Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Best villains post-Venom?
Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:36:21 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Best villains post-Venom?
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 10:20:08 pm EDT (Viewed 67 times)

> Yeah, but AFTER Peter was revealed to be the original it was heavily implied that Kaine liberated the “package” (which was you-know-who up until the nonsensical Byrne retcon) from Norman’s cultists so what does that mean for their relationship? Of course, maybe this Kaine DOES hate Peter now because his MC2 counterpart give the baby back to her parents as opposed to keeping her. Maybe raising Peter’s child is his ultimate revenge. I honestly prefer to think that maybe Kaine – in his own twisted way – sees it as his last chance at redemption and thinks he’s keeping her safe from the craziness that is Peter’s life. Granted we’ll probably never know. We certainly won’t until Joe Q goes away.

Actually, the "package" is a Joe Q clone; he'll remain Editor-in-Chief forever! 8) Sorry, it's Friday...

Ahem, as regards post-Venom villainy? I have to admit, that's a stumper. I don't think anyone since has really had the same impact, for so long. Venom, after all, wasn't just Michelinie's pet character for a few years back in the 90s. Subsequent writers have continued to use the character; that's the real test. Of what other Spidey villain, introduced in the past 20 years, can that be said?

Of course, when you start out with such a magnificent rogues' gallery, like Spider-Man, or the Fantastic Four, e.g., the odds of introducing major new foes are going to drop, if only because a majority of stories are going to be used simply to keep the classic baddies in circulation.

Whereas, say, the X-Men have had many more post-Silver-Age villains reach the big time because, other than Magneto, and I suppose Juggernaut and Sentinels, what truly memorable foes did they have in the early days?

Spidey, by comparison, was fending off a six-member union composed entirely of his own opponents within a few years of his debut! And, every single one has proved to be a lasting presence. (Even Kraven, though dead... last I checked... left a legacy of active, related characters.)

Face it, Tiger: You hit the supervillain jackpot! \:\)


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