Last week we explored some of the comic heroes that you didn’t even realize were in the MCU. This week, let’s take a look at the villains.
Few characters have ranged from awe-inspiring to utterly ridiculous like the gigantic alien dragon Fin Fang Foom. While many fans bet that – like sillier villains M.O.D.O.K. and Doctor Bong – the monster would never appear in a Marvel movie, they were proven wrong when he briefly appeared on a billboard in Iron Man 2, drawn by concept artist Adi Granov.
I know, I know, true believers – Jocasta is better known as a hero than a villain. However, much like her male counterpart Vision, Ultron created her to do his evil bidding. The robot, who was creepily named after Oedipus’ mother and used the brainwaves of Ultron’s “mother” Janet Van Dyne, doesn’t appear in her full robotic form in the movies. Her name can be seen on one of Tony Stark’s replacement A.I. chips after J.A.R.V.I.S. is used to create Vision, before he ultimately chooses the sassy Irish F.R.I.D.A.Y. as his new virtual assistant.
Why does Thanos want the Infinity Gauntlet? Why, because he wants to impress Death herself. Death is one of the cosmic entities of the Marvel Universe – the physical embodiment of decay and destruction. She also happens to be one of the creators of the Infinity Stones. Death appears alongside fellow concepts Entropy, Infinity, and Eternity on the temple wall in Guardians of the Galaxy, and was described by The Collector in his “origin of the universe” story. See if you can also spot a possible mention of her in the Avengers mid-credits scene!
You know Slingshot – “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? In the comics, like her fellow Secret Warriors, she had villainous parents: in this case, John Horton, or Griffin. As his name suggests, he has surgical modifications to make him more avian and feline in equal measure. (Why his daughter has limited super-speed, we’ll never know. Comics!) Griffin was mentioned in an earlier episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when The Clairvoyant and Grant Ward break him out of the Fridge, alongside Graviton and Blackout.