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It's the giving season. Earlier this week you saw a spotlight on 'Spider-Man Chronicle: A Year by Year Visual History.' It's a great book that every Spidey fan will want to check out. Even non-fans will want to check it out to find out all about Spider-Man.

The good news is we're running a little contest to give the book away. We're actually giving away FOUR copies.


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Check out Spider-Man's ENEMIES PAGE. Tell us which villain you feel has the greatest origin and motivation and why. What makes them stand apart from the rest and why do you feel they should be featured more prominently in Spider-Man, or any Marvel comics. You are expected to write at least a paragraph. Don't just give a name and a one sentence response. Four winners will be chosen.

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#1 Edited by haydenclaireheroes (11011 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite Spider-man villain is Green Goblin. He is known to be Spidey's arch nemesis. I think he has done the most to Spidey that has effected his life. First off he is his best friend's father so that has to sting a little. But the worst thing that the Green Goblin has ever done is kill Spidey's first love, Gwen Stacy. I will always say that Norman Osborn is Spidey's Greatest Villain. Other villains have effected Spidey's life physically, but Norman Osborn effected Peter Parker emotionally. He knew how to push his buttons. Nothing will ever beat the Spidey and Goblin war that has been going on for years.

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#2 Posted by samver1 (21 posts) - - Show Bio

I would say that when I think of Spider-Man villains, the first one that always pops into my head is the original Venom with Eddie Brock. I remember the first time seeing Venom as drawn by McFarlane and how evil he just looked. Then of course how Larson turned Venom into such a crazy looking villain with huge teeth and all animalistic. He was always one of my favorite villains but then Marvel just got all symbiote crazy. I wish they'd just kill them all off and make Venom the one and only crazed Spidey hating alien symbiote out there.

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#3 Posted by jonEsherfey (500 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite Spider-Man villain is Doc Oc. Doc Oc is a great villain because of how smart he is. He is not just a normal baddy where Peter can defeat him easily. Peter has to take a new strategy every time. Also with Oc dating Aunt May that makes him so much better. It is one of your greatest villains dating your mother which in this case is Aunt May. This makes the relationship between them so much more personal. He is also was the leader of the Sinister Six which is one of my favorite Spidey stories. Currently in Spider-Man, Peter and Doc Oc have been having some great issues which shows that he stands the test of time from being great then and great now. He is also created by the Great Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. What else can I say but DOc Oc rules and is a total bad-ass.

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#4 Posted by Cavemold (1818 posts) - - Show Bio

i would go with Venom because, hes everything that spider-man isnt. When he took control of peter parker he showed what he could really became. The rage and hate in peter's heart is shown in venom. That is the main purpose of Venom.

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#5 Edited by Mild_Karl (131 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the concept of Carnage, even if the execution ever since the character was created has been spotty, to say the least. Yes, the "insane, bloodthirsty villain" has been done to death & Carnage doesn't do too much with that.

But what I like about the idea of Carnage is that he is legitimately insane & completely unpredictable. Compared to someone like the Joker (YES I'M GOING ON A TANGENT HERE SORRY) who feigns unpredictability & insanity but is always 3 steps ahead of you at all times, Carnage truly can be unpredictable. I like the statement that the character of Carnage makes just by existing. If you think of Spider-Man as the whole "great power comes great responsibility" thing, Carnage is the opposite of that- it's a glimpse of what humanity can become when it becomes fully aware of its power & ignores its responsibility to the world & responsibility to morality. Chaos can, will & does exist in this world & it can't quite be explained. Carnage is a character that explores this to an extent, which is why I admire him.

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#6 Posted by Turkeysammich (47 posts) - - Show Bio

I am going to choose Mysterio. Mysterio uses his illusions to create cheap tricks to get away or otherwise torment Spider-Man. However, he could do so much more than that. Imagine Mysterio using his ability to psychologically break down Peter's life. Think psychological thriller where he torments Peter with visions of Spidey's other enemies, deaths of his loved ones, and just other crazy stuff. It could be the comic version of a Fincher movie.

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#7 Posted by kennybaese (1241 posts) - - Show Bio

For my money, one of the best Spider-Man villains is actually Flash Thompson. Now, I'm fully aware that he isn't a villain now and hasn't been for some time (nor was he really ever a villain for Spidey, more a villain for Peter Parker), but Flash Thompson's bullying of Peter Parker is what made me, personally, fall in love with the character of Spider-Man. It made me personally identify with him in a way that I really haven't identified with any other comic book characters because I too was bullied a ton in school. Comic books started out for me as a kind of escapism, and the fact that Peter Parker participated in a similar kind of escapism when he put on the Spider-Man mask immersed me even further into those old stories. I knew that feeling of wanting to put on a mask and escape from everything and everyone. Spider-Man personified that for me when I was younger and without Flash Thompson, that wouldn't have been the case.

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#8 Posted by invincipal (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally my favorite Spidey villain origin is Scorpion. Kind of an odd choice but I love he was created because of J.J.J. and is a common enemy between the two! Also even though its kind of hokey, I love that a scorpion is a natural enemy to a spider. His tail gives him some cool abilities. Also the fact that Gargan is like "you want to do an insane experiment on me.... WHO CARES!!!! I just want money!

