The hype is building for the next Avengers movie, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, and it has now been confirmed that Tom Hiddleston will not be reprising the role of Loki in the film. It is an unsurprising announcement, given that there are new additions to the Avengers team on the table already, and the question of what to do with the character after the end of the first film was always going to be a difficult one. A new supervillain for the Avengers to battle is a positive step towards ensuring the franchise remains fresh and exciting.
However, this isn’t the last we’re going to see of the trickster god, adopted brother of Thor – he’ll be featuring in the next Thor movie due out later this year. While you’re waiting to see what he gets up to next, here are some other evil supervillains for you to enjoy.
Forget the Green Goblin; the best supervillain to face Spiderman was Doc Ock in 2004’s Spiderman 2. Played by Alfred Molina, Dr. Otto Octavius, like all best villains, initially started off with the best of intentions – his aim is to perfect fusion power and develops a harness of symbiotic robot arms with built in artificial intelligence to assist in his experiments.
Sadly, the experiment goes horribly wrong, resulting in the dealth of Octavius’ beloved wife, Rosalie and the arms take over his consciousness, transforming him into the evil Doc Ock. Embarking upon a crime spree, Doc Ock targets banks with the underlying goal of further developing his fusion power technology and Spidey has his work cut out in trying to stop him.
Underlying the tragic tale of Doc Ock is the theme of power and the abuse of power – as Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ and Doc Ock is the perfect demonstration of what happens when that responsibility is set aside in the pursuit of one’s desired goal. Ultimately, it is Doc Ock himself who overcomes his ‘tentacles’, with the assistance of Spiderman, who helps him rediscover the part of himself that has a conscience. However, the example of Doc Ock is a poignant reminder to Peter that even if he wanted to give up being Spiderman, there will always be problems that only Spiderman can solve. A normal existence is an impossible dream for Spiderman.