Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) vs. Josh Brolin (‘Avengers: Infinity War’) in clash of Marvel villains at MTV Movie and TV Awards

Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) is the MTV Movie and TV Awards front-runner for Best Villain, according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. But can he really take down Thanos? He goes head-to-head against Josh Brolin, who is arguably the biggest big-bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Black Panther” is the most critically acclaimed of the Marvel movies, thanks in part to the complexity of its villain, Erik Killmonger, whose motives actually ring true: he’s a vengeful social justice warrior who resents the highly advanced, but isolationist nation of Wakanda for turning its back on black suffering throughout the world. However, his plan is to use Wakanda’s might to enslave the world as Africans were enslaved, and the title superhero couldn’t stand for world domination.

As of this writing Jordan leads our predictions with odds of 5/6. He’s backed by four Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, as well as 16 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s MTV Awards and 13 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions.

But if fans are voting based on the sheer grandeur of a villainous scheme, it’s tough to top Thanos. He doesn’t want to rule the world; instead, he plans to obliterate half the population of the entire universe. And Brolin could be doubly popular with fans since he can also be seen in theaters as time-traveling vigilante Cable in “Deadpool 2” as online voting for the MTV winners is underway — as long as Thanos doesn’t snap away the half of the audience that was planning to vote for him.

However, Brolin is only predicted to win by one Top User and two All-Stars, placing him third with 5/1 odds. So perhaps the biggest threat to both Jordan and Brolin is that they will split the vote of Marvel fans, leading to an upset victory by Bill Skarsgard as the homicidal clown in “It.” Skarsgard currently ranks second in our predictions with 7/2 odds based on support from six Top Users and five All-Stars.

And he wouldn’t be the first horror villain to win. This award has previously gone to scary killers like Kevin Spacey (“Seven”), Daveigh Chase (“The Ring”) and just last year Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”).

Do you agree with our MTV Awards consensus that Jordan is the bad guy to beat? Or are we underestimating his rivals?

Be sure to make your MTV Movie and TV Award predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films and shows are faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced on June 18. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 MTV Awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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