As much as I dislike the idea that every hero HAS to have a single archenemy, it’s expected of a modern superhero tale.  Batman has The Joker, Superman has Lex Luthor, Professor X has Magneto, but some heroes’ rogues galleries have a deeper bench.  The Flash, for instance, has three different reverse-selves, but is defined by his cadre of dudes with element guns, while Wonder Woman’s rogues gallery is… weird.  (Giganta?  Shaved ape.  I am not kidding.)  Still, when it comes to the Spectacular Sensational Superior Amazing Spider-Man, his ninety-seven different animal-themed bad-dudes leads to differing interpretations of who is his greatest nemesis, and there’s really no wrong answer…

…except Carnage.  Carnage would be wrong.  Still, it’s an interesting exercise, and one that leads us to our friendly neighborhood query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows the actual answer to this question, and is glad that Dan Slott does as well, asking: Which villain is in truth Spidey’s Greatest Nemesis?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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