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Top o’ the Lot: Spider-Man’s Villains

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We continue with our series of Spider-Man lists and posts leading up to the Amazing Spider-Man 2 film, and this time we tackle the villains that loved to tackle Spidey. And, boy, are there a ton of villains to choose from! There’s two obvious way to approach this list: The easy way, and the hard way. From my very first entry in this Lot, you can tell I’m going the hard way. So, without further ado, we shake a sinister fist, have heard just about enough wisecracks, and start to think about committing crimes in Cleveland instead of New York, as we run down our slanted and biased list in Top o’ the Lot: Spider-Man’s Villains.

Honorable Mention: The Sinister Six

Yeah, this list becomes a bit tougher to get through when you immediately take the Top Six off the board Sinister Sixfrom the start. But it had to be done! There are far too many really cool Spidey villains to leave any of these guys off the list, and, thankfully, Marvel wrapped them all up in a nice little package in 1964’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. If they could do it with the good guys, why not the bad guys? And the Sinister Six was the Marvel’s villainous version of the Avengers. The team was led by Doc Ock, and with Electro, Kraven, Mysterio, Sandman, and Vulture all teaming up against the Web-slinger, but Spider-Man ended up winning at the end…again. There may have been other versions of the team, but nothing beats the original, and the lineup is about as classic Spidey villain as you can get.Sinister Six2

5. Scorpion

Scorpion Former Private Investigator turned guinea pig, Mac Gargan was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to discover how Peter Parker gets such good picture of Spider-Man, but was later entered into an experimental procedure where he gets the characteristics of some kind of animal. And in Mac’s case, it was a scorpion. Scorpion had amazing strength, could stick to stuff, and that suit gave him some great perks, but Mac was a moron and Spidey was always able to outsmart the lummox. That’s a shade of green that cannot be ignored, and the direct ripoff of Spidey’s powers makes Scorpion a villain that I always enjoyed seeing get his ass handed to him.

4. Mister Negative

Mister NegativeThis is a relatively new villain to the Spidey-verse is kind of a ripoff of Kingpin Wilson Fisk, but there’s enough of a twist that it gives the character a standalone quality all his own. Martin Li may seem like a good intentioned philanthropist, but he’s secretly the head of Chinatown organized crime syndicate. Yeah, that old bag. He didn’t hang around very long, but he was an integral part in a lot Peter’s renewed family struggles of late, but his Superior replacements hasn’t had to deal with good old Negative. And with a name like that, I couldn’t help but give him a spot on this Lot.

 

3. Rhino

RhinoThe Russian muscle with the super strong polymer suit, Aleksei Sytsevich was just a poor immigrant trying to make his way. Rhino may have been just a lumbering hulk of a beast in the early days of Spider-Man, but later in the series Rhino became an emotional torn character with a ton of heart that readers could really relate with. Forgiveness aside, Rhino remains one of the greatest Spidey villains of all time. Yes, he only really had one move – run straight ahead – but he did it so well. Spidey saw it coming just about every time, though, and Rhino always ended up serving time behind bars…and then escaping…repeat…

2. Venom

Venom2Arguably the most recognizable of all of Spidey’s foes, the alien symbiote known as Venom famously began his life in Marvel Comics as a really big help to Spider-Man. Spidey first acquired the symbiote in the Secret Wars, and he loved it! Great fit, sleek color, and great enhancements, including an endless supply of webbing, what wasn’t to love? Little did Mr. Parker know that the alien was making him *pinky to cheek* eeeevvviill! He eventually rid himself of the black goo, but all kind of folks have donned the symbiote since to varying degrees of strangeness. Eddie Brock is, of course, the most famous of the human half of the beast known as Venom, but one time Scorpion Mac Gargan also wore the black monster suit, before Venom got nerfed with Flash Thompson waring the thing. It’s not the the new Flash/Venom is bad, but I like my Venom a whole lot more villainous, and Flash is anything but. Still, Venom represents in this list, and he’s earned the next to the Top spot o’ this Lot. Leaving the one, the only…

1. The Green Goblin

Was there ever really any doubt? No other Spidey villain could have possibly filled out this Green Goblin2list, and that includes every single member of the team in the Honorable Mention slot. Norman Osbourne takes super-hero potion, becomes insane, tries to take over New York as a criminal warlord. But, as always, Spider-Man foils Gob’s plot, and this sets into motion one of the most exciting and recognized superhero rivalries in all of popular culture. He was the first to figure out Spidey’s true identify, he was the mastermind of the Clone Saga, and he killed Gwen Stacy, Peter first and one true love (Ouch! It still hurts). Good old Gob’s continues to do his work in other parts of the Marvel U throughout his storied history, but nothing will ever top being Spider-Man’s number 1 nemesis. Green Goblin makes the top, because that’s exactly wear he belongs.Green Goblin1

 

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Top o’ the Lot: Spider-Man’s Suits

