The line-up for the Ultimate Super Villain Team-Up has been revealed and amongst that rag-tag group are 16 of the meanest SOBs known to man. Just like with the Ultimate Team-Up there were so many names under consideration for the villainous group that it was a difficult task putting them together; but here at The Comics Code, we’re always up for dealing with difficult tasks. Heck we once even read an entire Aquaman comic from start to finish without losing the will to live! Anyway, once again places were limited to only those deemed truly worthy (or should that be unworthy?), so let’s see who got cut!
MAKING THE GRADE!
First up was the position of recruiter and after much consideration it was the Spot who nabbed the role; beating out the likes of Mr Mxyzptlk and Vandal Savage. Mxy was a strong contender for quite a while, as he would have been able to zip across dimensions to pick up recruits, but his unpredictability meant he wasn’t quite right for the role, plus he can be a right douche when he wants to be. As for Savage, his immortality (and the fact he’s been around since the dawn of time) got him close to winning the position, but ultimately the Spot was more suited… because he looks better in Spandex! Next up a leader needed to be appointed and although names such as the Decepticon boss Megatron and He-Man archenemy Skeletor were considered, Lex Luthor was clearly the best man for the job. Plus if he hadn’t have secured the position he’d have probably killed every single member of the team. As for the rest of the group, the remaining members were chosen either because of their specific skills or because of what they could bring to the team in the event that they had to step up and assume a new role. So Norman Osborn for instance brought his science and techno know-how to take the position as science genius, yet at the same time he was also drafted in as a replacement leader should anything happen to Luthor.
SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR AWAY!
As for alternatives to the line-up, Clayface, Mr Freeze, General Zod, Mr Sinister, Kingpin and the Lizard almost made it onto the team, as did the Turtles’ nemesis Shredder, She-Ra’s enemy Hordak, Thundercats’ bad guy Mumm-Ra and Spidey’s foe Doctor Octopus. Heavy hitters like Darkseid, Galactus, Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix were instantly ruled out for not being team players and for similar reasons Magneto, Doctor Doom and Ming the Merciless were also a no-go. Star Wars wheezer and Sith Lord legend Darth Vader was also a major contender for a position on the team, but he failed to make the grade because he was a complaining snot-nosed brat when he was a teenager and no one would have taken him seriously.
Two recruits that didn’t make it onto the team but were very close to becoming part of the final 16 were Joe Chill and Bolivar Trask. Chill was indirectly responsible for creating Batman by murdering Bruce Wayne’s parents when he was a child, which made him an ideal candidate as an Ultimate Super Villain. As for Trask, he was responsible for creating the mutant murdering Sentinels within the Marvel Universe, which posed a threat to both mutants and non-mutants alike, making him one crazy mother fudger! Both of these situations were solid arguments for inclusion, however when weighed up against the other recruits Chill and Trask didn’t quite bring anything extra to the table and so they were dismissed.
In the end, after every candidate was considered, 16 were chosen and now the line-up is complete. Unlike the Ultimate Team-Up, 12 of the 16 chosen members originated in comics, meaning that the art of comic-book villainy truly is a unique thing! So, the team’s all good to go, and without further hesitation readers of The Comics Code, you now have your ULTIMATE SUPER VILLIAIN TEAM-UP!
If I were you, I'd probably go home now, lock your doors and vow never to leave the house again! But then again I suggested that same piece of advice to all the people at the cinema who were about to go watch the Green Lantern movie, and surely the villainy of the Ultimate Super Villain Team-Up can't bequiteas bad as the GL movie... can it?