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Scariest Marvel Villains

The Marvel Universe is full of creepy villains. Here are some that will be sure to give you nightmares.

By Madeline BasiricoPublished 7 years ago 5 min read

The Marvel Universe was created in the 1960's by Stan Lee alongside Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The world of Marvel revolves around the supernatural, and characters who have special powers. In the Marvel comics, there are tons of heroes and villains, and because of this, the developers have had to get creative with the characters' backstories. The violent and eerie nature of the following villains is what caused them to make it on this list. Some of these characters are so messed up they'll keep you awake at night. Caution: may contain spoilers.


Bullseye in his signature outfit

Bullseye fought the Punisher, Spiderman, and was finally killed by Daredevil. However, this was not before he was able to kill two of Daredevil's girlfriends, Karen Page and Elektra. According to his backstory, Bullseye had an abusive father as a child and attempted to kill him several times. He originally wanted to be a professional baseball player, and while pitching a game he got annoyed and threw the ball directly at the batter, which killed him. This sparked his love of murder, and he went on to be a freelance assassin. It was then that he developed his rivalry with Daredevil, as Daredevil was able to defeat him. So why is Bullseye so creepy? He gets pleasure out of killing people. He is extremely skilled as an assassin, and is able to use almost any object as a torture device or deadly weapon. Not to mention the fact that he developed a brain tumor that caused him to hallucinate, so he became insane and lethal.


Annihilus vs. Hulk

Annihilus initially began as an enemy of the Fantastic Four. He was exposed to an object called the Cosmic Control Rod which extended his lifespan and gave him powers. He was obsessed with protecting the rod until the Fantastic Four took it from him. Annihilus is an insect-like creature whose powers include superhuman speed, strength, reflexes, durability, agility, and stamina. He is also able to fly at 150 miles per hour on Earth, and even faster through space. In addition, he's huge and controls an army of insects. I would not want to run into this Marvel villain on the street.

Red Skull

Red Skull being his gruesome self

What makes Red Skull so creepy is the fact that he's Hitler's go-to Nazi during WWII (only in the Marvel Universe, of course). Red Skull, or formerly Johann Shmidt, was raised an orphan after his mother died during childbirth and his father attempted to drown him as a baby. Johann was saved by a doctor and his father then killed himself. Red Skull was born while Johann served Adolf Hitler and became his right hand man. Red Skull is the enemy of Captain America and appears in the films Captain America (1990) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Red Skull later joins the terrorist organization H.Y.D.R.A., and has an obsession with America. The villain becomes Secretary of Defense at one point - talk about scary!


Thanos looking menacing

Thanos is an Eternal who was born weirdly large and misshapen compared to others in his colony. Growing up he was always power-hungry and depressed, and he was obsessed the idea of death. He met the personification of Death in a female form, and she cursed him to live forever. So not only is Thanos immortal, but he also has superhuman strength, agility, reflexes, and endurance, making him one of the most powerful characters in comic book history. Furthermore, his skin is basically indestructible and his mind is protected from psychic attack. At one point, he killed 50 percent of the universe with no trouble at all. Thanos appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films The Avengers (2011), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and he first appeared in the Iron Man comics in the 1970s. He is for sure one of the scariest Marvel villains.


Galactus is massive in size and power

Galactus is a majorly powerful Marvel villain. He can teleport, levitate, create forcefields, turn matter into energy, heal others from injuries, and even enhance or inhibit the powers of others - basically anything you can imagine. The scariest part about Galactus is that he requires tons of energy, which he gets from full planets. He destroys entire worlds so he can preserve his immense power. He has fought the Fantastic Four, Dr. Strange, and the Avengers. One of the most feared beings in the Marvel Universe, Galactus is not someone to be messed with. Otherwise, planet Earth might be his next midnight snack.


Terror in action

Terror has fought Wolverine, Punisher, Silver Sable, Daredevil, and Luke Cage, although he eventually teamed up with Wolverine. His backstory is unclear, but we do know that he fought a demon in the past which forced him to give up his original form. Terror is creepy because he is able to replace his own body parts with those of other organisms. It doesn't matter if the creatures are living or dead, or human or not - he can still take their limbs. He is essentially immortal because of this skill despite the fact that he is constantly decaying. I'd say Terror is appropriately named, as you would not want to make him mad.

Dr. Doom

Dr. Doom is not a villain I'd want to mess with

Doctor Doom was born on Earth to a mother who practiced witchcraft. She died before she was able to explain everything to her son, but he eventually found her magical artifacts and taught himself sorcery. The reason Dr. Doom is scary is because he can exchange his mind with others, and he can control certain machinery. He is also a scientific genius and one of the most intelligent Marvel characters. He has robot duplicates of himself that he can control called Doombots. Interestingly enough, although Dr. Doom is initially an enemy of the Fantastic Four, he eventually becomes good and teams up with the Avengers. I would definitely want this creepy villain on my side.

The villains of the Marvel universe have some deep issues. A lot of them are the way they are due to coming from broken homes and enduring tragedy. Many of their issues could probably be solved through extensive therapy. However, in the Marvel Universe, these characters' solutions are violent, making them the scariest villains. Marvel could probably make a whole bunch of spinoff movies about the villains marketed as horror films. But for now, maybe sleep with the lights on and be careful who you piss off.

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About the Creator

Madeline Basirico

When she's not interning, Maddie loves eating food, going to the beach, and looking at pictures of dogs wearing people clothes.

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