Top o' the Lot Image UpdatedIt’s been a crazy couple of years for Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, and the next couple of years promises even more craziness. We’ve seen Peter go from swearing to make sure No One Dies, to being offed himself by Otto Octavius in the fan-frenzied swap that became Superior Spider-Man, to coming back from the dead (like we knew he would) some time in the next couple of months or so. The future is even crazier with Learning to Crawl being announced, and an idea so crazy that writer Dan Slott needs every single Spider-Man that has ever lived to tell the tale. There’s a sequel to yet another Spidey film due out soon, and I’m not sure the character has ever been as popular as he is right now. And that popularity is well-deserved. Spidey’s been a mainstay in comics for, like, ever, and the Web-Slinger (almost) never fails to impress. With so much going on with Spidey Spider-Man Logolately it’s easy to know he should get some attention in the Top o’ the Lot, but deciding what to focus on is another problem altogether. Spider-Man and Peter have so many aspects to their lives that the possibilities for Spidey lists are endless. With endless possibilities comes endless lists, and, since I have the time, this’ll have to be a series of lists, and I might as well start somewhere. So, without further ado, we build a backpack out of webbing, stick our street clothes to the Chrysler Building, and run down a slanted and biased list of Spider-Man’s coolest threads in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Spider-Man’s Suits.

Honorable Mention: The Classic Red and Blue (With Web Armpits!)

Amazing Spider-Man 1 It’s impossible for me not to put this suit on the list. It’s too classic, too important, and too damned cool to keep it off. Every other suit that has come after this has some part of it’s elements, not matter how far apart, taken from this very first suit. The web-shaped lines, the Spider logo, the subtle blue/blackness, even those crazy web armpits, have been copied again and again, and can be seen in just about every iteration in the rest of the Lot. It’s a slanted and biased list, yes, but I haven’t completely lost my mind just yet, and this suit has to have at least a mention in a Top o’ the Lot o’ Spidey’s Suits. Peter built it best way back when, and although other suits are more streamlined and high-tech, you never forget your first.

5. Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Pater Parker’s suit was pretty awesome, but it wasn’t really anything different, Ultimate Spider-Maneither. Mile Morales’ suit, on the other hand, is beautiful, new, and different, and stands as a testament to Miles’ harder, more direct approach to taking on the persona of the Web-Slinger. The almost entirely black suit, with blood red spider accents on the mask, chest, back, and hands is so subtly different, yet so obviously “Spider-Man” that, from a fashion standpoint, this suit quite deservedly could be at the number 1 position in this Lot. But being in the Top isn’t just about fashion, and this great looking suit lacks any bells and whistles, doesn’t have nearly as a good of a story behind it, and comes from a universe I really couldn’t care less for. I do really love that design though.

4. Superior Spider-Man

Superior Spider-ManIf you haven’t heard by now, you probably deserve to have it spoiled anyways. For quite some time now, Peter Parker’s body has been scientifically possessed by the persona of Doctor Octopus. But, some of Peter’s good qualities rubbed off on Doc Ock, birthing the All-New Superior Spider-Man. The debate about how good or bad this title has been will continue until the end of time, but there’s almost no debating how nice the suit change from Amazing to Superior was. Sure, it’s the same old deign with nothing more than a pronounced darker black being used in the primary, but there was an emotional attachment to the change that really helped signify the overall change from Peter to Octavius. I have to admit, I’m going to miss it.

3. Black Suit

Secret Wars 8Back in Black

There’s no denying this one! Whether it was the debut during Secret Wars, the whole greatness of the symbiote suit, or the return of Peter’s darker side during Back in Black, the all black suit is the epitome of the the fan-favorite uniform of the web-slinger. It screams emotion in all of it’s forms – whether it was Peter’s struggle with Venom to Peter dealing with his own internal struggles – and also had some pretty high-tech alien perks that came along with it. Sure, there was that whole being taken over by an alien, but Oh, the power! Good on you, Peter!

2. The Future Foundation Whites

Spider-Man FFFor a minute or two, during Hickman’s run on The Fantastic Four, Johnny Storm presumably died protecting the rest of the fam, and Spidey joined the team to take his place. In remembrance of The Human Torch, the team retired the traditional blues for bit, and started wearing these badboys. Not only did this have the emotional tie-in because of Peter and Johnny’s friendship, but the suit, created by megamind Reed Richards, was all kinds of high-tech. While it had all of the FF’s communications tech built in, the suit was made of unstable molecules, and its color could be changed with just a thought from the wearer. But I’m so happy Peter decided to keep thinking the way I do, because those whites were awesome! But nothing beats the tech and look combo in the tippy Top spot o’ this Top o’ the Lot.

1. Iron Spider-Man Suit

Iron Spidey Suit2Iron Spidey Suit1Again, for only a brief time, Tony Stark went all Bruce Wayne on everyone, and decided to take Peter Parker under his wing as a protege. This quickly led to Tony building an advanced Spider-Man suit for Peter, and, Oh, Man, was it ever awesome! Not only did it have all kinds of Stark Tech built-in, which aided Spidey in detecting badguys and communicating with allies, but Tony threw in some extra spider arms just be safe. Yeah, I’m not sure what the hell Stark was thinking, either. I thought he was off the sauce! Either way, this suit also had a huge impact on an important part of Spidey’s life, Marvel’s Civil War, and the change away from this suit has a big does of feels to it. The suit was later worn by a whole team of weird clones that made up the team of the Scarlet Spiders, but I think Marvel is trying to forget about that. But I’ll never forget this suit, and that’s why it sits at the very Top o’ this Top o’ the Lot.

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