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The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (PART 2)

The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (PART 2)

The Top 10 Supervillains of Marvel Comics

Counting down the Top Ten superhero villains of Marvel (LIST) – Numbers 5 to 1.

5. Loki

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Loki is the adoptive brother and often enemy of Thor. Based on the Norse God of the same name, Loki is as deceptive as his Norse mythology counterpart, making his debut in Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics’ publication Venus No. 6 (August 1949).

In the comics, Loki is a son of a frost giant, whom Odin kills. Odin found him under wraps because his father was ashamed of Loki’s small stature. Odin raised him like a son alongside Thor, but he found resentment to the fact that other Asgardians treated him differently from the oft-favored Thor. Asgardians valued strength, tenacity, and bravery in battle above all things which Loki was clearly lacking. But what he excelled at is power and skill, particularly as a sorcerer.

His foray into the black arts earned him the title of “god of evil” among the Asgardians, and he forged alliances with many of the realm’s enemies. His sinister plots cast a huge shadow on Thor and other earth heroes, and this is why he is one of the most iconic Marvel supervillains ever.

4. Green Goblin

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Ruthless industrialist Norman Osborn was the co-owner of a leading New York firm, Osborn Industries. His wife died while giving birth to their son, Harry, which rendered him embittered. Norman raised Harry dispassionately, devoid of fatherly warmth, and was always mad by Harry’s failure to demonstrate academic excellence or a competitive drive.

Lusting for more power, he tested a strength enhancing serum for himself, emerging smarter and superhumanly strong, but at the cost of his sanity. His insanity led him to target Spider-Man as his main enemy. They had many great battles, until Spider-Man accidentally killed him in a struggle where the Goblin also killed Spider-Man’s love interest, Gwen Stacy.

But the same formula that had given Osborn his heightened strength and intellect also gave him powerful regenerative abilities. He lived. And cast his shadow over Peter Parker, manipulating him in succeeding episodes in the comics. It can be said that The Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s greatest enemy per se.

The Green Goblin is created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The Goblin made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #14.

3. Thanos      

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Thanos is a member of the Titanian Eternals. Thanos possesses abilities common to the Eternals, but amplified to a higher degree through a combination of his mutant–Eternal heritage, bionic amplification, mysticism, and power bestowed by the abstract entity, Death. Demonstrating enormous superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, he can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy and is capable of telekinesis, telepathy, and matter manipulation. Thanos is an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in the art of war on Titan. Longtime Marvel comic book  readers know him as the cosmic bad-ass who long possessed the reality-altering Infinity Gauntlet, who killed half the universe, including many Marvel heroes, before his misdeeds were undone.

Created by writer-artist Jim Starlin, the character first appeared in Iron Man #55 in 1973, making his debut in the Bronze Age of Comic Books, Thanos has been featured in the Marvel continuity for about forty years and counting.

2. Magneto

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Magneto is synonymous with the X-Men- you can’t discuss the X-Men without ever mentioning Magneto. Magneto’s power is the ability to generate and control magnetic fields. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1963, he made his first appearance in X-Men #1, becoming the very first foe of the iconic mutant team.

Magneto is a mutant separatist, in contrast to Professor X’s ideal of human co-existence. He believed that mutants are the next stage in human evolution and he sought of ways to assert his dominion over the powerless humans and the planet. Though not a hero, Magneto is charismatic, noble, and wise. His long and turbulent friendship with Charles Xavier has been a cornerstone for both men’s lives, as a rivalry that has lasted decades. Their lives, forever intertwined.

I had trouble really selecting #1 as the finalists have their own weight in the Marvel universe and as it is, I present to you 1A and 1A.

1B. Dr. Doom

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Doctor Doom was conceived by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Doom first appeared in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962) wearing his trademark metal mask and green cloak.

Born out of Latveria, His mother died in a bargain with Mephisto that has gone wrong. Longing to save his son from the same fate, Werner von Doom fled with a young Victor on a cold winter’s night.  Victor survived the cold, but unfortunately his father did not. With this, Doom sought to increase his knowledge of both science and magic in order to rescue his mother, whose later death he blamed on Mephisto.

In one of his attempts to fuse both science and magic, one of his devices exploded leaving his face scarred for life. From then on he used his metallic mask to mask his face and set his sights on world domination. A perpetual rival of the Fantastic Four, particularly Reed Richard AKA Mr. Fantastic, and has appeared in many of Marvel’s alternate universes and spinoffs, in which the character’s history, circumstances, and behavior varies from the mainstream setting.

