Being boring is bad, and not in a good way.
Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for every movie released by Marvel Studios.
Adam B. Vary for BuzzFeed / Marvel
With Guardians of the Galaxy en route to becoming the biggest movie of the summer — and the biggest Marvel Studios movie since Iron Man 3 — it seemed fitting to celebrate the dark side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: its villains. And, let's be honest here, several of them are pretty weak. It's not that they're not evil; it's just that they're not all that interesting, or they're ill-conceived, or they're flat-out boring. So with that criteria in mind — and excluding the brainwashed Selvig and Hawkeye in The Avengers, who didn't choose their own villainy, and therefore don't really count as villains — here is a ranking of all the significant antagonists in the Marvel Studios movies, from worst to best.
Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)
Thor: The Dark World
Yeah, he wants to transform the entire universe into absolute darkness, but that and his freaky blue eyes are pretty much the dude's only defining features. I guess when you're in the same movie as Loki, there is just no competing. But, really, Malekith could not be more boring, and, I repeat, he wants to destroy the universe. When you are The Big Bad for an entire superhero feature film, the sin of total boredom is unforgivable. There is nothing worse.
Vice President Rodriguez (Miguel Ferrer)
Iron Man 3
He conspires with the Mandarin and sells out the president — and, worse, Tony Stark. So he's definitely a bad guy. But, to be honest, I totally forgot he was even in the movie. Because he's on screen for less time, though, he evokes less boredom than Malekith, so he's not quite as terrible. But only barely.