50 Greatest Friends and Foes of Spider-Man: Villains #15-11
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Spider-Man, culminating with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man film in July. Future installments will deal with Spider-Man creators and Spider-Man stories, but this month will be about Spider-Man’s supporting cast and his villains.
You all voted, now here are the results! We continue with Spider-Man’s villains #15-11…
Here is a master list of all the characters revealed so far.
During the early 1990s, Venom was becoming so popular that Marvel began to think that he could survive as a lead character. If that was going to be the case, though, then they would need a “replacement” of sorts – a Venom without that pesky “thinks he is really the hero of the picture” personality. So they came up with Carnage, the spawn of the Venom symbiote, who bonds with Eddie Brock’s one-time cellmate, Cletus Kassidy, who is just straight out a psychopath. The combination is a big bad killing machine…
This leads to Spider-Man and Venom actually teaming up to stop Carnage on more than one occasion.
Carnage was seemingly killed by the Sentry in the formation of the New Avengers, but he somehow managed to survive being torn in half and thrown into outer space, so he is back to being his typical evil self.
The Jackal was Spider-Man’s professor during college, but…well, we’ll let him explain his situation…
Yep, the Jackal was responsible for the first Clone Saga AND the second Clone Saga! He’s essentially a lunatic who likes to mess around with clones and genetic experiments. He has certainly played a major role in Spider-Man’s life.
Most recently, he was responsible (in part) for giving most of the inhabitants of Manhattan the same powers of Spider-Man.
13. Mac Gargan (Scorpion/Venom)
Mac Gargan’s pursuit of power has been a constant ever since J. Jonah Jameson funded the experiment to create a being powerful enough to defeat Spider-Man. Said procedure sadly turned the subject insane…
Consistently throughout his career as a villain, he kept trying to get more and more powerful (this typically entailed getting fancier tails…and yes, the pun was intended). This came to a head when he bonded with the Venom symbiote becoming the newest Venom. This lasted for nearly ten years before the symbiote was torn from his body following the fall of Norman Osborn’s dark reign.
Recently, Gargan has returned to the Scorpion identity (and a new fancy tail). Some villains never learn.
There’s a certain soothing charm to a villain like the Vulture who you can always count on to just be an old dude using mechanical wings to steal stuff…
He really is not much more complicated than that. He’s an old guy who steals stuff with mechanical wings. It is a beautiful simplicity. Well, he also has a plot one time where he turned himself into a young man. That was shortlived, however, and he was soon back to being an old man who steals stuff using mechanical wings. He has been part of every incarnation of the Sinister Six, because he is the perfect villain to just slot into a group dynamic. He is cool but doesn’t dominate a scene. He is a great character.
He recently showed up in Amazing Spider-Man (before the even more recent Sinister Six arc, that is) and he was up to his old (and always current) tricks – stealing stuff using mechanical wings. Why change a classic?
For most of the Rhino’s career, he has been marked by two things. 1. The awesome suit he wears to tear stuff up and 2. his stupidity. There have been actual storylines revolving entirely around his stupidity and his suit (in one of the Deadly Foes of Spider-Man mini-series).
Things changed recently when writer Joe Kelly had the Rhino retire from crime and surrender himself to the police. He was sentenced to prison but was released fairly early into his sentence on parole. He met a good woman and decided to retire from a life of doing bad things. However, a new Rhino showed up trying to challenge him to a fight for the right to the Rhino name. He turned down the challenge, telling the new Rhino the name was his to take. The new Rhino couldn’t take that so he tried to compel the original Rhino into fighting him by threatening the Rhino’s wife. Spider-Man and the Rhino’s wife convinced him not to accept the challenge. It was a sweet moment.
Sadly, soon afterwards, the new Rhino attacked the Rhino and his wife, killing the innocent wife. This drove the Rhino to return, killing the new Rhino but also carrying a new hatred for Spider-Man, feeling that if Spidey had just let him kill the guy earlier, the Rhino’s wife would still be alive.
So now the Rhino is marked by his dark drive for vengeance against Spider-Man.