> Considering that villains ranging from Doctor Doom to Sandman, Luthor and Pied Piper, have actually aided the good guys from time to time against a bigger threat, you might want to reconsider that variable.
This is an odd question, but your post has got me thinking on villains acting heroic and an odd thought entered my mind,
I have seen villains act heroic out of selfishness (ie Dr. Doom trying to stop Thanos in hopes of getting the infinity gauntlet), out of having a common enemy with the hero (hating another villain), out of trying to pose as heros to fool people (original T-bolts), and out of wanting to reform (what the T-bolts became). But an odd thought crossed my mind.
Has a villain EVER stood up to a world threatening menace motivated by the simple fact that it is his world too and he lives their. I mean think of it, the fact that only heros and not some villains stand up to galactus type threats seems a bit silly. After all in those situations it is a case of your world nearing the end and you having the power to act on it and good and evil go flying out the window in the face of survival. But whenever a world threatening menace appears it seems only heros act against it and villains usually hide, or act out of selfishness wanting the power for themselves. You'd think some guy would say "I may be a criminal, but this is my world he's messing with and I have no place else to go".
> Has a villain EVER stood up to a world threatening menace motivated by the simple fact that it is his world too and he lives there?
I could swear I've seen Doctor Doom do this - but I can't put my finger on exactly when. :/
Loki, too, I think - but again I'm drawing a blank. Loki surely has done it. But when?
I think it's a good premise for a mini-series. The heroes are neutralized somehow and a world threatening menace attacks. Use something other than Galactus since he's had his quota of appearances for the next few years. (With Galactus, less is more.)
Oh wait - I just realized why Galactus has popped up so much. Silly me.
A certain movie approaches...
Any way, regardless, a good premise for a mini-series. Bucky