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. Yeahhhh M.O.D.O.K would be awesome, was hoping he would have been in Iron Man 3, but A.I.M was basically nonexistent in the movie. Bring on Trenton Craft (he underwent super soldier serum but for him mind and can rearrange things at the molecular level), hes an awesome character.

    • A.I.M. was non existant in IM3 mainly because Aldrich Killian was the main villain of the film and he was just using the company’s funding for his own private army of super soldiers.

      It’d be like complaining that there weren’t many Asgardians shown in Thor, even though it’d be obviously explored a little more at least in a future installment (if they chose to make another film in the series, which they did and released last October).

    • +1 but i’d rather Marvel re-introduce A.I.M and introduce George Tarleton first. Then over the course of a few movies have him turn into MODOC, then finally MODOK. But for CAP 3 the main villains will most likely be a William Burnside / John Waker Hybrid character, Doc Faustus, Sin and Crossbones.

  2. I could see it being red-skull. You could do Zemo too I guess…
    Whatever happens, I want the setting of this movie to take place in Wakanda at some point. lol

  3. would love red skull, crossbones and zemo and they would fight cap, falcon and the winter soldier. i would prefer hawkeye over widow in 3 just cause he hardly has any involvement int the mcu and i find it really irritating he aint mentioned in 2.

    i really cant wait to see how hydra continues and i wonder if von strucker will be involved after the avengers.

  4. In Captain America 3 I imagine we’ll see Rumlow return with the Crossbones look. I’d love to see Baron Zemo as the villain, though Baron Von Strucker may tie up the Hydra/Nazi stuff in The Avengers 2. As much as everyone wants to see Thanos appear as the big bad in The Avengers 3, I really hope we get some kind of “Civil War” adaptation that hits emotions for Tony Stark (assuming they get Downey for Avengers 3), ties up the Captain’s storyline, and utilizes the now introduced Sharon Carter and Crossbones, allowing Bucky to take over as Cap.

    • They already have Downey signed for Avengers 2 and Avengers 3.

  5. I wouldn’t mind seeing William Burnside as Grand Director. It may be too early to do it, but it could allow Chris Evans to play the villian since Burnside got surgery to make himself look and sound like Steve Rogers. This, thus, reverses the roles with Bucky donning the blue and white and Rogers dying at some point before Cap 3

  6. Villains I want to see:
    Baron Zemo
    A LEGIT Crossbones
    Red Skull
    M.O.D.O.K. (I REALLY wanted Peter Dinklange to play him, but I guess he’s in X-Men now)

  7. Nuke and Swordsman would seem to be good fits for small roles, similar to Batroc and Crossbones in Cap 2.

    I don’t think MODOK is realistic in any way. Plus, I still think the Clairvoyant from Agents of SHIELD was revealed in Cap 2, so MODOK would be out (thank the gods).

    Hugo Weaving signed for two movies, but he’s publicly stated that he doesn’t want to play Red Skull again. I’m sure Marvel could sue him, but could get some bad press. So I don’t expect to see Red Skull again.

    Zemo could be an interesting choice. Thought they already have Strucker in Avengers 2, which makes Zemo one Nazi too many.

    And just because Evans is contracted for Avengers 3 doesn’t mean Marvel won’t kill him off in Cap 3 if the story fits. He’s made it clear he’s not interested in signing up for further movies once his contract is finished, so go for the emotion angle and kill him off early!

    • The Swordsman sucks, leave him for AOS.

  8. I think that Sin would be a great villain. Especially if she tried to bring her father back by cloning Captain America’s body in and tried to put the Red Skulls mind in it.

  9. How about the Serpent Society? Could be tough to translate to the screen, but I have always thought they were a good villain (or villains) for Cap.

    • well you have to introduce Madame Hydra first and then introduce the Serpent Squad before introducing the Serpent Society.

    • triple YES – the Serpent Society – including Diamondback as a villain/ love interest would be the best choice!
      and introduces all new types of villains – ie. human experiments – aka mutated humans … but not “mutants” of course.
      they’re already introducing characters like that on Agents of Shield

      and allows for all new type of environments and types of characters the MCU has not seen yet
      and may be even introduce D-Man – (who would then move on to appear in any of the TV shows)

      OR another option is Flagsmasher &/ or Taskmaster as well as U.S. Agent (John Walker) who eventually takes over for Cap

      Civil War will probably within the MCU – but not for many years – first they have to build the universe including have enough heroes to actually go against each other (there are still few characters to do anything like that – but by 2020 or later … definitely yes)

      and don’t be surprised if they end up getting Chris Evans to do at least one or more extra movies as Cap (ie. extended or new contract) – including may be giving him or Robert Redford the chance to direct (with the Russo brothers as producers)

  10. Crossbones and Helmut Zemo for sure. And Zemo doesn’t have to be a nazi just a brilliant criminal wanting to reclaim his familial birthright as a Zemo. Call his organization the Phoenix (a nod to Helmut Zemo’s first alter ego) and have him recruit Rumlow at some point. There you have it easy peazy.

  11. Yea for Cap’s final go around, we need Baron Zero to recruit Sin and Crossbones. And Red Skull is one of those villains that can be recast, by a good enough actor, he switches bodies a lot in the comics.
    Cap subsequently recruits Widow and Falcon to find Bucky, Sharon Carter and Hawkeye also lend their services. I wanna see a blitzkrieg USA scene.

