The Marvel Cinematic Universe has established a roster of dangerous foes within stories that include a healthy dose of humor, but how often do these two elements combine to make funny movies? From Robert Downey Jr.'s snarky humor as Tony Stark to Florence Pugh's more recent sisterly brawls as Yelena, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's heroes are often prioritized when it comes to making laughs, but not always. It can be just as enjoyable to watch an evild
Andy Serkis' introduction was a welcome surprise for those who saw Avengers: Age of Ultron for the first time. He adds a chaotic sense of humor to his scenes in Age of Ultron and Black Panther that contrasts with the composure of many of the other villains. His unpredictable nature makes him both dangerous and funny to watch.
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jamie Foxx reprised his role as Electro, which was a somewhat controversial departure from the comic depictions, but Foxx got a more human and humorous portrayal, while still demonstrating his comedic roots.
Karen Gillan's dry, sarcastic commentary fits Nebula's straight-laced persona, contrasting against her constant interactions with the "plucky" Guardians of the Galaxy. She is often not attempting to be funny, but her observations about those around her are funny.
The comedic twist in Iron Man 3, which revealed the intimidating Mandarin to be a dopey bum, was initially enjoyable, but some tweaking of the MCU canon allowed for Ben Kingsley's return in Shang-Chi, despite the fact that the expense of the subversion did not outweigh the benefits of an intimidating villain for the film. Now, fans can have their cake and eat it too, able to laugh at the mix-up of a dedicated performer in way over his head.
Through his dry, funny humor, Tony Stark's programming was evidently integrated into his works. Elevated by James Spader's chilling performance, this out-of-control AI is one snarky hunk of metal. Despite his attempts to bring about the end of the world, it's hard not to laugh at some of Ultron's remarks.
Tom Hiddleston was allowed to showcase his comedic abilities in the first Avengers film. Under the direction of Taika Watiti, the less serious tone of the film revealed aspects of Loki's character that had never been seen before. It makes sense that Loki would be able to have more fun with his cunning betrayal ambitions.
Mysterio was exactly what Spider-Man: Far From Home needed: a duplicitous mentor who exploited Peter Parker's dependency on Tony Stark, who provided a problem that Peter couldn't easily punch his way out of. However, humor does not decrease the tension of the conflict, instead adding to it.
Kathryn Hahn tapped on her vast experience as a comedic actor when she faced Agnes in WandaVision, which was equally associative and shady, always looking around Wanda's family for further clues about the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Jeff Goldblum's willingness to be funny helped set the film apart from the previous Thor films. Taika Watiti allowed Goldblum to make the role his own, bringing his trademark charm and esoteric mannerisms to an extremely individual character.
Sam Rockwell was selected to play Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, and his half-baked designs make his efforts to portray himself as another Iron Man far from satisfying.