8 Villains We Want to See in ‘Captain America 3′

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Captain America 3 Villains 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3

This weekend, the Mighty Marvel Machine once again lands on the shores of the United States with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Already the subject of incredible buzz and scores of positive reviews, The Winter Soldier is being billed as the true lead-in to 2015′s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Buoyed by the guaranteed success of the movie, Marvel has already announced that Captain America 3 (subtitle yet to come) is currently slated to go head-to-head with Batman vs. Superman in the summer of 2016. While this box office showdown is reason enough be excited about the film, the simple fact that we’re getting another movie headlined by Chris Evans’ likeable, charismatic version of Steve Rogers already has the staff of Screen Rant eagerly chomping at the bit.

Of course, no one is certain (beyond a few small hints) what Captain America 3 has in store for our red, white, and blue protagonist. With more than 70 years worth of comics stories to draw from, the movie could be anything from a grim political allegory to a slick action-thriller to an insane science-fiction adventure. No matter the overall content, any good superhero flick needs a great villain to succeed. In that spirit, Screen Rant presents 8 comic book villains we’d like to see show up in Captain America 3.

1. Baron Zemo

Captain America 3 Baron Zemo 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3

Our primary candidate for the main heavy of Captain America 3, Baron Zemo has long been one of the major nemeses of both Captain America and the Avengers. Like many of Cap’s antagonists, Zemo started his career as a high-ranking Nazi commander, eventually moving on to found the supervillain collective known as the Masters of Evil. The first Zemo would eventually meet his demise via an avalanche, but his son Helmut eventually took up the mask and title to continue his family’s legacy of terror.

A master in hand-to-hand combat, expert marksman, cunning strategist, and relentlessly obsessed enemy, Zemo could step ably into a role similar to that of the Red Skull. Since the original Zemo was credited with killing Bucky Barnes for many years, one could also tie a modern Baron back to some variation of that history – thus bringing a natural entrance point for the return of a certain titular character of the second Cap movie.


 2. Doctor Faustus

Captain America 3 Doctor Faustus 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3

Not every one of Steve Rogers’ enemies is a Nazi – Doctor Faustus, for instance, simply hangs out with Nazis because he figures they have the best chance at taking over the world. Essentially an evil Sigmund Freud, Faustus fancies himself “The Master of Men’s Minds.” Unlike most of the characters on this list, Faustus has no natural superpowers. Rather, he’s a master manipulator and expert at psychological warfare, using hallucinogens, special effects, and a cadre of loyal henchmen to prey upon his victims’ most intimate fears.

While such a man would probably not work well as the primary antagonist of a feature film, Faustus could be integrated into the movie’s narrative clockwork as a secondary or background villain quite nicely. Indeed, several recent comics storylines have seen Faustus as a prime mover from behind the scenes – most notably “The Death of Captain America.”

 3. The Secret Empire

Captain America 3 Secret Empire 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3HYDRA is far from the only secret society actively trying to reshape the Earth in the Marvel Universe. Originally created by the untouchable super-team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Secret Empire are a worldwide criminal organization devoted to maintaining its individual members’ anonymity. They have gone toe-to-toe with Captain America, the X-Men, the Avengers, and many others, many times over the years.

Since the Empire’s purple masks and robes are a bit camp for a modern Marvel movie, perhaps they can be tweaked somewhat for the silver screen. After all, Iron Man 3 changed Advanced Idea Mechanics from a horde of mad scientists in beekeeper suits into a private army of regenerating super-soldiers. Perhaps the Secret Empire can be played as a splinter faction of HYDRA headed by Baron Zemo – divorced from their Nazi roots, but still quite active in their agenda to subvert and control the nations of the world.


 4. Nuke

Captain America 3 Nuke 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3Every evil mastermind needs a physically imposing henchman or two, and Nuke would fit the bill perfectly. Originally debuting in the pages of Frank Miller’s iconic Daredevil run, Nuke nonetheless slots in quite well as a foil for the Sentinel of Liberty.

As the product of weapons research attempting to recreate the success of Captain America, Nuke is a deranged cyborg eternally fixated on the mistakes of the Vietnam War. Sporting an American flag tattoo, an immunity to pain, boundless strength, and vials of red, white, and blue pills to regulate his psychosis, Nuke could be both a memorable screen presence and a harrowing opponent for Cap.

Additionally, the Ultimate Comics version of Nuke (who went without that particular codename) would fit very nicely into the role of “psychotic 1950s Captain America” teased by Captain America 3‘s writers. The thematic symmetry alone might be hard to resist.

