One of the things that had plagued the Marvel Cinematic Universe despite their entertaining films were the poorly crafted villains. Obadiah Stane, Whiplash, The Mandarin, Ronin, Yellowjacket, Malekith, these were antagonists designed to be the clear-cut bad guy for the hero to defeat. There was nothing complex about them nor were they that memorable. And then the minds behind the MCU decided to change that narrative, creating villains that not only had intriguing storylines but who actually gave the heroes a run for their money.
Two such villains that I found to be absolutely extraordinary and really likable were Erik Killmonger and Mysterio.
From a certain point of view, you could almost interpret Killmonger as the underrated hero of the story as he seeks to avenge his father’s murder and liberate disenfranchised black people all over the world, albeit by violent means.
Of course, his ways were radical and he had to be stopped from waging war on the world but his goals were comprehensible and when he was defeated by T’Challa I can’t help feeling sorry for him.
He supposedly dies with T’Challa watching over him but…being the stubborn Killmonger fan that I am, I don’t think he’s dead.
We’ve seen the Wakandans nurse people back to life with their incredible medicinal and scientific ways and just because we saw Killmonger lose consciousness doesn’t mean it’s clear fact that he’s dead.
For all we know, T’Challa took Killmonger and hurried him to the infirmary where the doctors nursed him back to health. Of course, that would be kind of wrong considering that Killmonger distinctly said he didn’t want to be forced into bondage but…I still have hope that he, like Loki, will return as a reluctant hero in the Black Panther sequel.
And then there’s Mysterio who met his match in Spider-Man. Spider-Man would defeat him but not before Mysterio left an impactful mark on Peter Parker by releasing his true identity to the world.
We see Mysterio “die” but how do we know he’s actually dead? We know he’s known for being a trickster so why wouldn’t he fake his death, slink into the shadows, and emerge in Spider-Man 3 with a gang of baddies to take Spider-Man on?
And…considering that we did get a bit of a heroic take on Mysterio for a little bit before he went truly bad, what if something happens and he does become a bit of a hero? Wouldn’t that be a plot twist?!
All in all, yes, these antagonists could be officially dead but they could also be very much alive and I’m hoping that Marvel Studios understands the gems they have with these characters and can utilize them in future stories in particularly creative and exciting ways.
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