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#9 Posted by The Cyan Lantern (276 posts) - - Show Bio

Easy, no other than JJ Jameson. So few Spidey villains had made it a mission to destroy Peter and Spidey's life. Since introduced, he's made a mission to hate Spider-Man and dislike Peter. Over time they rough and tumbled, however Jameson seems to win later down the line. As Parker, Jameson has...

  • Not respected/accepted him
  • Take advantages away from him
  • And become a horrible step brother

And I can go ON AND ON for what Jameson has targeted Spidey for, but this makes him one of the best. Since Civil War they have grown distant a bit (Jameson is mayor while Peter is at Horizon). But Jameson still can create Whipple affects towards our hero. True, Jameson does not know Spidey's identity, but for him that's not needed. In a bigger office, Jameson can finally get his leash on the Spider-Man!

Not to mention, he's a jerk...

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#10 Edited by reid_jack (3 posts) - - Show Bio

To me, The Chameleon has the greatest origin, upbringing, and relationship with Spider-man. He grew up with an irrational love/hate for his severely abusive brother (Kraven the Hunter) which led to his amazing skills of disguise. Chameleon has an interesting family story arc with Kraven as well as a fun to watch series of interactions with Spidey. He is also quite literally the first of Spider-man's villains. He has been fighting Peter Parker since issue 1 and now each time he returns it just gets better and better. Marvel should take his unique set of skills and continuously use him to test other heroes. I would personally love to see a long and dark story arc between The Chameleon, Kraven the Hunter, and Wolverine. It would be immensely exciting to read, and I feel that any comic fan would be able to love something like that. The Chameleon will always be my favorite Spider-man villain, and he deserves to be taken as seriously as Magneto to the X-Men. He has every desirable quality in a classic comic book villain. From a motives and origin stand-point, he is hands down the best of Spider-man's lethal foes.

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#11 Posted by tcglkn (16 posts) - - Show Bio

For me Carnage has one of the most interesting motivations in the fact that he doesn't have any reason at all to be killing all those people. The fact that his only goal is to create as much carnage as possible just for the sake of creating havok. Maximum Carnage shows us just how much of a threat Carnage can be and Carnage USA showed us some great new powers that Carnage could use to be a major threat to the Avengers. I could easily see Carnage being used more widely in the Marvel Universe because he doesn't need any motivation to be a problem for the heroes. He simply needs to get free and he's instantly a problem. Carnage is great because he is the ultimate villan. He has no plans, he is unpredictable. All he wants is to kill. Sure that means the heroes can figure out what he's doing quicker, but that also provides him with more flexibility. When he starts to get chased, he can run. He has no reason to stay in any one place because he can kill people anywhere. I think Carnage has a lot to offer the Marvel Universe in the terms of a serious threat if the Marvel writers used him more.

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#12 Posted by HollowPrince665 (97 posts) - - Show Bio

I will always say The Lizard. He is one of the many Marvel Villans that never really intended to be a villan. Connors has tried many times to cure himself but his animal instincts would always get the better of him. He was my first real Spider-man villan as I was watching the 1994 series when I was a kid. Connors is a huge inspiration of Peter which often had consequences on Peter's love life. The Lizard would lose everything and want nothing but to have others feel his pain. Now we know that he is remorseful and wants to be better himself....a close second to Connors/Lizard is Morbius.

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#13 Posted by Sheep-Kill (738 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest my favorite Spider-Man Villain is and will always be Morbius The Living Vampire. His origin is so rich with sci-fi delight but also with the recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man a lot of heart and turmoil. It showed that Michael Morbius and Peter Parker are almost similar. They both grew up as weak nerdy kids net both of them were extremely brilliant on there own right yet outcasted with it be Peter's early high school days, or Morbius's emotional and physical suffering in Greece. Also what makes Morbius such a great villain is the fact that Spider-Man is his only hope at fixing himself of his vampirism. Spider-Man's blood as a strong effect over Morbius which could cure him. It is not the motivation of revenge, greed, and world domination like most villains, in this case Spider-Man is the drug and Morbius is an addict just looking for his fix. And finally, it even stated in Morbius the Living vampire Issue #3, Spider-Man himself said that with all the bad guys he faced over the years, Morbius actually scares him the most.

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#14 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1815 posts) - - Show Bio

I got to go with The Burglar. Now, you may be asking why compared to the other villains, but it's because, The Burglar is a regular, ordinary person. The man doesn't even have a name! The Burglar may not be a Super-villain, but he is the factor that caused Peter to value the most important lesson his Uncle Ben gave him: With great power, comes great responsibility. It took a great tragedy to make Peter the person he is today, and it's all thanks to The Burglar. If it wasn't for the burglar, Peter could have been a different person than what we know now.

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#15 Edited by Gambit1024 (10217 posts) - - Show Bio

The best Spider-Man enemy is without a doubt Norman Osborn. It's sad that he's evolved (or devolved, in my opinion) to an all-around villain via Dark Reign/Siege. My personal favorite Spider-Man story was The Death of Gwen Stacy, because in those issues, Spider-Man really found the Joker to his Batman. Those kind of hero/villain relationships rock, and it's a damn shame that that particular relationship never sees the light of day. When Norman discovered that he's been getting his butt handed to him by some kid, it was the best/funniest motivator for his fuming rage. After he killed Gwen, you really had that feeling of "Sh*t, the Goblin's really not screwing around this time. Gobby's gone hardcore and I love it." Marvel, please make Norman a Spider-Man villain again. Pretty, pretty please.

