Who is Black Adam and why should you care? A spoiler-free guide to Black Adam, the second incarnation of Marvel’s Spider-Man villain.
You know who’s great? Black Adam. You’ve seen the character’s first appearance in the comic books. You maybe saw him in the pages of the Netflix series The Inhumans. And you probably have no idea who Black Adam actually is. Or at least you don’t.
For those new to the character or unfamiliar with the events in the comics, Black Adam is a supervillain who is known for his involvement in Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise. In the original universe, Black Adams is a genetically modified super-human, who serves as the second major character in the Marvel Comics continuity. He is an elite soldier who was genetically modified by Kraven, a supervillain in service to the Nazi-led Axis. This version of the character was killed and taken from Kraven’s custody in a failed suicide mission, but went on to become a villain that continues to fight against heroes.
The Black Adam that came to be in the Marvel universe is essentially a variant of the classic Spider-Man villain. He, like Black Cat, uses his super-strength and web-shoot abilities to his advantage, while also using the device of Doctor Octopus to amplify his strength and his web-shoot attacks. Unlike Black Cat, Black Adam’s abilities are not his own, but borrowed from his father, the original black-hearted super-villain known as the First Born.
Black Adam himself didn’t come to be as part of Spider-Man, but as the son of Doctor Octopus and the First Born and the original Spider-Man. While the First Born is a villain that is most famous for being the only major character in the Marvel Comics lore to use the powers of super-strength, spider-sense, and web-shoot abilities, Doctor Octopus is known for having no qualms about harnessing his own powers for his own benefit. It’s because of this that Doctor Octopus, much like Kraven