Some iconic villains have left their imprints in our minds over the years, sometimes due to their cunning, wit or even their merciless, brute strength. Their on-screen potrayals have made us like (or dislike) them even more. A hero is as strong as the villain he fights, so today I'm going to rank the superheroes from Marvel and DC according to their villains. Please keep note that this is my opinion, and if you feel otherwise, feel free to tell me why in the comments.
5. Iron Man
Iron Man has recently gained an immense amount of popularity due to his potrayal by Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU. Tony Stark is a genius billionare who uses his resources for the world's (and his own) good. His villains have always made him toil hard, and fight for survival. His own arrogance has landed him in trouble a bunch of times. M.O.D.O.K., Whiplash, Fin Fang Foom have all threatened Tony in the past, but have always been outclassed. Out of all the villains faced by Iron Man, two have stood out. The Mandarin and Ultron. Many people were disappointed by what Marvel did in Iron Man 3, as the Mandarin has been the biggest threat to Iron Man from the beginning. Though technically an Avengers villain, Ultron seems to be the direct competitor of Iron Man, what with the metal body and high amount of intelligence. In the upcoming Age Of Ultron, we'll see him face off with an A.I. created by himself (in the movies, originally created by Ant-Man). Let's hope the character is given justice (the trailers make me think it will).
4. The Flash
Another very liked character, this time from DC, the Flash was introduced as the fastest man on Earth. DC has always ensured that their characters have to struggle a lot before they can overcome their villains. With villains like Mirror Master, Gorilla Grodd, Heat Wave, Weather Wizard and Captain Cold, the Flash is always up on his feet. But the showstealers here are Reverse Flash and Professor Zoom. A nemesis who's just like you, but not you? Confusing. We all know how Professor Zoom totally flummoxed the Flash in "The Flashpoint Paradox" (see the movie to know what I'm talking about). But the Flash has always kept his wits with him to overcome them, which is why I love him.
The thing that's unique about Superman villains is that even though Superman is capable of doing almost everything, they are gutsy enough to do what they do and find ways to almost subdue him. As I said, DC villains always have a strong force driving them. Though some of them ARE pretty darn strong, like Doomsday, Darkseid and General Zod, it is Lex Luthor who stands out. His character is pretty deep, as he believes he is doing good for the world. General Zod in his own sense is a very deep character, as we saw in Man Of Steel (which pretty frankly, was a very likeable movie). Finding new ways to manipulate Superman's extremely few weaknesses is very remarkable, thus earning them a #3 spot.
Spiderman villains are by far the best ones from Marvel. They have a strong background story, a deep, philosophical push for their deeds, and intricate skills. I have always believed that Spiderman has it the worst among all Superheroes, but he always manages to get out of his problems and be happy at the end of the day. Villains like Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Venom, Rhino, Lizard, Morbius, Sandman, Carnage and so many more would be hard for even other Superheroes to handle, but Spiderman does it, and does it believingly. He is almost always outmatched, be it according to intelligence (Dr. Octopus), strength (Rhino, Sandman, Venom) or wit (Green Goblin). These villains truly highlight what a great guy Spiderman can be. Their potrayals in movies have been good and bad, but they've always left an imprint on the minds of people.
If you has any doubt as to who #1 was going to be, leave them now. Yes, it's Batman. The darkest, wisest and most cunning villains ever, Batman cannot sleep while they're around. One guy handling all these behemoths is what sets Batman apart. He has no powers, and yet he's able to control cunning psychopaths like The Joker and The Riddler, brutes like Bane, Clayman and Killer Croc, criminal masterminds like The Penguin and plain old thugs. The awesome thing about them is that they contain females like Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy too, which makes Batsy question his morals. Their reccent onscreen potrayals have been mindbogglingly awesome, with Heath Ledger as The Joker, and Tom Hardy as Bane. They definitely deserve the #1 spot.
Thank you for reading guys, and if you have different opinions, please do comment.