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The Most Powerful Villains In 'Spider-Man' Movies

Updated May 19, 2021 554 votes 71 voters 1.5k views15 items

List RulesVote up the powerful villains who are the gravest threat to Spidey.

No one does costumed conflict quite like Spider-Man and his spectacular foes. With the possible exception of DC's Dark Knight, no comic book hero has a stronger rogues' gallery than Spidey, a character who's starred in more than a half-dozen solo films and still hasn't had all of his prominent villains make it to the big screen. There are simply too many iconic baddies out there who primarily want a piece of the wallcrawler.

Of course, those Spidey villains who have made it to Hollywood are clearly the cream of the crop, and worthy of being celebrated as their own distinguished cohort. The challenges they've put Peter Parker through have helped define his heroism for multiple generations and have given audiences some of the most memorable interactions to ever grace the silver screen - even if, in the end, they always come up short of the webslinger.

Vote up the most powerful foes Spidey has ever faced on the big screen.

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    Who is he? Portrayed by Alfred Molino in Spider-Man 2, Doctor Otto Octavius was a brilliant scientist and newfound mentor to Peter Parker when a lab explosion fused four mechanical tentacles to his spine and destroyed the inhibitor chip meant to prevent the tentacles' advanced AI from influencing his mind. Thus, Doctor Octopus was born.

    What can he do? Doc Ock controls each of his tentacles independently with his mind, and any one of them is a worthy foe in and of itself. Combined, they're strong enough to hurl vehicles, tear through thick metal walls, and propel Ock up sheer surfaces - not to mention completely overwhelming Spider-Man's spider-strength. 

    Most powerful moment: Ripping the door of a bank vault right out of the wall without breaking a sweat.

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    Who is he? Portrayed by Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man, Norman Osborn was a genius industrialist and father figure to Peter Parker before making the ill-fated decision to test an unstable super-soldier serum on himself. What came to be known as the Goblin Formula imbued Osborn with a host of new abilities, but also drove him to a madness bordering on split personality - with the persona of the Green Goblin growing ever more dominant. 

    What can he do? As the Green Goblin, Osborn is approximately as strong, fast, and agile as Spider-Man. He also supplements that with a bevy of high-tech gadgets, including his signature pumpkin bombs, his endurance-enhancing armor, and his glider, which itself is loaded with weapons.

    Most powerful moment: Crumbling a sturdy brick wall with a single punch during his final battle with Spider-Man, and very nearly taking Spidey's head with it.

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    Who is he? Portrayed by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3, Eddie Brock was a rival photographer embarrassed by Peter Parker, who just so happened to meet an alien symbiote that had just been rejected by Peter. It was a perfect match for mutual revenge, and thus Venom was born with one objective in mind: hurting Spider-Man.

    What can he do? When the symbiote was made to give up its hold on Spidey, it took an imprint of his superpowers with it. Somehow - perhaps fueled by hatred - the suit seemed to imbue Brock with an exact replica of the webslinger's abilities, and an enhanced set at that. Venom is stronger, faster, and more agile than Spider-Man, and he doesn't trigger the hero's Spider-Sense. Plus, he's got a few added symbiote goodies, such as claws, fangs, and the projection of seemingly unlimited goo.

    Most powerful moment: Fighting Spider-Man while keeping several vehicles, including a dump truck, suspended in the air with what are, ostensibly, extensions of his own symbiote body.

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    Who is he? Portrayed by Jamie Foxx in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Max Dillon was a terminally awkward electrical engineer who developed an unhealthy obsession with Peter Parker's alter ego after a chance encounter. Ever the bumbler, Dillon suffered a shocking accident on the job at Oscorp when he electrocuted himself and then fell into a vat filled with genetically modified electric eels. From there, he lashed out in every sense of the term.

    What can he do? When he emerged from the vat, Electro was a lightning-blue being capable of generating vast amounts of energy and harnessing it to his whim. This can take the form of flashy lightning bolts, magnetically propelled flight, or good ol' fashioned electrocution.

    Most powerful moment: Casually blasting a power plant to smithereens while trying to smite the Spider-Man probably counts.

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