Spider-Man has had a ton of super villain antagonists over the years — some quite awesome and some quite lame. It must be a constant challenge for the writers behind Marvel Comics’ most iconic character to keep old characters fresh while bringing in new blood every once in a awhile.
With this rush to cycle through villains, some characters are simply not going to get much traction or as much respect from the readers and writers as they should. It’s just bound to happen that a good character will occasionally get less play than he/she deserves.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five underrated Spider-Man villains:
Genetically designed to be the perfect foe to defeat Spider-Man, this fellow arachnid-human super being has beaten the web crawler on several occasions. With super strength, durability, reflexes, and speed already making him a more powerful character than Spidey, Scorpion’s large and deadly bionic tail, capable of shooting energy blasts and/or acid, makes him truly formidable.
Yeah, he’s a big, dumb, lummox, who has beaten himself in the past by simply running into the wrong things, but Rhino is still an awesome, cool character and one who always demands our full intention. The character has been done a major disservice by turning him into some robotic caricature in the new Amazing Spider-Man movie, but the real Rhino deserves the main stage at some point.
Not the best or the baddest of super villains, Shocker is an inventor-turned-bank robber who manipulates and uses vibration as offensive attacks and defense against counter-attacks. He has held his own against Spider-Man and has even managed to defeat him on one occasion, but Shocker knows his role in the Marvel Universe and is truly just in the bad guy business in order to make a few quick bucks. That, alone, makes him a breath of fresh air in a world of “rule the universe” super villains.
When this street thug and mob enforcer developed super human strength and endurance by way of exposure to experimental gas, he became a truly dangerous Spider-Man villain. A skilled marksman and expert fighter with plenty of connections in organized crime, Tombstone has also clashed with Daredevil, The Punisher, and Luke Cage.
As a crewman on a cargo ship, Hydro-Man developed his powers when Spider-Man accidentally knocked him overboard and into a spot in the ocean where an experimental power generator was being tested. From that point forward, Hydro-Man dedicated all of his water manipulation powers into pursuing revenge on the one who caused him to become a “freak.” Although proving himself to be a formidable foe, this character never seemed to get enough proper exposure-possibly because he’s a water-based duplicate of the well-established Sandman character.