From Sandman to Morlun, Spider-man villains cause a significant threat to humanity and have given the hero, plenty of trouble throughout the years. When it comes to the Marvel universe, Spider-Man slayers are remarkable with diverse origins and insane powers. Over the years, all of them have come out from different walks of life with a single motto, “Kill Spider-Man.”
Spider-Man is Stan Lee’s favorite Marvel hero who made his first appearance in the multiverse with the anthology comic series Amazing Fantasy #15 in August 1962. Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, is an orphan who lost his parents in an accident and now lives with his aunt May. Growing up, Peter deals with various struggles but copes up using his spider-related abilities.
In the Marvel universe, Spidey boy is everyone’s favorite not because of his powers but because of his sassy comebacks and humorous personality. It is because of his sass, Spider-Man usually gets dragged into fights and thus, makes enemies just like that. Being a sassy hero is all good and gets you a lot of fangirls until you realize you have become enemies with the most powerful villains in the universe. The same happens with our chocolate boy, Spidey. The guy has faced, villains more than any other powerful hero in the Marvel universe and continues to do so.
Most of the Spider-man villains have already appeared in the movies and series, but there are still a few left from comics that no one has ever seen. Scroll below and find out all those bad guys that Spider-Man has fought all these years.
18 Spider-Man Villains That Are Good To Forget! Though They Are Bad*ss!
Only two heroes in the shared superhero multiverse are known to hold the title “rogues gallery” because they fought the most memorable baddies of all time in their separate universes. Be it the age-old threat Doctor Octopus or the new bad boy Venom, Spider-Man always had his plate full from the beginning. With Spider-Man’s great powers come great responsibilities, right? That’s the reason why his enemies are always meddling in his personal life and creating drama.
To say Morlun is the greatest spider-man villain of all time would be an understatement because he is more than that. Morlun is the member of the Inheritors with the power to drain the life out of all the living totems. Morlun is the most dangerous villain Spider-Man has ever encountered because it required an entire multiverse of Spidey totems to take this villain down. Casually flying from planet to planet and universes, Morlun sucks the energy of the spider totems like air and leaves the universe shattered.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #30
#2 Green Goblin
Norman Osborn, aka The Green Goblin, is what Joker is to Batman. Green Goblin was Spider-Man’s first-ever villain in the multiverse and since then it became a memorable character in his life. Peter Parker is best friends with Norman’s son Harry which fuels Norman’s anger more than ever. The guy has some sort of psychological disability due to which he not only tries to kill Spidey boy but his loved ones as well. The Green Goblin was also responsible for Spider-Man’s most significant loss – his first love, Gwen Stacy.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #14
Venom made his appearance into the Marvel universe 25 years later after Spider-Man. Despite being a new addition to the baddies list, Venom has made it pretty clear that he hates Spider-man more than anybody else. With so much hated brewing inside him throughout these years, Venom has undoubtedly become the most iconic Spider-man villain. The black Spidey skin that covers his body is an ancient alien symbiote from planet Klyntar that attached it to Peter Parker before the disgraced reporter Eddie Brock.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #252
#4 The Jackal
Jackal is a deranged genius in the Marvel universe responsible for creating Spider-Man’s famous clone, Miles Warren. Before turning into a pop culture rogue villain, Jackal was the professor at the Empire State University where Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy were his students. Obsessed with Gwen, Jackal could not take the suffering from her death and tried creating clones that would bring back her back to life. Throughout these years, Jackal blamed Spiderman for Gwen’s death and has nearly killed him many times.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #31
#5 Doctor Octopus
There is no doubt that Doctor Octopus is probably the most cunning villain in the Marvel universe. After a failed experiment attached mad scientist Otto’s invention, the mechanical tendrils to his body, Doctor Octopus was created. Doctor Octopus not only gets his powers from the mechanical body, but he is also an unmatched genius that makes him incredibly powerful. Did you know that Doctor Octopus is also the only villain who has successfully ended Peter Parker’s life once? Before his demise, Otto swapped bodies with Spider-man and killed him.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #3
Talk about being a consistent villain, and you will have Sandman, aka William Baker topping the charts. Before turning into a sand freak, William Baker was a petty criminal responsible for the death of Spider-man’s uncle Ben. After an accident at a Nuclear Testing facility, Sandman’s shapeshifting abilities and manipulating powers became a great threat to Spider-Man. Despite being a villain, Sandman has a heart of gold, and on multiple occasions, he is seen in his light side.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #4
Mysterio is not your regular Marvel supervillain. He is a sucker for recognition and fame, and before turning into an evil horror, he was known to be one of the best special effects designers and stuntmen in Hollywood. After failing his shot at being an actor, Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, decided to beat Spider-Man publicly to gain fame. Recently, Mysterio returned to the big screen with mad vengeance to kill Spider-Man. Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed the character in the movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #13
If you have the impression of Electro from the movie Amazing Spider-Man 2 in your mind, please take it out! Electro isn’t even close to what they have shown in the film with the poor CGI skills. In Marvel comics, Electro has only grown to become powerful through these years and can kill our rookie hero in the blink of an eye. If it weren’t for Electro’s lack of strategies and impulsiveness, he would have killed Spider-Man a long time ago.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #9
#9 The Lizard
Before turning himself into a human reptile, Dr. Curt Connor served as Spider-Man, (Peter Parker’s) mentor. After losing his arm during a war, Connor injects himself with reptilian DNA to restore his arm. However, the experiment does not go as planned, and Dr. Curt turns into an evil horror. The hybrid, now known as The Lizard, partially blames Peter for his transformation and has tried to enact his revenge on multiple occasions.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #6
Carrion was initially known to be the mad scientist Jackal’s deranged clone in the earlier Marvel comics, later it was found that he is a virus that can transform different hosts into duplicates of the villain. The reason behind his growing hatred for Spider-Man is not known, but with his deadly powers and telekinesis abilities, he is always on the go to beat Spider-Man. Not only is he possessed with super-strength, but Carrion also has control over his destiny that gives him bonus powers.
