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Mister Negative
Mister Negative
Mr. Negative.
Art by Steve McNiven.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Amazing Spider-Man #546 (Jan 2008)
Created by Dan Slott
Steve McNiven
Phil Jimenez
In-story information
Alter ego Martin Li
Abilities Super-strength, ability to swap between a monochromatic and regular appearance.

Mister Negative (Martin Li) is a fictional Marvel Comics supervillian created by Dan Slott, Steve McNiven, and Phil Jimenez. He is an archenemy of Spider-Man. Mister Negative was introduced in a cameo in Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift (May 2007); a Free Comic Book Day issue set after the events of Spider-Man: One More Day. Mister Negative's first full appearance came in Amazing Spider-Man #546 (Jan 2008); the start of the Brand New Day storyline.

Fictional character biography[]

Martin Li is a seemingly good willed philanthropist who runs a soup kitchen in Chinatown, the F.E.A.S.T. Project (Food, Emergency Aid, Shelter and Training), where (Spider-Man) Peter Parker's Aunt May volunteers.[1] Neither Peter nor May are aware of Li's dual identity as a Chinatown crime boss under the name Mister Negative.[2]

During the first story of the Brand New Day, Mister Negative first comes into conflict with Spider-Man when he makes a power play toward taking control of New York's criminal underworld by attempting to wipe out all existing members of a Karnelli and Maggia crime families using a DNA specific bioweapon called the "Devil's Breath".[3]

Powers and abilities[]

As Mister Negative, Li's appearance resembles that of a photographic negative. He also speaks in a reverse colored text bubble.

Mr. Negative charges up a knife with black electrical energy[1] and transforms into his civilian identity in the same manner.[2] During an encounter in Amazing Spider-Man #548, Spider-Man notes that Mr. Negative possesses some degree of superhuman strength.

Mr. Negative is often accompanied by several henchmen, known as his Inner Demons,[4] who wear Dragon style masks and use high tech electric emitting versions of Japanese weapons including the and Nunchaku.

Importance[]

Mister Negative is the first villain in the Brand New Day storyline of Spider-Man, immediately following the events of One More Day. His connection to Spider-Man's Aunt May, through his legit cover, has been alluded to as a possibility for conflict in the future. His possession of Spider-Man's blood has also been alluded to as a definite possibility for conflict in the future.

Mister Negative is the first new villain during Brand New Day, a story that has been talked about in numerous news sources.[5][6]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Amazing Spider-Man #546 (January 2008)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Amazing Spider-Man #548 (January 2008)
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #546-548
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #547 (January 2008)
  5. Oh no! Is it splitsville for Spider-Man and MJ?
  6. "Comic fans fume as Marvel erases Spidey-MJ marriage" By David Colton, USA TODAY

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