Someone rightfully said that ‘Every villain is a hero given a different context’. Villains are simply written off as being the bad guys in movies but sometimes, there is much more to them than meets the eye. Sometimes, all they are trying to do is correct a wrong by walking a not-so-righteous path. So, let’s take at such misunderstood villains that seemed wrong at first but upon retrospection, their agendas make so much sense.
Mystique is not always regarded as a villain but someone that sides with the wrong people. She is often blamed for not siding with Professor X despite growing up with him in his house. But her only fault is actually caring for her kind (the mutants) and not having any tolerance for the humans who always consider the mutants as a threat to their existence.
The humans created the machines but they became too smart for them to handle so the humans tried to kill them. But the machines couldn’t be killed and they ended up enslaving the humans. But, they found a creative way to do so, they only enslaved our bodies while our brains were free to live on in a digital simulation unaware about the existence of machines. Sounds terrible but if the humans would have won the war against machines they would have annihilated them all.
Thanos is looked upon as a villain only because he wants to wipe half the population of the universe from existence. A terrible thing to do, sure, but Thanos does not want to do it for a selfish motive or for power, he is doing so that the universe and the humans can survive. He rightfully says so, “Universe is finite, its resources, finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist.” Thanos is just trying to cure the universe of unchecked overpopulation that is overburdening its resources.
The government tries to capture the little creature that lands on earth from outer space. It's easy how they can be mistaken for the bad guys here, but all they are trying to do is secure their country from any threat, foreign or extraterrestrial. They are not aware about the friendly nature of the alien or its motives.
Ice Man from Top Gun at first, seems like your typical villain whose machismo is challenged when our new, more likeable hero, Maverick, arrives on the scene. Needless to say, he hates Maverick. But if you look closer, Ice Man doesn’t like Maverick because he’s a careless pilot who endangers the life of his squad. And, he’s a smug about it too. So who’s the actual hero here?
The Wicked Witch is obviously villainized in the movie but she’s the actual victim. It was Dorothy who landed on her sister with her house from Kansas which she rode in the tornado. Sure, Dorothy had no control over where the house landed but she also stole the dead witches’ ruby shoes and went along her merry way wreaking havoc on all she worked too hard to accomplish.
Nobody hates Erik as a villain per say due to the sympathetic backstory of the character. But nevertheless, he is still, the villain of the movie. He is just trying to empower the oppressed masses of the society to fight for themselves. In other words, he is trying to bring about a revolution. This would not only result in the tremendous loss of lives of many but also throw society into chaos. For this, he needed to be stopped.
The Hyenas are often looked upon as the bad guys of the movie but they are just trying to survive after being banished from the kingdom of Mufasa, the same as Mufasa’s family. Just like the lions, they are also carnivores.
The Doc was only trying to better the lives of everyone by creating a limitless source of energy. Sure, the A.I. arms hooked to his spine went crazy once in a while but he meant no ill. However, his pursuit of trying to recreate the source of energy didn’t go too well with Spider Man as he went around wreaking havoc on the city.
Hummel at first, seems like the typical soldier-gone-rogue type of villain but it is revealed later on, the real purpose behind why he took U.S citizens hostage and pointed nuclear weapons at San Francisco. He is just trying to fight the status quo and provide a better future for his soldiers. In the end, it is also revealed that he never actually planned to fire the nuclear weapons.