x men villains

hollywoodreporter.com
Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'
Simon Kinberg is writing and due to make his directorial debut with the tentpole.

Longtime X-Men steward Simon Kinberg is writing and due to make his directorial debut with the tentpole, which is aiming to retell the defining Dark Phoenix storyline from the early 1980s comic book.

Sophie Turner is reprising her role as the X-Men heroine Jean Grey, aka Phoenix, a telepath who, in the comics, saw her powers become amplified to the Nth degree when she becomes imbued by a cosmic energy called the Phoenix Force. It eventually overtook her personality and made her bad, necessitating the X-Men to stop her.

The storyline was crudely adapted in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which was critically maligned and rejected by fans. Kinberg and co. are looking to redeem that effort with their own take that sources say will hew closer to the classic story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

If a deal makes, sources say Chastain would play Lilandra, the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men.

Ultron is a powerful AI-turned-robot-overlord inside an invincible shell. And since he can hack anything and jump into any system, he’s basically impossible to get rid of. He has all the powers of the world’s best robot and all the tenacity of the internet’s dumbest meme.

And yet the Avengers take down this limitless digital enemy with … punching. Wait, shouldn’t “software” be able to stand up to a really well-aimed arrow, or even the best-thrown shield? If Ultron had remembered to use even 10 percent of his powers, he could have wiped out the Avengers at the start of Act II. See, his first move is to take over the Iron Legion – Tony Stark’s army of autonomous Iron Man suits. He also destroys Jarvis, Iron Man’s state-of-the-art AI system. So later, when Ultron is straight-up fighting Iron Man in his suit – which Jarvis was shown to have full control of – why doesn’t Ultron … you know, hack him too? In any other movie, a rogue AI is an immediate global apocalypse. In Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it’s a snarky robot … making a town float into the sky?

Did he scour the internet for evil plan suggestions and pick the most sarcastic one?

5 Villains Who Totally Stopped Trying Mid-Movie

  • X-Men: The government is comparing mutants to weapons, trying to get them all to register, but the real villain of the movie is MAGNETO.
  • X2: There is now a US general who used armed soldiers to seize a school building full of children and who has captured the X-Men's leader and is using his brain to wipe out the entire mutant race. The real villain is still MAGNETO.
  • X3: There's been a "cure" discovered that deprives mutants of their mutation and has been weaponized. Also, Jean Grey, one of the X-Men's own, has come back from the dead as a terrible being of unfathomable power. Somehow, the real villain of the movie manages to be MAGNETO.
  • XMFC: Sebastian Shaw has been torturing, abusing, and manipulating mutants for decades, and he and the Hellfire Club plan to start WWIII. The villain of the movie is MAGNETO.
  • DoFP: The US government is sanctioning a program that will lead to a dark timeline in which mutants are hunted by robots and rounded up in concentration camps. The villain of this movie is not Bolivar Trask, who is building the Sentinels, or Mystique, whose actions inadvertently cause the timeline to come to pass, but MAGNETO.
  • X-Men Apocalypse: Apocalypse is a big scary dude from ancient times who wants to see the whole world burn. But don't worry! Guess who's still a villain? MAGNETO.
Villain Preference: Falling/Feeling in Love

Francis/Ajax

Francis didn’t take his feelings for you seriously at first. Things were casual, nothing special, no commitment; just a little stress relief. But from day one, although he didn’t admit it, you made him feel for the first time in his life. It snuck up at first; the physical aspect of your relationship caught him by surprise because he was no longer numb, despite his mutation. You have that effect on him. You make him feel. He keeps you at arm’s length but never farther than that.

Angel 

You caught Angel completely by surprise. His rage didn’t frighten you. In fact, no aspect of him scared you. The first time you saw him you seemed so enamored by his mutation that he wasn’t sure what to say or do. The first time he lost control and flew into a rage, you stayed strong and talked him down without even a flinch. He didn’t feel like a freak with you. And before he knew it, he was actually making an effort to be less angry and violent, just to impress you. He never said anything about it. It was you who eventually realized what was going on, so you made a move. And boy, did he respond! No one had better ever try to lay a finger on you now. 

