5 Best Marvel Movie Villains

Nowadays, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may routinely top the box office, but one criticism that consistently pops up regarding Marvel Studios releases is their struggle to introduce compelling villains for heroes like Iron Man, Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy to come up against. Yet, despite the fact that Tom Hiddleston's Loki arguably remains the most complex and engaging baddie in the MCU, other films based on Marvel Comics have delivered their fair share of memorable villains. Here's the five best to make big-screen appearances to date. For the record, we're focusing on live-action theatrical films only and limiting the list to just one depiction of each character.

Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), Blade (1998)

Stephen Dorff in 'Blade' Stephen Dorff in 'Blade'

In 1998, Blade marked the true birth of Marvel films, predating blockbusters like X-Men and Spider-Man and proving that these heroes could be adapted faithfully. It's fitting then that Wesley Snipes' day-walking vampire battled one of the most fun and interesting Marvel villains ever to hit the screen. As the power-hungry Deacon Frost, Stephen Dorff brought not only a sadistic glee to the role but also a bizarre sense of righteousness. In many ways, Frost's tale is one of discrimination and injustice, as the pureblood vampires mistreat and degrade him simply because he was once a human. Of course, this complexity isn't enough for viewers to forgive Frost's actions -- which ultimately lead him to resurrecting the power of La Magra the blood god -- but it adds a layer of complexity that elevates the character from simply a disgruntled punk into a more multi-faceted creature.