The MCU has a villain problem – and Shang-Chi is the latest offender

Warning: major spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead…

Marvel has a Big Bad problem. In the MCU, villains either live long enough to become the hero or, more often than not, are mercilessly dispatched after a solitary appearance. Hela, Ultron, Kaecillus, Ego, Killmonger, and Mysterio (among so many others) were all hugely promising characters that were one-and-done, falling to the sword before their potential was fully harnessed. As a result, Marvel treats many of its villains as disposable.