While the Civil War comic book was all about heroes fighting heroes, Scarlet Witch actress Elizabeth Olsen revealed that the story’s film adaptation Captain America: Civil War will have an actual villain at its core. So we started thinking about who the best villains in the entire Marvel Universe are.
But when the writers at Newsarama and Best Shots set out to countdown the best of the best, serious debate about the criteria to be used ensued.
What makes a villain great? His evil deeds? His menacing persona? How many times he's triumphed over his nemesis?
Finally, we settled on an objective ranking system, taking the obvious contenders and ordering them for your consideration.
In the end, some of the choices are clear, while some required a healthy debate. We polled several Newsarama writers to make it as much of a consensus as possible. Marvel's villains are, after all, often as classic and iconic as the heroes they oppose, and many have fan followings in their own right. Without further ado, we present our rankings the ten greatest Marvel villains of all time!