Written by Shiggins
I grew up with Spider-Man, or more specifically the 90s animated series on Fox Kids. And I've been reading, watching, playing and absorbing as much Spider-Man merchandise as possible since then. So obviously, I'm super-excited for my copy of the PS4 Spider-Man game coming out on September 7th! To celebrate the release, I'm showing you all my top 10 favourite Spider-Man villains! Post your own in the comments below!
Note: Mild spoilers for the comics below. And no, the idiot who wrote "One More Day" isn't on this list.
|I've read enough fanfiction to know where this goes.|
10. Maxwell Dillon/Electro
Poor Max. Starting off as a humble electrician, given powers by a freaky bolt of lightning and he gets beat up by Spider-Man because he does what we'd all do in this situation... become a mass-murdering criminal! It's so unfair, guys! Often considered one of Spider-Man's most enduring foes, Electro has been around since 1964 and shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
|Who needs Jamie Foxx when you have graphics like this?|
9. Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven the Hunter
Half-brother to classic villain Chameleon, Sergei is another one from 1964 that has been bugging Spider-Man (ha! bug!) relentlessly, albeit with a far more direct goal. While Electro fought Spider-Man because he got in the way, Kraven does it to prove he is the greatest hunter on the planet! And if you want to give us a reason to hate a villain, make them kill innocent animals for the glory.
|He gets a throne?! When I want to manspread, I can only do it on the bus.|
8. Herman Schultz/Shocker
You might be confused why Shocker, one of the most notable B-villains in Spider-Man's rogue gallery, is 8th on a list that fails to include many of the hero's enemies. Well, that's simple. Shocker is, in my eyes, the perfect secondary antagonist. Focused more on money and reputation than world domination, Shocker takes on the jobs people need done and almost all of them involve robbing banks or fighting Spider-Man.
|Oh Shocker. So cool, but so lame.|
7. Cletus Kassidy/Carnage
We'll get to Venom soon on this list, but let's talk about his red counterpart. I mean, his other red counterpart, Carnage! Unlike a lot of Spider-Man enemies, Carnage is pure unadulterated evil and has no backstory or sympathetic motivation to tug at our heartstrings. He is scum, through and through, but he does it so well.
|This cliffhanger nearly broke me when I was a kid. And an adult.|
6. Curt Connors/The Lizard
Tons of antagonists have the sad story that shows they aren't as evil or cruel as their appearance seems, and I'd argue the Lizard has the best one in Spider-Man's story. Friendly scientist with one arm, Dr Curt Connors aimed to use the DNA of lizards to gain regeneration abilities that would allow his arm to return. Unfortunately, it instead resulted in him literally transforming into a mutant monster that tries to control the sewers of New York.
|No matter what size he is, that coat always fits. He must go to the same shops as Bruce Banner.|
5. Quentin Beck/Mysterio
There are a dragon's wealth of campy villains in comic books, but Mysterio is one of the biggest. Wearing what looks almost exactly like a fish bowl on his head, as is so often pointed out to him, Mysterio uses the powers of special effects from his former Hollywood career to commit crimes and gain recognition as a supervillain!
|We really didn't appreciate The Spectacular Spider-Man series enough when we had the chance.|
4. Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
Thanks to Netflix's brilliant Daredevil series, most people associate Wilson Fisk with the horned one. For me however, the Kingpin of crime is just as much a Spider-Man villain as he is a Daredevil one, which is why I place him on this list. Spider-Man's goal is to make your neighbourhood friendly, and a giant fat man in a white suit who smashes his rivals' skulls is a great way to prevent that from happening.
|Compared to this monster, Vincent D'Onofrio's version is adorable. (Who else is excited for Season 3 by the way?)|
3. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus
|Poor guy. Having to always sleep on his front.|
2. Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Father to Peter Parker's best friend Harry, Norman Osborn runs Oscorp and has been a part of Peter's life since 1964. (Damn, that was a great year for Spider-Man comics, huh?) Basically a Halloween costume given life, Norman's alter ego of Green Goblin is instantly iconic with his pumpkin bombs, bats, ghosts and bladed glider that lets him haunt the skies like a demon.
|Even his Lego version is terrifying!|
1. Eddie Brock/Venom
This might be controversial, but this is my list and I have to go with my gut. If your number 1 is Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus, I get it, but Venom is my personal champion of Spider-Man's enemies. More specifically, the one where Eddie Brock wears the symbiote after discovering he has cancer and channelling his hatred for Spider-Man and Peter Parker individually into one. The symbiote's knowledge of Spider-Man from their time together allows Venom to use his powers too, but with the added bonus of avoiding that pesky Spider-Sense.
|Why can't Spider-Man just see that all Venom truly wants is a hug?|
|Martin Li/Mister Negative|
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