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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe villains, from Abomination to Zemo

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. the Vulture, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Image: Columbia Pictures Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers for all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, up to and including Spider-Man: Homecoming. A good bad man is hard to find at least within the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the franchise has given us some truly memorable superheroes, it’s been significantly less successful at crafting compelling supervillains. Sure, we all love Loki. But do you even remember Yellowjacket? Or Ronan? How about Malekith? Who? Yeah, exactly. SEE ALSO: ‘Homecoming’ is the best ‘Spider-Man’ movie ever made Which is yet another reason Spider-Man: Homecoming feels like such an invigorating change of pace. In the Vulture, the MCU has delivered its best big bad in years and he’s all the more riveting because he’s not your typical scenery-chewing megalomaniac. (It helps, of course, that he’s played by Michael Keaton, who commands the screen and makes it look effortless.) Instead, the Vulture is cut from the same cloth as his webslinging nemesis. Like Spidey, he’s a basically normal dude grappling with the fact that he lives in a superpowered world. Unlike Peter Parker, though, Adrian Toomes isn’t inspired by example to