Spiderman villains have been doing everything they can to take down everyone’s favorite neighborhood web-slinger within the pages of the monthly comics. In 2002, director Sam Raimi brought the popular superhero to the big screen, and along with it, a host of some of Spiderman’s toughest foes. From the shape shifting Sandman to the symbiotic alien life form Venom, some of the Marvel’s meanest villains can be found on the silver screen, keeping Spidey’s hands full.
Making his first appearance in “Amazing Spider-Man #14”, it was only fitting that the first villain to appear on the big screen be one of Spiderman’s oldest nemeses. Willem Dafoe portrays Norman Osborn, the industrialist who goes mad and dons the emerald armor of the Green Goblin. He brings the character to life in the 2002 film “Spider-Man”, nailing the maniacal eyes and laugh right on the head. Dafoe also reprises his role as the villain in the second and third installments of the film franchise.
After having mechanical tentacles fused to his body in a freak accident, Dr. Otto Octavius, played by Alfred Molina, appears in the 2004 sequel “Spider-Man 2” as Dr. Octopus. Molina’s performance is amazing, sliding from brilliant scientist on the verge of a breakthrough to mad scientist on the verge of a breakdown with the greatest of ease. And the CGI effects used to breathe life into the metallic limbs are quite dazzling.
Though this Spiderman villain doesn’t show up in his scaly green skin, the pre-Lizard Dr. Curt Connors does make a brief appearance in “Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man 3.” As a colleague of Dr. Otto Octavius, Dr. Connors works as one of Peter Parker’s professors at college. In the third film, Dr. Connors also helps Peter analyze a sample of the alien symbiote. The doctor is played by Dylan Baker.
In “Spider-Man 3,” Flint Marko is a thief who uses all the money he steals to help pay for his sick daughter’s medical treatments. After a freak accident, the molecular structure of Marko’s body is changed to the consistency of sand. With the ability to change the shape of his body, Sandman proves to be quite a formidable foe for Spider-Man. Thomas Haden Church brings the character to life with a solid, heart-felt performance.
When an evil symbiotic alien life form attaches itself to a rival photographer at the Daily Bugle after being rejected by Peter Parker, one of Spider-Man’s most well known villains is born. In the third installment of the “Spider-Man” series, Venom joins forces with Sandman to take down the web-crawler. The alien’s human host is Eddie Brock, played by “That 70’s Show’s” Topher Grace. A polar opposite of the goofy character he played on the hit television series, Grace pulls off the jealous photographer as if evil were a natural trait.