 5. The Swordsman (Andreas von Strucker)

Captain America 3 Swordsman Andreas von Strucker 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3Another strong candidate for Chief Henchman, the Swordsman is a young German nobleman with an array of deadly skills, a technologically enhanced blade, and an obsession with his twin sister so unhealthy that it would make Jaime Lannister blush. Like Baron Zemo, Andreas von Strucker comes from a background where villainy was the family business – he’s the son of Count Wolfgang von Strucker, one of the founding members of HYDRA.

The groundwork for the introduction of Andreas has already been constructed, with his father (played by Thomas Kretschmann) appearing during the first button scene during the credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The HYDRA heavy will be up front and center during The Avengers: Age of Ultron so who’s to say whether his son won’t be far behind?


Captain America 3 MODOK Kirby 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3MODOK – a.k.a. the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing – was once just a human test subject in the thrall of amoral AIM scientists. Their ministrations transformed him into a creature able to use his mind as a weapon.

MODOK is a tough villain to take seriously even on the comics page – so much so that he and his variants have been largely played for laughs in their last two decades’ worth of appearances. That said, his powers (telekinesis, shield projection, and telepathy, among others) are no joke, and a screen adaptation of the villain could look unsettlingly grotesque.

There is rampant speculation that the current behind-the-scenes villain of Agents of SHIELD, The Clairvoyant, could turn out to be a version of MODOK. If this turns out to be the case, it’s unlikely that he will end up in Captain America 3 – unless, of course, the revealed television version of MODOK ends up becoming a fan-favorite. When it comes to such popular characters, anything goes.

 7. Hate-Monger

Captain America 3 Hate Monger 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3Another creation of Lee and Kirby, the Hate-Monger is a racist demagogue with the power to project fear, intolerance, and mass hysteria on others. More than one evildoer has gone by the name Hate-Monger, but the most famous was eventually revealed to be a genetically enhanced clone of Adolf Hitler.

Admittedly, the Hate-Monger is more than an a bit of an offbeat villain, seeming to sprout more from Castle Wolfenstein than a modern superhero movie. Given how quietly and elegantly Captain America: The First Avenger sidestepped “the Nazi issue,” it’s unlikely that another film would place the subject front and center. That said, the idea of Cap going up against a racist ideologue is an interesting one, and could be adapted to fit into a story pitting him against the likes of Baron Zemo and the Secret Empire.

 8. Doctor Mindbubble

Captain America 3 Doctor Mindbubble 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3And now for the goofy dark-horse pick. Billed as “The Psychedelic Super-Soldier,” Doctor Mindbubble is a very recent addition to Captain America’s rogues’ gallery. First teased in the background of Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force series, Mindbubble is the product of the Weapon Minus program – a SHIELD project intended to counter the Weapon Plus initiative, which created such figures as Wolverine, Nuke, and Deadpool.

Mindbubble himself is a genial, dapper hippie who just happens to be able to read minds and project indestructible spheres of energy. His stated goal is to assassinate humanely and with a smile.

While Mindbubble’s comic book backstory is far too complicated for a feature film (not to mention tied directly into the Fox-owned X-Men wing of the Marvel Universe), his design, personality, and power set are so fun that an early battle with the tripped-out villain could provide a necessary dose of levity before diving face-first into a darker and twistier plot.


Captain America 3 The Red Skull 8 Villains We Want to See in Captain America 3The major issue hanging over the production of Captain America 3 – indeed, over the entire Marvel cinematic universe – is Chris Evans’ recent comments about bowing out of the franchise and acting altogether. Initially, we approached this article as if Captain America 3 was going to be his final film – thus spurring speculation that the movie could be an adaptation of “The Winter Soldier” scribe Ed Brubaker’s “The Death of Captain America” storyline. However, it looks as if Evans will in fact be back for The Avengers 3, indicating that Steve Rogers will be appearing in cinemas until at least 2017.

Thus, we will end on this caveat: If Cap 3 is indeed Evans’ final standalone film as Captain America, it would make quite a bit of sense for Hugo Weaving to reprise his role as Johann Schmidt – the Red Skull (or some other actor, if not Weaving). No one believes that the Skull actually died at the end of The First Avenger, and multiple comics storylines have featured him returning as a being made ascendant by the Cosmic Cube (or Tesseract, as it were).

If this is the case, Captain America 3 could function as a lead-in to The Avengers 3 in the same way that Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens the door to 2015′s superhero team-up. Perhaps Schmidt will come home from his dimension-spanning journey with a new ideology in tow – the death-worshipping religious fervor of Thanos. If that’s the case, then even the likes of Baron Zemo and the Hate-Monger will have something to fear.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier storms into theaters today, April 4th, 2014.

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  1. Hate-monger was a lame villain. No.

