In 2013, the heroes of the Marvel Universe found themselves as ever measured by the threats they faced. Whether evil came from deep space or the urban streets, villains had a big year.
To send last year out with a bang, Marvel.com will be counting down our top 25 villains of 2013, as selected by staffers and freelancers. Got your own thoughts on the matter? We’d love to hear them, so send them our way on Twitter @Marvel, using the hashtag #Marvel2013!CASSANDRA NOVA
First Appearance: NEW X-MEN #114
Where She Appeared in 2013: UNCANNY X-FORCE
Why She’s #25: “One of the creepiest and most dangerous threats the X-Men have ever faced resurfaced this past year to take on Psylocke, Storm and company out west. Her sheer power and ability to make even the most hardened of heroes quiver like a newborn when sent to their Black Bug Room makes her terrifying, but her willingness to target even small children to get her way stands out as a new low even for Professor X’s evil twin.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comic Spotlight: NEW X-MEN #121
First Appearance: DAREDEVIL #232
Where He Appeared in 2013: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Why He’s #24: “Frank ‘Nuke’ Simpson provides the Marvel Universe with a horrific polar opposite view of Captain America. While Nuke serves as a pawn in the Iron Nail’s larger evil agenda, years of mental and physical abuse from various past handlers continues to fuel his twisted patriotism and resulting despicable acts. Unlike some Marvel villains who can be reasoned with in certain dire situations, Nuke’s insanity ensures his actions will always result in catastrophic tragedy.” – Tim O’Shea
Digital Comic Spotlight: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #3
First Appearance: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: INFINITY
Where He Appeared in 2013: INFINITY
Why He’s #23: “A chief lieutenant of Thanos’ Black Order, Corvus Glaive heralded a far more sadistic Mad Titan than any readers encountered before. Tasked with requesting sacrificial tributes of the worlds along Thanos’ warpath, the cruel and sharp-featured thug eagerly complied, the very picture of sadist glee. Even his name seems like something wicked and uncaring from a Frank Herbert novel.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight: INFINITY #1
FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1
Where She Appeared in 2013: FEARLESS DEFENDERS
Why She’s #22: “You have to be confident in your villainous skills to go toe-to-toe with a heavy-hitting Norse warrior like Valkyrie and the rest of her Fearless Defenders, and the daughter of Doctor Doom and Morgan Le Fey spent 2013 proving her evil worth. Caroline Le Fey did a lot to mess with the freshman team, namely kidnapping Dani Moonstar, welcoming the deadly Doommaidens to Midgard, and throwing a bunch of giant sea monsters at New Amazonia. Even if defeat claimed Le Fey by the year's end, she still succeeded in one feat that's sure to cause trouble in the future: restoring her mother to full power.” – Brett White
Digital Comic Spotlight: FEARLESS DEFENDERS #4AU
AVENGERS A.I. #1
Where He Appeared in 2013: AVENGERS A.I.
Why He’s #21: “A new terror rushed to fill the vacuum left in Ultron’s wake, another sentient A.I. committed to exterminating all humanity. Ironically, Dimitrios rose up from the very code Hank Pym devised to eliminate Ultron. Perhaps most cruelly, Dimitrios possessed a suit of Tony Stark’s abandoned Safe Armor, a sickening reminder of the destruction wrought by even the most well-meaning heroes.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight: AGE OF ULTRON: AI #10
The countdown continues tomorrow right here on Marvel.com, but in the meantime, share your thoughts on Twitter with us @Marvel using the hashtag #Marvel2013!