1A. Red Skull

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Red Skull is the arch enemy of Captain America, who can be more iconic than that? Inspiration for his development came when writer and artist Joe Simon saw a hot fudge sundae melting and noticed it resembled a human figure. First conceptualized with the working name “Hot Fudge”he later renamed him with the appropriate “Red Skull,”   which sounds more menacing.

Born, Johann Schmidt, Red Skull was a Nazi general officer and confidant of Adolf Hitler. He is closely affiliated with Hydra, an enemy of the S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers, and the interests of the US, and the free world in general.

He was physically augmented, with physical strength pegged at least at the same level of Captain America, He appeared to be killed in the past, only to return time and time again to plague the world with schemes of world domination and genocide.

View Part 1 of this list here: The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 1) (numbers 10 – 6)

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The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 1)

The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 1)

The Top 10 Supervillains of Marvel Comics

Counting down the Top Ten superhero villains of Marvel (LIST) – Numbers 1o to 6.

10. Onslaught

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A psionic entity created from the conciousness of Professor X and Magneto, Onslaught came to existence after Magneto ripped the adamantium sheets from Wolverine’s skeleton. Xavier used his telepahatic powers to shut down Magneto’s mind. In return, the psionic contact, Magneto’s anger, grief, and lust for vengeance entered Xavier’s consciousness, mixing with every long-suppressed negative feelings Xavier had endured during the last 30 years. This aggregation resulted in the being known as Onslaught.

Onslaught’s power consists of telepathy, telekinesis, energy projection, sensing mutant presences, manipulating magnetic fields, and affecting reality itself. Onslaught can also enhance its physical size and strength.

First appearing in 1996, Onslaught has crossed over several Marvel series, including the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and Cable comics.

9. Dark Phoenix

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When she was 10 years old, Jean Grey demonstrated mutant telepathic powers first after experiencing the emotions of a dying friend. Seeking help for their daughter, her parents sought the help of Professor Charles Xavier, who introduced young Jean to the astral plane as a way to distract and train her telepathic abilities. But as she was using this exercise, a part of her mind manifested as a Phoenix.

Xavier erected psychic shields in Jean’s mind to prevent her from using her telepathic powers until she was mature enough to control them.

In a mission in outer space, Jean was struck with solar flares and was noticed by the Phoenix Force which took note of her unlimited potential.  As Dark Phoenix, Jean used telepathy and telekinesis, but in outworldly levels. She was able to rearrange the molecular structure of matter and fly at supersonic speeds.

Dark Phoenix made her debut in Uncanny X-Men #101-108 from 1976–1977.

8. Galactus

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The “Devourer of Worlds”,  Galactus is a god-like Marvel Supervillain who devours worlds to satisfy his eternal hunger.  Galactus debuted in The Fantastic Four #48 in March of 1966.

Too powerful to be defeated by any one hero, he is portrayed as a force rather than a being, a god of destruction that is deaf to pitiful pleas, although he seems to be driven by a deeper understanding of the universe than mere mortals – as he once stated he is ultimately destined to give much more than he has taken from the universe.

It is later revealed that he is the only one stopping Abraxas, an entity that had the potential to erase all of reality on a whim, from being released to the universe.

7. Ultron

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As we are obsessed with computers taking over the world, it seems to be the inspiration for writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema when they concocted Ultron in 1968.

Ultron is a criminally insane rogue sentient robot dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity, he was made by Dr. Hank Pym. Dr. Pym AKA Ant Man / Giant Man, endowed it with consciousness, using a copy of his own brain patterns as the basis for the robot’s programming; however as with its creator, Ultron inherited Pym’s great intellect and mental instability. The instant the robot was activated, Ultron developed a hatred for its creator or “father”and the entire human race.

Throughout the comics, Ultron rebuilt himself completely four times, making improvements and modifications each time. He made his war against humanity, particularly the Avengers which counted Dr. Pym among its members, to catastrophic proportions.

6. Dr. Octopus

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Dr. Octopus or Otto Octavius is a mad scientist often characterized as  stocky, myopic man who utilizes four powerful, mechanical appendages, and is obsessed with proving his own genius and destroying Spider-Man. A brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, inventor, and lecturer. His genius in radiation is so exceptional that Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four sought him to offer his expertise when his wife, Susan Storm AKA Invisble Woman is suffering from complications on her 2nd pregnancy due to the cosmic radiation that has given their team their powers.

Doc Ock, as he became known, is one of Spider-Man’s main villains having many iconic battles with our favorite web-slinger for years. His crowning achievement was the near-fatal stabbing of Spider-Man’s then-partner/lover, the Black Cat, who was placed in critical condition. This led to the vengeful Spider-Man nearly killing him.


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Update, you can now view Part 2 of this list here: The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 2) (numbers 5 – 1)

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