Marvel Comics has created some of the best heroes and villains in comic books. There's so many it will be hard to choose who are the top Marvel villains. Sure, I have my favorites, but just making a Marvel villains list of just my favorites is pretty boring.
Like with many of my hubs, I like to let fans and comic fans decide by voting for their favorite hero or villain. I've already done this with DC villains and heroes. If you're more of a DC Comic fan you can click the links below and vote for your favorite DC Comic hero or favorite DC Comics super villain.
However, I'm not just talking about any old Marvel villain here. I'm talking about the most ruthless and cunning. The most sadistic and the baddest of the bad here. The villains who have put our heroes to the test time after time and caused them nothing but grief like The Green Goblin and Venom for Spider-Man. Or, The Red Skull for good ole Captain America.
I'm talking about the elite of the elite Marvel Comic villains. The absolute top five, and that's what we're going to find out here. Will Magneto be on that list and will he survive on this top 5 Marvel villains list? It's up to you!
Because there's an extremely large amount of Marvel villains, I'll just go with the most popular and well-known. This means the main-stream villains here. No alternative universes or anything crazy.
Rules of the Game To Find Out The Ultimate Marvel Villain
Okay, in order to make the top 5 Marvel villains list, I am going to start off with my 5 top Marvel Comic villains. However, this can be changed by your votes.
Once a villain reaches a high percentage on the poll that's already not on the list, he or she will be put on there, and those of my top 5 who are lacking votes will be taken off.
Nevertheless, any one of my top 5 Marvel villains can stay on this list if there are people also voting for them. This top 5 Marvel villains list will be constantly changing. You determine the results with your votes! Got it? Good!
Here's the top 5 Marvel villains so far:
The half-brother of Thor and actual son of the leader of Asgard's feared enemy, Laufey, of the Frost Giants, Loki the Lord of Mischief has always had a distinguished resentment and jealousy of Thor. This hatred of his brother has led Loki to commit malicious acts towards Thor.
Loki has a relentless pursuit of power and revenge, using his extensive knowledge of sorcery to take control of Asgard and destroy Thor. The God of Mischief's schemes for power also extended to earth, and he was able to manipulate the Incredible Hulk to nearly destroy Earth's Mightiest Heroes - The Avengers.
Cunning, malicious, and determined to rule Asgard, Loki's single-minded hatred and jealousy towards Thor and Odin has made him one of the most dangerous and top Marvel villains of all time.
Dr. Doom has dethroned Magneto and Venom and is so far the most badass villain in the Marvel Universe, according to the poll below. Victor Von Doom is has been created major mischief for the Fantastic Four since issue #5.
Not only is this guy king (so far) on this poll of the Top Marvel Villains of all time, he's also the king of the nation of Latveria in the Marvel Universe. Hey, a whole nation behind you? Pretty bad ass!
Dr. Doom is a genius like Reed Richards. Actually, he is considered to be one of the most intelligent humans on the planet. Able to make astounding machines and weapons, Doom's armor augments and enhances his strength to superhuman levels, enough to throw down with Spider-Man in hand-to-hand combat.
His super intellectual and genius mind has been able to concoct all sorts of devices and schemes to wreak havoc on the world and cause major headaches for elite super powered groups like the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and The X-Men.
His only weakness is his arrogance and pride. This was first seen in his origin, in which Reed Richards and him went to college together. When Reed Richards warned Doom on miscalculations for a device that he was working on, Doom ignored Richard's warning and it the experiment ultimately blew up and disfigured Victor Von Doom.
Dr. Doom has since blamed Reed Richards for that accident and been his greatest foe since. Villainy may hold many names, but one name that's always remembered is Dr. Doom!
Venom - Eddie Brock
Venom has to be one of Spider-Man's most creepy foes. Partly because he's an extremely twisted and venomous version of the Webhead himself. Actually, Venom is an alien symbiote. The alien symbiote attaches itself to a host and endows the host with enhanced powers.
The symbiote also takes on or adapts to the hosts abilities as well, which it did with Spider-Man or Peter Parker. When the Venom symbiote bonded with Eddie Brock, the symbiotes hatred for Spider-Man's was amplified by Eddie's mutual hatred for the Web-Slinger.
Like the Green Goblin, the rivalry with Spider-Man is a personal vendetta to Venom, and we all know that when it becomes personal, it becomes a blood feud that can only end in mayhem. Venom has done more than that in making Spider-Man and Peter Parker's life a living hell often.
Known as the "Mad Titan," Thanos doesn't just desire the conquest of Earth. He desires conquest of the universe. What's even more scarier about this cosmic baddie is that he dropped nuclear devices on his own home planet, killing thousands of his own people, including his own mother, in order to take over his planet Titan and declare himself ruler.
Now if that doesn't say that this guy is nuts for power, Thanos is also obsessed with nihilism and death, eventually falling in love with the embodiment of death herself, Mistress Death. He would often try to impress her by seeking out mystic weapons of power like the Cosmic Cube and The Infinity Gauntlet.
To even further his badness, Thanos was the only one to stop Thor when the God of Thunder went insane. He succeeded in stopping Thor where other powerful Asgardians, Silver Surfer, and Doctor Strange failed.
Due to his bionic amplifications, knowledge of mysticism, Thanos has superhuman strength, stamina, and particularly durability. He's able to absorb and project large amounts of cosmic energy, as well as capable of some telekinesis, or moving objects with mere thought. Thanos is also capable of telepathy and matter manipulation.
