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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).

FOX
5 Seasons, 94 Episodes
November 19, 1994
Action & Adventure, Animation & Cartoons, Superhero
8.3/10
Cast: Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Edward Asner, Roscoe Lee Browne
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Spider-Man (1994) Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Dr. Doom absorbs the Beyonder's power and uses it to fight off Spider-Man's team.

  • Spider-Man and his team plan to infiltrate the Red Skull's base, along with a group of freedom fighter from the destroyed planet.

  • Madame Web brings Spider-Man to meet her master, The Beyonder, who is preparing to put Spider-Man to the ultimate test. He sends Dr. Octopus, Dr. Doom, Smythe, Red Skull, and the Lizard off to destroy a peaceful planet and leaves Spider-Man to save it with his own selective team.

  • Red Skull uses the Dooms Day Device to transport power into his son and transforms him into Electro. As Electro begins to absorb more power, he becomes even too powerful for his father to handle.

  • As former sidekick of the late Black Marvel, Omar had hidden the Black Marvel's keys after his death. Now aware of the Insidious Six's theft of the majority of the keys, he was sure that they would search for them. Robbie then arrives, aware that the last keys would be stolen. Omar shows Robbie where the keys are hidden. However, it is the Chameleon, impersonating Robbie. He snatches the keys whilst the real Robbie, the Kingpin, the Insidious Six, Spider-Man and the Destroyer arrive. The Black Marvel also appears as Omar leaves. Spider-Man and the five members of the Six Forgotten Warriors fight the Insidious Six and Kingpin for the last ring. The Kingpin wins custody of the keys and escapes with them. Spider-Man and the five other heroes meet up on a building and the Black Marvel reveals himself to be Omar. Omar reveals that when the original Black Marvel was taken away by his father, Omar replaced him and when the Six American Warriors age was over, the Black Marvel was confirmed to have died. Spider-Man, most of the members of the Six Forgotten Warriors and the Wildpack appear at the same time to prevent the Doomsday Device from activating, although the Chameleon puts on a gas mask and releases a gas which renders them unconscious. Rhienholdt Kragov later appears, revealing that he and the Chameleon are stepbrothers who wanted their father, the Red Skull, out for the last fifty years. They then activate the vortex machine that Captain America and the Red Skull were trapped in, freeing the Red Skull and Captain America (who haven't aged at all since they were trapped.) Red Skull then forces Captain America to battle a large robot while Kragov, the Chameleon and the Red Skull set free everyone else who are trapped in the room to assist in defeating the robot.

  • The Six Forgotten Warriors are said to have 6 secret keys to unlock a dangerous weapon that could destroy the world.

  • The Kingpin reunites the Insidious Six to find information on a mysterious group called the Six Forgotten Warriors.

  • Spider-Man trespasses into S.H.I.E.L.D. and overhears Nick Fury discussing the fact that Peter Parker's parents were traitors. The Insidious Six then arrive in an attempt to break out the Chameleon. Spider-Man confronts the villains, though is rendered unconscious by Vulture and Chameleon is able to escape. The following morning, Peter appeals to Jameson he has learned that Spider-Man is planning on taking over the world in Russia, in order to receive permission to visit the country himself, however is secretly visiting to discover the truth about his parents. He states to Jonah that he will return with pictures and will be accompanied by Robbie.

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

  • With Spider-Man having beaten Spider-Carnage, he is taken to the power-less Spider-Man's dimension, in which he is a comic book hero, and the power-less Spidey is an actor who plays him! When he gets there, he meets Stan Lee, and takes him for a web-slinging adventure. Once he is done, Madame Web takes him to Mary Jane.

  • 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.

  • After turning The Thing back into Ben Grimm, Ben decides to tell Doom why they are on the strange planet. When he tells him of the Beyonder, and the transporter, Doom transports himself to the Beyonder, and steals his powers! Can the heroes stop Dr. Doom with his new god-like abilities?

  • Spider-Man sends Black Cat to their planet against her will to help them battle Doc Ock and the Red Skull. They then have to reach Storm's location, where there is a military waiting to attack the Red Skull and Doc Ock.

  • Spider-Man is taken to a strange planet, where a guy named "The Beyonder" tells him of his god-like powers. He then shows Spider-Man a paradise-type planet, of which he introduces evil to (Doc Ock, The Red Skull, Dr. Doom, The Lizard, and Alyster Smithe). He then shows Spider-Man what happened after a year, and that Spider-Man must make a group of heroes (his choice) from Earth, and beat the villians. But Spider-Man doesn't seem to be doing well in leading them.

  • Peter uses Mary Janes many clues from her dreams, and learns that she was wandering back from downtown, and everything that scared her was her imagination acting on the people around her. Her clues lead Spider-Man back to where Mary Jane came from -- the lab where Hydro-Man was brought back to life. The same scientist also cloned Mary Jane!

  • Mary Jane and Peter finally have a chance to go on their long-awaited honeymoon, though once they finally go on it, Morrie Bench (a.k.a. Hydro-Man) crashes it, who's after Mary Jane's love once more. He kidnaps Mary Jane, and Peter helpless to stop him, as he doesn't want to reveal his identity. Black Cat comes to his side to help him stop her, though will they be successful?

  • Spider-Man meets the Six Forgotten Warriors, who each possess a piece of the Doomsday Device. Once all of the pieces are stolen by each member of the Insidious Six, The Kingpin then owns all six pieces. Now, Spider-Man, with the help of the Six Forgotten Warriors, must stop the Kingpin from activating it.

