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Top 5 Rogues Galleries in Comics – #2

Coming in 2nd in the villain-collection countdown is my favorite superhero, Spider-Man. His cast of bad guys is most definitely one of the best, and is surely one of the most colorful. His villains tend to not be massive level threats, but rather smaller-scale ones that often focus their evil deeds directly at Spider-Man himself. Also one distinction Spidey has over other heroes is that it could be argued that he has two nemeses.

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The most vicious, personal, and psychologically damaging among his rogues gallery is the Green Goblin. Norman Osborn was the first villain to learn Spider-Man’s secret identity, and has continually used that knowledge to torture Peter Parker ever since. Brilliant both in science and tactics, and given enhanced strength and durability (but driven insane) by an experiment gone wrong, the Green Goblin attacks Spider-Man and his family on all fronts, and is responsible for arguably the defining moment of Spidey’s life: the death of his first love, Gwen Stacy.

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Almost on par with the Green Goblin is Dr. Octopus. He has been Spider-Man’s most consistent enemy having made his first appearance in just the third issue of Spider-Man’s solo comic, and has been wreaking havok on him continually since. Equipped with mechanical arms that he can control telepathically, Otto Octavius is almost singularly obsessed with killing Spider-Man, even once saving him from another villain that was about to kill him, just so he could kill Spidey himself. The history between Doc Ock and Spidey became even more entwined when their consciousnesses were swapped and Ock was dying. Inside Peter’s body he swore to be an even better Spider-Man, but ultimately failed as he didn’t hesitate to kill criminals instead of bringing them to justice.

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As part of his obsession with defeating Spider-Man once and for all, Dr. Octopus formed the Sinister Six, a super group of some of the Wall-Crawler’s greatest foes. Though the line-up has changed throughout its history, the team usually consists of: Electro (ability to shoot and control lightning), Mysterio (expert illusionist and effects specialist), Sandman (body composed of shape-shifting sand), Vulture (brilliant criminal with a bodysuit equipped with wings), Kraven (the world’s greatest hunter who sees Spider-Man as the “ultimate prey”), and lead by Doc Ock. Spider-Man typically requires help from other heroes to defeat the Sinister Six.

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After Spidey manages to remove the Symbiote that had become his black costume, the Symbiote falls onto Eddie Brock, a humiliated reporter that Spider-Man had proved a fraud. Their combined hatred for Spider-Man and Brock’s cancer-ridden body producing extra adrenaline (which the Symbiote feeds on) come together to form a new and totally vicious entity known as Venom. With full knowledge of literally everything about Peter Parker, the ability to block Spidey’s Spider Sense, and a twisted sense of morality, Venom immediately becomes a major threat to everyone in Spider-Man’s life.

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When the offspring of the Symbiote is left in Eddie Brock’s prison cell after his escape, it bonds with his cellmate, the psychopathic serial killer Cletus Kasady. Fueled by hatred for its “parent” and Kasady’s psychosis, Carnage is born. Breaking free and going on brutal killing spree, it took a truce between Spider-Man and Venom to defeat him. Even after his initial defeat, Carnage has continued to be a sadistic thorn in the side of the Web-Slinger.

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When biologist Curt Connors experiments on himself with reptile DNA in an attempt to regenerate the right arm he lost in the military, he is instead transformed into the mindless reptilian monster simply known as The Lizard. He eventually changes back, but will occasionally revert back to his monstrous form without warning. His story is one of the more interesting of Spider-Man villains, as Spidey is stuck trying to stop The Lizard’s deadly rampages but also trying to do so in a way that doesn’t permanently harm Connors.

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Biochemist Michael Morbius attempted to cure himself of a rare blood disease by experimenting on vampire bats, he inadvertently gave himself a form of “psuedo-vampirism” where he must subsist on human blood in order to survive and gains superhuman strength, reflexes, durability, and the ability to fly. His appearence also changes to resemble that of a bat, becoming known as Morbius the Living Vampire. His need to feed has set him at odds with Spider-Man on multiple occasions.

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While J. Jonah Jameson may not be the type of character you think of when you’re discussing a hero’s rogues gallery, but he has been every bit as big of a thorn in Spider-Man’s side as anyone else. Being Peter Parker’s boss at the Daily Bugle means that Peter has to listen to Jameson’s constant hate-filled defaming of Spider-Man on a daily basis. Jameson hasn’t settled to just attempt to destroy Spider-Man’s reputation through the media, but has also been behind several supervillains’ attempts at killing Spidey, including being responsible for the creation of major Spider-Man villain, The Scorpion.

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5 Characters I Want to See In the MCU…And Who Should Play Them

Even with new Marvel Cinematic Universe projects being announced over the last few years, there are still several characters that have yet to be seen in Marvel’s ever-expanding interconnected universe. A couple of the characters on this list are all but guaranteed to show up eventually as they are villains for an iconic hero set to have his first solo outing in the MCU next year. But I still want to see them finally done right. With each charater, I’ve also listed who my dream casting would be. What other characters would you like to see in the MCU? Do you have a better casting in mind for any of these? Let me know in the comments.

