Marvel-ous! Issue #6 - My Top 10 Marvel Villians
Hey True Believers!
Marvel Comics has created a HUGE number of villains over the years, both super and not. These villains range greatly in their schemes, goals and attitudes. This is what makes them fascinating! No two villains are the same, but each is memorable. In this issue of "Marvel-ous!", I will be going through my top ten list of Marvel super villains.
For the purposes of this list, I will using my own PERSONAL bias. This means, for example, that even though Dr. Octopus is an iconic villain, he will not be on the list because I personally am not a fan. I apologize if your favourite villain is not on the list, but hey, you can always make your own, and link it to me in the comments! I would love to read it!
Also, there are several entries on this list that are not always associated as villains. I will address these as we come across them. Trust me, they are on the list for good reasons!
Without further ado, I give you my Top Ten Marvel Villains!
#10: Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama)
Lady Deathstrike is one of the most deadly women in Marvel Comics. A cyborg with super human strength and adatmantium claws, this Japanese woman has often fought against Wolverine, and was one of the last to see the mutant before his death this year. Because of her traditional martial arts and samurai training, she often carries herself with a great deal of honor, even though she is often fighting against the heroes. I find her fascinating, and she is one of my favourite women in comics.
#9: Cyclops (Scott Summer)
Now, this is one of the entries that I referred to earlier, that is not always thought of as a villain. However, in recent comic history, Cyclops was possessed by the Pheonix, and killed Professor Xavier. Following this, Scott Summers was arrested as a terrorist, and detained in a prison, only to be broken out by Magneto. Cyclops then formed his own version of the X-Men with himself as the sole leader. Cyclops is seen by many other heroes in the Marvel Universe as a villain, or at very least an anti-hero. While he describes himself as a "revolutionary," it is difficult for me to not view his methods as scare tactics, and terrorism. However, I enjoy reading this, becaise he has a great deal of inner conflict, which gives his character many levels.
Galactus eats worlds. That's pretty much badass. There is so much in the history of Galactus that I just can't explain it in a short blurb. Basically what you need to know is that Galactus is the only known survivor of the universe before our own. And he eats worlds. Which is bad ass. He most often fights against the Fantastic Four, and also played a major role in the Secret Wars, which is one of my favourite events in Marvel history. Did I mention he eats worlds? That's pretty bad ass.
#7: Mystique (Raven Darkholme)
This is my obliagtory nostalgia entry. Mystique was one of the first villains I was ever introduced to, through the old animated show "X-Men Evolution". She is deadly, manipulative, and sexy, which is an incredible combination. While she has the ability to take the form of anyone she wants, she is also a skilled martial artist and an expert marksman. Often portrayed as Magneto's righthand woman, I prefer when she is on her own and kicking ass.
#6: Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom)
Dr. Doom has always intrigued me. He owns a country, you never see his face, and he is super intelligent. While he may be evil, he carries himself with such poise and class that I often find myself almost considering his views. I'll admit, he slipped under my radar for a long time, but then I saw this video. The video describes a theory about Dr, Doom's face and why he wears the mask, which is incredibly interesting to me, and adds a whole deeper level to his character. Honestly, when you are done reading all this, go check it out.
#5: Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)
Magneto spent the better part of his childhood in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. This is where he picked up the name "Erik Lehnsherr" which is the name that most comic book fans know him by. His time in the concentration camp left him jaded and hating the human race. The reason I like Magneto so much is because I can actually understand this. After witnessing the horrors of a concentration camp, it is no wonder that he hates the people who put him there, I find him fascinating and relateable, which is why he is on this list.
#4 Ultimate Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
Now, everyone knows about the Green Goblin from the mainstream comics. This guy is nothing like that. In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Norman Osborne doesn't just don a suit and decide to be evil. He injects himself with Super Serum mixed with his own DNA, and actually became the giant green monster seen above. The Goblin is evil and murderous, having killed his wife and the Ultimate Universe's Peter Parker. I prefer this version of the Goblin to the mainstream unverse's, and find him far more interesting and fun to read.
#3: Taskmaster (Tony Masters)
Taskmaster has what he calls "photographic reflexes." This allows him to copy the moves of anyone he sees, instantly. What does this mean? This means that fighting Taskmaster is extremely difficult, and incredibly entertaining for the reader. Add this to ability to his incredible physical fitness, expert marksmanship, and skilled hand-to-hand combat skills, and he is one of the most formidable opponents in the Marvel Universe. Whenever he pops up, expect some awesome fight scenes to occur.
#2: Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner. Not the Hulk. Confused? Don't worry. In Jason Aaron's run of the Hulk, Banner discovered a way to seperate himself from the Hulk, without killing either one of them. How? Don't ask, I'm not a scientist. However, this left Banner without any sort of coping mechanism for his anger and rage. Banner lost his mind, and became a murderous lunatic. After Hulk straight BLEW HIM UP, we all though he was dead. NOPE! We then found out that Banner was still alive inside of the Hulk and whenever the Hulk became calm, he would transform into Banner, who was continuing evil deeds without the Hulk's knowledge. This story arc was so fascinating to me, that it permanently changed my view of Bruce Banner. I highly recommend checking it out.
#1: Carnage (Cletus Kasady)
Something you should know about me: I love villains that actually do realistic things. For example: You have a scheme to rule the world? Neat. You slaughter hundreds of people because you can? Holy shit. Carnage is my favourite villain for this very reason. He is a straight up serial killer. Cletus Kassady was a convicted serial killer BEFORE getting the symbiote. As Carnage, he kills more people, more efficiantly, with more brutality. He is a realistic villain (minus the whole symbiote thing), and that is terrifying. he is evil incarnate, which is awesome. What is Carnage doing in the comics right now? At the time I am writing this, Marvel is in the middle of the AXIS event, which has transformed many heroes into villains, and many villains into heroes. CARNAGE IS TRYING TO BE A HERO. It is exactly as crazy as you would expect.
As I said, this is just my own personal list. If your favourite villain isn't here, let me know in the comments! I love getting comments about this stuff, and learning more about the people reading this.
Thanks for reading, and I will see you all next time!