Brock Rumlow/Crossbones

Brock isn’t a bad guy; he was just dealt a bad hand in life. After his burn accident Brock could barely look at himself anymore. He was vengeful and resentful and full of rage. His physical appearance was a reminder of that. But the first time you saw his face, all you could think about was the pain in his eyes. You saw past his appearance and his anger and saw his heart, which in its essence was good. You never asked him to change; maybe on some level he wasn’t the bad guy to you. You shielded him from his own self-hatred, and eventually he allowed himself to open up and include you in his life. He feels almost normal with you and you are the one thing he values in this world more than revenge.

En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse 

You were the epitome of beauty and power to En Sabah Nur, a kind of mortal goddess. He saw straight through the exterior into your true being, and it was the most breathtaking thing he’d ever experienced. He is not evil at his core. His intentions are rooted in a desire to spread wisdom and eliminate weakness. But you help him to see the beauty in humanity and the importance of both human and mutant life. He is grateful to have an eternity, if it means seeing all the goodness that is you.

Harry Osborn/Green Goblin

Harry is not a bad man; just a very angry one. It is hard sometimes to be near him when his alter ego is in full swing, especially if you are at all close to Peter or Gwen. At first when the two of you started spending time together, he played the cool guy card. He remained aloof, sending you noncommittal but impressive gifts, and showing off for you one moment then not speaking to you for days. You hated the games and had no qualms in telling him so. He shaped up after that and began to act like a true gentleman. There are bad days; the Green Goblin is like a condition he has to cope with. But you support him and continue to believe that there is good in him somewhere, which he secretly holds on to in the dark moments.

Loki

Loki doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his ability to love. He loved his mother dearly, and deep down he still loves his brother, despite their disagreements. But he never loved anyone like he loves you. You became his world, his anchor to his humanity, and he would rather die than lose you. He became a better man by loving you.

Magneto

Erik has lost everyone he has ever loved. Love terrifies him and he walks around with the weight of everyone he’s lost on his heart. He feels he either can’t love or can’t hold on to love. But you were different. You’re smart and tough, a real badass. But you are also kind. And it was your kindness that finally broke the wall he put up around himself. He always admired how strong you were, and how capable of taking care of you and yours. But then you showed that kinder, softer side and he melted. He is fiercely protective, but then again so are you.

Nebula

After her rough childhood and lack of warmth in her life, Nebula is very much like a puppy that’s been kicked a few too many times. She followed Ronan with a steadfast loyalty and obeyed her father even when he demanded too much of her. So when she met you, and you treated her with such tenderness, she wasn’t sure what to do. She was excited and afraid and hopeful and confused. But once she opened up and realized you weren’t going to hurt her, she became the most loving, loyal, attentive girlfriend ever.

Ronan the Accuser 

Ronan is the conquerer and you are his queen. He had never met someone who could match him so well. You were truly regal, fit to rule the world beside him. He had never considered what love would be like, but he didn’t even think about it when you came into his life. You just fit. He had never wanted to share anything, especially power, but he wanted to hand you the universe on a silver platter. Every king needs a queen, and there was no one more fitting than you.

Victor Creed/Sabretooth

Victor doesn’t necessarily feel love in the fuzzy, romantic sense. There’s no heartfelt confessions, grand gestures, or sweet moments. But you stuck around and that meant a lot to him. You became his partner and the two of you made an unstoppable team. Eventually taking things a step farther felt natural. You were right on his level of crazy and you didn’t take flack from anyone, even him. Needless to say things are pretty heated between you two. He respects you and loves you, in his own sociopathic way. He certainly wouldn’t hesitate to kill anyone who touched you.

William Stryker

Stryker’s bias against mutants is fierce and an ugly part of his personality. But it also showcases his ability to command and stand strong for what he believes to be “right.” Somewhere in his heart he believes he is keeping you safe by eliminating them. Before you, he was a man on a mission, a relentless soldier. But when he met you he began to look at the world a little differently. Your sympathy for the mutants proved to be one of your strengths. He didn’t agree with you, in any respect, but you seemed to find a middle ground. His lust for you overthrew his disgust for mutant sympathizers, and it evened out into some agreement to disagree.

BONUS: Grant Ward

Ward is another “good guy, bad life” classic case. But somewhere inside him, there is an unspoken desire to do what is right for the people he loves. And once he admitted his real feelings for you, you became one of those rare people. He is hesitant and balks easily, as his abusive past comes back to haunt him. But you are patient and understanding, and you stick around, so no matter what he always comes back to you. He may not apologize for these moments, but you know deep down he is sorry and loves you deeply. He just may not be able to show it easily.

