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As the title implies, who are the best Spider-Man villains to be introduced after Venom in ASM #300? Don't just list them, explain why even if briefly.

Most of the better Spider-Villains follow the “Spider-Man gone wrong” template.

Kaine is literally “Spider-Man gone wrong”. He’s also a bit of a mystery since his motivations changed every time there was a revelation about who the real Peter was. How much did he really know anyway? Did he want to protect Peter because he thought they were clone brothers? Did he hate Ben because he believed him to be the original? Was it the other way around (hating Ben because he was the Jackal’s “favored son”, ect)?

I may not have cared for a lot of JMS’ run but Ezekiel had a lot of potential as a “Spider-Man gone wrong”. Sure the underwhelming final arc made him an outright villain but before that he was just a guy who didn’t fully grasp the responsibilities his abilities burdened him with. He always wanted to be a hero but he was always waiting for the “right time” and it never happened.

I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for Fusion. Not only does he have a much better reason to hate Spidey than guys like Venom but he also got used as a punching bag by “big name baddie” Doc Ock. Sure he isn’t the most menacing foe (at least once you saw through him) but I cared for the guy a whole lot more than I ever did for Norman Osborn.

Mad Jack is one of my favorite female Spider-villains. Sure she’s a little derivative but I really loved the stories she was in (yes, even the Mysterio Manifesto). The major downside to the character is that I’m still a little fuzzy on which stories had Maguire and which had Dan.

The Jackal is worth mentioning. Granted he was a 70s character but he didn’t come into his own until post-Venom. While not nearly as big a name, I didn’t really appreciate the Looter until the Spider-Ben era.

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