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#16 Posted by reid_jack (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@kennyshat: I'd have never thought of Flash that way, but you are completely correct. We see in comics what we wish we could be, and the fact that Peter Parker was tormented by dickheads like Thompson make Spidey's amounting to greatest even better. I think that even though Flash Thompson was never a "Spider-man villain" he was one of the most important characters that connected Peter with the readers. Really good submission man.

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#17 Posted by judasnixon (10681 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll have to say Spider-man's most evil villain is Joe Quesada! What kind of diabolical mind would think of "One More Day"? No other monster has hurt Spider-man so much!

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#18 Posted by drew1175 (5 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite villain is Uncle Ben. He served as Peter's father figure and his only motivation was to see his nephew grow up to be a good and great man. Why is he evil? "With great power comes great responsibility" is the biggest guilt trip in the history of the world! Imagine how powerfully confident Spidey would've been if he wasn't saddled with that yoke of guilt on his shoulders all of this years! All of the innocent lives destroyed by his rogue's gallery could have been prevented if Spidey allowed himself to let loose.

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#19 Posted by cutsloat (3 posts) - - Show Bio

I searched Spiderman's enemy page for a good 30 minutes and totally think "Crazy Eight" is the best villain origin and motivation. "Best origin" meaning that he has none at all. I hadn't heard of him before today, but this is a part of the appeal. He is a normal person that wields eightball shaped weaponry. This is good not just because its funny to think there is no motivation for an eight ball wielding villain, but because its a simple, clean motivation and origin. Anyway can look at Carnage or Doc Ock or Green Goblin and say "Why do they care about staying in New York?" or "They shouldn't ret-con this relationship?" Ultimately what I am saying is, you cannot question and poke holes in nothing and sometimes no reason is the scarier than anything you can come up with. Crazy Eight is just a fun character to prove this point.

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#20 Posted by Zimbabwe277 (12 posts) - - Show Bio

I believe that the original Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) has to be Spider-Man greatest foe for many reasons. He was the first villain to discover Spidey's true identity, which in turn his true identity was revealed to Peter, which caused some turmoil because his best friend was Harry Osborn. Then he killed Peter's first real true love Gwen Stacy, which gave Peter extreme grief and in turn the Green Goblin was killed by his own glider. Osborn was out of the picture until the 90's when it is revealed that he was behind all of the copycat Goblins, so really he never gave up torturing Spider-Man. Most recently he would attack Peters friends and family, and killing Peter's "brother" Ben Reilly. That is why i feel he is Spider-Man's greatest enemy.

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#21 Posted by yeahbowen (15 posts) - - Show Bio

Mysterio is the clear cut King of awesome. Spider-Man is a mostly realistic story line. Normal kid gets bit by abnormal spider kid gets spectacular powers. Mysterio is one of the few realistic bad guys that exists in the Spider-Man universe. He has special effects as his gimmick. He has a fishbowl on his head and he still looks cool. No goofy origin story like Electro (whom I like) or any of the others. Just a regular guy who turned to a life of crime because he could. He wanted more than Hollywood was paying him for special effects so he turns towards crime in hopes of a bigger paycheck. In such a bad economy as we have right now I could see somebody doing this. Need I mention the fishbowl again?!

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#22 Posted by GothamRed (2616 posts) - - Show Bio

I think spidey's best villain is Kraven the hunter. I love his drive and his determination and his skill and cunning really put spidey to the test, plus Kraven's last hunt was a great spotlight on him and his M.O. He has a pretty dark past that got him where his is, with his arachnophobia due to his mother being tormented by them in an asylum I feel that in his time before his death his hatred a fear of spiders wasn't expounded on as well as it could have been and it'd be nice to see that now in more current book. Now that he's back it'd be wasteful not to give him some more go's at the web-head, if for nothing else to see his raw drive and skill displayed that makes him so fascinating.

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#23 Posted by zombietag (1675 posts) - - Show Bio

Green Goblin is definitely the best origin and biggest influence on Peter in my opinion. His crazy mental state yet cunning genius has always been a battle for Pete, both as Spider-Man and as a Peter Parker. Even though Ditko wanted Green Goblin to be revealed as a new character, Stan Lee knew that making it personal for Peter would be a better idea and he was right. On top of that, all of the more recent revelations, whether fans agree with them or not, have a HUGE impact on Peter. Norman taking over in Dark Reign, Spider-Man Blue, and even recent events with him in and out of prison. He's the ultimate Spider-Man villian. He's determined to have power, and to take down Peter at any cost.

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#24 Edited by dementedtheclown (911 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite Spider-Man villain is, (Now don't laugh) Spot! Yes he has a bit of a silly name, but his costume, and powerset are unmatched in Spider-Man comics. He is undoubtedly the villain with the most potential that was never seen. Think about it, he can teleport anywhere at any time, he could easily teleport out Spidey's brain without much of a second thought. But why I most like good old spot is as seen in the 90's cartoon, he could make an amazing anti-villain. Any rouge team would be lucky to have his resources of quick and simple travel. I also must admit, I always wanted to see a symbiot spot... just imagine the destructive power of that! In conclusion Spot is my favorite Spider-Man villain, because he's the villain with the most potential if only a writer would use him properly.