Green Goblin – Jason Isaacs

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The Green Goblin is my all-time favorite villain (probably because Spider-Man is my all-time favorite comic character). While Willem Dafoe did well in his portrayal of Norman Osborn, I couldn’t help but feel like there was something missing: menace. Jason Isaacs, having already brought Lucius Malfoy and Captain Hook to life, can undoubtedly play a villain well. He also can convey menace as well as anyone in the business. As Green Goblin is Spidey’s nemesis, I’m sure we’ll see him sooner rather than later, but I just can’t wait to see him as part of the MCU and feel like Isaacs would be perfect for the role.

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Venom – Tom Hardy

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Another Spider-Man villain that appeared in the Wall-Crawler’s original trilogy. Where Green Goblin was actually done pretty well in that series, Venom was not. Hardly resembling the character from the comics, Eddie Brock was shown as a small, weakling of a man that was almost dwarfed by Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker. This is not supposed to be the case. Eddie Brock is a massive individual that should dwarf Spider-Man even without the symbiote. This is why I think Tom Hardy would play this part so well. He proved in his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises that he can put on large amounts of muscle mass for a part. Then add in that he’s just an incredible actor as well, and you have a can’t miss casting for Venom.

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Moon Knight – Jensen Ackles

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Easily one of the most under appreciated, under marketed heroes in all of comics, Moon Knight needs a movie franchise or television series yesterday. The characters is tailor made to be part of the darker, grittier corner of the MCU on Netflix. Jensen Ackles, best known for his role as Dean on Supernatural, would be perfect for the role. A rather underrated asset himself, Ackles would be bring a genuineness and touch of humor to a role that could very easily be made overly serious, and could pull off the badass quality that is a must for Moon Knight. On top of that, he also bears a remarkable resemblance to Moon Knight’s alter ego, Marc Spector.

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Ghost Rider – Josh Holloway

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Stuck with the terrible taste in my mouth from the awful Nicholas Cage-fronted Ghost Rider movie franchise, I’m ready to see Johnny Blaze represented properly. Ghost Rider is an extremely compelling character in the comic world. So the MCU counterpart should be shown as such. Not the pun-spewing, blandness we got before. I’m torn on where the Ghost Rider should be though: the dark, violent content necessary for the character is more in line with the Netflix family of the MCU, but the amount of visual effects needed to pull it off would be more in the budget range of an MCU film. Whichever way they go, Josh Holloway, of Lost and Colony fame, would make a great Ghost Rider. He’s a very good actor that can easily pull off the dramatic elements required for the part. But even more, Holloway would give the character the cool-factor that was so missing from the last portrayal.

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Spider-Woman – Kate Beckinsale

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Another character that should have gotten the movie treatment a long time ago. With HYDRA being destroyed at the end of season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Woman’s backstory would have to be reworked, but I have faith that Marvel Studios could come up with a new dark and tragic history for the assassin turned superhero. I’ll admit that I love Kate Beckinsale. So perhaps I’m biased in my feeling that she should play Spider-Woman in the MCU. But my adoration aside, she is a fantastic actress with serious dramatic chops, but has shown in the Underworld franchise that she can handle action-heavy sci-fi roles as well. Add in the fact that she is absolutely gorgeous, which is a necessary element to the Jessica Drew character, and you have the perfect Spider-Woman.

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100 Greatest Comic Characters of All-Time – Part 7

70. Miracleman

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Rarely has a character gone from one extreme to the other in terms of subject matter quite like Miracleman. Orginally the family-friendly British equivalent of DC’s Captain Marvel, when the character was brought back after a nearly 20-year hiatus, the story was re-imagined as a very adult post apocalyptic tale full of extreme violence and nudity.

69. V

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Propelled in large part by it’s movie counterpart, the charismatic agent of anarchy is possibly Alan Moore’s most popular creation. Tiptoeing the line between sanity and madness, hero and villain, V is definitely one of the more intriguing characters in all of comics.

68. Harley Quinn

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Created for the Batman: The Animated Series cartoon of the 90’s as The Joker’s sidekick/punching bag, Harley Quinn quickly became one of the most popular villains in The Dark Knight’s rogues gallery. Fans loved the character so much, that eventually DC Comics crossed her over into the comic world as well.

67. Venom

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When Spider-Man abandoned the symbiote that had become his new black costume, it immediately bonded with a new host. One that hated Spidey just as much: Eddie Brock. Thus Venom was born. Bigger and stronger than Spider-Man with intimate knowledge of Peter Parker’s personal life and an ability to block his Spider Sense, Venom became one of the Wall Crawler’s most formidable foes.

