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These Superhero Movies Had Too Many Villains!

These Superhero Movies Had Too Many Villains!

By Andrew Tavin

So if you've seen the trailer for Amazing Spider-man 2, you know that the movie may employ more villains than it does VFX artists. Electro, The Rhino, Harry Osbourne, Norman Osbourne, and glances of Doc Ock and The Vulture's gear. It'll be interesting to see how they make it all work, but we're hoping for the best!

Though this may break the record for number of villains in a comic book movie, it wouldn't be the first time a comic book movie took on more villains than it could handle. Like these!

Spider-man 3

As long as we're talking Spider-man, this would be a good place to start. Given how popular Venom is as a character, it's odd that they felt the need to pack the movie with as many villains as they did. Why not make a tight, action packed movie around him? Spider-man 2 only had Doctor Octopus and it's one of the best superhero movies of all time. You could still even have Harry Osbourne. I guess what we're saying is, was anyone really getting that excited over the thought of finally getting to see Spiderman face off with Sandman on the big screen (Apologies to anyone who was that excited over the thought of finally getting to see Spiderman face off with Sandman on the big screen)?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

So there may be a couple (hundred) problems with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we have limited space so let's stay on topic! Liev Schreiber's Sabretooth was an awesome performance, and it if it had just focused on his rivalry with Wolverine, there may have been the possibility for an incredible movie. Instead, we got Deadpool, the "mercenary with a mouth" who spent most of the movie with his mouth surgically sealed shut and a fight with Gambit out of nowhere. We're going to have to say this many villains was a GAMBIT the movie shouldn't have taken (see what we did there?).

X-Men: First Class

OK, make no mistake, we think X-Men: First Class was a terrific movie. It just had a couple too many bad guys. As is the case with a lot of movies with too many villains, at least one of the villains is actually done really well. Kevin Bacon's Sebastian Shaw is wonderfully realized, menacing without too much effort and still fun to watch onscreen. With such a dominating presence, it's a wonder why they took any time away from him with Tornado Dude and Red Nightcrawler. And January Jone's Emma Frost... they say if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all, so... did we mention how great Kevin Bacon's performance is?

Iron Man 2

Sometimes even two villains can be too many, depending how they're handled. The rival arms executive Justin Hammer, as played by Sam Rockwell, is a perfect foil to Tony Stark. His awkwardness bounces off of Stark's "sauvitude" perfectly. His jealousy offers a powerful and relatable motivation. Meanwhile, Mickey Rourke's Whiplash is… Russian? In the comics, Hammer has often worked against Stark by arming a bunch of villains against him. Here's an odd scenario where the movie almost has too many villains and too few at once. Instead of devoting equal time to Whiplash and Hammer, it would would have been more interesting to give Hammer more time and then just have a bunch of minor villains he arms against Iron Man.

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

So we understand that you can't really have the Silver Surfer without Galactus, or else who would he be heralding? But maybe this is an instance where it would have been worth it to split it into a trilogy or just go with a different story. Galactus ends up feeling tacked on to create a climax at the end (opinions about whether he should have been a giant cloud not withstanding). Also, Dr. Doom is there, but only kind of.

Batman and Robin

Sometimes it can make sense to have multiple villains if they complement each other story-wise. In The Dark Knight, Two-Face is a direct result of the actions of The Joker and his while existence is tied to the themes The Joker espouses. In Batman and Robin Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze team up to cover the planet with plants and ice. Neither of which are really conducive to the other. Also Bane for some reason.

The Dark Knight Rises

Speaking of Bane for some reason, The Dark Knight Rises seems to have Bane for a reason. He actually represents an interesting populist counterpart to the wealth and elite exclusivity of Batman/Bruce Wayne. Or he would if it wouldn't for also wanting to blow up Gotham. Of course, it all feels kind of pointless when it's revealed that (SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS AHEAD) Talia al Ghul was actually behind it. That surprise may have been fun for comic fans, but to movie goers who didn't know who she was, it was probably strange to have a new antagonist for the last three minutes of the movie.

What did you think? Are there any movies we left out? Any we were wrong about?

Tags: movies, batman, spiderman, the dark knight, books-and-movies, marvel entertainment, dc entertainment, the amazing spiderman 2

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Andrew Tavin

Andrew Tavin is a writer and stand-up comedian living in New York City. His work has been featured on Upworthy and Collegehumor. He writes pretty mediocre bios and can be followed on Twitter @andrewtavin.

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