BONUS: The Winter Soldier 

It is difficult for Bucky, in his Winter Soldier haze, to sort out his emotions. They’re jumbled together with wavering memories and bits and pieces of his real self. But love terrified him. The more he felt it, the more vehemently he pushed you away. It got to the point that he had you slammed up against a wall, knife to your throat, swearing at you to get away. But even then, you saw through the haze into the deepest part of him, and he had no choice but to kiss you and forget the rest for that moment. Those passing moments with you were the only things that made sense to him.

imagine-hodgepodge  asked:

Any tips on how to balance out making a villain likable enough where readers enjoy reading about them but not so likable that the readers root for them instead? Essentially, do you have any advice on how to write villains that readers love to hate?

Hey there! 

I absolutely love villains and the very best villains are hard to come by. 
We have answered several questions about writing antagonists that you should check out (here), bu I will give some of the basic tips that I’ve learned over the years.

Types of Villains

There are different types of antagonists, and different reasons why we love them. 

  • There are the chaotic good antagonists, doing the right thing for the wrong reason (Magneto from X-Men). 
  • There’s the lovable villains who are just bad at being bad (Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb or Dr. Drakken from Kim Possible). 

  • There are the ones that you just absolutely hate and you just want to watch them burn (Joffrey from Game of Thrones is pretty accurate).

I would advise that you start by determining what kind you want. Of course, your antagonist doesn’t have to fit any mold, but this is a good place to start if you have no idea. 

Motivation

Once you figure this out, you can move onto the next thing that will define your villain. After all, why would they oppose your protagonist if they didn’t have a reason? Granted, even the reason of ‘because they want to’ is a great reason. I found a list of 39 villain motivations that you can take a look at, but I’ll throw a few out:

  • Revenge: (Hera from Greek Mythology, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast) They were scorned by somebody or something and will get them back.
  • Fear: (Voldemort from Harry Potter,  Ichirō Yashida in The Wolverine) A chronic fear of something (death is a popular one) leads them to do whatever it takes to avoid it.

  • Desire to better oneself: (Stephen from Maleficent, Aaron Burr from Hamilton) Starting out on the bottom and wanting to be at the top.

  • Desire: (Ashfur from Warriors, Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) If I can’t have him/her/them/it, nobody can.

  • Rule: (Loki from Thor, Scar from The Lion King) I was born to rule and nothing will stop me.
Crossing the line

Once you know what drives them, then you can figure out how they’ll validate their goal. What makes it more important than the risks and the cost of the goal? Why would Voldemort split his soul into multiple parts even though it would destroy who he was just to keep from dying? Is it a noble mission that they would sacrifice anything for? Is it something that a loved one died for and now they must complete it? Were they tormented as a child and want to make sure nobody goes through it again? Your hero has goals too, but they’re not likely to break every rule to achieve it. Crossing that line makes the villain different.

Only Human

The biggest thing, I’ve always seen, is to remember that your villain is a person (or robot, alien, magical underground monster flower, etc.) and they have good points and bad points. They can be charming, funny, compassionate (I know of several DC villains who fight Batman constantly but refuse to attack orphanages because they themselves were orphans), loving spouses and parents, good friends, etc. Going against society or the law doesn’t make them 100% evil. And few readers enjoy villains that are 100% evil. There’s no personality. 

Putting it all together

So to show an example of a good villain, I’ll give you mine.

One of my favorite villains of all time is Luke Castellan from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and I’ll tell you why. He truly believed that what he was doing was right. He was like all the other demigods, ignored by his godly parent and not taken seriously. He got tired of seeing his fellow demigods killed for no reason, and decided to get rid of the old system. 

Then somebody with more power got a hold of him and gave him a way to do it. He knew that it was wrong and that he’d be breaking the rules, but he also knew that nothing else had worked. What’s a few lives lost if it saves countless others? Even when he fought against his friends he believed that he was saving them and that they would come around to his way of seeing things. 

And even when he lost he believed what he was doing was right. He believed it so strongly that the readers believed it. You spent the books wishing that he would realize his mistake and come back to his friends, because you loved the character, but not his choices. 

Please feel free to let us know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps!

–Dianne