66. Michonne

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The katana-wielding badass from The Walking Dead. Michonne is probably the coolest character in the zombie apocalypse epic. With the help of her trusty blade she is able to wipe out hordes of the undead quickly and quietly. She has also shown herself to be as tough and resilient as they come: keeping the zombified bodies of her boyfriend and his best friend as a means of camouflaging herself from other zombies, and not cracking to the rape and torture she was subjected to by the Governor…eventually paying him back in kind.

You Will Never Find a More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy (Part 2)

I have to say that creating this list was harder than I thought it would be. There are just so many great villains in the realm of comic books that it pained me to leave some of them off the list. But enough about my nerd heartbreak…let’s get to the list. Without further ado, here is the first installment of my 25 Greatest Comic Book Villains:

Honorable Mentions (if you were looking forward to seeing these baddies on the list, sorry. They didn’t quite make the cut.): Black Adam, Brainiac, Bullseye, Captain Cold, Catwoman, Deathstroke, General Zod, Kid Miracleman, Mr. Sinister, Negan, The Riddler, The Shredder, Ultron.

25. The Governor (The Walking Dead)

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 While current TWD big bad Negan is actually more of a clinical sociopath, in terms of causing pure mayhem, The Governor reigns supreme. He cut off Rick’s hand. He tied up Michonne and preceded to repeatedly, violently rape her and forced Glenn to listen while he did it. He kept his zombie daughter on a leash and fed his enemies to her. He brutally hacked Tyrese’s head off. He orchestrated the attacks on the prison where Rick’s group had made a home, directly causing the deaths of Hershel, Axel, Rick’s wife Lori, and their baby Judith. Needless to say The Governor was a depraved psychopath who enjoyed the suffering of others. Had his campaign of terror not been cut short by way of a bullet to back of the head, he might have ranked even higher on this list. The version of this character on the television show, is quite the villain in its own right.

24. Bane (Batman)

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The “Man Who Broke the Bat”. The Dark Knight was the untouchable protector of Gotham City. Countless criminals had tried their hand at eliminating the Bat, and all had come up short. Then along came Bane. Not content to merely kill Batman, Bane set out to humiliate and cripple him so he could “rule” Gotham. He broke all of Batman’s foes out of Arkham Asylum to weaken and study him. He deduced Batman’s true identity, and attacked him when he was at his weakest and most vulnerable…inside Wayne Manor. In the ensuing fight, Bane broke Batman’s back. A genius-level intellect, an indomitable will, a masterful strategic mind, sheer ruthlessness, and superhuman strength, speed, and endurance courtesy of the steroid Venom combined to make Bane the perfect match for Batman.

23. Ozymandias (Watchmen)

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While not a villain in the truest sense, his death toll is surpassed only by those with the power to destroy entire planets. Most villains understand that what they’re doing is wrong but just don’t care; Ozymandias believed that the atrocities he commited were for the greater good. He manipulates everyone around him, friend or foe, in an effort to cover his tracks and assure his plan comes to fruition. He is referred to as “the world’s smartest man”, and it’s that intelligence paired with his strength and speed being pushed to the peak of human ability, that makes him believe that he is best suited to determine the future of the planet. His ultimate goal was to create a utopian civilization; his methods were murdering millions in a staged alien attack that would bond the world together against a common enemy. His callous and overly-logical defense of these actions secure his place along side the worst of the worst.

22. Venom (Spider-Man)

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Possibly the most popular member of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. The symbiotic organism that became Peter Parker’s black costume eventually attaches itself to Eddie Brock, a reporter who had been revealed a fraud and disgraced by Spider-Man. They’re mutual hate for him (and Brock’s cancer that caused him to produce excess amounts of adrenaline) formed an immediate bond between them. Then they set out on destroying the life of their common enemy. They terrorized Peter’s wife Mary Jane, attacked Peter both in and out of his costume, and actually managed to defeat Spider-Man on more than one occasion. Eventually the symbiote finds a host in Spider-Man villain Scorpion, to continue his crusade against his former host.

21. Apocalypse (X-Men)

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En Sabah Nur believes that a war between mutants and humans is inevitable, and to ensure that mutantkind wins that war, he strives to create an army of the greatest, most powerful mutants. Obsessed with the idea of “survival of the fittest”, he pits mutant against mutant in fights to the death. The mutants who survive these encounters are viewed as worthy of his army…he then manipulates their genes and alters their bodies to prepare them even further. Of course his ultimate goal is to rule the world once this inevitable war is over…if you’re going to dream, dream big right? Oh, and to top it all off, to ensure that this war takes place, Apocalypse sets the wheels for it in motion. Apocalypse has physically and mentally tortured several of the X-Men in an attempt to assimilate them into his army, most notably Angel. He ripped Angel’s wings from his body replacing them with metallic wings comprised of razor-sharp blades, and altered his skin into a pale blue color making a normal life practically impossible.

Come back tomorrow for #’s 20-16.