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    Top 10 Spider-Man Villains

    Spider-Man is the beloved hero of Marvel fans. Many have been debating over who played the arachnid character best since the release of the first installment- ‘Spider Man’ (2001). However, Marvel did not fall short on their villains. Below are the top 10 Spider-Man villains of all time.

    The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been fighting crime in Queens since 1962. The first issue of the comic ‘Amazing Fantasy‘ featured the famous psychotic Green Goblin. Let’s see the enemies the teenage hero fights from mutated doctors to alien entities.

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    1. Green Goblin

    Green Goblin is the father of Peter Parker’s best friend, Harry Osborn- Norman Osborn. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Norman was the owner of Oscorp company. However, he turned wild by exposing himself to the ‘Goblin Formula’. The Green Goblin uses gadgets built by Oscorp to fight. The Goblin Glider is his most famous hovering vehicle. Besides the hoverboard, his weapons include pumpkin bombs and ghost bombs.

    The character of Green Goblin first came in the ‘Amazing Fantasy series (1962)’. In later issues, Norman’s son Harry carried the mantle of Green Goblin. Unlike his father who accidentally spilled the Goblin Formula over himself, Harry bathed in it. This enabled the formula to work completely and give him superhuman strength, speed, and agility. The villain first came into the Spider-Man film franchise in 2002 and was played excellently by Willem Dafoe. He also appeared in the later installment of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, where he was cured of his insanity.

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    2. Dr. Octopus

    Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius also known as Dr. Ock was a brilliant atomic physicist who built his famous four mechanical hands. The auxiliary limbs helped the scientist in the mechanical labor of his research. They were resistant to nuclear radiation and were tremendously strong. But in a lab accident the chip that allowed the doctor to control the machine with his brain, fused with his spine. That led to his mental insanity and he got the alias of Dr. Octopus.

    Dr. Octopus is considered the archenemy of Spider-Man along with Green Goblin and Venom. He first appeared in the 1963, ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ comic- third issue. In later issues, Dr. Octopus is depicted as an anti-hero and carries Peter Parker’s mantle as the Superior Spider-Man. Alfred Molina plays the villain in the 2004 ‘Spider-Man 2’. He too appeared in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ where the chip-inducing evil thoughts was mended and the villain was cured and sent back to his universe.

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    3. Venom

    Venom is an extraterrestrial symbiote with a black liquid-like form and takes on a host. In the comics, Eddie Brock is the compatible host of this symbiote. Eddie was a fellow reporter in the newspaper company Peter Parker works for. Eddie swears to destroy Spider-Man for ruining his career. That’s when he combines with the alien and becomes the anti-Spider-Man. Venom gives Eddie superhuman strength, speed, and agility and even influences his thoughts of Eddie.

    He had his true first appearance in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ the 300th issue in 1988. Venom is depicted as an anti-hero but is an archenemy of Spider-Man. Venom first appeared in the film franchise 2007 ‘Spider-Man 3’. There the first host of Venom was Spider-Man himself and later combined itself with Eddie Brock. The villain also saw other installments based on it where it was the hero. Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock in the 2018 and 2021 Venom series.

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    4. Carnage

    Carnage is too a symbiote and is the offspring of Venom. The most prominent host of the symbiote was the sadistic serial killer, Cletus Kassady. When Cletus’ blood mixed with Eddie’s which he was hosting Venom led to the birth of Carnage. Carnage has had other hosts over the years too like Norman Osborn and even Gwen Stacy.

    Carnage is much more powerful than his father. He first appeared in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ comic series in the 361 issue. Both Spider-Man and Venom have fought this supervillain. It made its film appearance in 2021’s ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’. Woody Harrelson played Cletus in the movie.

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    5. Vulture

    Adrian Toomes is another villain who fights Spider-Man. He is a brilliant inventor yet volatile. His best creation is the mechanical wings that give him the ability to fly at unbelievable speed. That gave him the name of Vulture. The wings gave Toomes superhuman abilities. Toomes turned to crime when he learned his business partner was embezzling money from the firm.

    In the comics, he is the founding member of the Sinister Six bent on defeating Spider-Man. Toomes appeared in the second comic of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ series. In later issues, Vulture joined Dr. Octopus in the Sinister Six group. Michael Keaton plays the villain in the film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. He also appeared in Sony’s ‘Morbius’ (2021) post-credit scene.

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    6. Lizard

    Dr. Curtis Connors though a genius geneticist, missed his right arm which was amputated due to a war blast. Therefore he started research on reptiles especially lizards for limb regeneration. The results of his formula did regenerate an arm but turned him into a feral reptilian monster. The formula gave him superhuman strength, speed, and agility while the doctor maintained his genius.

    He first appeared in the sixth issue of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ comic series. He initially fought Spider-Man as an enemy but after the later cured the lizard, Dr. Curtis even helped Peter Parker. The villain made his film appearance in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2012) where Rhys Ifans plays the Lizard doctor.

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    7. Mysterio

    Quinten Beck is a special effects master and stuntman who dreamed to be an actor. However, his acting career didn’t get a break. Therefore he employed his illusions of crime. He was the only villain that made people question Spider-Man’s reputation as he framed the superhero. Beck does not have any superhuman ability. He used his tech for robberies.

    The film storyline is very different from the comic books. In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Beck was a former employee of Stark Industries. Angered by Tony for disapproval of his inventions and giving Peter Parker control of the company and E.D.I.T.H., Beck along with other employees mad at Tony tries to take hold of E.D.I.T.H. glasses from Parker. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Quentin Beck in the movie.

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    8. Electro

    Maxwell “Max” Dillon was an engineer when he was struck by lightning while repairing a grid. He then possessed the power to control electricity and even capacitate it. Max drives energy from the electricity which keeps him alive. Max after his first kill, adopted the alias of Electro for a life of robbery and crime. He first appeared in the ninth issue of ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ comics.

    In the movie, however, Max got his powers by being bitten by electrical eels under observation by Oscorp. It was later revealed in the Andrew Garfield film series that Max was part of a human experimental test by Oscorp. Electro is played by Jamie Fox in two Spider-Man films- “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.


    9. Sandman

    Flint Marko escapes prison to a nuclear testing plant on a beach in California. There the radioactive sand binds with the molecular structure of Flint that encouraged him to call himself Sandman. With his powers, Flint can refigure himself as sand and create great sandstorms. These powers help Flint in his criminal activities.

    Sandman was first portrayed in the fourth issue of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ comics. Flint in later issues joined Dr. Octopus in the Sinister Six to defeat Spider-Man. In the movies, however, Flint is portrayed as an anti-hero trying to get back to his daughter. Thomas Haden Church plays the character of Sandman in the 2007 ‘Spider-Man 2’.

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    10. Morbius

    Michael Alexander Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and biologist who is afflicted with a fatal blood disease. In order to cure himself, he makes a serum based on bat DNA. However the serum remissions his disease. Now Morbius has superhuman strength and speed but is left with an altered appearance and raging bloodlust. Morbius now must feed on blood to survive.

    Morbius is much like a living vampire and first appeared in the 101 issues of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ comics. He was a villain with whom readers sympathized. After killing his best friend and endangering his fiance he was always on the run. The famous Jared Leto plays Doctor Morbius in Sony’s 2022 ‘Morbius’.

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    Sarah Kandari is a cinephile who might have ended up as a couch potato had she not started writing for the entertainment website, First Curiosity. She loves to read with a cup of coffee. You might recognize her as the girl with a pen in her bun that she has forgotten is there. She is currently a Literature major in Delhi University.

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