First appearance in Spectacular Spider-Man #25
#11 The Kingpin
The Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk, is a ruthless leader of New York’s crime world. Many of you may know Kingpin as an enemy of Daredevil, which is true, but he also holds grudges against our rogue hero. Kingpin may not have godlike powers or magical abilities, but he is super intelligent, making him worthy of this list. Kingpin’s schemes to make crime the future of New York caught Spidey-boy’s attention from the beginning and has also made him his biggest nemesis.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #50
As deadly as Venom (maybe even more), Carnage symbiote considers that none of his crimes have as far gone as he thought. Carnage, better known as Cletus Kasady in the Marvel universe, is as deranged as one can think, and it will only worsen with time. Like Venom, Carnage is also a virus and makes the homicidal Kasady a perfect host. In his attempts to kill Spider-Man, Carnage has acquired an incredible amount of power that the rogue hero took Venom’s help to kill him.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #359
#13 Kraven the Hunter
Sergei Kraven Kravinoff was trained to be the greatest hunter of all time, which drove him mad to prove his superiority over other living beings. For a long time, Kravin’s desire only kept growing until he consumed an elixir that increased his lifespan and turned him into a monster. During the events of Kraven: The Last Hunt, he proved his hatred for the Marvel superhero and buried Spider-Man alive. After the burial, Kraven also took the spidey costume to prove himself as the better hero.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #15
Morbius, the living vampire, is nothing like the ones you see in The Vampire Dairies because he is self-aware and a mighty beast with an equally gifted brain. Before turning into a vampire, Michael Morbius was the world’s leading biologist who combined his DNA with a vampire bat to cure a rare blood disease. Though it cured the disease, it also turned him into a creature of darkness. Morbius’ lust for human blood turned him towards Spider-Man, but after fighting him for a long time, the vampire turned to be a great ally.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #101
Vulture may not be a well-known villain in the multiverse, but he sure as hell is a powerful one. Vulture is the second-ever villain to appear in the Spider-Man series, also a founding member of the Sinister Six. Unlike other villains, Vulture isn’t oblivious to Spider-Man’s true identity, which has given him more chances than others to beat the hero. Comic book readers were delighted to see Vulture appear in Spiderman: Home Coming and smash everyone’s favorite hero into the nearest wall.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #2
Vermin may have originated in the mighty Captain America’s comics, but since they are all part of a shared universe, it didn’t take him much time to find the wallcrawler. Formerly known as Edward Whelan (creation of Arnim Zola and Baron Zemo), Vermin became a powerful creature of the dark following a series of mutagenic experiments. These experiments granted him tremendous strength and keen sense. If it weren’t for Kraven the Hunter, Spider-man wouldn’t have been able to see the light of this day.
First appearance in Captain America #272
Aleksei Sytsevich began his career by doing illegal jobs for the Russian scientists until he was roped in for an experiment. Aleksei’s body was fused with artificial skin that turned him into a mutated rhino during the experiment. Once his powers were enhanced, the now supervillain escaped the facility but ended up in prison, where his capabilities were further enhanced due to gamma radiation. Rhino’s lust for power only kept increasing in the comics, which turned him against the heroes, including Spider-man and the Incredible Hulk.
First appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #41
Before turning out to be Spider-Man’s most prominent villain of all time, Mac Gargan was a private investigator hired by J. Jonah Jameson to keep an eye on Peter Parker. When Jonah’s desire to kill Peter Parker overpowered his intelligence, he turned to Mac for help. Mac was fitted with the iconic Scorpion power suit that granted him super strength and made him a significant threat to Spidey’s life. With time, the scorpion suit is tweaked and upgraded to match Spider-man’s increasing powers.
First appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #20
Spider-Man is undoubtedly one of the greatest and the quirkiest characters in the Marvel universe. Still, the franchise won’t have been nearly as successful as it is today without these iconic Spider-Man villains. A perfect blend of evil and darkness is always needed to keep the spark alive in a superhero’s life, and these characters have proved to be the best villains of all time in the Spider-Man universe.