If you ask a Spider-Man fan well-versed in the Silver Age of comics who the web-slinger’s greatest villain is, chances are they’re going to say the Green Goblin. After all, Norman Osborn has done some pretty heinous things to Peter Parker over the years.
However, if you ask a fan more familiar with the Bronze Age who Spider-Man’s greatest villain is, they’re more likely to respond with one simple word: Venom.
Yes, Venom has dabbled in being an anti-hero over the years (something the upcoming Venom solo film will likely delve into), and his (main) alter-ego Eddie Brock is an incredibly tragic character. That said, however, the fact remains that the character’s one defining trait over the years has been his sheer, unadulterated hatred for Spider-Man and everything he stands for.
In turn, Venom (Eddie Brock’s version or otherwise) has put Spider-Man through some serious Hell over the years, be it directly or indirectly, and across multiple different timelines. In the end, it’s no wonder their truces always fall through.
10. Pushed Him In Front Of A Subway Train
On the surface, this may not seem like the most heinous thing a supervillain has done to a hero, but when you look at the human element of it, this is just about one of the most horrible ways to try and bump someone off.
Before Venom made his first full appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300, numerous partial appearances and teasers were featured on the pages of the preceding issues. One of these instances involved the very first time Venom actively tried to kill Peter Parker, taking advantage of the fact that he can block his spider-sense by pushing him onto the tracks of an oncoming subway train.
Sure, Peter managed to leap out of the way in the nick of time, but it’s chilling how simple this attempted murder was. No elaborate scheme, no monologue, no preamble, just pushing your nemesis in front of a New York train, hoping it will crush him to death.