One of the most common complaints with Marvel Studios’ films are the villains. Many are considered to be unmemorable and often do nothing more than just serve the story. There have been some exceptions, as many agree that Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki is one of the most iconic villains of the series. Michael Keaton has also given one of the more memorable performances for a villain with Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. With recent films showing a stronger focus on villains and allowing them to develop more throughout the film, it does seem like the studio has learned from its past and is heading into a new direction. Still, many wondered what may have influenced the companies’ fascination with having villains only survive one outing, such as Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Ronan. In a recent Facebook Q&A, James Gunn did offer some insight into what may have influenced the direction taken with Ronan.
There is some messy villain plot stuff in the first movie I’d like to deal with again. There was a committee working for Marvel at the time (now defunct) who had a lot of input, and that was primarily where it ended up. It just got a little messy. My favorite part of both movies is probably the Cat Stevens montage at the end of Vol. 2. It still gets me emotionally. I also still love Drax petting Rocket in Vol. 1.
It certainly sounds like Gunn would love to tackle Ronan once again, or at least have a different approach with the character. He may have an opportunity to do so, as, with the confirmation that Captain Marvel will take place in the 90s and we can expect the Kree-Skrull war, it would not be too surprising that Ronan was involved in some capacity. We may even see the return of the Nova Corp, which could elaborate a bit more on his personal hatred for Xandar and what would turn him into the villain we know, especially why the peace treaty got him to go on a literal rampage.
There have been rumors that Isaac Perlmutter‘s Creative Committee has dabbled in many of the projects. This, in fact, could be why early films from Marvel follows a specific three-act structure, a point that is still discussed as the “Marvel Formula” to this day, which even almost led to Kevin Feige leaving the company. There does seem to be a new direction for the company with their Phase 3 and it will be interesting to see how they will tackle common criticisms that have plagued the series.
What are your thoughts on Marvel’s villains? Do you think Ronan could be further developed?