EDITORIAL: Nova's Top Five: Non-Cosmic Marvel Villains

EDITORIAL: Nova's Top Five: Non-Cosmic Marvel Villains

Hey gang, Nova here, and given that Carnage and Hobgoblin have just been announced to be receiving their own miniserieses...es? I figured I'd write a little piece on my top five favourite Marvel villains that reside in this mortal realm. Hit the jump to check it out!


I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that villains are one of the main reasons anybody reads super hero comic books. In some cases, a villain might actually be the catalyst that sets the super hero in motion. I find myself drawn more to villains and actually own a shirt that says, "You Say Villain Like It's A Bad Thing" written on it. Over the years, I've come to like some villains more than others but there are five of these villains that I will always hold in incredibly high regard. So, without further ado, humble reader, allow me to excort you onwards to the list of villains that have a special place in my heart.

5: Molecule Man

I can almost hear the resounding "What the [frick]?" as you've seen that. Yes, I would put a villain as obscure as Molecule Man in my top five. "Why?", you may ask. Putting it simply, it's because he's genuinely one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the known universe, and he doesn't give a shit. He has such a level of control over his incredible power to manipulate any matter and most of this control stems from the fear he holds regarding his powers. He knows he's a universal threat and he managed to keep enough of a lid on it that he hasn't yet destroyed the universe. Plus, he fought the Beyonder in Secret Wars II (how many of you just found out that existed?) and he held his ground. I respect him in a lot of ways, I guess.

4: Bullseye

How can anyone not like Bullseye? He's got a brilliantly depicted charm to him despite his murderous tendencies and also, he's one of the most badass motherphuckers ever. Some of my admiration comes from the game Marvel Ultimate Alliance. I spent God knows how long trying to beat Bullseye on Hard difficulty but hey, I was only nine and rarely played vidjyah games. On top of that, despite being severely disappointed by Shadowland, I found Bullseye's heart restarting moment to be one of the coolest things I'd ever seen him do within the panels of a comic book, aside from murdering Elektra. I also loved him as a Thunderbolt, they should do that again, I loved that team so much.

3: Jack O' Lantern

Jack O' Lantern is just absolutely out of his mind and has a really unique and brilliant way of killing people that I've always loved about him. As far as I'm concerned, he's severely underrated and deserves more than the odd gang member appearance now and then. If given the right arc with which to progress, I could see Jack being one helluva popular villain. In case you didn't know, he kills people by hollowing out their heads and putting a candle in there. Ain't that just the coolest thing you ever heard in your life? If you ever see him in something, read it because he's awesome;y mental and more people should know about him.

2: Doctor Doom

What's a top villains list without Doctor Doom? Honestly, if I didn't love deranged psychopathic villains so much, Doom would definitely be my number one guy here. He's just that classic embodiment of the villain that we all know and love. Heck, I'd class him as Marvel's first truly major league villain! He's set in his ways and when he gets involved with something in the Marvel universe, you just know shit's about to go down and it's gonna come down hard. I have a Marvel Annual (2006) which features the wedding of the FF and that was my first real introduction to the Doom of the comics and all he did was stand in front of a lightning bolt and look menacing. But it was enough to permanently instill him as one of my favourite villains of all time.

1: Carnage

Anyone who's spoken to me enough knows how much I absolutely love Carnage. My reasons are too bountiful to give them all in brief, so I'll just touch on the top ones. Carnage is just the definition of being evil because it's fun and that's what makes him such a chillingly and horrifyingly brilliant character. He's mad, but that's what makes him interesting. I'd go as far as to say he's the most mentally unstable character in the Marvel Universe (Sentry excluded). I write, and there's nothing I enjoy more than writing psychopathic characters because there are literally no real limits to their immorality and it can be a great experience as a writer to see how far you're willing to push your own imagination and even your own morals. Carnage would be my dream character to write and I hope someday I can do it and get paid afterwards.,, Man, that sounded really shallow, didn't it?

Note worthy mentions would have to go to Crossbones, Magneto, Kingpin, Mysterio and Ultron as I just find them all to be such appealing characters for several different reason I'm not gonna bother to divulge. But there you have it, folks! My top five favourite Marvel villains. And I doubt any of them will ever be done justice on film. Oh, who else would love to own this shirt? I certainly would...


Who are your favourite Marvel villains? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below and hit that red glove if you enjoyed the read to any great extent. Till next time chums!
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