It has been said that any given superhero is only as good as their greatest supervillain, or, ideally, their rogues’ gallery full of multiple great supervillains. It is, after all, conflict that defines all heroes, so antagonists are required to give them something to do. And when you’re talking about a monthly medium like comic books, those baddies need to keep on coming consistently and relentlessly. So, while classic villains are all well and good, there’s also a constant need for fresh new threats to face off with our most well-worn heroes - including Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man.
Of all costumed crusaders, Peter Parker has received a particularly rough ride from the villains in his life. Spidey’s whole thing is taking a beating against overwhelming odds and still finding the courage to get back on his feet, so his confrontations with villains new and old aren’t always pretty - but they’re always inspiring.