The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008–2009)

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An animated television show that focuses on a 16-year-old Peter Parker and the origins of Spider-Man.

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 Peter Parker / ... (26 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Gwen Stacy (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Flash Thompson / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Sally Avril / ... (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Liz Allan / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Mary Jane Watson / ... (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Harry Osborn / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 George Stacy / ... (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Deborah Strang ...
 Aunt May Parker (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Green Goblin / ... (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Norman Osborn (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Kenny 'King' Kong / ... (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Randy Robertson / ... (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ben Diskin ...
 Eddie Brock / ... (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 J. Jonah Jameson / ... (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Hammerhead / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Dr. Otto Octavius / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 L. Thompson Lincoln / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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Orphaned schoolboy Peter Parker lost even his uncle, leaving him with old, semi-helpless aunt May. Trough a messed-up experiment with spider DNA, he acquires super-powers. But he only uses them when masked in a flashy costume as Spider-man, a mysterious dashing hero who defeats all crooks. As Peter, his life is far humbler, moonlighting as photographer for the Bugle. Written by KGF Vissers

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A pleasant spider-surprise!
8 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At first glance this show may appear to be an animated adaptation of the kiddie-friendly 'Marvel Adventures' Spider-Man comic book and that might put a few people off. However, if you can see past the stylised somewhat anime-influenced character design and persevere then you're in for a treat. Viewers don't need to be dedicated web-heads or even comic-book fans in particular as this show is essentially a reboot of Spidey's early years. Having said that, fans will get a kick out of the show too as all the main players are present and correct. The villains specifically are given new 'plausible' twists on their origins that mange to be inventive without offending the fan faithful. Characterisation is spot-on, Peter is idealistic and a little naive but still manages to deliver the trademark quips when in costume, MJ is supportive and strong, Flash is a jerk, Jonah a blow-hard, Harry is a bit of a dweeb with a sliver of darkness no doubt inherited from his manipulative and ruthless father, Norman Osbourne. In a slight retcon Eddie Brock is now portrayed as Peter's childhood friend who lost his parents in the same plane crash that killed the Parkers, but that's just a set-up for the affair with the black alien goo. We're also treated to a bit of romantic tension, will Peter opt for MJ, cheerleader Liz Allen, the slinky charms of Black Cat or the sweet natured Gwen Stacy (there's no way that could end badly, right?)? With superbly animated action sequences featuring some, heck I'll say it, spectacular fight choreography and imaginative use of webbing that almost shames the movies this is a show that manages to be both fun and dramatic in just the right blend. There's a certain joyous, youthful spirit to SS-M that's easy to buy into because, let's face it, Peter started off as Spidey when he was in high school and this show stays faithful to that (unlike the crow-barring of Tony Stark back into his school days in the cell-shaded nightmare that is 'Iron Man: Armoured Adventures'). Probably the most enjoyable comic-book adaptation since Justice League Unlimited, at least as good as Batman: Brave & The Bold IMHO.


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