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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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Marvel’s Daredevil – Review: Season 1, Episode 13

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And here we are, the last part of my reviews of Marvel’s Daredevil – the all important season finale!

Episode 13 – Daredevil

The last show of the season kicked off with Ben’s funeral, which was incredibly sad. Karen and Mrs Urich spoke briefly, and the chat helped to appease some of Karen’s guilt. Ben never got pushed into anything. He was a reporter. I enjoyed the sense of closure to Mrs Urich’s storyline, the fact Ben had made arrangements for her to be taken care of.

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Marvel’s Daredevil – Review: Season 1, Episodes 10 – 12

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So here we are, the fourth part of my episode reviews. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you about the show so far, and look forward to hearing your thoughts before I tackle the exciting season finale!

Episode 10 – Nelson v. Murdock

The episode was character centric, and focused on Matt and Foggy. It was an emotional roller coaster ride as Foggy struggled to come to terms with Matt’s secret. Both actors played the scene really well. Foggy was understandably upset about being lied to; a deep sense of betrayal that really came across.

It was tough to see the cracks appear in their friendship. The fact is, they need each other. Which is why Foggy tried to understand things from his friend’s point of view. The sticking point perhaps, was Matt’s endeavours outside the law – or as Foggy put it ‘running around like a moron and beating people up’.

 

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It was interesting to hear about Matt’s earlier experiences and, as Foggy demanded, he told him everything. In one of my favourite scenes, Matt described his training sessions with Stick. Foggy’s response was classic –

“A blind, old man taught you the ancient ways of martial arts – isn’t that the plot of Kong Fu!” (I can totally see Carradine in the role of Stick!)

He lost his humour pretty quickly though, and I think the last straw, at least for Foggy, was hearing Matt say he didn’t want to stop. Despite Matt’s emotional plea for understanding, Foggy had heard enough.

Flashbacks

I particularly enjoyed the flashbacks, which were, again, focused on the two friends. We saw them as university on the day they met, and the scene did a great job of reflecting Foggy’s easy-going personality. It also showed his humour; from deciding to be Matt’s wing man (the next Maverick and Goose), to calling Matt a hero for saving someone and getting his ‘peepers knocked out.’

young matt and foggy

In an earlier episode we learned of Foggy’s knowledge of Punjabi, and the writers linked back to it here. Instead of studying Spanish, he took a class in Punjabi to impress a girl. They made another reference to language in a later scene. According to Foggy they were going to be the best ‘avocados’ – he was aiming for ‘abogado’ – the Spanish word for lawyer.

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Marvel’s Daredevil – Review: Season 1, Episodes 7 to 9

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Thank you for joining me for the third part of my reviews on Marvel’s Daredevil. This time I will be looking at episodes seven to nine. If you need to catch up, here is a link to part 1, and part 2.

Episode 7 – Stick

Finally, we got to meet Stick, who opened the show with a violent introduction to his world; chasing down something he referred to as ‘Black Sky’ (which turned out to be on route to New York City).

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Nobu was connected to the shipment, and met with Leland briefly to ensure everything was in place. The moment Nobu left, Matt took advantage of Leland’s vulnerability and confronted him about Fisk. Leland, who can be slippery, managed to get the jump on Matt; tazering him before making his escape. Of course that only happened because Matt was distracted by the sound of…well, Stick!

I didn’t expect the men to get all sentimental over the reunion, Stick is hardly the warm and fuzzy type. But he barely took a breath before he began criticising Matt about his life choices; how badly he’s dealing with things, his shit-hole apartment, the distractions (women/furniture/silk sheets).

When Stick finished toying with him (after a brief scuffle), he helped himself to a beer and told Matt about Black Sky, or all he needed to know at least – which wasn’t a great deal. Matt agreed to help as long as Stick promised not to kill anyone. He had a few words to say about Matt’s inability to cross that line, but made the deal.

matt and stick on the docks

And then promptly broke his word. It turned out Black Sky was a child, which was shocking enough, until Matt understood Stick’s intentions were to kill. He managed to intercept the arrow, though he failed to prevent Nobu from escaping with the child.  He was a little busy dealing with the mess Stick left behind.

Stick was waiting for him when Matt arrived back at the apartment. He pushed Matt as cruelly as he’d done in the past, which led to a brutal battle of wills. The fight was evenly matched (Matt had learned a trick or two), though they were both a little worse for wear (as was Matt’s furniture).

Later in the episode, we saw Stick sitting before a mystery figure. This was a reference to the Ninja cult, The Hand, which means the story could develop further next season.

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Marvel’s Daredevil – Review: Season 1, Episodes 4 to 6

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Welcome back for the second instalment of the five-part review on Marvel’s Daredevil. If you missed the first instalment you can catch up here.

Episode 4 – In the Blood

This episode featured Vladimir and Anatoly Ranskahov, the brothers who head up the Russian organisation. It began in a Siberian prison, an echo of their past to demonstrate their violent roots.

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Matt (who we saw applying pressure to the Russians), visited Claire to get his wounds patched  up. Since her apartment was no longer safe, she was staying at a friend’s (cat sitting), and using up all her sick days. There was definite chemistry between Claire and Matt, though I think she was hoping for a little more encouragement. Giving her a burner cell so he could get in touch, wasn’t exactly what she had in mind!

We discovered the reason Prohaszka was eliminated last week – his holdings had already been transferred to the new cab company; doubling distribution. Wesley argued with the Vladimir and Anatoly about Fisk’s input. The brothers weren’t particularly impressed by his criticism over the ‘mask’ situation, especially his gag about the absence of an iron suit or magic hammer. Still, it was a nice Avengers reference.

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The brothers decided to visit Semyon in the hospital (the man Matt threw into a dumpster), and woke him with a shot of epinephrine. After learning of Claire’s involvement, they sent men after her.

As Foggy and Matt are leaving the office, with Foggy complaining about their lack of equipment and wishing he’d taken his mother’s advice to become a butcher, Matt received a call from Claire. Upon hearing her scream, (by then Foggy was in a taxi), he dashed into the alley and vaulted up the building onto the roof (throwing the stick was a nice touch). This whole scene was fantastic for a number of reasons – did I mention the vaulting? When he realised Claire was gone, he began listening to the sounds of the city, honing in on the Russian accents, followed by a woman’s distinct scream.

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He missed them by seconds, but it didn’t slow him down all that much. He followed the breadcrumbs, and managed to save Claire from her captors.

I love how conflicted Matt was during the scene in his apartment. His vulnerability really shows with Claire, because she’s someone he can confide in. He has no fear when it comes to facing the darkness in Hell’s Kitchen, and that’s part of his strength, but his weakness lies in the responsibility he carries – for all those who get hurt in the crossfire.

It was interesting to see the roles being reversed, and Matt doing the patching up this time. He was clearly thinking of his father. It was an emotional scene, and Matt finally decided to trust Claire with his secret. He started by giving her his name – until then she’d been calling him Mike.

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