Heard of the proverb, “too many cooks spoil the broth?” Superhero movies are no different.
The main criticism of superhero movies that don’t do so well is too many antagonists. Villains teaming is a great comic book story, but executing the same on a big screen is a herculean task. It becomes necessary to incorporate multiple origin stories and a climax for each fight, which takes the focus away from the hero.
A prime example of this would be the Spidey franchise, which saw not one, not two but three villains in the same movie. This around the time things get dreary, for the writers and the audience.
10. Iron Man 2
We all know how disappointing the Iron Man franchise turned out to be. Probably because all 3 movies suffered from the curse of too many villains. But the worst we see is in Iron Man 2.
Hammer is a wanna Stark and Whiplash is in jail for most of the movie. No wonder Jon Favreau’s antagonists fail to establish a tangible hero/villain dynamic.
9. X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: The Last Stand was confusing, to say the least. We saw the Brotherhood of the Mutants. But just because the heroes are teaming up, does not mean the villains team up too.
Phoenix who features as the villain fights alongside Mystique, Juggernaut and Trask. It was too many characters to keep track off, a poor attempt at adapting the “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”
8. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Reading the title, you’d think its just Superman and Batman thinking of each other as the villain. But there’s a few other in the mix.
We have Lex Luthor, the mastermind behind the clash of the titans. There’s Joker, who doesn’t make an appearance but haunts Batman. The “Knightmare” sequence features Parademons and evil Superman.
And last and the least, we have Doomsday who’s just there for some time. All in all, it was too much to take in.
7. Green Lantern
We all agree to Sinestro being an ideal villain for the first Green Lantern movie.
The part that doesn’t add up is featuring Hector Hammond as a secondary villain and introducing Parallax, a plot that ends in the origin movie itself.
6. Spider-Man 3
With Sam Raimi’s first two Spidey movies reaching phenomenal heights, the third movie was a complete letdown. Instead of suspense building battles and a connection that led to an engaging hero/villain dynamic, we got a movie overstuffed with villains.
Raimi’s focussed on the Sandman as the main villain of the movie and Harry Osborn as the Hobgoblin to be the secondary villain. To add to it, Avi Arad also shoved Venom into the script.
Although the movie did well, it’s the one we’re least likely to watch again.
5. The Dark Knight Rises
With so few enjoyable Batman movie adaptations out there, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises was awaited with high expectations. And maybe it would have met those expectations, had it not been for Scarecrow and Ra’s al Ghul and his daughter Talia al Ghul.
Adding these three alongside Bane and Catwoman, the Bat was fighting through most of his screentime. With the hero stuck at the bottom of a pit with a broken back and the ambitiousness of the plot, the audience loses interest.
4. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp feature two villains, Ghost and Sonny Burch, and they’re both fail to appeal to the audience. Neither of two gets an opportunity to develop as characters. Probably because they’ve just been tossed into Hank Pym’s quest to reunite with his wife in the Quantum Realm.
In the end, there is no actual villain in the story, except maybe the quantum realm itself.
3. Batman and Robin
All the goodwill earned by Joel Schumacher for “Batman Forever” was squandered with “Batman and Robin,” considered one of the worst movies of all time.
While George Clooney makes an excellent Bruce Wayne, he makes a terrible batman. And while other things put fans completely off, nothing competes with the three villains in the movie.
An incorrect portrayal and near slapstick battles, Poison Ivy, Bane and Mr Freeze are as disappointing as the protagonists.
Orm, Arthur’s half brother who wants to claim the throne of Atlantis for himself and invade the surface world makes for more than a decent villain and a somewhat engaging plot.
But then we have Black Manta who pops up in momentary appearances and single-handedly drags down the entire plot.
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
You’d think after the previous Spidey series Marvel would think twice before adding multiple villains to the same plot. You thought wrong.
Peter Parker is not only unravelling his parents’ mysterious death, but he also fights Electro and the Green Goblin. If that wasn’t enough, the movie also includes a setup for the Sinister Six, packed with a few Rhino appearances.