The Marvel Venom sequel got us wondering about the coolest Spider-Man villains. What are our top 5 and did Carnage make the cut? Find out in this list!
In this blog we look at the following:
- Marvel Venom Let There Be Carnage trailer
- Marvel Venom Let There Be Carnage preview
- Marvel Venom Let There Be Carnage release date
- Top 5 Spider-Man villains
Venom Carnage Trailer
Let There Be Carnage Preview
Ah, Venom. Where do we begin. This character was first brought about in the comics after a fan suggested that the Marvel team give Spider-Man a black suit variant. They liked the idea, but decided to give it some legs… and arms, and a body, and, well, make it a character all on its own.
That’s where the idea of the symbiote came from, and it led to one of the meanest, scariest Spider-Man villains of all time. And that led to another… Carnage.
Carnage is the crazy spawn of Venom… who was already a twisted version of Spider-Man. He’s made his way onto screen in the latest Marvel (non-MCU) film to hit screens. And, he’s come at the perfect time.
In 2018’s Venom, this classic villain got a sort of reimagining. Instead of being the altogether evil, vengeance-driven foe of Spider-Man, we saw Venom (and Eddie Brock) become an anti-hero. He wasn’t so good that he was going to get any gold stars or anything, but he had somewhat decent intentions.
But, with Venom being ever so slightly involved with the good side, we needed an all-out baddie. And that’s where Carnage comes in.
Carnage is an offshoot of the Venom symbiote that attaches itself to pretty much the worst possible host… Cletus Kasady. And, just in case you were wondering, he’s not a professional puppy petter. Kasady is a vicious serial killer who already had about zero conscience. But, all of a sudden he becomes bonded with a brutal symbiote. As you can imagine, the results make a riot look like a nice, orderly line at the post office.
We’ll let you watch Venom: Let There Be Carnage to discover how things pan out. But, that got us wondering… is Carnage the worst of all the Spider-Man villains? We’ll let you know our thoughts after a little info on the release date.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage release date
The UK release date for Venom Let There Be Carnage is 15 October 2021.
Top 5 Spider-Man Villains
OK, so we teased it. Now, let’s get to it. Here are our top 5 Marvel Spider-Man villains.
The number 5 spot was a really close call between Sandman and Mysterio. As we saw in Spider-Man Far From Home (and countless comics before that), Mysterio has a way of making Spider-Man freak out, which is great to watch. But, we ultimately went with Sandman because he was one of Stan Lee’s favourite villains.
What’s so daunting about Sandman is that he can be as soft as beach sand and then as solid as concrete in the next second. So, Spidey’s punches and webs go straight through him, and then poor old Spidey gets pummelled by rocks straight afterwards.
The only thing that puts him at the bottom of the list is his crippling weakness to water, which is pretty easy for Spider-Man to exploit.
OK, Venom time. So, Venom is a scary character on two counts. One, because of his dizzying strength and brutality. Two, because of the motives of the guy inside the symbiote.
In the comics, Eddie Brock hates Spider-Man because he exposed Brock’s incorrect information on the Sin-Eater story. Discredited, Brock then blamed Spider-Man for ruining his life. So, when he got the ultra-powerful, people-eating power of Venom, he didn’t try to resolve the conflict using his words.
Carnage has about the same powers as Venom. But, there’s one factor that makes him way scarier. Somewhere inside Venom is Eddie Brock, a massively angry man, but a man that still has some sort of conscience. The man inside Carnage, however, doesn’t.
As we mentioned, Cletus Kasady is a violent, psychopathic serial killer. So, when he suddenly gets this alien power that allows his to cause, well, carnage, he’s in his element. There’s no level of violence that scares Kasady and he never holds back, making him that much more menacing and unpredictable than Venom.
2. Green Goblin
Here again, we were tempted to replace the Green Goblin with the Hobgoblin, who seems just that little bit more sadistic. But, there are two reasons that the Green Goblin wins out.
Firstly, while all the Hobgoblins have been mostly sound of mind, Norman Osborn was driven insane by the Goblin serum. And, insanity, when it’s used as a catalyst for violence, is pretty darn unsettling.
Secondly, Peter Parker has a connection to the Osborn family, with Harry being his best friend. This makes the battles between these two foes personal, so there’s more at stake. Plus, in the comics, the Green Goblin was one of the first villains to find out Spider-Man’s identity and use his family as bait. That earns him second spot on the list.
1. Doctor Octopus
It’s the battle of the eight-legged enemies. Except, Spider-Man doesn’t have those extra appendages, which always puts him at a disadvantage when taking on Doc Oc.
One of the coolest things about Doctor Octopus is his ability to multitask with his extra ‘arms’. He’ll be doing something ultra-important to his evil plan, like fiddling about on a computer, while his mechanical arms are just beating the heck out of Spidey.
In a rogues gallery filled with really different, really smart, and really intimidating villains, Doctor Octopus seems to embody it all. That makes him a fan favourite in the comics, in the cartoons, and in the movies.
The Villains Make the Hero
Spider-Man is definitely one of the coolest characters in the Marvel universe. After all, web-swinging is a pretty unique power. But, Spider-Man is made even cooler by the crazy and equally as unique villains that he faces. And, we can’t wait to see one of them in action in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
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