  2. I want the Red Skull, Baron Zemo and the Swordsman to be the villians in the movie and 7 inch action figure toys for the movie. Also I want the Falcon to be in the next movie.

  3. I’d like to see Sisters of Sin and Red Skull.

  4. I would love to see Nuke as a the villain in Cap 3, because I think he’d look cool and really really menacing. However, considering the events of The Winter Soldier it looks as though Cross Bones will be the primary antagonist for the final film.

  5. Real sick list guys I’d want Zemo, Faustus, and the swordsman definitely as well as Crossbones i bet that would be sick to see all of them conspiring with the remnants of Hydra and hunting for Bucky fearing that he will expose the organization so Cap is looking for Bucky and so is Hydra I bet that would be cool but I doubt and also hope that Marvel doesn’t do that idea very rarely do they do my ideas they do their own thing and show me something that I’ve never seen before and blow my mind each time I can’t wait to see how they take this movie on loved Winter Soldier.

  6. Totally agree with Baron Zemo. I believe the “Thundebolts” will be successful on the big screen and Baron Zemo will be a perfect lead-in.

  7. Red Skull and Zemo , Dr Faustus could be used to get Bucky’s head back for a price , also if they don’t use the Red Skull , use His daughter Sin , she an Crossbones are lovers an a team with Hydra or Madame Hydra

  8. The Super Sailor would be a good villain for Cap and Falcon.

  9. “fear and mass hysteria on others”???So the Hate-Monger is a member of the Bush family??Haha!

  10. What about Arnim Zola ?

    Will he appear in Captain America 3 ?

    Or Avengers 3 ?

  11. Reading stuff off this site , Hawkeye will , but not the Falcon even though He was good in Cap 2, but if He does I hope He has red in His suit

  12. I vote Red Skull or Modok. The other villains are 3rd rate.

  13. I just wanna see Hugo Weaving as Red Skull make a reappearance at some point

  14. Here is what I think should happen between Age of Ultron and the end of Captain America 3.

    1) The original MCU Avengers will split after the events in Age of Ultron, with Tony, Natasha & Vision working with the U.S government on a registration act similar to that of Civil War, but without the massive fallout between heroes. Cap, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury & Maria will split off into an underground group which will go on secret missions to stop threats and save the world. Thor will go back to Asgard and find Loki has ruined it’s reputation as a peace keeping civilization. Hulk should either be floating around in space or hiding from the rest of the world due to his behaviour during Age of Ultron.

    2) Nick Furry will surprise everyone by introducing a reluctant Winter Soldier into Cap’s new team. Falcon will help put him through a king of rehab so he can go back to being his former self, even though he’s constantly haunted by flashbacks to his time with HYDRA.

    3) Baron Zemo should infiltrate the U.S government and use the registration act to gain information and DNA from all the registered superhumans so he can create an army of superhumans to help him shape a new world order.

    4) Andreas Von Strucker and what’s left of HYDRA, including a now disfigured Crossbones, should team up with Baron Zemo and somehow come up with a plan to overthrow him once he’s in power and have HYDRA at the top. Basically two bad organisations secretly plotting against each other while infiltrating America.

    5) Bucky’s flashbacks should eventually remind him that he overheard plans for a massive new world order and this should be what fuels his desire to seek redemption for his past crimes.

    6) Falcon should stand off against Crossbones again and this time win the fight, although not actually killing Crossbones who manages to disappear.

    7) While at a press conference informing the public that his team want nothing more than to protect the citizens of Earth, their should be an attempted assasination of Cap which seriously injures him and makes everyone believe he is dead. The assassin should be Crossbones who is then killed by Nick Fury, who receives an anonymous tip off but is too late to stop him.

    8) His death should be mourned by everyone for the last part of the film with Nick Fury laying down very strong hints that Cap is not dead, but using the assasination attempt as a way to go into retirement, as advised by Fury, with Bucky leading the new team.

    9) The post credit scenes should show Steve Rogers enjoying retirement alongside Falcon, crossing things of his list of things he missed while frozen. The other scene should be more serious and either show something to do with Dr Strange, or show Thor stopping Odin(Loki) and an army of Asgardians from attacking another race.

    10) Steve Rogers should come back in the third Avengers movie when he realises how serious Thanos is about destroying all life on Earth. During this movie he should die by protecting Bucky from an attack, with Bucky taking over as Captain America in future movies.

    • FORGOT TO MENTION – Nuke should make an appearance at the beginning in a fight with Cap similar to the one between Cap and Bartoc in Cap 2. Nuke should then reveal that he is working for some new world order, right before he is assasinated by a mysterious figure. We should later find out the mysterious figure was Crossbones OR a member of Baron Zemo’s group.