Top 10 Spider-Man Villains
Through the course of the years one of our favorite heroes has accumulated a plethora of villains that are bent into taking him down, this hero is no other than Spider-Man, this hero has so many enemies that it is hard to think he is one of the youngest heroes in the Marvel universe because of all the people that are trying to take the web-slinger down. Here we bring you a list of 10 of the most iconic villains of this iconic hero.
Vulture is one of those villains that is not so popular outside of the comic books, but this was actually the second villain Spider-Man ever faced. Making his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 comic book. Adrian Toomes a.k.a the Vulture is an electrical engineer that wears a special harness of his own design that allows him to fly and grants him superhuman strength. This character in the comics is a remorseless killer and a professional villain, even though his age is pretty advance he can go toe to toe with the young hero thanks to his harness. We will see this villain’s first film appearance in Spider-Man Homecoming.
Sandman is one of those villains that with the pass of time will find himself fighting beside Spider-Man and even The Avengers but somehow always goes back to his criminal ways. William Baker a.k. a Sandman first appeared wearing his perpetual green-striped shirt in The Amazing Spider-Man #4 in 1963. On the run from the FBI, Baker comes into contact with irradiated sand at a nuclear testing site, where he bonds with the sand, changing his molecular structure, thus allowing him to transform his body into any shape or form. He is one of Spider Man’s original villains and he is one of the toughest because Spider Man is forced to use the environment against him anytime they fight, because he would be unable to win on a straight brawl against the Sandman.
This villain is often pictured as a ripp-off of the iconic Green Goblin but he is more than that. Through the course of the years the Hobgoblin has established his own fan base and it is recognized as another one of Spider Man’s iconic villains.
Upon discovering the late Norman Osborn’s Green Goblin lair, billionaire Roderick Kingsley makes use of the available equipment and adopts the villainous persona of the Hobgoblin. Knowing the Green Goblin gear alone isn’t enough to defeat Spider-Man, Kingsley willingly injects himself with an improved Green Goblin formula, thus giving him superhuman strength. Possessing superhuman abilities on par with Spider-Man, the Hobgoblin became a worthy foe for the web-slinger.
Kraven The Hunter
Sergei Kravinoff the proclaimed world’s greatest hunter a.k.a Kraven The Hunter. Kraven is a man who seeks to defeat Spider-Man to prove that he is the greatest hunter in the world. He typically disdains the use of firearms or any form of range combat, instead he prefers to be face to face with his prey, Kraven utilizes a serum that increases his physical abilities to superhuman level, but it has been proven before that even without his serum he is a threat to Spider-Man.
Scorpion has had many iterations but the most prominent one being Mac Gargan.
Gargan was a private investigator hired by J. Jonah Jameson to uncover Spider-Man’s secret identity, as well as find out how Peter Parker obtains such high-quality pictures of the web-slinger. Since Spider-Man kept evading Gargan’s attempts, Gargan agreed to participate in Dr. Stillwell’s experimental process of bonding with an animalistic suit. Once he became Scorpion, Gargan was tasked with destroying Spider-Man, but the suit drove him insane, and he consequently turned on Jameson instead. Ironically, Spidey intervened and saved Jameson’s life.
Lately we have seen Kingpin as a Daredevil villain in the Netflix Series and even the Ben Affleck movie about this hero but Kingpin was originally a Spider-Man villain he firs appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #50 comic in 1967 as a mere mob boss, but he certainly didn’t stay that way.
Through the course of the years the Kingpin has become one of the most renowned and powerful villains in Hell’s Kitchen, although he does not have any superpowers but he is an expert fighter and the majority of his 400-pound bulk is muscle making him a worthy adversary and able to hold his ground against the super powered Spider-Man. He also counts with the power and influence to hire multiple lackeys and even other villains to do his dirty job.
Venom is a symbiote, the symbiotes were a conquering race who had no feelings unto themselves. They fed off the emotions of those they conquered and forced them to do spectacular feats in order to feel the adrenaline rush. Eventually, the beings would be sucked dry and left for dead.
He was found by Spider-Man in another planet when Spidey’s suit was badly damage and he found a black little ball that immediately slithered over his costume and created a new custom altogether. Once Spider-Man got back to earth Reed Richards informed him that the suit was indeed alive and separated the organism from Peter using a sonic blaster, once separated the alien was put in a container from which it would escape and bond with Spider-Man once again. Spider-Man went to the top of a church under the giant bells in order to force the symbiote to separate thank to the vibrations. Once separated from Spider-Man the weak symbiote found a mentally unstable Eddie Brook praying on the inside of the church, when the two of them fused the symbiote was driving mad by Brook’s hatred toward Spider-Man creating Venom, who possess all of Spider-Man’s powers.
Carnage was once a serial killer known as Cletus Kasady, and became Carnage after merging with the offspring of the alien symbiote called Venom during a prison breakout. The symbiote amplified his psychotic nature making him even less mentally stable than he had been previously, and therefore even more dangerous. Since the alien symbiote adapts to the host’s personality, the Carnage symbiote is affected by Kasady’s insane mind and lust for destruction making this a relationship where both parts became bloodthirsty maniacs that would kill anyone in his way.
As you can see from the previous characters, Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is jam-packed with iconic villains, but there is no denying that the Green Goblin is the quintessential and most tenacious of the web-crawler’s adversaries.
Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 comic in 1964, the Green Goblin quickly became a fan-favorite. His Goblin formula endowed him with superhuman strength, reflexes, and healing; and combined with his arsenal of high-tech gadgets, the Halloween-themed villain established himself as a worthy opponent of Spider-Man. Sure, Spider-Man has battled torturous foes in his time as a superhero, but no one has affected Peter Parker’s life as much as Osborn. After all, he did kill his number one gal, Gwen Stacy.
Although there has been multiple incarnation of this character the most popular one is Norman Osborn, he is the original Green Goblin and father of Harry Osborn, Peter Parker’s best friend.
Altough it is true that the Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s most famous villain, Doctor Otto Octavious has been another super prevalent villain in the story of our hero.
Otto was a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, inventor, and lecturer. He became the youngest person to serve on the National Board of Nuclear Science. He designed a set of highly advanced mechanical arms to assist him with his research into atomic physics. The tentacled arms were resistant to radiation and were capable of great strength and highly precise movement. They were attached to a harness that fit around his body.
During an accidental radiation leak that ended in an explosion, the apparatus became fused to Octavius’ body. It was later revealed that the radiation had mutated his brain so that he could control the movement of the arms using his thoughts alone. The tentacles have since been surgically removed from his body, although Octavius retains the power to control them telepathically from a great distance. The accident also seemingly damaged his brain, and the scientist turned to a life of crime.
This was our list of 10 iconic Spider-Man villains, do you think there is a villain that needs to be included in this list, let us know in the comments.