  12. Baron Zemo is an awesome villain and his design is bad ass!
    I don’t understand why people keep saying Cap3 needs to be in Wakanda…
    That’s like setting The Dark Knight Rises should have been in Metropolis.

  13. Taskmaster

    • I would like to see the Task Master, with the Swordsman, Crossbones, and Grim Reaper as his henchmen. And somewhere in the movie we find out that the Task Master turns out to have the embodiment of the Red Skull in him. All while Cap is conflicted with Stark over the SuperHero Registration act.

      • I like the idea of introducing the Maggia (Mob) with the Grim Reaper as their top hit man. Marvel can also focus on the Grim Reapers time as the head of Hydra, but he heads up Hydra after Van Strucker, and Madame Hydra (which is at least 3 movies down the line). So they may introduce him on a Netflix series first.

    • YES!! Taskmaster would be amazing. This could lead to some of the best fight scenes in movie history!

  14. I want Red skull and Zemo as the villains with Crossbones and Nuke and or/actual 50s psychotic Cap as the muscle. Also I want Crossbones and his Skeleton Crew involved. The crew is a strike team for red skull. I read a comic arc where skull took over an individuals body and rebuit his own personal empire. He dabbled with illicit wealthy men and oil tycoons. I wish I could remember the fine details. I want Cap 3 to be a cat and mouse thriller. Winter Soldier gets involved as well wanting to atone for his many sins over the years and joins cap and falcon. I’d love to see America as a major locale but Germany and Russia as well. See Cap out of his element and in enemy territory

  15. They are all good villains, but I am stuck between Nuke,and The swordsman. I guess they could just do both and show out for Cap’s last movie(though I would rather have more movies with him). And I think if Iron man 4 ever happened(though highly doubted) hate monger and m.o.d.o.k would work better for iron man than Cap(even though they are both Cap villains).

  16. I’d like the ‘villain’ of cap 3 to be iron man and have them do a civil war adaptation. If this lim is going to open against batman vs superman, you need to play your strongest cards, which is Downey.

    • Good point. If Cap 3 is going up against BvS then they’ll need to pull out all stops. Almost make it like a mini-Avengers.

    • Iron man isn’t a villain. And they shouldn’t make him one either. Heroes being turned into villains is just not a good idea.

  17. wouldn’t mind seeing nuke. its too bad Brock lesnar isn’t a real actor cause he would make a perfect nuke.

  18. Cap 3 should be about him attending the funeral for T’Chaka, and teaming up with Black Panter against the Skrulls.

    • Does Marvel own the rights to the Skrulls?

      • They are owned by both Marvel and Fox. Here is a video where Kevin Feige explains that the Skrulls are in the same grey area as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch:


        So Marvel could use them if they want to.

    • There gonna need to introduce black panther in this one. It sets up perfectly, and thats a bid draw for comic fans on the most competitive opening week in cinema history. lol

  19. According to HR, the release date is May 6, 2016 – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mystery-solved-captain-america-3-688384

    So I guess the groundwork and production for the sequel will begin in the fall.

    • looks like chris is justified in wanting to at least take a break from marvel. they are really making him work lmao.

      • +1

  20. Bring in Zemo and you bring in so much potential to the table.

    Besides being a major threat to the Avengers with the Masters of Evil and Cap himself, his most largest contribution to the MCU has to be The Thunderbolts. Supervillains masquerading as superheroes, walking on the very thin line between good and evil. The Thunderbolts introduces a new major and meaningful element to the MCU that I hope to see. We saw how well Iron Man 1 dealt with redemption and how well executed that was but a film that is all about redemption? The worst of us being better than we think they can be? Busiek’s Thunderbolts run is the one run asides from Dan’s, Abnett’s and Giffen’s run on Annihilation that I would LOVE to see get adapted.

  21. +1, Marvel may be saving Zemo for a Thunderbolts trilogy. Were do you introduce him?
    In AoU, Avengers 4 or a villain crowded Cap movie?

  22. typo where, not were

  23. Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo and Dr. Faustus!

  24. I would like to see Captain team up with Agent 13, Falcon, Black Widow, and Hawk Eye team up to take down three Enemies with Zemo, Cross Bones and the Red Skull. I would want Captain to settle down with Agent 13 if this is his last movie at the end. I would also like to see conflict between Black Widow and Agent 13 for Caps heart. All the while Black Widow ignoring chemistry with Winter Soldier.

  25. Crossbones for sure. Flag Smasher. And return of Red Skull. Madam Hydra. Sin.

  26. I’d love to see Toby Jones comes back as Arnim Zola. At one point in First Avenger, you see him hurriedly grab the plans for his robotic body, so the seed is planted.
    Toby Jones is a great actor, he needs more exposure, and it’d be fun to see him not playing second fiddle to Red Herzog-er, Skull ;)

  27. There gonna need to introduce black panther in this one. It sets up perfectly, and thats a bid draw for comic fans on the most competitive opening week in cinema history. lol

  28. There gonna need to introduce black panther in this one. It sets up perfectly, and thats a bid draw for comic fans on the most competitive opening week in cinema history.

  29. I’ve always waited for Zemo, and I hope I get to see him in Cap 3. Bring also Faustus and Protocide.