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Things You Probably Didn't Know About Infamous Spider-Man Villains

March 31, 2021 170 votes 28 voters 1.1k views15 items

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Throughout all of Marvel Comics, the superhero with the biggest, most formidable, and best-known rogues' gallery is none other than our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Ever since he first debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15, the wall-crawler has been punching, kicking, and webbing up everyone from J. Jonah Jameson to the Green Goblin, and his villains tend to come back over and over again.

There are tons of interesting details about Spider-Man's greatest villains. However, unless you've read every single book featuring the good ol' web-head, there's a good chance there are still some things you probably didn't know about infamous Spider-Man villains. This list takes a look at some of Spidey's greatest enemies and offers up the most interesting facts about them. Take a look, and be sure to upvote anything you didn't already know.

  • It took a long time for Spider-Man to figure out the identity of his greatest foe, the Green Goblin. When it was finally revealed to be Norman Osborn, he was stunned, and ol' Gobby messed up Peter Parker's life quite a bit. He was responsible for slaying Gwen Stacy, and he knew Spider-Man's secret identity, so he was the biggest threat Spider-Man ever had to face for most of his early career.

    Eventually, the Green Goblin was slain when he failed to dodge his glider as effectively as Spider-Man. His son, Harry, witnessed this and managed to remove the Green Goblin costume from his body before authorities could arrive on the scene. This preserved his secret identity, and Harry even went as far as to bribe the medical examiner so traces of the "Goblin" formula wouldn't be found during an autopsy.

    From that point, Norman Osborn was deceased, and he remained so for 20 years. That's incredibly unusual for a comic book character, but that's what happened to Osborn. While he was out of action, his son and many others tried to take his place. Of course, Osborn wasn't actually deceased and was biding his time, devising a plan to finally take down Spider-Man once and for all.

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  • Doctor Otto Octavius didn't start out life wanting to become a supervillain, but that's how things tend to go when you're bathed with radioactive liquids that give you the ability to mentally control four robotic tentacles. The resulting brain damage turned him into a psychopathic supervillain, and he quickly became one of Spider-Man's most frustrating enemies.

    The two battled on and off for years, but it wasn't long before Doc Ock managed to unmask the bothersome Spider-Man. He was first introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #3, and in less than 10 issues, he unmasked his foe. The Amazing Spider-Man #12 featured this event, which came when Pete was suffering from the flu. Early in his career, getting sick messed with his powers, so Spidey wasn't up to the challenge of battling Doctor Octopus.

    The villain quickly beat him up and held him down as he removed the mask. This was explained away, though, as everyone knew Peter Parker was the one who took Spider-Man's pictures. It was explained away by saying he was covering for Spider-Man since there was no way he could have been so easily defeated and unmasked had he actually been Spider-Man... little did they know...

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  • You may know a bit about Venom already, but you probably don't know exactly what it is if you haven't been reading Venom much in the past few years. The character, as it was, first appeared as a deus ex machina-type costume Spider-Man found during the Secret Wars event, and over time, it was revealed to be an alien symbiote trying to permanently bond with him.

    He shrugged it off, Eddie Brock picked it up, and Venom was born. That's pretty much how it remained for 34 years, but in 2018's Venom #4, the truth of the symbiote was fleshed out. It's a member of an ancient race of beings called the Klyntar. Now, most members of this species are benevolent, but not Venom. That particular Klyntar is corrupted, insane, and was exiled. It's cut off from the species' hive-mind and has the ability to feed off a person's negative emotions.

    Venom's full potential isn't realized because it's cut off from the hive-mind, but it makes up for this in a number of ways. Being feral, it can more effectively bond with its host. It often influences its host to consume other lifeforms' flesh, which typically means it turns them into cannibals. This satiates the Venom symbiote's more predatory predilections and is one of the reasons it considers itself to be an ultimate predator in the Marvel Universe.

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  • When Venom assisted in Eddie Brock's escape from prison, it left behind a bit of itself in the form of a new symbiote. That symbiote would bond with Brock's cellmate, Cletus Kasady, to become Carnage. One of the main differences between Carnage and other Klyntar is its ability to bond with a person's blood instead of their skin. This makes it incredibly difficult to remove Carnage from a host.

    When Peter Parker tore Venom from his body, he literally tore it from his body. Carnage doesn't let itself be treated like that, and because it's bonded to blood, you can't simply tear it off. Kasady bonded with the original Carnage, but that symbiote was extracted and absorbed/assimilated into Venom. Eventually, he got a new symbiote (three new ones, as a matter of fact), and because Carnage was bonded to his blood and left a bit behind, it was able to possess the new symbiote to once more become dominant.

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