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What Would the Marvel Villains Read?

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Jessica, Hespeler | April 1, 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has had its share of memorable villains.  From Loki to Thanos, the heroes have always been tested by some of the worst baddies around.  A while back I wondered, “What Would the Marvel Heroes read?”  Now I’ve turned my attention to the villains.  Here are some titles I think they would enjoy!

Secret History of MagicLoki:  Loki was the first villain that required a team-up of heroes to stop him.  What book would the God of Mischief like?  As Loki loves tricks and deception, I think he would enjoy The Secret History of Magic by Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer.  People throughout the ages have used the art of deception to trick, swindle, and entertain.  Some of the same tricks used to amaze kings and queens in ancient kingdoms still hold wonder for us today.  I think Loki would get a thrill out of our human “magic” and how we’ve used it to con each other throughout history.
GruntRed Skull:  Captain America’s biggest foe, Red Skull was a scientist determined to make himself a superior man.  He used the super solider serum (to disastrous results) to make himself faster and stronger.  I think Red Skull would find the book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach fascinating.  Roach’s book looks at the biggest obstacles soldiers face today, such as panic or exhaustion, and how modern scientists are working to overcome them. 
 
Stamped from the BeginningErik Killmonger: One of the reasons Killmonger is a compelling villain is his justification for his actions.  While you may not agree with his methods, you can understand his anger at the racial injustice he has seen in his lifetime.  I think the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi would resonate with him.  Well-researched, this book chronicles the history of racism in America yet also has a through line of hope that I think Killmonger could benefit from.
 
ConquerorHela:  Hela is one of my favourite villains in the MCU, but what type of book would a conqueror and destroyer such as Hela enjoy?  I think Thor’s sister would like Conqueror by Conn Iggulden.  Conqueor tells the story of Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan.  According to the book description, Khan “should be remembered alongside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte as one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.”  Khan dreams of extending the Mongol empire even further and to do so he must go to war and face his own brothers in a bloody civil war, something Hela can relate to!
 
Tipping Point for Planet EarthThanos: The toughest villain in the MCU, Thanos has a single goal that drives all his actions.  Obsessed by overpopulation and a lack of resources, I think Thanos would like Tipping Point for Planet Earth by Anthony D. Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly.  This book examines the threats to our own planet as our population approaches 10 billion.  It offers solutions other than snapping half the population out of existence, so Thanos should read it.

If you think you know the MCU be sure to join us at our Marvel Movie Trivia Night.  It will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 6-8pm at our Hespeler location.  Come by yourself, or with some friends, to compete for prizes and show off your MCU knowledge before the release of Avengers: Endgame.