As SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME has begun its run of excitement and amusement in theatres, there’s a lot to like about the latest Marvel Studios film. With Tom Holland’s Peter Parker taking his show on the road in Europe, the SPIDER-MAN series exhibits its trademarks of charm and explosive action yet again.
Throughout the history of the film adventures of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, there have been equally formidable villains that have stepped up to give the web slinger himself a little more hell than he thought he could handle. It’s their evil that’s helped make some entries in the series stick out more than others.
We’ve ranked the top SPIDER-MAN villains from the existing movie canon, with the inclusion of the villain from SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. So, if you haven't seen that movie, tread lightly and get tickets now for the next showing at your local AMC theatre, to catch up with all of the latest twists and turns!
1. Doctor Octopus/Dr. Otto Octavius
SPIDER-MAN 2's Dr. Otto Octavius was the perfect villainous foil, thanks to an ill-fated experiment with cybernetic enhancements that would act as the perfect inversion of Peter's own surprise run-in with a radioactive spider. But as this is a SPIDER-MAN adventure, the hazards of pushing the scientific envelope also lend to a more sympathetic storyline, particularly in the tragic tale of Alfred Molina’s mentor to Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker slowly going from a kindly man of science to an unhinged menace obsessed with perfecting his power experiments.
2. Mysterio/Quentin Beck
While he's the new kid on the block, Quentin Beck's treachery in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME runs so deep, he deserves to be this high up on the list. Tricking Peter Parker and the good folks at S.H.I.E.L.D. that he was a good guy from another dimension was just the start of his skulduggery. The kicker that puts Mysterio toward the top of the pecking order is he manipulates Peter through the memory of Tony Stark. Talk about kicking someone when they're down.
3. Vulture/Adrian Toomes
Adrian Toomes starts out as a man just trying to earn a living for his family through shady sales of bad guy tech in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. It’s what makes Michael Keaton’s Vulture particularly amazing in the SPIDER-MAN reboot, and it’s all the more impressive seeing him slide further into evil desperation throughout that film’s events.
4. Kingpin/Wilson Fisk
Similar to Vulture’s backstory, Wilson Fisk sees himself resorting to even more evil means to reunite himself with his family in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Knowing he could tear reality apart for good doesn’t matter to him, so long as he has the money and personnel to help him get his wife and son back from an alternate dimension. Equally funny and fearsome, Liev Schreiber’s vocal talents bring this Kingpin variant to life with fantastic results.
5. Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Much like James Franco’s Harry Osborn in the original SPIDER-MAN trilogy, the mere mention of his father Norman’s name recalls a very specific image. Whether it’s Willem Dafoe’s kindly yet imposing visage or his fully suited form as the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s first SPIDER-MAN film, both are equally indelible. Of course, what really sells the character is Dafoe’s perfectly creepy affectation when speaking as the Goblin. It still gives us chills, to be honest.
6. The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a film that most Spider-Man fans probably don’t talk about as often as some of the film’s we’ve already recalled. That’s a total shame for one reason: Rhys Ifans’ Dr. Curt Connors is actually one of the most memorable baddies to ever have lived in the films. Ifans’ sympathetic but certainly imposing villain is not only a perfect example of a villain eliciting empathy from the audience, but he’s also a great reminder of the staple of “science gone wrong” that’s given SPIDER-MAN so much gas in the proverbial tank.
All of these villains certainly are adversaries worthy of Peter Parker’s heroism. But you don't just have to take our word for it! Judge for yourself by seeing SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME at your local AMC theatre!