Covering a shuttle launch to the planet known as Counter-Earth, Peter Parker discovers the symbiote villians, Venom and Carnage, boarding the craft as it launches. When he is unable to stop them as Spider-Man and contact is lost with the shuttle, he is blamed for the disaster and hunted until he is believed to have been killed in a fire. Peter does survive and is content to lie low until he learns that the crew is alive, but trapped on Counter-Earth. Gaining a new costume and weapons from Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, he boards a second shuttle to rescue the crew and travels to the planet. Shot down, he finds must get involved in a fight against the tyranny of the planet's ruler, The High Evolutionary and distorted copies of his old enemies on this new world. Written by
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One of Spider-Man's classic villains from the comics, Doctor Octopus appears on Peter and Mary Jane's television during a news segment on Spider-Man. Dr. Octopus' only line of dialogue is a faint grunt when Spider-Man punches him in their brief fight (episode 1.01 "Worlds Apart Part 1"). See more »
[talking from a holographic projector]
Come on in Spider-Man. Take off your mask and relax.
[Shows a projection of Peter Parker]
Peter Parker? What's he got to do with this?
Oh I don't know what your real name is Spider-Man and I don't much care. But I would like to see a man's face before I destroy him! Oh and here's another face you might know.
[shows a projection of Karen]
Now where ever can she be? Let's see if you could find her before I find you!
[laughs and the projection disappears]
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I am a Spider-Man purist, but I still liked this series
For anyone who has watched the Ralph Bakshi-produced seasons of the 1967 Spider-Man series, you'd know that Spider-Man had been in some very, very strange situations. In SMU it was similarly strange how he was removed from his NYC street element and dropped into an alternate, animal-run Earth created by the High Evolutionary. While I disagree that Spider-Man would abandon his responsibility to his own world, once he gets to the alternate world, he takes on that responsibility in stride.
The animation of SMU was actually quite excellent, and a major improvement over the habitually herky-jerky animation of the 1994-1998 show. Spider-Man's costume and villain Rogue's Gallery were given an upgrade, but his wit and humor remain intact. The stories/plots were unique and attention-grabbing with tight writing and dialogue.
I think the main problem with this show was that no one recognized or really liked Spider-Man in that 2099-like costume. That and it was pit against the height of Pokemon popularity. But I liked watching each episode when I could, and I would like to see them all in a DVD collection.
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