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    Which super villains do you think are broken and how would you fix them? Which super villains do think are in rut, story wise and how would you get them out of it?

The Mandarin - Iron Man is one of Marvel's biggest heroes, and the Mandarin is his clear top villain. Yet the Mandarin is a character that IMO never really fit as Iron Man's foe with his mystical nature. He's also lacked a clear and good purpose as a villain. What's his motivation? A goal like "ruling the world" is both cliched and stupid.
    The first thing that should change is his motivation, or at least this should be clear to the reader what his actual goal is: to be rich. Of the countless major villains we've seen, we don't really have any bad guys that just want to get rich. This would make him a natural rival of Starks, who is basically Marvel's richest hero. The Mandarin would also be in control of a vast corporate empire with a interest in technology based companies, again making him a natural rival of Starks. We've also seen the emersion of Asian companies dominating the technology market, which would be compared to the American technology of Tony Stark.
    The next step would be to build up his henchmen, as Mandarin vs. Stark fights are only interesting to a point. Using the technology from his rings, the Mandarin would create powerful henchmen based on the powers of the rings. This would be a good way to incorporate the older villains from Iron Man's rogues gallery and revamp them. Suddenly a villain like Firebrand is much more powerful with technology from the Flame Blast Ring.

The Jackal - While Marvel has the Thinkerer, who for the most part is the technology guru for villains, there needs to be genetic counterpart for the villains as well. The Jackal would be perfect for this role, where he is a natural fit to give genetic enchancements to characters, heal them, clone them, etc. Want to explain a bad guy acting out of character? One of the Jackal's clones. Want to explain how a character is ressurected without explanation? One of the Jackal's clones.

Taskmaster - Take him back to the Udon costume, and make him a mercenary for hire again. He doesn't need to be a true bad guy.

Venom - Go back to Eddie Brock. He's the ideal Venom for most fans, and gets rid of the stupid Anti-Venom character.

On the Mandarin...if you remember in the Force Works series, they attempted to do just what you suggested and created some pretty cool villains in the Avatars (Butterfly, Deluge, Foundry, Lich, Old Woman, Qwake, Sickle, Turmoil, Ancestor, and Warfist) that have rarely been used since and could be updated as well. I think that they appeared a couple of years ago in one of the Heroes for Hire or Marvel Knights incarnations, but I may be mistaken.