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Alternate Takes 10.16.10: Greatest Spider-Man Adversaries, Part 3
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 10.16.2010

Welcome to Week 125 of Alternate Takes, my name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.


10. Electro

Real Name: Maxwell Dillon
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #9

Maxwell Dillon was a power line worker who was electrocuted while saving another man from a tangled electrical wire. When he came to, he found he could control electricity and developed a contraption that allowed him to focus the electricity into a weapon. He began his career as a thief, using his powers to satisfy his greed for money. When he first faced Spider-Man, he was eventually defeated when Spider-Man used rubber gloves and boots to block the electrical charges and then blasted Electro with water to down him.

Electro became one of the founding members of the Sinister Six, under the leadership of Doctor Octopus. The goal of the group was simple, defeat Spider-Man. Later he formed another group of villains called the Emissaries of Evil, with himself as the leader, and targeted Daredevil. He also rejoined the Sinister Six again and later was a member of the Sinister Seven, a group built to battle Spider-Man's clone Kaine. Recently, Electro returned in the "Origins of the Species" storyline. While he has always been soundly defeated, his persistence makes him a Top 10 adversary at the least.

9. Kingpin

Real Name: Wilson Fisk
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #50

Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, is one of the most frustrating villains Spider-Man (as well as Daredevil) ever had to face. The man escaped punishment for his crimes over-and-over again and, while he never was able to damage Spider-Man to the level that he did Daredevil, remains one of the Wall Crawler's greatest foes. While Wilson Fish grew up poor, he soon learned to compensate for his weaknesses and grew into one of the most powerful crime lords the world has ever seen.

The Kingpin took over the New York crime gangs and ran everything from his ivory tower. When Spider-Man tried to stop him, Kingpin defeated him, almost killing him. Kingpin made a bold move when he believed Spider-Man had retired and worked to organize all the major crime families under his rule. Spider-Man stopped him, exposing Fisk to the world. Wilson Fisk also ordered the assassination of Peter Parker's friend Ned Leeds, who Fisk believed was the Hobgoblin. Finally, Kingpin cemented his spot on this list when he hired an assassin to kill Peter, Mary Jane and Aunt May after Peter revealed his identity in the Civil War storyline. The assassin gunned down Aunt Man and Spider-Man finally snapped, almost beating Fisk to death.

8. Vulture

Real Name: Adrian Toomes
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #2

The Vulture was the second super powered villain Spider-Man ever faced. There have been many iterations of The Vulture, but none as iconic as Adrian Toomes. Toomes was a scientist who developed a harness allowing him to fly. Tooms, already an old man, retired to the country but grew consumed by revenge on a business partner who he felt stole his company. As The Vulture, he broke in and ransacked his former company. Deciding it was easy to break into places as The Vulture, he turned to a life of crime.

Spider-Man defeated The Vulture the first time they faced and he finally joined the super villain group The Sinister Six. Toomes suffered injuries while in prison, caused by his cellmate Blackie Drago, and revealed to the prisoner the location of the Vulture suit. When Toomes learned Drago, who broke out of prison, was acting as The Vulture, Toomes escaped, built a more powerful costume and defeated Drago and Spider-Man. He eventually was responsible for the death of Nathan Lubensky, Aunt May's close friend, earning him Spider-Man wrath and fury. During the Civil War storyline, Toomes suffered a stroke during a fight with Spider-Man and has been less of a threat since.

7. Lizard

Real Name: Curt Connors
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #6

Curt Connors was one of Peter Parker's favorite teachers. Curt lost an arm in an explosion and tried to work on a formula to help re-grow it. Unfortunately, the serum he made turned him into the Lizard. Spider-Man ended up tricking Curt into drinking an antidote, turning him back into a human. It was a tragic story as Parker's close friend continued to transform into the Lizard when growing stressed, similar to Bruce Banner and The Hulk.

The Lizard's goals were to turn every human into a lizard type creature to join him. Every time Spider-Man face the Lizard, his goal was to help cure Connors and revert him back into a human. After the Secret Wars, Connors developed mental control over the Lizard but that didn't last long as he soon reverted into an animal once again. When Connors wife died of cancer and his son blamed him, Curt tried to rob a bank to get sent to prison to pay for his crimes. Recently, The Lizard returned in Spider-Man as a deadly, vicious villain and, apparently, Curt Connors personality has been completely destroyed.

The Lizard has been announced as the villain the next Spider-Man movie.

6. Kraven the Hunter

Real Name: Sergei Kravinoff
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #15

Kraven is a villain unlike almost any other. The closest person I can compare him to is The Punisher but while Frank Castle kills bad guys, Kraven is simply out for the ultimate kill. Kraven was born into an aristocracy that had come to an end. He became a big game hunter to fulfill his sense of lost nobility. What makes this bad guy unique is he became a master and grew bored with the big game he sought. He decided he wanted a new head on his wall and chose Spider-Man. He began drinking rare and exotic jungle elixirs making him stronger and faster and set out to make his big kill.

His greatest moment came in the acclaimed story Kraven's Last Hunt. Kraven was driven to the levels of insanity after years of failing to kill Spider-Man and finally hatched a new plan. Kraven ambushed Spider-Man as Peter was returning from his honeymoon. Spider-Man was confused at Kraven's use of a gun and, while struggling with one of Kraven's traps, was shot by Kraven. Kraven buried Spider-Man's body and chose to become the new Spider-Man. He donned the costume and began patrolling the city. He saved some lives, killed some people and then defeated a villain Spider-Man was never able to defeat on his own (Vermin). Spider-Man was not dead, though. He awoke in the coffin, realized he was only shot with a tranquilizer and broke free. He found Kraven and began to fight him but the hunter refused to fight back. He explained that he defeated Spider-Man and regained his honor by proving he was the ultimate hunter, finally catching his most elusive prey. He set Vermin free and Spider-Man had to pursue him. Realizing he was finally at peace, Kraven took his own life.

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