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!
25. CASSANDRA NOVA
23. CORVUS GLAIVE
22. CAROLINE LE FEY
19. DOCTOR DOOM
THE RED SKULL
6. ARNIM ZOLA
First Appearance: IRON MAN (1968) #55
Where He Appeared in 2013: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, INFINITY, NEW AVENGERS, THANOS RISING
Why He’s #4: “The vile and opportunistic despot at the center of Infinity, Thanos asserted himself as a far greater threat than ever before. In a bid to find and murder an illegitimate son hidden on Earth, he launched a large-scale assault on the planet in the absence of many Avengers. His cruel lieutenants preyed upon existing hostilities between nations like Atlantis and Wakanda, even ferreted themselves away in the mind of Doctor Strange. Thanos himself decimated the Inhuman capital of Atillan, sparking the worldwide Terrigenesis process which now consumes global, even intergalactic, concerns. The Mad Titan may have failed in his murderous campaign, now isolated in a limbo dimension, but those efforts continue to blight the universe.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight: THANOS RISING #1
First Appearance: TALES TO ASTONISH #81
Where He Appeared in 2013: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
Why He’s #3: “You don't have to be a good villain to be a great villain. Sure, perennial D-List baddie Boomerang's plans never went according to plan. Yes, he always remained just a half step ahead of the other four members of his Sinister Six—and no, the math doesn’t add up there. And okay, he's definitely bitten off more than he can chew by getting in the way of big underworld heavies like Chameleon, the Owl and Tombstone. But who cares? This former major league pitcher turned Spider-Man-punching-bag has big schemes in mind for 2014, and he's not about to let his own incompetence get in the way of his over confidence!” – Brett White
Digital Comic Spotlight: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1
First Appearance: MARVEL TEAM-UP #65
Where He Appeared in 2013: AVENGERS ARENA
Why He’s #2: “Despite decades of trapping super heroes in elaborate deathtraps, Arcade evoked little more than a chuckle and sigh of recognition when 2013 started. Then, after conjuring up a Shaun White makeover and some Sam Rockwell swagger, Arcade made a name for himself by kidnapping 16 super-powered teenagers and pitting them against each other in his new Murderworld. Few super villains stoop to killing kids, and even fewer still stoop to forcing teens to kill teens, but Arcade did just that as he moonwalked past pretty much every other villain in the Marvel Universe to become reigning champ of the most reviled. Even after his plans crumbled and the survivors made their way off the violent island, Arcade still got the last laugh by uploading the frenzy to the Internet, striking the killing blow against the reputations of those that escaped.” – Brett White
Digital Comic Spotlight: AVENGERS ARENA #7
First Appearance: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1
Where He Appeared in 2013: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
Why He’s #1: “Wronged by the unfeeling gods he hoped might protect his family, Gorr embarked on a genocidal rampage through the cosmos, rendering heavenly kingdoms into unholy abattoirs. He plucked hope from countless children, felling the very gods to which they prayed. An aggressively agnostic killer of entire alien pantheons, the God Butcher led Thor on a chase through time. He tortured the youthful Thunder God in an earthly warren before his spree caught the Odinson’s attention in the modern day. Fleeing to the ends of time, Gorr and his Black Berserkers laid waste to Asgard. He enslaved its hosts to build his bomb, crucifying the strongest on hillsides. He robbed Volstagg of his voluminous-ness, if not his will. He came very close to killing three Thors at his final stand.
“The Marvel Universe knows true evil beyond its common thugs and cackling scientists, but Gorr’s pain made him more than memorable. The grand ambition and sheer scope of his revenge plot ensured his mythic status, but the depth of his torment, the starkness of his hurt, elevated him to a place of very human tragedy.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6
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