When I was a child, one of the superheroes that I envied the most was Spider-Man. It always seemed like such a drag having to walk, especially when my idol had such a cool ability! I mean, he can swing from a building. He can trip you up with his webbing. He even has time to try to seduce Mary Jane at the end of the day! Life is not always easy for Spider-Man, but you need to admit that there are some pretty sweet advantages that come with being the web slinger. You think anyone else can get to the top of the empire state building without waiting hours? Think again! And that is just the tip of the iceberg for what Spider-Man can do.
Though for all of the powers that Spider-Man has going for him, his villains are even stronger. The fact that six out of the ten villains on this list came together to form the team known as Sinister Six should speak volumes to the level of collaboration that these villains have used to try and knock off the web slinger. Yet Peter, to his credit, continues to always battle back. Even when things like his trusty spider-sense are limited, there are other tools in Spider-Man’s back pocket that have kept him alive so far.
If you’re a fan out there and you are desperately hoping that Spider-Man’s inclusion in the upcoming Captain America film leads to some amazing Spider-Man films on its own, you may be hoping that one of these villains makes an appearance on the big screen. These aren’t the only villains that have gone after Spider-Man, but they may be the 10 most powerful!
10 The Vulture
When it comes to being an effective villain, one of the biggest qualities that you can have at your disposal is the ability to fly. This is even more important when you consider the swinging ability of Spider-Man. So it can be natural to think of The Vulture as being one of Spider-Man’s biggest foes. Adrian Toomes, using a device to help him fly, was committing robberies easily before Spider-Man showed up to ruin his day. After a few tussles with Spider-Man that landed Toomes in jail, he furthered his hatred for him and teamed up with other villains to form the Sinister Six, as if just one villain wasn’t bad enough. On top of the Vulture’s harness that helps him fly, he also has super strength. Toomes is also a genius, and will often try to outsmart Peter Parker.
You may not be shocked at the next entry on this list. Electro is the most recent villain to hit the big screen and, while he helped electrify Peter’s life, he failed to have a significant impact as a lasting villain. When it comes to elements to control though, you need to admit that electricity is one of the coolest out there. Electro also has the ability to create and manipulate magnetic fields. There are also times when he can fly, and he can even transport himself through electricity lines and different electrical appliances. Imagine his strength in today’s society where we are reliant on technology for everything.
8 The Sandman
You need to show respect to one of the original founding members of the Sinsister Six, as well as the Frightful Four. While there are moments when Sand-Man has been a friend to Spider-Man, there are far more examples where he has been trying to take his head off. For those unaware, The Sandman has the ability to alter his body and change any particle into sand. This allows him to create different shapes and objects out of his hand that are rock hard and pack a punch. Not to mention how long it would take Spider-Man to get all of the sand out of his suit after fighting him!
When it comes to fighting Mysterio, you can hope that some of the dangers that are in front of you are mere illusions. Quentin Beck was once a master of makeup and visual special effects before changing career paths. While he is not going to overpower you, he’s great in a team setting, which made him a valuable member of The Sinister Six. Not to mention that half of being a powerful character is making it look like you are, which is Mysterio's forte.
6 Kraven The Hunter
When it comes to catching a spider, who better to call than a hunter? Kraven the Hunter has been tormenting Spider-Man since 1964, and is one of the most physically intimidating foes out there. Given that he is a hunter, it should not be surprising that Kraven knows how to live off the land and can also create different mystical potions granting him powers that would make any superhero quake in there boots. This includes super strength, super speed, stamina, durability, agility and reflexes. His hunting experience also makes him a brilliant strategist and no stranger to any form of combat. Sure, Spider-Man be tough, but is he as tough as some of the wild animals that Kraven has surely faced off against?
5 Doctor Octopus
One of Spider-Man’s most recognizable villains is definitely Doc Oc. A genius in his own right, Otto Octavious was conducting a procedure when radiation leaked and fused mechanical arms to his torso. As a result of the explosion, Otto also realized he could control his arms with his mind. After Spider-Man knocked him out (with one punch), Otto chilled in jail before escaping and realizing he needed to form a team to try and knock off Spider-Man. The creation of the Sinister Six is largely attributed to Doc Oc, who contacted every villain that Spider-Man had faced and only had 5 other responses. With the tentacles on his body, Doctor Octopus is incredibly strong and displays all the things necessary to get around quicker and be physically stronger than the web slinger. His intelligence and ability to form and organize a team only serves to make him all the more intimidating.
4 The Lizard
Dr. Curt Connors was a very good friend of Peter Parker's. They were science buddies! Unfortunately, when Curt accidentally turned himself into the Lizard, things got a little more awkward in their relationship. As if his super strength and speed were not enough, you need to always keep your eyes open for that tail. Good thing he has spidey-senses! Connors is also a genius, and while he is not combat trained, I’m sure he makes up for it by, y’know, being a lizard! One of the main defensive powers of The Lizard is his regenerative healing factor which means you may be able to lay down some serious damage, but it probably won’t impact him for very long.
When it comes to Venom, I will choose to stick to the black symbiote that bonded with Eddie Brock. When Brock bonded with the symbiote, he instantly absorbed the powers that helped make Spider-Man so fierce. On top of that, the symbiote even kept Brock's cancer under control and from spreading. Talk about one way to make you unsure if you want to get rid of it! Brock also displayed an accelerated healing factor, an immunity to spider-senses, poisonous fangs and many camouflaging capabilities. Be warned though, for all the powers that come with Venom, he has been shown to be vulnerable to heat and sonic-based attacks.
2 Green Goblin
While there have been a few different incarnations of the Green Goblin, I find it best to stick to the original, Norman Osbourne. There are several factors that make the Goblin dangerous, but one of the most unique is his glider that he is often seen flying around on. He’s also insane, and while that could be a negative, it may also be a positive when push really comes to shove. Spider-Man may excel at swinging from building to building, but Green Goblin also thought of that and has several tricks, such as flying razor bats, to knock the web swinger down a few pegs. When you never really know what to expect, you really do ramp up the power factor. You better believe that the Goblin is always going to have something up his sleeve to make Spider-Man’s day worse.
When you're scared of someone, the first thing you need to think about is what their motives are. When it comes to Cletus Kasady, he has known he has been evil since the very beginning. When he was still a child, he pushed his grandmother down a flight of stairs, killing her. He also threw a television into his mother’s bathtub to try to electrocute her. He even killed and tortured her dog. As he got older, he moved into the fun act of serial killing, and this is before he even became Carnage.
While in jail, Kasady shared a jail cell with Eddie Brock, who, as you now know, becomes Venom. When the symbiote came to the prison and bonded with Brock, forming Venom. It also gave birth to another symbiote, which bonded with Kasady, who quickly escaped with his new powers. It was only when Spider-Man, Venom and the Fantastic Four joined together that they were able to first stop Carnage, but he’s never captured for long.
What powers does this maniac have? Well, the coolest is the fact that he “can morph sections of his body, such as his hands or feet, into bladed weaponry such as spikes, blades, or axes” and throw these parts from his body. He is immune to Spider-Man’s spider-sense, and also has the web-swinging and crawling ability that makes Spider-Man so formidable. You can try to stop him, but as Carnage himself points out:
"Evil is forever... and they don't get more evil than me!"