Greetings this is the Reckoning Reviewer here, and to finish off Spider-Man Month, I am doing a blog. Yeah, I'm either too lazy to do this in video, or I can't find the clips I need. Either way this is easier. Does anyone notice that Spider-Man has a large gallery of villains? In comic books, usually a superhero only has a few enemies, but in Spider-Man's case, I think he has an army to fight. With that there is a number of awesome villains, so here I am going to count down the best ones. The top 11.
Shocker is one of Spider-Man's lesser known villains but still pretty memorable. He was in two of the Spider-Man movie games and was pretty cool there. In Spectacular Spider-Man he had a silly accent but still came off as intimidating. So if a character with a cowboy accent in the Marvel universe can be intimidating, you know they did something right. Shocker is more than I guy in a cool suit, he's a pretty cool villain, as he has these powerful vibration attacks, and I like how in Spectacular Spider-Man he's sort of a mercenary. I can see that happening. So yeah, Shocker, a big accomplishment since it was tough to accomplish.
Now Mysterio, what to say about him? Like Shocker, it was a big accomplishment for him to be wearing a fish bowl and be an interesting villain. I have to say that I am impressed. I remember him from the Spider-Man 2 video game, Spider-Man Friend or Foe, and the Spectacular Spider-Man. He always makes things great with his illusions and very authentic performance. It's almost impossible to forget him. Even if he isn't very powerful compared to other villains, he sure as hell is an interesting character.
This is mostly for the Spectacular Spider-Man. Clancy Brown used his awesome performance to make the character entertaining as hell. His advantage is his strength, which makes him a rampaging disaster in New York. He also has awesome theme music. The Rhino might be all brawn and not brain, but he's still very fun. His motivation to revenge makes him the opposite of Flint Marko, and does anyone else get jealous of him chugging down so many energy drinks? He's a very entertaining character, and the voice makes it all the more better. Plus, Paul Giamatti as Rhino in the Amazing Spider-Man 2? Awesome!
8. Silver Sable
I liked this character since I saw her in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game. She's tough, intelligent, and very nice to see. I'm glad she was in the Spectacular Spider-Man, as she had a ton of awesome weapons, great hair, and she was the daughter of a dangerous crime lord. Silver Sable was really fun, as she didn't need superpowers to be tough, she was just badass and kind of hot. Not really much else to say, but she's one of the few villains in Marvel that can manage without superpowers.
Sandman was a character I don't think people thought much about until Spider-Man 3. In the movie Sandman is more sympathetic, and he gets us to feel sorry for him even though he killed Uncle Ben. In Spectacular Spider-Man it's very different, as he doesn't have that factor. But he's really entertaining, especially with John DiMaggio's voice acting. Plus, we see that he doesn't really want people to get killed because of him, he's just in it for the money. His power is awesome too, as he can transform his body into a mass of sand weapons. He's probably among the toughest of Spider-Man's foes physically. He is a villain that has evolved through time and is now what I consider a great one.
I started to really like Electro thanks to Spectacular Spider-Man. They did a great job of making him to sympathetic. His backstory is really tragic, and we can tell he doesn't want to be evil, but will do what he has to do to get a cure. In the second episode of the season Electro debuted, and I loved how he was portrayed there. His voice actor was great, and it made me feel sorry for him. Plus, I like that instead of a lightning themed costume like in the comics, he's in a suit that it meant to contain his powers, and it looks awesome. I'm not sure what to think of Jamie Fox playing Electro in the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Electro's a white character. Wouldn't it be like casting Liam Neeson as Black Panther? Great actor, but wrong race. It worked for Kingpin, but I don't think it will work for Electro.
5. Green Goblin
This is mainly for the Spectacular Spider-Man version of Green Goblin voiced by Steven Blum. So we can ignore Willum Dafoe's portrayal of the Green Goblin in which his most memorable scene was forcing Aunt May to finish her prayer. Steven Blum brings a huge amount of awesomeness to the Green Goblin, his voice is just right for it, and he's having a ton of fun. The Green Goblin is supposed to be like Spider-Man's Joker, and Steven Blum did much better than that. He has some of the most memorable scenes of the show. Steven Blum is a naturally awesome voice actor, and he's one of my inspirations. The reason Green Goblin isn't higher on the list is because this list is meant for Spider-Man villains in general, not just Spectacular Spider-Man. But Steven Blum really did bring the Green Goblin to this spot.
I know a lot of people would put this villain higher on their list, but this character has kind of an overly dark backstory. He was a murderer when he was a kid. How psychotic can you get?! I remember the only shows I saw him in were the '94 Spider-Man series, and the following show Spider-Man Unlimited. That's probably because they could only get away with showing him would be to cut down on his craziness. But it's almost impossible to make Carnage less crazy, and I strangely admire him for that. He is awesome despite them going too far on his backstory, I love symbiotes in general, I like how he's blood red and creates weapons from his costume and because of him, sometimes we get awesome team ups like Venom and Spider-Man or Venom and Carnage.
3. Doctor Octopus
I have to say that I have always been a fan of Doctor Octopus. I've always liked his robotic arms, his name, his character. He was just awesome. I really liked him in Spider-Man 2 and in Spectacular Spider-Man. In both he was very important. In Spider-Man 2 he was manipulated by his arms to finish his work, it's kind of silly, but I still like him. In Spectacular Spider-Man I think he's driven more by anger and fear to become a villain. Both are awesome, but a little different. In the movie, Doctor Octopus was a soloist, but a slave to his arms. In the series Doctor Octopus was a leader, and he controls a lot of the villains. So Doctor Octopus is both intelligent and intimidating. Two things that go well together.
The Lizard is just awesome in any incarnation of him. I seem to really like reptilian villains for some reason, so I had to put him really high on the list. The Lizard has kind of a tragic story that we've all seen a hundred times, but I still love how it's done. I remember Dee Bradly Baker did an awesome job in the episode featuring the Lizard of Spectacular Spider-Man. The Lizard looked awesome here, he kind of looked like if one of the Velociraptors from Jurassic Park became a scientist. In the Amazing Spider-Man he's played by the great Rhys Ifans who is English, and we know English accents always sound awesome. The design of the Lizard was underwhelming at first when I saw the designs, but they grew on me when the movie came out and I saw the facial expressions and heard his deep echoing voice. A tragic story that I never tire from seeing, the Lizard is awesome, rivaled only by one villain.
And the best Spider-Man villain is...
Was there ever any doubt? Venom is awesome incarnate in Spider-Man. For me he has always been the best from his backstory, his tragedies, his design. Venom is an awesome character all over. I pretty much loved any incarnation of Venom...well, Ultimate Spider-Man kind of shamed him by having him come out a toilet. Venom is pretty much Spider-Man's dark side. He is the evil Spider-Man is afraid to face, and pretty much can never face alone. Venom is far more powerful than Spider-Man, knows everything about him, and can defeat him with ease. He is even immune to the spider sense. He could easily destroy him, but prefers to make him suffer first. I know there have been multiple Venoms, but for me personally, there is only one true Venom. Eddie Brock. The original Venom. Venom doesn't feel the same unless Eddie is Venom, it's like if someone else put on a Spider-Man costume. There would still only be Peter Parker, and with Venom there is only Eddie Brock, the true Venom. Venom has always been my favorite out of Marvel, always will be, and I can't wait for his movie.
So those were my favorite Spider-Man villains. Now, I have no freaking idea what to do next.