Spidey villains who need a movie 0
If Middle America sees New York as a town full of violent, crazy freaks, well, they could have gotten that impression from 50 years of Spider-Man.
From the day in 1962 when the tormented teen Peter Parker discovered he could climb walls, he almost immediately found himself out-freaked by an array of villains, each more colourful and deranged than the last.
In the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, we met the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) and his son Harry who went into the family villain business, Dr. Octopus, whose prosthetic arms could bend steel, the mineralogically-mutated Sandman and the extraterrestrial symbiote Venom.
And in Marc Webb's re-boot The Amazing Spider-Man, there's The Lizard and hints of a returning Green Goblin.
So who's left in the world of Spider-Man villains? Some of my favourites, in fact. Here are some who could stand dusting off.
He could fly and was really ugly (okay, not really a superpower), and generally in frailer health than Aunt May. In fact, Raimi was said to be looking him over as a villain for the Spider-Man 4 he never got to make.
You get struck by lightning and you - no, not die! You gain the ability to control electrons through your force of will. Just imagine the terror you'd cause by frying every iPad and smartphone in the city.
Almost superhumanly strong (and fat) New York City crime boss, he was a consummate multi-tasker, taking turns battling both Spider-Man and Daredevil. With all that exercise, you wonder why he never lost weight.
What could be more au courant than Spider-Man's vampire foe (albeit, one who brought it on himself by trying to cure his own rare blood disease with vampire bat extract)?
A special FX expert who turns his powers to evil - making Michael Bay movies (kidding).
Russian thug Aleksei Sytsevich participates in an experiment that turns his skin into invulnerable polymer and makes him unstoppable. Incredibly, he eschewed an NFL career. Ditto for X-Men's Juggernaut.
Kraven The Hunter
Another Russian, big-game hunter Sergei Kravinov, who's obsessed with bagging the biggest prize of all, Spider-Man. Well, everybody needs a hobby.
On what must have been a slow news days, The Daily Bugle actually paid for private detective Mac Gargan to undergo an animal mutation trial that turned him into a superstrong/superfast crazy person in a scorpion costume.