another forgettable Marvel movie villain, Kevin Feige spoke with Screenrant that there’s a reason the Marvel films focus primarily on our core characters:
“Clearly we will get to that [non-doppelganger match ups]… You want to have characters that inhabit the same world when introducing a new world, a new mythology for lack of a better term. You want to explore that as much as you can.”
I wonder what sort of “non-doppleganger” match-ups we’ll be getting. Thanos perhaps?
Though I can’t argue that their system hasn’t entirely worked, it is however disappointing that the majority of these Marvel villains are forgettable. However, I understand why Feige has chosen to use villains that resemble the heroes. It gives audiences a good perspective of them both and allows us to get fully invested with these characters. Also, by having villains that are nearly identical in power to the heroes, we get a chance to learn more about the world around them. It also poses a great challenge for our hero, because he/she has to be able to find what will work against the enemy to defeat them.
Doctor Strange Will Look To Continue That Direction
Feige continues to explain his reasoning behind using villains that are analogous to the heroes. As mentioned earlier, Doctor Strange will once again utilize a villain who’s powers compliment the heroes. Here was what he said:
“Kaecilius doesn’t know Strange from a hole in the wall. He predates him. But when you’re teaching an audience about sorcerers and that reality and you’re going to talk about the past anyway and you’re going to get into their history anyway, much better to tie-in your bad guy with that instead of laying all this groundwork of parallel dimensions and sorcery and say, by the way, a meteor hit on the other side of the world, it went under the water, and this evil thing developed. What does that have to do with magic? Nothing… That’s not the way we’ve developed them up to this point.”
Feige makes a great point when he mentions that since we are entering a new reality or realm if you will in the Marvel universe, it makes sense to go back into the past and introduce us to a villain that may have had similar experiences to Steven Strange. It keeps the audience up-to-date and basically educates us on what we can expect inside this mystical universe. Parallel dimensions, sorcery, multi-universes, all of that can be very confusing to audiences, especially for those who may never had heard of someone like Doctor Strange.
What About The Future Installments Of The MCU?
If fans are tired of getting these one-dimensional movie villains, fear not because Feige says there is much hope in the near future:
“Needless to say as more characters encounter each other in other films they’re certainly going to be up against things that they don’t know anything about and have no comparable to.”
With films such as Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and of course the two Infinity War movies, Marvel has a slate of films that may feature villains who could really give our heroes a run for their money. It also helps that the majority of the future movies are indeed sequels and not just origin stories.
‘Doctor Strange’ May Be The MCU’s Last Origin Story For Quite A While
This also goes for films such as Black Panther, and Captain Marvel. Though these three movies will be the first “solo” films of these characters, they will have been introduced well beforehand thus avoiding another potential origin story. We already received Black Panther’s introduction to the MCU in this years Captain America: Civil War and do we honestly need to see yet another Peter Parker get bitten once again by a radioactive spider? Most certainly not which is why Spider-Man was in Captain America: Civil War and already has his powers while fighting crime in New York City.
The only character I am not entirely sure about is Captain Marvel. Her film is to be released after the first Infinity War movie and it begs to question if we will in fact receive an origin story of some sort in her own solo movie. The Russo brothers nor Kevin Feige have yet to inform fans when we will be getting our first glimpse of Carol Danvers. Most have speculated it will be in Infinity War Part 1, especially since we can expect at least 68 characters in this movie.
Whether Marvel continues to craft these forgettable villains or not, they have proven to create fantastic films in the MCU. Feige is currently the captain of this ship and is doing everything he can to make these films work. Marvel has plenty of films due out in the near future, as newer heroes are beginning to shine.
Do you agree with Feige’s philosophy of utilizing doppleganger villains? Do you think Marvel should invest more time with their villains and develop them more? I’d love to hear what you all have to say in the comment section below!