Marvel Villains: Understanding the Enemy

My newest article on Femnista is live! For this special Halloween issue (‘Villains’), I’m talking about some of our favorite Marvel villains.


“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”

Ender’s Game

The Marvel Cinematic Universe now boasts over twenty films (and multiple TV shows). Stories woven together into one near-seamless, overarching narrative. With so many films, there’s bound to be a few not-so-great ones… and a few not-so-great villains as well. While there have been some truly standout Marvel baddies—from The Avengers’ Loki to Black Panther’s Killmonger—there have also been some rather disappointing and forgettable antagonists. Who remembers the name of the villain in the first Iron Man film? What about that weird elf guy in Thor: The Dark World? And why on earth did Marvel execs waste Lee Pace’s epic…

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book review: the silmarillion (feat. top five saddest deaths)

source. The Silmarillion was compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien, after his father passed away. What would the book have been like if JRR Tolkien had lived long enough to complete it? Sadly, we'll never know. But still! What we have been left with is a marvel of worldbuilding and beautiful writing. I do feel … Continue reading book review: the silmarillion (feat. top five saddest deaths)

my favorite non-fellowship LOTR characters.

check out the kick-off post with the post roster and giveaway details here! Frodo. Gandalf. Sam. Boromir. Merry. Pippin. Aragorn. Gimli. Legolas. AKA some of the most iconic and well-loved Lord of the Rings characters of all time. (And often the most talked about.) Well, today I'm looking away from the fellowship (#sadness) to focus … Continue reading my favorite non-fellowship LOTR characters.