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#25 Posted by TheMess1428 (2211 posts) - - Show Bio

There is quite a bit of villains to choose from and it seems like when you choose one, it feels like they've been around quite a bit in the last 100 issues anyways. Except for 2 really good ones. Jackal has been around but it hasn't been too major besides when he organized Spider-Island. I like when he is around because it usually means that big crazy things are going to happen. I'd love to see him go head to head with the new Superior Spider-Man as well as show up in Scarlet Spider and go after the newly healed Kaine. The other villain that hasn't been around too much is Carnage. We really need a major Carnage arc. And with the new Superior Spider-Man coming out, it's gonna be really interesting when he goes up against all these other villains. Especially Carnage. That will be a battle for the ages. We need more Carnage in our lives.

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#26 Posted by Mr. Kamikaze (831 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite Spider-Man villain has always been Shocker. I like that he isn't all hell bent on trying to kill Spider-Man and have some psychotic reason for revenge and all that, he knows his limits and doesn't try to do things he knows he can't accomplish, and he follow the money. In a rogue's gallery full of psychopaths hell bent on revenge for something they think Spidey did to them, Shocker is really just in it cause someone paid him some good money to do it. If they could just get past his ridiculous looking costume (which I like, btw, but I feel he'd be taken more seriously without it) he could be an awesome character they should use more often.

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#27 Posted by kriminal (678 posts) - - Show Bio

i see most people are taking a unique character, but ill take the obvious. its clearly eddie brock as venom. as we know spidey got the symbiote during the secret wars and brought it back to earth with him. after discovering it was actually alive he got rid of it, not to the liking of the symbiote. then you got eddie brock who hated spider-man because he felt he was responsible for him losing his job. so when brock became venom there could have not been a greater motive for destroying spidey. it is also a great origin because in a sense peter parker created the monster and curse of venom. not to mention venom is the villain with close to the same powers as the hero but stonger( like abomination to huk or reverse flash to flash). spider-man has been lucky to escape some of their battles and without venom there would be no anti-venom or carnage.

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#28 Posted by sanityisoverrated (33 posts) - - Show Bio

Everyone on here is picking obvious and also great answers for this. But I think I will go with one that is not so obvious and one that I would definitely like to see more in comics. Alistair Smythe is my choice and here is why. Smythe is a genius, but his origin is that of a person dealing with a physical handicap. He had no powers except his genius that he inherited from his father who was the original creator of the Spider Slayers. But just like Peter, Smythe is motivated by the death of a family member, his father, and it is this death that Smythe blames Parker for. Not only did he fix his legs, but he turned himself into an unstoppable machine, going to any length in order to seek his vengeance on the wall crawler. Smythe might not be as big and flashy as say Green Goblin, Venom or Mysterio, but his motivation is just as strong, maybe even stronger. He deserves more time in the comics and I think he could be a great villain, especially if teamed up with a group like HYDRA or AIM working for them. In the end I think Smythe could very well give any other Spidey villain a run for their money.

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#29 Posted by Master_Thief (1100 posts) - - Show Bio

For me Norman Osborn because his origin reflects himself. He was abused by his father always being made to be ruthless and fearless. For example being kept in a dark closet for hours. I believe when he became the Green Goblin and killed Gwen Stacey it really showed Peter what Uncle Ben had always been trying to tell him; with great power, comes great responsibility. He has done the impossible from being Director of Shield to being pretty much every super hero and villian's worst nightmare. He was the only villian to actually wage war on asgard even though Loki did manupilate him in a way. Osborn is the reason why he has to deal with the past two green goblins, hobgoblins, demogoblins and strikes Spidey at the heart. Osborn is the one that gets Peter paronoid at night and makes him check under his bed and in his closet before he goes to bed. Osborn found out who Spiderman was and used that against Peter ending with the death of Gwen Stacey. Norman faked his death put his legacy still prevailed through Harry Osborn, his psycharitrist and Kingsley. Osborn has so far done the unthinkable by breaking into iron man's armor vault and creating his own suit the iron patriot and creating his dark avengers. Osborn is great at calculations since it was obvious when the moment in secret invasion he stole info from Deadpool found the Skrull Queen and killed her pissing every hero off especially Wolverine. He created his Cabal and made sure the heroes were the bad guys and the bad guys became kings of the hills. Osborn was even able to manipulate the Sentry into doing his bidding which even scared Doom into doing what he wanted for a short time being. Even currently when he was locked up in prison after the Siege he had his own cult and created a gang and broke out of jail. If Osborn ever crosses paths with Superior Spiderman Spidey(dont want to spoil anything) will have his hands full and both might even team up. Osborn will be a threat to the Superior Spiderman series since he and the new Superior Spiderman have a history together. This is why Norman Osborn is Spiderman's (and the Marvel Universes) greatest arch enemy and threat.

