Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus Address Marvel’s “Villain Problem”

Since 2008, Marvel has blown fans away with each new installation to their ever-growing Cinematic Universe. However, it seems that time and time again the one major criticism of these films is the lack of development behind the villains. In an interview with JoBlo, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the screenwriters for The Winter Soldier,Civil War, and the upcoming Infinity War, address the matter:

“I get the criticism, but the early phases were all origin stories. It tends to create a similar villain,” said Stephen McFeely, one half of the writing team with Christopher Markus. “When it is no longer an origin story, I think you might have a little bit more freedom to create different villains. I’m sensitive to the problem. I get it. But it wasn’t the Robert Redford story, it was Captain America: Winter Soldier. It wasn’t the Red Skull’s journey, it was the journey of one guy going from ninety pound weakling to American hero and then going into the ice. So in a 120-minute movie it is difficult, and Thanos will possibly change that, but you want time spent.”

In many of the phase one movies such as Iron Man 1 and 2, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk, the villains were essentially just evil people with slightly different powers than our heroes. Granted, that is how these villains are in the comics as well, but it can be argued that not enough time is spent developing their character’s as a whole in the MCU.


Despite this, the origin stories are few and far between now, and in light of this the Infinity War writers have expressed their excitant for tackling the mad Titan himself saying they will be “willing to pull from anything Thanos is in”. Everything that the MCU has built so far has led to this epic showdown and Thanos seems to have been the puppet master watching every event unfold from afar (the events 0f Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy) so theres no doubt they will develop and flesh out his character as much as possible.

What do you guys think? Are all Marvel’s villains underdeveloped? Are you excited to see how they do with Thanos in Infinity War? Let us know in the comments as well as on our Twitter and Instagram!