Hey everybody, in continuing with my Top Heroes and Villains series I felt that it was only fitting to make a list about an entertainment medium which is full of some of the greatest protagonists and antagonists of all time!
5. Spider-Man vs. Venom in the Marvel Comics Universe
Spider-Man was the first teenaged superhero and, though he has remained in high school for the past several decades, his character has grown to be among the all time greatest protagonists in television, movies, and video games. A witty, well-written and interesting character whose origin story inspires legitimate emotion, worthy of any super hero list. The parasitic alien symbiote which bonded with the body of your unfriendly neighborhood arachnophobe and unrealistically scorned dude who lost a newspaper photography job to a college kid, Eddie Brock, Venom, serves as the greatest in a long list of excellent Spider-Man being (as the best villains tend to) a villainous Yin to hero pizza delivery guy Peter Parker's Yang. The tar-like, terrifying, sentient Flubber/Hexxus-esque villain is a stain that will likely never come out of your clothes, at least until it's done feeding on your life force and it moves on to the next host. Venom is not only a frightening villain, but a nearly effortlessly entertaining body-snatcher to watch.
4. Rorschach vs. Dr. Manhattan in The Watchmen
While Dr. Manhattan does not start off as an antagonist, as the extremely well-developed, pre-Avatar and loin cloth Jake Sully reminiscent character loses grip on his humanity, love, kindness, and compassion, and transcends into a higher consciousness, he (SPOILERS) is persuaded to turn on his friends and several million others by the cold, calculated logic of the film's, lesser-developed main antagonist, the genius, billionaire, executive, All Gold Everything literalist, Ozymandias (END OF SPOILERS). He is a well-written, fascinating, multilayered character in comparison to Rorschach who is the novel's grizzled detective noir vigilante/Private Investigator type, also featuring an interesting psychological condition, who is a pleasure to read about and watch, though certainly not a good instructor on the safe usage of Axe body spray (because there is no such thing).
3. Hit-Girl vs. The Motherf***er in Kick-Ass 2
Hit Girl is one of the few female protagonists who is actually a strong and self-reliant overall character, which is a rare thing in most comic book stories. It seems that truly excellent action heroines are too few and far between these days. As in such horrendous films like the Twilight Series, or more recently Jupiter Ascending in which Mila Kunis essentially exists to give Channing Tatum someone to save every 30 minutes and look pretty while saying entirely idiotic things, making me wonder why they didn't spend less CGI budget on the elephant man alien and more on making it look like Mila Kunis actually did anything at all the entire time. The hilariously over-the-top ridiculous villain, The Motherf**ker is a side and head-splitting baddie in one of many excellent Mark Millar graphic novels, being both the main villain and comic relief can sometimes actually be a good thing!
2. Superman vs. Lex Luthor the Detective Comics Universe
They need no introduction, the man of steel who started the comic book industry and his classic arch nemesis a genius, chemist, astrophysicist, bald, leprechaun suit dawning, ballin', billionaire businessman who is essentially the super villain version of Batman (but better than Moth Man). Classic characters who are highly unlikely to be forgotten for many years to come as they haven't been since Superman's debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and Lex's introduction in Action Comics #23 in 1940.
1. Batman vs. The Joker
This probably came as no surprise at this point, two of the most consistently fantastic characters in all of entertainment. Crafted with such an incredible dynamic that they are nearly inseparable and entirely impossible to separate your eyes from when they're on screen together. Two of the greatest film rivals of all time who rightfully deserve the top spot, in my opinion!
Thanks for reading everybody! What are your favorite comic book arch enemies and are you guys hyped for Brad Bird's Batfleck vs... Letoker, or Jalettoker, maybe Mr. J-Lo? I understand the first one sounded like faux francais for stoner, the other sounded like Bob Marley's shaving utensil brand, and the last one could be a potential Batfleck burn (or complement?), but it's a work in progress haha! Anyways, be sure to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below and stay fly, movie pilots!