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#30 Posted by Blackfarley (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Ultimate Spider-Man villain? The original Hobgoblin wins hands down. Roderick Kingsley perfected the goblin serum, making Kingsley into a smarter, faster, stronger Green Goblin minus the crazy in the coconut side effects. He also managed to upgraded all the goblin tech, including adding lasers to the finger tips of his gloves. Science has proven time and time again that lasers are totally sweet, so he has that going for him. Lets not forget the Hobgoblin secret identity fiasco either. He tricked everyone into thinking that he was Ned Leeds, and then that he was Flash Thompson. He then goes and turns the Hobgoblin persona into a franchise by letting that dork Jason Macendale rock the Hobgoblin identity, taking the heat off himself. Most Recently Roderick Kingsley has been going around and globalizing villainy; He is doing the Marvel super villain version of Batman Inc. Oh ya, did I mention that he is a fashion designer? Whats scarier than a evil genius fashion designer with super human strength and a global villainy operation at his finger tips? Nothing...nothing.

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#31 Posted by CovertAvenger (9 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll go with Morbius. As we read his origin story recently in ASM 699.1, we can see his origin is a tragic one. He's a complex character whose inhibitions often get the best of him, and struggles to keep them in check every day. Although, he's getting his own series now, I'd like to see him interact more with Spider-man. It'd be interesting to see how the Superior Spider-man will react to him due to Doc Ock recognizing/respecting other scientists. Would he welcome Morbius warmly or try to "help" cure him only to experiment on him for his own selfish reasons?

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#32 Posted by xblah_blahx (2887 posts) - - Show Bio

The Burglar! Dennis Carradine killed Peter’s Uncle Ben. It has never been determined if Carradine was anything more than a burglar. But that death made Peter who he is today. Though he is a thief and not a murderer, The Burglars fatal act of violence pushes Spider-Man to never let another crime remain unanswered if he has any choice at all.

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#33 Edited by iancoderre3 (56 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that an interesting villain that should be featured in not just Superior Spider-Man, but Daredevil, and Punisher as well is a "New" Black Tarantula. Imagine a new Black Tarantula leading his new gang of well trained assassins that some come from The Hand group. Booting the Kingpin on the curb and wreaking havoc in New York. The story arc would spread across Superior Spider-Man, Dare Devil, and The Punisher. None of them will team up and fight Black Tarantula and his ruthless gang, but all of the heroes would be affected by the Black Tarantula none the less. The Black Tarantula would be Fabian. He is a young, ruthless, violent, and powerful adult and threatens New York and the three heroes because he wants revenge for the murder of his mother and he believes that his father had done it. His father must return from his secret life to confront his son and teams up with one of the three heroes (preferably, Spidey). I feel Black Tarantula has the greatest origin because it isn't a choice of becoming the Black Tarantula. If you are chosen while being baby, then get ready for some intense training. The fact that this has been done for over decades is so interesting and villainous. Its crazy! I think that could be a real challenge for Spidey, Dare Devil, and the Punisher. Having to take on a person that has had training since he was a toddler. I don't think any other villains' can compete with the Black Tarantula when it comes to origins. Most villains are made by accidents in the lab, mistakes being made, having a grudge against someone. The Black Tarantula is a long line of well trained assassins. I don't know any other villain that has that kind of origin and no say in how he wished to grow up.

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#34 Edited by hunter5024 (130 posts) - - Show Bio

Jackal is a highly underrated Spiderman villain, and he deserves to play a larger role in the spiderman universe. What makes him so interesting is that his crazy animosity for Peter Parker is actually born of something quite different from most villains. While any rogues gallery has its collection of crazies, Jackals is unique because his special brand of crazy stems from something that we all have: Love. A twisted affection of Gwen Stacy. This would make an exploration of his psyche much more interesting than delving into the mind of a sociopath like Carnage, because it has a root in reality that makes it feel very personal and disturbing. In a way this also makes him a reflection of Spiderman, as all good villains should be, in that Spiderman is a very loving person, and it is because of his affection for his loved ones that he wears a mask in the first place, it is because of his love for his Uncle Ben that he became Spiderman so that no one else would suffer through the same things he did. Jackal shows what happens when you take that affection and turn it into something sick and twisted. He's also responsible for some of the most traumatic events in Spidermans life via the Clone Saga, is one of the few people who actually knows Peter's identity, and his cloning abilities are very unique, and full of story potential. He may not be one of the classics like Doc Ock, Green Goblin, or Venom, but this villain is still full of mostly untapped potential.

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#35 Posted by lightsout (1885 posts) - - Show Bio

I believe that Spiderman's ultimate/quintessential villain is Norman Osborn, aka The Green Goblin. Firstly, I believe the best villains are always those who use their brains to some extent, planning & plotting - seeing a bigger picture than just wanton destruction and smash-&-grab robberies. Also, GG possess what I believe to be the most interesting and potentially terrifying characteristic of a comic-villain: a beautiful insanity. Some villains may be motivated by avenging a dead loved one, others have an obsessive theme to their crimes - they have a little back & forth dance with the hero, but we know how it's going to end. However, I believe it is the one who possess that unpredictability, that love of creating chaos solely for the sake of it, that creates the most interesting & formidable adversary for the heroes we love. Green Goblin is to Spiderman what the Joker is to Batman - an equal yet opposite force, and a villain who seemingly needs the hero 's continued heroics to maintain their own sense of purpose. The villain who makes them question their ability to fulfill their mission (of protection), the one who knows how to push every button and surprise our hero in ways other villains just aren't capable. Green Goblin is this to Spiderman and this is why he is Spiderman's ultimate villain.

