Spins a Web, Any Size!
Ah, the 90s. While we had yet to see our favorite wall-crawler on the big screen, he was still managing to entertain us in the form of this now beloved cartoon, one packed to the brim with cameos, flamboyant villains and more nostalgia than we know what to do with. But which episodes stand atop the others?
#5: “The Mutant Agenda” / “Mutants Revenge”
Another crossover with famous Marvel heroes, this episode sees Spider-Man teaming up with the X-Men, and in particular, Wolverine; after some initial hostilities of course. It almost becomes a buddy comedy with two complete opposites working together to rescue Beast. Considering “X-Men” was a terrific cartoon as well, it’s no surprise that this episode was a smash hit. This episode also features the Hobgoblin, who just happens to be voiced by Mark Hamill, which alone makes it worth watching.
#4: “Secret Wars” Parts 1, 2, & 3
This is every comic book fan’s dream – a huge lineup of heroes against villains. Spider-Man is transported to another dimension by Madame Web for an experiment – to see whether good or evil is stronger. Starting for the villains include Doctor Octopus, Dr. Doom, the Lizard, the Red Skull, and Alistair Smythe. Spidey responds by bringing in the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Iron Man, and Storm. While the events in this episode don’t have any lasting effects per se, it’s pretty cool to see an all-star lineup square off against each other.
#3: “Venom Returns”/ “Carnage”
Just when you think Venom had been defeated for good, he returns with a vengeance. This two-part storyline also introduces us to Cletus Kasady, better known as the symbiote maniac Carnage. While the insidious duo easily overcome Spider-Man, Venom later turns on Carnage as he struggles to retain his humanity. The second episode sees an awesome trio of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Venom attempting to track down and destroy their new foe before he goes on a killing spree. Considering how powerful of a villain he is, it’s rather refreshing to see Venom, and more specifically Eddie Brock, get a redemptive storyline.
#2: “Spider Wars” Parts 1 & 2
Following the “Secret Wars” storyline, Madame Web again sends Spidey into another dimension. Only this time, he had to team upw ith other versions of himself in order to put a stop to Spider-Carnage before all reality is destroyed. This story arc is the perfect conclusion to the series, as Spidey is forced to use everything he has learned to overcome true evil and self-doubt. It also features an awesome cameo by Stan Lee and the promise of a reunion with Mary Jane.
#1: “The Alien Costume” Parts 1, 2, & 3
This story arc had been building from the very first episode of the series, with Spider-Man having to overcome the alien symbiote that wreaking havoc on his own psyche in the form of his new black suit. It also introduces Venom, one of the most iconic villains in all of Marvel. Thanks to the way the symbiote is portrayed and and how much it impacts both Peter and Eddie Brock, this mini-saga remains one of the best adaptations of the Venom storyline to date.
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