Thanos is exactly what his people have nicknamed him - The Mad Titan, and he has the brains, desire, and constitution to back it up.
Nobody else has been such a direct threat and a more powerful adversary to the X-Men as well as humanity than Magneto. This militant mutant has been hell-bent on destroying man-kind for the advancement and preservation of his Homo Superior kind.
Believing in what he calls the "Homo Inferior" race should be extinct according to evolution, Magneto has the exact opposite belief of Professor X and his band of X-Men, who have sworn to protect the world from mutants like Magneto.
Knowing that humans will fear and later try to destroy mutants, Magneto created his own version of Professor X's X-Men, in which they were dubbed, "The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants."
Magneto is one of the most powerful mutants on the planet, able to to manipulate the Earth's electromagnetic fields to achieve a wide range of effects. His militant ideals have continually sought to genocide all Homo Inferiors as well as his own kind if they get in his way.
The Green Goblin - Norman Osborn
One of Spider-Man's most iconic and arch enemies, Green Goblin, also known as "Gobby" to the Webhead, is IGN's 13th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Nobody has plagued Peter Parker and Spider-Man more than the Green Goblin. After all, he is responsible for the death of Peter Parker's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.
The Green Goblin's obsession to rule New York City's organized crime led him with the task of defeating Spider-Man, in which he has menaced those closest to the character. Only a few other Spidey villains know Spider-Man's true identity.
Norman Osborn turned into the Green Goblin from digesting a chemical solution that granted him superhuman superhuman agility, strength, speed, stamina, and dexterity, as well as a "healing factor" that allows him to quickly heal from lethal bodily damage.
While the serum also greatly enhanced Osborn's already high intellect, it also made him crazy. Defects in his personality were strongly augmented, and he suffers from dangerous mood-swings and hallucinations.
Being a super genius, Osborn was able to advance and make extraordinary breakthroughs in advanced areas of genetics, robotics, engineering, physics and applied chemistry, which often were used to make his many weapons such as the Pumpkin Bomb.
The Green Goblin is one the most unhinged and terrifying Spider-Man villains of all time, who's insanity makes capable in doing just about anything. Insanity and genius is not a good mix, and nobody in the Marvel Universe proves it better.
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Vic (author) on November 26, 2012:
You are quite correct Geekdom in terms of Loki being the top Marvel villain because the Avengers movie. I had a poll of who was the top Marvel Superhero with a Marvel female superhero poll, and Black Widow skyrocketed shortly after the Avengers hit in that movie.
I am guessing that my hubs are reaching more movie fans than actual comic book fans. Great choice with the Green Goblin, such an iconic Spidey villain.
Geekdom on November 25, 2012:
This is a fun hub. Nice way to get interaction. I voted for Green Goblin because of the role Norman Osborn has played in the Marvel Comic Universe. I feel Loki is getting more votes because of the Avengers and Thor movies but he is still deserving candidate.
Vic (author) on November 25, 2012:
Loki is now the number #1 Marvel villain with Venom really close behind Dr. Doom!
Vic (author) on May 21, 2012:
Venom has now taken the #1 spot for the greatest Marvel villain. Dr. Doom is in 2nd with Loki not far behind!
Vic (author) on May 20, 2012:
Sorry there me. I forgot the Toad! My bad...maybe on the next one for sure!
Me on May 16, 2012:
Damn it, where is Toad? Why does no one love Toad? Sure, he didn't do much, but he was awesome!
Vic (author) on April 13, 2012:
Dr. Doom has taken the #1 spot with Venom in 2nd and Loki in 3rd for the Top Marvel Villain of all time.
Cast your vote!
Vic (author) on February 09, 2012:
I was wondering when someone was going to choose The Green Goblin...a classic Spidey villain. Thanks for voting and commenting Finance Hub! Always appreciated.
Vic (author) on February 08, 2012:
Thanks for voting Cammiebar and good to hear from you as always. Venom is a good choice. I had to go for Magneto since I'm a huge X-Men fan!
The Finance Hub from Portland, Oregon on February 07, 2012:
I gotta go with the Green Goblin! Great hub, voted up, interesting and useful! Loved it! Hope that you enjoy my hubs too!
Vic (author) on February 07, 2012:
Great choice Ironman...I like Venom immensely. Amazing Spider-Man #300 was one the first comics I bought as a kid. He's a great Spider-Man villain no doubt.
Cammiebar from Upstate New York on February 07, 2012:
Voted for Venom! He's creepy, obsessive, tricky, powerful and was a real pain for Peter Parker/Spiderman. The animistic part of him also made it very good.
Ironman1992 on February 07, 2012:
I'd probably come closest to saying Venom. I always thought he was one of the most unique spiderman villians.
Vic (author) on February 07, 2012:
That's cool Steve...Magneto is a good choice. I agree it must really be fun trying to come up with a name for a superhero or supervillain. Thanks again for voting and it seems Magneto is staying on the list of top 5 Marvel villains!
Steve Lensman from Manchester, England on February 07, 2012:
I picked Magneto, mostly because I liked his portrayal in the movie series. Many of the names on the list I don't recognise. It must be fun sitting down and thinking up a name for a new superhero or supervillain. It's amazing that they haven't run out of cool names for their characters in all these decades.
Voted Up and Awesome.