Sony has announced that Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web will be delayed until later in 2023 and 2024 respectively. This is unfortunate news, as fans were excited to see these villains make their live-action debut. So for now, fans will have to rely on Spider-Man’s rogue gallery in Sam Raimi’s films to get their villain fix.
The Spider-Mantrilogy gave fans some of Spider-Man’s most formidable foes including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Venom. They became more than just villains, as shown by many of their quotes. These quotes often gave insight into the villlains’ thought and feelings, thus revealing more about their character and personality.
10/10 “I Like Being Bad. It Makes Me Happy.”
One of Peter’s adversaries in Spider-Man 3 was photographer Eddie Brock. What started as a rivalry between the two became deadly once the alien symbiote found its new host in Brock.
The line itself may seem cheesy, but it speaks to Eddie’s character. Eddie is insecure (hence his in-your-face persona) and hates Peter, yet at the same time is jealous of him. Eddie hates that Peter “stole” Gwen Stacy from him and his jealousy led to passing off one of Peter’s previous photos as his. Once Eddie became Venom, all his insecurities and jealousy vanished. This allowed him to be his true self, thus leading to his happiness.
9/10 “I’m Not A Bad Person. Just Had Bad Luck.”
Flint Marko became the Sandman in a freak fusion accident. Prior to that, he was a criminal that broke out of prison in order to see his daughter.
There is some merit to his quote that he speaks to his wife as he leaves her apartment, after seeing his daughter. Flint uses the love he has for his daughter as justification for his actions. He feels that he isn’t necessarily a bad person, but is often in the wrong place at the wrong time. This includes the killing of Uncle Ben and certainly the creation of his alter ego. It’s because of these accidental events that make Flint one of the least evil Spider-Man villains.
8/10 “Don’t Hurt Me. Just Give Me A Chance!”
Carjacker (Dennis Carradine)
Although not a traditional Spider-Man villain, Dennis Carradine is a main reason for the inception of Spider-Man. The carjacker stole Uncle Ben’s car in an effort to flee from the police. Once Peter learned about his beloved uncle’s death, he vowed to track down the culprit.
When Peter confronts Carradine, Carradine pleads for his life and falls to his death after tripping out the window. Peter realized that revenge isn’t the answer, especially after learning that he could’ve stopped Carradine from fleeing into the elevator. It was at this moment that Peter truly understood the phrase “With great power comes great responsibility” as he wanted to stop men like Carradine.
7/10 “The One Thing They Love More Than A Hero Is To See A Hero Fail…”
In one of Willem Dafoe’s best villainous roles, the Green Goblin is such a good villain because he is the antithesis of Spider-Man. In much the same way as the Joker is to Batman, the Green Goblin represents anarchy and Spider-Man represents order.
At one point, “Gobbie” tries to make an alliance with Spider-Man to avoid continually fighting each other, causing countless civilian casualties. Part of his proposition includes trying to show Spider-Man people’s true nature. Having an exceptional being fall and die trying to save them makes people feel like they themselves are exceptional.
6/10 “To Say What You Won’t, To Do What You Can’t…”
Part of what makes the Norman Osborn such an interesting character is that he is constantly battling with his alternate personality, the Green Goblin. Unfortunately, the Green Goblin usually comes out on top.
Norman is initially in denial of this alternate persona and deep down he hates it. However, the Green Goblin’s influence is so strong that Norman has no choice but to give in. As the Green Goblin points out, he is the cold shiver running down Norman’s spine. He is metaphorically Norman’s spine, as he is able to do the terrible things that Norman himself isn’t capable of.
5/10 “Never Wound What You Can’t Kill.”
Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most well-known villains and is certainly one of the deadliest. Venom is so dangerous because he has similar abilities and strengths as Spider-Man.
On the surface, this quote is speaking to how formidable Venom is. Looking deeper, however, it reveals more about Eddie Brock himself than Venom. Peter “wounded” Eddie by taking everything Eddie had – including his job and girlfriend – yet Eddie still lingered around and seeks to get even with Peter by taking his own advice. He intends to kill Peter, not wound him.
4/10 “Peter… Don’t Tell Harry.”
Among the many terrible things that Norman Osborn has done, he does show moments of humanity. One such moment came on his deathbed in the form of one of his best quotes in Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
Unaware of Peter’s spider-sense, Norman tried to kill Peter with his glider but inadvertently impaled himself. The above quote were his dying words to Peter. Even though Harry was Norman’s son, Norman admired Peter more as the son he wished he had. As death brings out ones true feelings and regrets, Norman realized that deep down he cared for Harry and didn’t want Harry to know the monster that he had become.
3/10 “I Will Not Die A Monster.”
Dr. Otto Octavious’ story in Spider-Man 2 makes him one of the more tragic villains in Spider-Man’s rogue gallery. It’s because of this that one of his last quotes holds so much significance.
The plan to create a sustainable energy source backfired, fusing Otto with mechanical arms and killing his wife in the process. Even after the tragic event, Doc Ock was still focused on the success of his project. At first, he would argue that the ends justify the means as he was trying to create an energy source for all mankind. In an effort to keep New York from suffering the same fate as his wife, Doctor Octopus sacrificed himself. He knew that he wasn’t a monster but just under the control of his mechanical arms.
2/10 “I’m Not Asking You To Forgive Me. I Just Want You To Understand.”
Spider-Man set up that Dennis Carradine was responsible for killing Uncle Ben. However, Spider-Man 3 established that it was actually Flint Marko who was guilty of shooting him.
Despite this being a big difference between the Marko from the movies and the comics, it worked out for Marko’s benefit in terms of his character arc. He was startled by Dennis Carradine and accidentally shot Uncle Ben. Flint tries to explain his past mistakes to Peter, not expecting Peter to forgive him. Flint wants Peter to know that he is truly sorry for his actions, which in turn humanizes him.
1/10 “In Spite Of Everything You’ve Done For Them, Eventually They Will Hate You.”
A great villain points out what the hero doesn’t see or refuses to see and the Green Goblin does just that with the above quote. He is trying to show Spider-Man that the two of them aren’t so different. What he is also doing is telling Spider-Man that he is wasting his time trying to help the people of New York City.
They may seem grateful at first, but it won’t last. Spider-Man protests, saying that it’s the right thing to do. However, he starts to second guess himself upon seeing Daily Bugle headlines about the citizens of New York calling for his arrest. Ultimately, Spider-Man ends up doing the right thing by not only rescuing Mary Jane but a tram car full of children.
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