4. The Villain, Cottonmouth
With characters like the Kingpin and Kilgrave, the Marvel/Netflix shows have taken potentially two-dimensional mustache-twirlers and turned them into morally complex and ultimately tragic figures. We’ll see if that trend continues with Cornell Stokes, AKA Cottonmouth, played by ‘Hunger Games‘ actor Mahershala Ali. There are definitely some strong Kingpin vibes with him – a tough crime lord who does what it takes to get ahead – but he already promises to be a formidable foe for Cage. We see him being sneakily charismatic, we see him being not-at-all afraid to get his hands dirty, and we even get this delightfully on-the-nose moment shown above.