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#36 Posted by wimble23 (1189 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not an expert on all things Spider-Man. Not anything against him but I have just always been a DC fellow. All things said there as always been one spider man villain that stuck with me: Kraven. I loved the concept that he wasn't a bad guy looking to make money or take over the world, he is just looking for the next big hunt. Lucky for us Spider-Man is that prey. It is always a fun experience to have the hero being hunted down instead of him being on patrol and stopping the bad guy. As times go by this becomes an obsession. An obsession to achieve this hunt, to restore his honor and to get over his fear. This makes him dangerous and unpredictable because he is going to do whatever it takes to complete his mission making him a very exciting read every time.

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#37 Posted by Krhunt (25 posts) - - Show Bio

I tend to favor Venom in regards to Spider-Man's greatest foe. His backstory in relation to both Brock and the symbiote itself are pretty interesting. Brock has such a strong passionate hatred for Peter Parker, which is assisted by the symbiote's need or want for Spider-Man's power, to the point of turning it's need to hatred. That, coinciding with the Symbiote's knowledge of Spidey's identity makes Brock's Venom even that more dangerous. Brock is interesting even on his own as an anti-hero, willing to do good and help people, but only really having this blinding rage towards Spider-Man. I tend to think Brock's arc is neat, in how he starts as one of Spidey's most dangerous enemies, going on to show some sort of heroic tendencies, then even going so far as to team up with his most hated foe to take down an evil entity thats more powerful than both of them (Carnage). I think the Peter Parker: Spider-Man arc, where Eddie loses the symbiote, and you find out he has cancer, is one of the strongest arcs, and makes him this incredibly endearing villain.

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#38 Posted by mightypug78 (375 posts) - - Show Bio

Mine would be Alistair Smythe because he is a tragic character. Bitter about his father being killed by his very own machinations which were designed solely designed to capture and or kill spider, Alistair swore revenge on spiderman and went to extreme lengths to get his revenge despite the fact it was all J. jonah jamesons fault as he was the one who commissioned mr.spencer smythe to build the machines to capture that "masked menace"!

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#39 Posted by slade_wilson (776 posts) - - Show Bio

Hands down, my favorite Spider-Man villain is Kraven the Hunter. While he may not be Norman Osbourne or Doc Oc, Kraven was a forced to be reckoned with. Even without the mystical serum that bestowed powers akin Spidey's own, Kraven had the skill and strength to be a big game hunter without any weapons. His obsessive nature drove him to attempt to best Spidey at every turn and become the greatest hunter by laying waste to his greatest fear. By the way, I love that he suffered from arachnophobia. That's yet another great angle to his story. Kraven's Last Hunt was not only the greatest story featuring Kraven, it remains one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told. It was this story that exemplified how Kraven was not some random recurring Spider-Man thug, he was a true maniac. Kraven became something only a few Spider-Man villains have ever evolved into. Kraven became obsessed. His drive was not to commit crime and get away with it, his drive was to be the best hunter, to kill the greatest prey known to the world. His demise was fitting, a well planned and executed event that drew the curtain on a villainous legacy equaled by so few. Unfortunately, his "ghost" was created in poor taste and his resurrection was dissatisfying. But at his height, Kraven was an obsessed, psychotic maniac who challenged Peter beyond measure and for that he became, in my own humble opinion, the greatest Spider-Man villain of all time.

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#40 Posted by ComicLover1971 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

My choice for the best Spider-Man villian is Doctor Octopus. Start with his origin, a scientist who was trying to do good in the world until an unfortunate accident caused him to become something he never wanted to be, a freak. The accident caused him to try to gain control over everyone, simply because the one thing he always wanted, to be normal like everyone else, became impossible. Througout the years Doctor Octopus has been a major adversary for Spider-man, being the first villian to defeat Spider-man in battle and unmask him in public, only to believe he defeated a high school student rather than his arch-enemy. Another thing that Doctor Octopus had that none of Spider-man's enemies had : Aunt May's heart. Think about it, at one time Doctor Octopus almost MARRIED AUNT MAY!! Not realizing her nephew was also his greatest enemy. That would be like Lex Luthor marrying Martha Kent in the DC universe. Finally, as the Amazing Spider-Man gets ready to conclude it's run at issue number 700, Doctor Octopus not only found out Spider-Man's identity, but found a way to trap his rival in his own dying body!! How much of a worse situation can one enemy do to one super hero?

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#41 Posted by MadRooster81 (186 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a tough question. I'm going have to go with Norman Osborn for this. First and foremost, he killed Gwen. If killing the "love of your life" doesn't make you Spidey enemy # 1 then I don't know what does. Also Norman Osborn is similar in some ways to Spidey, yet very different at the same time. They are both are science genius and they both have a great power, but as far as social status and moral integrity, that's where they differ. It these differences that seem show signs of jealously that each has for the other, which only adds gas to the fire that grows their strong rivalry.

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#42 Posted by naylor11 (74 posts) - - Show Bio

The villain I think has the best origin is Scorpion because of the way he is portrayed before he is a villain. I liked the 90s animated series version of him because he was just a normal guy who wanted some recognition and didn’t want to be pushed around. I think that is something that everyone wants. Also, I like his origin because it shows the dark side of Jameson and how he should have been arrested for what he did. I think Scorpion’s motivation comes from a couple things. 1) is that he still wants to get respect and feels Spider-Man has embarrassed him and 2) is that he really doesn’t want to be in the suit and he is trying to find a way out. I think that Scorpion is different from the other villains because I don’t think he really wants to be a villain. He is really a decent guy who was tricked into something and now is trying to make the best of his situation. I think this is notable because everyone is trying to do the best that they can, just like Scorpion.

