As fun as it is to follow the adventures of comic book superheroes, they would be nothing without their villains. However, inevitably, only a select handful of them have become as iconic as the good guys they frequently try to kill, and that’s a testament to how great they are. When looking at Marvel’s selection of bad guys, there are quite literally thousands of names to pick from, but only a small percentage of those stand out as being the most impressive, evil, and sadistic.
Of course, it’s easy enough to select and rank the villains who square off with specific heroes or teams, but what happens when you throw all of those together and attempt to pick the best? Plucking villains from every corner of the Marvel Universe and singling out the best of a very evil bunch is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here!
Some of these baddies have attempted to conquer the Earth, while others have made things much more personal by taking aim at the loved ones of the heroes they despise, but the one thing they all obviously have in common is that they’re truly the greatest bad guys ever put inside the pages of your favourite Marvel comic books…
15. Kang The Conqueror
Time travel is a headache inducing concept in any form of storytelling, but that’s particularly the case in comic books. Kang the Conquerer however is someone who has made good use of his ability to travel through time to make The Avengers’ lives a living hell, and he’s actually succeeded in both conquering the Earth and at one point destroying it altogether (as you’ve probably already guessed, time travel was later used to undo both of those moments).
With a fascinating backstory which actually saw him serve as a heroic member of the Young Avengers as Iron Lad, Kang is one of Marvel’s most complex and delightfully evil bad guys, and the way he manipulates time for his own means makes him a threat not just to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but reality itself.