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Top Five Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains

I’ve heard it said, and I’m not sure I can disagree, that Marvel doesn’t have the best or most compelling villains in the Cinematic Universe. Some of that is that some of their best – Doctor Doom, Galactus, Magneto, Spider-Man’s rogues gallery – are all locked up in movie rights.

There’s been a lot of one-off villains, with various levels of comic history. But I think that they’re getting better, now that the heroes have been more established. And hopefully Thanos is awesome… But for now, my list of top 5 MCU villains.

Problem is… I don’t know if I can put them in an order to say who’s best. For one thing, the television show villains – who have been getting good – have a lot more time to breathe, to develop. They’re not a one-off problem. They’re people. Evil, messed up people. So let’s do the list chronologically, and in the comments, you tell me who you think is the best!

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Supernatural – An Overview Part 2: The Villains

supernatural logoWelcome back to the conclusion of my two-part review on Supernatural. Last time I dealt with the heroes, including an overview of the stars of the show – Sam and Dean Winchester.

This time I’ll be taking a closer look at the villains; those harbingers of evil who make life extremely difficult for the Winchesters.

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I had to deal with Crowley first. He’s the king of hell; the demon we love to hate, and secretly like a little (or is that just me?) He might be evil, unapologetically so, but he’s upfront about it. He has a nickname for the brothers – Squirrel and Moose. He mainly calls Dean by his given name though, whereas Sam is always Moose, and it makes me smile every time! When the need calls for it Crowley teams up with the Winchesters, and those episodes are always fraught with tension and much humour.

Crowley (to Sam): Who would have thunk it, ey, Moose? You and me. Same team. In the trenches. When this is over, we can get matching tattoos.

He has a voice like gravel, a sharp wit, and an attitude fit for his position. He might be the bad guy, but he’s so good at it – it’s hard not to love him!

Editor’s note: It’s none other than the always amazing Mark Sheppard!

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Movie Year in Review – 2014 So Far

I know it’s only halfway through the year, but as far as years go for movie releases, I think this year has been outstanding! To harken back, in my post talking about what I was excited for this year, most of it was movies. And, most of those movies were the first part of this year.

Therefore, I thought I would spend a bit of time to look at a few of the movies from the first part of this year, and look at just why they were so good. In thinking back on them, I’ve had some new thoughts, so I hope you’ll indulge me.

I think I especially want to talk about Mr. Peabody and Sherman, The Lego Movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Ones that I had said I was excited for, and which all lived up to or exceeded my expectations. I thought about Edge of Tomorrow, as well, but let me just say this real quick: it was a great action movie, and is one that is kind of hurting for money – so you going to see it would not be a bad thing! 

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J is for Jon Irenicus

JBaldur’s Gate 2 holds a place in my heart as my favorite game. It had a lot going for it, and that little company Bioware that made it you may have heard of before. However, I think a lot of the success and nostalgia come from the excellent voice acting, this being one of the earlier games to really do this well.

Meaning that the driving force behind it, the best voice acting, the plot, all comes back to the villain, Jon Irenicus. He is a rare sort of character in a fantasy world: an evil elf. Doesn’t happen very often; Elves are usually various shades of good, or else maybe there are Dark Elves who are evil. But Jon Irenicus gets to put all the years of experience learning how to be a mage into action as an evil one, and it is scary.

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The Beloved Villian

Loki from Avengers

The recent fandom around villains lately has been huge. The YouTube channel “How It Should Have Ended” has had the Super Hero Cafe for a while now, but recently has added the Villain Pub. There is an obvious desire to see more of these villains then we already do. At the same time not all villains rise to this level of fervor and obsession. So what makes us fall in love with a villain?

There are a lot of villains in movies, books, video games, and more, but what distinguishes some from the others. There are villains that are still good villains. They progress the story forward, they thwart the hero, but more than simply stating I am the bad guy with no more too them. At the same time there are certain things that the villains who we love have that the others do not. There motivation, character depth, and mystique all have that little something extra. First, let’s look at what makes a generally good villain and why they might not get the same sort of attention. Continue reading