• Jake Wright

Top 10 Spider-Man Villains of All Time

Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is arguably the best in comics and it is full of unique, dangerous but also compelling villains. The wallcrawler has never been able to catch a break with his rich gallery of bad guys causing chaos throughout the city of New York so we thought it would be fun to list out top 10 favourite Spider-Man villains of all time!

10. Morbius

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Debuting way back in 1971 in Amazing Spider-Man #101, Morbius isn’t normally one who springs to mind when talking about iconic Spidey villains. However, this doctor-turned-living vampire has caused the web-head numerous amounts of problems with his superhuman strength, sharp fangs and incredible healing abilities. Today, Morbius is now leaning towards more of the anti-hero type character rather than sinister villain, however it goes without saying that Morbius the Living Vampire will always be a great foe of Spider-Man.

He is even getting his own solo movie starring Jared Leto in the lead role and you can check out that trailer right here - MORBIUS - Official Trailer (HD) - Youtube

9. Kingpin

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Admittedly, we’ve always seen Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk as Daredevil’s main antagonist however we couldn’t disregard all the battles that Fisk and Spidey have had over the years. Originally debuting in Amazing Spider-Man #50 in 1967, New York’s most powerful crime lord has caused the web-slinger numerous amounts of problems. Although only human, his pure size and peak human strength allows himself to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man and has proven time and time again that he will always be a difficult opponent for Spidey.

8. Scorpion

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Debuting all the way back in Amazing Spider-Man #19 in 1964, MacDonald Gargan became Scorpion thanks to J. Jonah Jameson subjecting him to a shady medical experiment in order to take down Spidey once and for all. Though Mac developed incredible superhuman powers, he lost his sanity and became a maniacal adversary of Spider-Man donning his Scorpion costume to take him down. His awesome physical attributes and power-suit have been more than a match for Spider-Man over the years and has even worn the Venom symbiote at one point in time.

7. Electro

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The fact that Marvel are willing to bring back Electro into the Marvel movies after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fiasco is a true testament to how good of a villain Max Dillon really is. Debuting in Amazing Spider-Man #9 back in 1963, Electro is one of Spidey’s most powerful villains and his over-the-top antics have proven many times that he is a force to be reckoned with. Often using his powers to feed his obsession of wealth, he eventually gained the power to convert his whole body into electricity which automatically puts him up there as one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous and powerful villains to date.

6. Mysterio

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Quentin Beck first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2 of 1963 however didn’t suit up as the costumed criminal Mysterio until a year later in Amazing Spider-Man #13. Mysterio is an enigmatic trickster who relays on his previous career as a special effects artist to cast intricate illusions to fool Spidey and co. By far one of Spider-Man’s most unique villains, Mysterio has sent our hero on some trippy rides over his long tenure as a villain and no matter how many times he is defeated, he will always keep coming back with new schemes and dazzling tricks up his sleeve.

5. Kraven the Hunter

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Created in 1964 and first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #15, Sergei Kravinoff aka Kraven hasn’t had the spotlight very often but when he has, he has never disappointed. Taking a magic potion enhanced all of Kraven’s physical attributes whilst also granting the hunter extended life which would keep his health and vitality for years to come. Kraven is a proven adversary of Spider-Man and plays the star role in one of Spider-Man’s greatest comics of all time Kraven’s Last Hunt. In that story, Kraven is able to defeat Spidey, bury him alive and then impersonate the hero proving he is the superior specimen. Although this is a superb comic, we feel Kraven has so much potential to feature more often in ground-breaking stories such as that. Kraven also appears to be one of the main villains in the upcoming PS5 game Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

4. Carnage

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The offspring of Venom, Carnage is as menacing as they come. Carnage’s host, serial killer Cletus Kasady, debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #344 in 1990 and wouldn’t suit up as Carnage until Amazing Spider-Man #360 in 1992 but he has certainly left his mark on the Spider-Man mythos. More ruthless and powerful than Venom, Carnage is chaos incarnate and Spider-Man must often team up with heroes and even villains to take him down proving just how powerful he is. We believe Carnage is the most dangerous of Spider-Man’s villains simply because of his sheer unpredictability and motivation to destroy anything and anyone.

3. Venom

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Seemingly one of the most popular character in Marvel at the moment, it is safe to say that Venom is an anti-hero or maybe even a full-time hero at this current moment in time and we do respect that completely. However, it doesn’t mean we can ignore Venom’s whole history since Eddie Brock’s first appearance back in Web of Spider-Man #18 in 1985 and Venom’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #299 in 1988. Venom had been out to kill Spidey for him proving Eddie Brock’s exclusive story on the Sin-Eater’s identity was wrong, which led to Brock’s life spiraling downwards from there. Brock’s hatred for Spidey and Venom’s hatred for Spidey – after Peter Parker abandoned the symbiote suit – led to the perfect combination of a Spidey villain.

Stronger and faster than Spidey, Venom is also immune to Peter’s Spidey-Sense making him a force to be reckoned with. Numerous people have worn the Venom symbiote but whoever is wearing the parasite usually wants a piece of Spidey.

2. Doctor Octopus

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Whilst most of Spidey’s foes attack with their sheer strength and force, Dock Ock prefers to attack with his brains which automatically separates him from the rest. Originally appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #3 in 1963, Dock Ock is one of the web-heads oldest adversaries who has managed to actually defeat him on more than one occasion. Otto Octavius’ genius is his standout trait however his 4 mechanical arms aid in his battles against Spider-Man proving many times that Dock Ock is a truly powerful force. One of the most interesting points in Doctor Octopus’ life was when he switched bodies with Peter Parker and became the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ where he put his spin on tackling crime as the web slinger in New York City.

1. Green Goblin

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In our opinion, Norman Osborn has always been the greatest thorn in the side of Peter Parker. First appearing as the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #14 in 1964 and then as Norman Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man #23 in 1965, Norman is responsible for so many tragedies in Peter’s life. With the financial backing of his company Oscorp, Norman has access to an unstoppable arsenal of weapons, the Goblin serum he took to enhance his physical attributes and his high-tech Goblin Glider which allows him to soar through the New York skyline. Green Goblin’s scheme’s have never stopped no matter who was wearing the mask, Norman was responsible for the death of Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacey and has even buried Aunt May alive too! One of the most fascinating aspects of Norman Osborn is his connection and family relationships with his own son Harry – who became the Green Goblin after his father’s supposed death – being Peter’s best friend which makes the dynamic so fantastic.

That was our top 10 list but we'd love to know who your favourite Spider-Man villain(s) is so let us know down in the comments.


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