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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.

  • Spider-Man chases Spider-Carnage through multiple dimensions.

  • Spider-Man is chose as the leader of a bunch of fellow Spider-Man's from parallel dimensions. They have to beat Spider-Carnage, the Carnage symbiote who bonded with a parallel universe Spider-Man, otherwise, he'll destroy the entire galaxy.

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