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Marvel Comics' Spider-Man has been brought to the small screen several times. Four of these instances all bear the same name, simply titled "Spider-Man." Although all three of these series have featured the wall crawling, web slinging teen in the red and blue tights, they have each had their own differences in direction and storytelling.

The Spider-Man cartoon from the late 60's was the first television adaptation of Spider-Man. It saw Peter Parker flirting with Betty Brant, instead of Gwen Stacey or Mary Jane Watson. Notably, only the first season dealt with villains from Spidey's rogue's gallery, with the other two seasons focusing on fighting generic green-skinned monsters and magical creatures as a cost-cutting measure.

Japan produced a 41 episode live-action, or "tokusatsu," series of Spider-Man in the late 1970's. However, this version of the hero is only "Spider-man" in name and costume design. Everything else completely deviates from what Marvel produced, from the civilian identity of motorcycle driver, Takuya Yamashiro, to the piloting of a giant robot to defeat gigantic versions of the monster of the week.

Another series, lasting 26 episodes, was produced in 1981, as a precursor to the much higher-viewed Spider-man & His Amazing Friends. The series veered away from the cost-cutting measures of the 60's series and featured dozens of members from Spidey's rogue's gallery, from the Green Goblin and Kraven the Hunter to the Lizard and the Kingpin. It also featured Medusa and Magneto, the Master of Magnetism, despite not being strictly Spider-Man villains.

The 1994 version of Spider-Man aired the longest of all Spider-man series at 65 episodes and 5 seasons. Further, it was the regularly highest rated show on FOX at the time. This version of the series covered many of the major storylines from Spider-Man's comics, including the lengthy Maximum Carnage arc which featured antihero Eddie Brock/Venom and the psychotic Cletus Cassidy/Carnage, as well as the death of Mary Jane Watson (who had been Peter's long-time girlfriend at that point in the series).

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  • The Beyonder uses his powers to teleport the powerless Spider-man to stop Kingpin and Spider-Carnage from destroying all of reality. Spider-Man reveals to the Kingpin that he was duped by Spider-Carnage into creating a bomb to destroy all realities. Kingpin attacks Spider-Carnage and assists in foiling the plans to destroy all of reality, but Spider-Carnage escapes via the Accelerator. Madame Web brings Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider back to her base and she searches the infinite dimensions and informs the Spider-Men where Spider-Carnage is. She says she can only send one of them there, and sends Spider-Man. Spider-Carnage uses the accelerator to construct a disintegration dimensional portal which can erase anything that is pulled into it from existence, with the intention of destroying all of reality. Spider-Man, realizing that Spider-Carnage is too insane to be reasoned with, comes up with a new plan. He realizes that here, Uncle Ben is still alive, and Spider-Man brings him to confront Spider-Carnage. Uncle Ben explains to Spider-Carnage the rule of power and responsibility, and tells him that he loves him. The Peter Parker within him is reached by this and realizes how wrong he has been. He attempts to separate from Carnage, but the symbiote's grip is too strong and he is unable to break the bond. Realizing that he is left with no choice, he uses the TDA to make the portal close. Peter shouts "Forgive me!" as he jumps into the portal, destroying himself and the Carnage symbiote. Spider-Man bids farewell to the Uncle Ben of that dimension, as though he were having the chance to say good-bye to his own Uncle Ben. Madame Web retrieves Spider-Man to her base to return him to his home world. The powerless Spidey, wants Spider-Man to see a very special man, Stan Lee. Stan Lee cancels all his appointments for the day and goes web-swinging with Spider-Man. Peter thanks Stan Lee for making him into the hero he always wanted to be in his own dimension.

  • This episode opens with Spider-Man and the Lizard going to Doctor Doom's kingdom. Suddenly, a few giant cockroach-like robots arrive out of the sand and Spider-Man and the Lizard battle and defeat them. Later they find Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman and the HumanTorch lying on their backs and the hovercraft destroyed. Mister Fantastic explains as they were flying in, Doom's robots had crashed their hovercraft. The Thing was grabbed by a metallic cord and the robots flew off with him. In a moon-like place where Beyonder is, Doom appears and uses his elemental splitter to have the Beyonder come in towards him, the Beyonder instead actually goes into him. Doom transports himself back into his throne room along with The Thing. Doom explains that he has taken over the powers of the Beyonder. Doom then frees the heroes and sends all the villains back to Earth and says all the heroes are his guests. The Lizard loses control and runs towards Doom to attack him. Spider-Man tells him to stop but is too late as Doom has a portal go towards the heroes and the portal instantly has every hero disappear. All the heroes arrive and Doom uses his powers to hold them down. Doom states that this planet isn't big enough for all of them as he prepares to kill the heroes. But the Thing sees the elemental splitter and fires at Doom and it separates him from the Beyonder, knocking Doom unconscious and the Beyonder states that it is over, having all of them disappear. The heroes then find themselves floating in space. The Beyonder appears and says that the heroes have won and will go back to Earth with no memory of any of these events, as they were prior to their summoning. The Beyonder then transports the heroes and Doom, back to Earth. Spider-Man is the only hero left with the Beyonder and asks why are they playing this game. The Beyonder answers that he needed to make sure that Spider-Man is worthy to be the leader of the real task at hand, as they both disappear.

  • Spider-Man, the Lizard and Iron Man then end up using the machine to teleport the Black Cat on to the planet. Spider-Man explains the situation to the Black Cat while Storm calls from a computer, telling Spider-Man that she is with alien rebels led by General Torg who want to go against Red Skull's base. The heroes (minus the Fantastic Four who are launching their own offensive against Doctor Doom) then prepare to go to Red Skull's fortress. Meanwhile, at the Red Skull's fortress Doctor Octopus has taken refuge because Doom has taken over his kingdom of Octavia. Red Skull promises Doctor Octopus he will have his kingdom back once the doctor enhances the Cyber Skull that Alistair Smythe has built. Doctor Octopus agrees and immediately begins, though implies to Smythe he is planning to take over from Red Skull.Soon, the heroes all arrive and Spider-Man orders the villains to surrender. A short fight breaks out in which the villains escape, except Smythe. The Black Cat watches as the Skull runs off and runs after him. Smythe says that though it is strange, he agrees with Spider-Man's idea of defeating the Cyber Skulls. Smythe just wants to get back to his father and uses the self-destruct code, but the entry is denied. Spider-Man wonders if he can crack that code. Storm then buys the wall-crawler some time by having a sandstorm cover the robots. Spider-Man gets the right password, making the Cyber Skulls blow up and the rebels cheer in victory. Meanwhile, as the Red Skull runs, the Black Cat drops in front of him and says that what she will do to him is for her father and all the others he deceived. Before she can do anything, Doctor Octopus appears behind the Cat and one of his tentacles grabs her, preventing her from killing the Red Skull. Captain America shows up and Doctor Octopus tries to shoot him. Spider-Man shows up, and a short fight ensues, where the wall-crawler and Cap successfully save the Cat but the Skull and Dr. Octopus escape.

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