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#43 Posted by Darkmount1 (1482 posts) - - Show Bio

In all honesty, my favorite Spider-Man villain, whose origin I think is really great in its simplicity, is the Shocker.

Think about it: a high school dropout with great inventing and engineering skills decides (DECIDES to--of his own volition) to become a pro burglar and safe cracker, and his vibratory-blast-shooting gauntlets are his best inventions. And in all the times he fought the web-slinger, he never kills him of his own volition. That's my kind of villain. He's almost as blue-collar as DC's Captain Cold.

Plus, my favorite voice for the character in all his animated appearances is Jim Cummings on the 90's cartoon.

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#44 Posted by Trauma (5827 posts) - - Show Bio

Morbius! The living vampire! Watch video for details

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#45 Posted by Aluthor (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I love a lot of the members of Spiderman's rogue gallery but Mephisto is a villain that I think trump's all others in the sheer fact that he is an incarnation of mischief and evil. The quintessential Marvel Devil, he has a very basic and yet solid motivation which is to capture souls and cause general turmoil. While most villains can be combated against, there really isn't a way of beating him. Whenever Spiderman deals with Mephisto, it's a situation very different than most of his other encounters. Spiderman can't outsmart or beat Mephisto. He can simply try his best to not get his soul taken or have some other terrible thing happen to him.

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I really enjoyed Tombstone from the Spectacular Spiderman TV show. I think he was a greater villain then anyone else on the show. I'm guessing they used him in place of someone like the King Pin, but I really liked the guy. I've never had the chance to read him the comics, aside from some Deadpool issues. I never knew of him as a Spiderman foe, but I feel like the cartoon really outlined him as the reason for why Peter had all these crazy baddies to beat. L. Thompson Linkin aka The Big Man was funding the experiments that created Sandman', The Rhino, and the like. Spiderman was creeping in on his territory and he had to keep the bug guy busy fighting these obvious nutcases and nuisances of society while he attempted to take the crime world over from Silvermane and the like. Of course Green Goblin became a common foe between Tombstone and Spiderman and they came to somewhat respect the powers of each other.

While neither want what the other would offer they agree that the chaos that the Green Goblin will incur is not good for either of them. Tombstone fights more from the shadows but when he's brought out by the Goblin he has no trouble using his fist, as well as in the episode where he and other crime bosses meet up and eventually fight out their problems. I really wish Marvel would play this guy up in their comics like he was used in this television show. Maybe he has and I just dont know of it.

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#47 Posted by billster2006 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

For me Spider-Man's greatest enemy is and will always be J. Jonah Jameson. Simply because he is the one enemy that Spider-Man can not beat up and lock away. Jameson is also always crapping on Spider-Man's parade no matter the amazing deeds he has done. He also shows no respect or gratitude for Peter Parker and you ask your self why would he, he is the editor and Peter is just a freelance photographer. But think of all the news papers the Daily Bugle has sold because of the spectacular photos of Spider-Man Peter has taken. But you ask your self what about his origin. O poor Jonah was abused as a child by his war hero father, who also beat his mother. Which made Jonah cinicle and believed all hero's no matter the superior acts they have done or the countless lives they have saved, Jonah thought they are all evil. So that is why I think J. Jonah Jameson is Spider-Man's and Peter Parker's greatest enemy.

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#48 Posted by ssj2DeadPool (227 posts) - - Show Bio

Charlie Wiederman is the best. His story was in a hardcover I bought a while back. Charlie was a classmate of Petes who was even nerdier than him, and was constantly bullied. Pete joined in on the bullying even, to deflect the bullying he would otherwise be the victim of. Charlie got covered in Vibranium, snaped, and started killing people. Pete in essence could have prevented it, by being a true friend to Charlie. Charlie should techically still be alive and traped in the hardened vibranium. They could do so much with this. Expesially in the wake off all these bullying shootings, a monster of Petes creation would be fitting. Charlie is basically Pete looking at his reflection and saying, "I cant beleive I had a hand in this, and oh my god, that could have easily been me if I didnt have whatever good part of me that allowed me to overcome being bullied like that". Even if I dont win, and Charlie is never heard from again, check out the story, its great. Id look it up but I gave the book to a friends kid as Im 27 and one day he might get a good message from it and be a SpiderMan fan.

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#49 Posted by Sharkbite (300 posts) - - Show Bio

The greatest nemesis for our wallcrawler is hands down the one who appeared first in Amazing Spiderman #1: J. Jonah Jameson. Jameson is an enemy not only to Spiderman, but Peter Parker as well, successfully dealing harm to our hero in both sides of his life. As his employer at the Bugle, Jameson was able to insult, degrade, abuse, and repeatedly fire Parker, causing him great financial hardship, difficulty in his relationships, and strain on his home life caring for his elderly Aunt. Jameson's position as Editor-in-Chief was used as a way to bully Parker, which is made doubly sore when considered the number of times Jameson supported his staff members and backed his employees in the face of contraversy. Jameson's uplifting and positive behavior toward his other employees just rubs salt in the wound when he expresses his disdain for Parker, singling out the young photographer in a way which not only made day-to-day life difficult, but wounded deep enough to stir doubt in our hero in himself and his own abilities.

