After 20 great works, the Marvel Cinema Universe (MCU) has climaxed to the top. But their evil group often left many regrets.
Like many cinematic works, at MCUs, villains play a role in conflict, and sometimes the protagonist is more mature.
After 20 films, the only real critics of the series are Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Marvel villains often have a boring purpose?
To understand why the Black Panther (2018) Killmonger or Loki is so popular, the public needs to know the main purpose of the character group. It is easy to see that Marvel’s cruel route is usually followed by a common boring formula.
The Marvel villains are divided into the following categories: Want to get rich by trading weapons – with Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll), or Vulture Keaton), taking over the world – with Hela (Kate Blanchett), Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) or Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), revenge against superheroes – with Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), Whiplash (Mickey Rourke).
Of course, one who is driven by greed, desire for revenge or power is easy to come to evil. The above villains all abide by the rules, but certainly can not bring viewers the excitement or breakthrough needed.
However, the resounding success in terms of revenue seems to make Marvel almost dare not step out of the “safe area.” They at the same time accidentally cause the superhero to become superficial when there is no more psychological elements than the ideal opposite the enemy.
The boredom can be seen clearly when Ronan (Lee Pace) wants to kill all Xandar people, while the Militia Group wants to save them. H.Y.D.R.A. Captain America (Chris Evans) thinks that is wrong. Hela wants to kill them all, but Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) do not.
The conflict between the character lines is divided into two distinctly black-and-white colors. And that is the basis to help turn Loki, Killmonger or Thanos own fans like no other super heroes.
Loki is not evil
The three most memorable face of Marvel actually have in common with both super heroes and other “colleagues”. It sounds ridiculous, but this is what makes them so deep.
Loki, Killmonger, Thanos all share the same purpose with the “enemy”, but the way of action is completely different. As a result, the superhero and the evil become the two sides of a coin, coexist, but simultaneously destroy each other.
Loki, for example, has a strong fan base through Tom Hiddleston’s acting. “The deceiver” has committed more sin, such as betrayal, deceit, lies, or even murder, to take over Thor’s throne.
But why did Loki get pardoned by fans and feel miserable? The character itself was a martial art from the beginning. Odin (Anthony Hopkins) nurtured Loki, and concealed the identity of his son, Colossus.
He always says that both Thor and Loki are capable of inheriting the Asgard. In fact, Loki is forever the “adopted child” of the enemy and can not match with Thor. All his crimes, in a certain way, were to be recognized by King Odin.
Since then, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor (2011) is like a Shakespeare play with a very ambiguous moral ideal. Odin’s two children both wanted to protect the people and make their father proud. The difference is that Loki is willing to “dip indigo” to achieve the purpose, while Thor chose to behave like an emperor.
The great villains share the ideal of superheroes
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is also almost based on that idea, but adds to the underlying notions of racial segregation throughout American history.
Killmonger said the fact that Wakanda was hiding behind a screen to separate from the world was completely wrong. And T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) at the end of the film has decided to reveal the whole truth about the homeland for mankind.
Killmonger believes that Wakanda is obliged to speak out and act to protect the oppressed Africans of the world. T’Challa, again, seems to be doing its best to fulfill that obligation.
Here, the difference in mode of action appears again. While the villains wanted to use force to achieve their goals, the Black Panther superhero chose to connect and assist.
The two have the same destination, but choose two different paths. Therefore, there is no absolute “evil” or “good”. By the end of the Black Panther, T’Challa understood the ideal of the opponent and chose to do it in his own way.
Audiences have encountered such conflicts throughout Fox’s X-Men series, centered on the relationship between Professor X (Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy) and Magneto (Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbneder). Both want to protect the mutant, but the compromise, the warlord.
Finally, Thanos seems to be the rare breakthrough of Marvel Studios and deserves the face of the blockbuster collection of more than $ 2 billion worldwide. The same purpose of protecting the universe, but the name “crazy Titan” has the foresight beyond the superhero.
Thanos wants to protect the universe in the most brutal and pragmatic way possible.
He saw the obvious end of the universe if the population continued to explode out of control, while resources were limited. Thanos chose to kill half to protect the rest. It is cruel, but in the eyes of many, it is necessary.
Thor, Black Panther or Avengers: Infinity War so it becomes more attractive. The ideal of superheroes is severely challenged, and nothing is clear white – black.
After the success of the Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios seems to have gone into “good times” with Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and a bland villain.
Stage III of MCU is about to close with the Avengers 4, and the team promises to release a new generation of super heroes. But what they need more is probably a convincing generation, at least equal to Loki or Killmonger, to create more attraction.