The Top 10 Supervillains of Marvel Comics
Counting down the Top Ten superhero villains of Marvel (LIST) – Numbers 1o to 6.
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
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.
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.
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
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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