Whether read within the panels of comicbooks or seeing it up on the big screen, there is nothing better than seeing the heroic protagonists win, putting the villains in their place. However, a story becomes far more engrossing when an antagonist shows more depth in their motivations, humanizing them to the audience. In the list below are 10 villains within the MCU that, while they did do evil things, had enough dimensions as characters to make viewers sympathetic towards their causes, if only a little bit.
Helmut Zemo’s villainy comes in the face of great tragedy in his life, losing his family during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was convinced that his family’s death was due entirely to the carelessness of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, therefore concocting an effective plan of splitting the Avengers up in Captain America: Civil War.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes is reimagined as a working man, only committing his wicked deeds to support his family. Although he tried to rob Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming, (and kill Spider-Man in the process) he still maintained that all his misdeeds were in the best interests of his wife and daughter.
8. Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin
For the fans of the Daredevil Netflix series, it can be hard to side with the duality of Wilson Fisk. However, when viewers were given the context of his traumatic childhood, as well as how he dispatched his abusive father, they can understand as to how he became such a ruthless individual. Not only that, but his love for Vanessa had opened viewers up to a more tender side of Wilson Fisk.