Jameson's actions against Peter Parker alone have made him a formidable adversary over the entire run of Amazing Spiderman, but when coupled with his actions against Spiderman, he becomes Spiderman's most dangerous nemesis. Jameson's media smear campaign dealt damage to the image of Spiderman, sowing distrust in the hearts of the people of New York and causing the general public to oppose him. As the negative opinion of Spiderman as a menace was spread, Parker found himself unable to defend his alter ego for fear of upsetting those he cared about, suffering great personal pain as Aunt May, Gwen Stacy, and Mary Jane Watson each went through extended periods of criticizing and verbally attacking Spiderman in Parker's presense. The discouragement that Spiderman suffered from seeing those he loved most turn against him based on the words of Jameson was more damaging than nearly any plot another member of Spiderman's rogues gallery had set in place. Jameson's public criticism and attack on the character of Spiderman succeeded in doing what so many other villains failed: Jameson successfully made Spiderman hang up the tights and quit.

But Jameson's assault on Spiderman continues. Beyond the media and slander campaigns, Jameson became involved with other villains in order to further inflict harm upon the wall-crawler. Jameson backed Smythe's Spider Slayers when created to hunt down Spiderman, providing both the initial reward that served as financial motivation for their creation as well as the media backing that permitted large killer robots to travel the streets of New York publicly hunting Spiderman to the praise of the general population. And that's not all. It was Jameson who hired Mac Gargan to undergo the tests which created the original Scorpion, a deadly nemesis to Spiderman in both his Scorpion suit and again later in the form of the new Venom. But creating two deadly enemies for Spiderman was not enough for Jameson; the news reporter publicly backed Kraven the Hunter, presenting his hunt for Spiderman in a positive light in the newspapers until Kraven could track and battle Spiderman with relative impunity, and followed this by funding a second batch of Spider Slayers under a new scientific mastermind, all the while offering reward to any person, hero or villain, who could bring Spiderman in.

Even after ascending to his place as Mayor, with so many other duties to occupy his time and without the daily interaction with Parker at the Bugle, one would think that he might have finally let up on his quest against Spiderman. To the contrary, one of Jameson's first order of business as Mayor was to create the Anti-Spider Squad. Jameson later would employ Mac Gargan in the form of Venom and publicly endorse him as a hero during Dark Reign, using Venom this time to get at Spiderman. From Green Goblin to Dr Octopus to Mysterio, there are few of Spiderman's enemies who haven't at some point been employed, encouraged, or praised throughout the media by Jameson for their assaults on Spiderman. Jameson made heroes out of villains and destroyed Parker's life at every turn. Even of the villains that Jameson didn't endorse, we see a remarkable trend for Jameson to instead by targetted by the villains because of his vocal complaints and public status, forcing Spiderman to risk his life in defending the man who hates him most. In almost every plot which has harmed Peter Parker or Spiderman, you will find Jameson's dirty fingers mettling in one way or another. J. Jonah Jameson is involved in nearly every challenge Spiderman makes; no other single person has caused Spiderman as much trouble as the media baron who made it his personal mission to do Spiderman in. And unlike so many other of Spiderman's enemies, Jameson regularly wins.

Unlike classic 'Spidey villains' that are excellant only in Spiderman comics, J. Jonah Jameson more any any others deserves to see a more prominant role in the Marvel Universe. Jameson's powerful influence and sway over the population could easily be expanded beyond the bounds of New York City should the Mayor decide later that he wished to become Governor, Senator, or even President of the United States. Jameson's motivation stems from a hatred of masked vigilantes, and easily could extend to other 'costumed freaks' such as the X-Men, many of the Avengers, as well as solo heroes such as Moon Knight or Daredevil. Having a heavily critical force in place in the government pushes the heroes out of this comfortable sanctioned role where Avengers have government backing to deal with threats and turns superheroes in general into the type of publicly feared, openly oppressed minorities that Mutants have already found themselves for years. We all saw the damage that Norman Osborne was able to do when he ascended to political power, but Jameson remains even more dangerous than that. Unlike Osborne, Jameson has full use of his mental faculties, able to plot and scheme intelligently without being detered by mental illness, and unlike Osborne, Jameson finds himself more in the dangerous realm of persons like Senator Robert Kelly, because Jameson does not intentionally attempt to mislead the people; Jameson actually believes everything he claims. Nothing could be more dangerous than a zealot in political power, with fanatical beliefs and who is not afraid to use violence to achieve his ends. Jameson's mettling could extend so much further than Spiderman, so much as to make him an enemy of nearly every hero in every title.

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The best spider-man enemy would be Carnage. With the symbiotes desire to kill and destroy and the madness that is Cletus Kasady, makes him a compellingly dark enemy that Spider-man has ever encountered. As a character, carnage is ruthless and wants nothing more than to create bloodshed and chaos where ever he goes, his need for bloodlust often leaves Spider-man fighting his hardest, so hard in fact that Spider-man had to get the assistance of Venom just to defeat him. All in all, Carnage's madness and constant need for chaos is the one thing that sets him apart from other villains in the Spidey universe making him unique and unexpected.