  • (L) The Six Forgotten Warriors. (C1) Captain America & Red Skull (C2) Captain America & Red Skull cont. (R) Captain America & Red Skull transported to an unknown location; Six Forgotten WarriorsRobbie Robertson's old teacher from grade school explains the entire history of "The Six Forgotten Warriors." He also explains why they split up, and the strange disappearance of Captain America.

  • Peter begins investigating Russia, and decides to go out as Spider-Man. But he is no sooner ambushed by The Insidious Six!

  • A man who was supposedly Uncle Ben's best friend, though Peter's never heard of him, visits Aunt May. Peter then learns that his parents were spies for the Russians. So Peter tricks J. Jonah Jameson into getting him a ticket to go to Russia to investigate.

  • Mary Jane thinks it would be best if she tells Harry that she is getting married to Peter in person, but Harry is so heartbroken that he becomes the Green Goblin II again, and crashes the wedding, along with The Scorpion. Meanwhile, Felicia has returned from her trip, and decides to help Spider-Man out stopping the supervillains as the Black Cat. Also, they form an unlikely alliance with the Kingpin, who is against the Scorpion.

  • Hobie Brown is enlisted as the Prowler by the Kingpin. Hobie's forced to wear a special suit with a belt that will detonate if he tampers with it. Spider-Man and Prowler team up against the Kingpin, so Hobie can have a chance at returning to a normal life.

  • Doc Connors and "Mary Jane" are kidnapped by lizard people from the sewers, who claim that Connors created them. Spider-Man buys "Mary Jane" time so she can escape and find Margaret Conners, who has a device that can cure all the creatures.

  • Spider-Man teams up with Mysterio, who has built a robotic Rhino, Doc Ock, Lizard, Venom and Carnage, to rescue "Mary Jane" who was kidnapped by Mysterio's girlfriend. After rescuing her, Spider-Man tells "Mary Jane" the truth about his identity.

  • Harry Osborn follows his father's footsteps and becomes the new Green Goblin in an effort to kill Spider-Man. Meanwhile, the Punisher seeks to find out if Peter Parker knows where Mary Jane Watson is. In the end, "Mary Jane" is back, but she can't remember what happened to her at the last fight with first Green Goblin.

  • Blade returns to stop his mother, the Vampire Queen. She tries convince Morbius to reveal his knowledge of the Neogenic Recombinator. When he does, she uses it to create more vampires. She is eventually stopped by Spider-Man, Black Cat, Morbius, and Blade. The Black Cat decides to then leave Spider-man to fight alongside Morbius and Blade.

  • Debra Whitman finds Michael Morbius, and announces her plan to use Doc Connors' Neogenic Recombinator to revive him. Shocker and Landon arrive, and kidnap Morbius. Black Cat, Spider-Man and Whistler rescue Morbius and return him to the living vampire state that he was before.

  • After Dr. Crawford is mutated into a monster, Spider-Man and Black Cat team up with Kraven to help her. Dr. Curt Conners finds an antidote and cures her.

  • With the serum in hand, Kingpin successfully tests it on Felicia Hardy, The Cat's daughter. Now the superpowered Black Cat, Felicia teams up with Spider-Man to rescue her father and stop Kingpin from using the serum for his own ends.

  • Doctor Octopus attempts to blackmail the Hardy family with his knowledge of their ties to the legendary burglar known as The Cat, but is coerced into helping the Kingpin, who also has plans for The Cat, namely kidnapping him from his cell in S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters and forcing him to reveal his knowledge of the Super Soldier formula that created Captain America. Spider-Man tries but fails to stop the kidnapping during his own investigation into the Hardys and The Cat.

  • Accidents, created by Doc Conners' DNA, take Doc Conners (as the Lizard) down to their lair to be their Lizard King. The lizards end up capturing Spider-Man, and its up to Debora Whitman, Mary Jane, and Ms. Conners to save them both.

  • Mary Jane is casted as the role of the leading woman in a movie that siezed recording because the special effects operator -- pre-Mysterio Quentin Beck -- blew up the bridge trying to use more than the allowed amount of bombs, injuring the original actress. The director has decided to begin re-shooting the movie. Mary Jane ends up being haunted by her father, courtesy of Mysterio, who harbors a grudge against the original actress, whom he mistakes for Mary Jane because of their striking resembalance.

  • Blade meets his vampire mother, but he discovers that she has no love for the human race, and is out to get rid of them. So he decides that he has to get rid of her, just like the other vampires.

  • Deborah leads an exploration with ESU. They find Morbius. They take Morbius back home with them so they can cure him. Kingpin has other plans. Can Spider-Man and the Black Cat stop Kingpin's plans for Morbius? How will Morbius' return effect Spider-Man and Black Cat's relationship?

  • Silvermane's daughter, Alisha Silver, hires the Vulture to capture Spider-Man, so that she can transfer his age and power into her father's body, who's still stuck as an infant. Black Cat tries to rescue Spider-Man by sacrificing herself for him, though Alisha decides to keep them both. Realizing her commitment to him, Spider-Man finally considers Black Cat a partner.

  • When a beast begins attacking New York, the clues point to Kraven the Hunter. But Debora, Flash, and Black Cat find information proving otherwise.

  • When the Kingpin kidnaps Felicia, to get John to reveal the formula, to prove its legit, he uses it on Felicia, turning her into, the Black Cat.

  • When Spider-Man sees Felicia's mother doing relunctant business with Doc Ock, with him threatening to reveal something that would ruin the Hardy name, he does some research, and discovers something interesting. Spider-Man finds that Felicia's dad was John Hardesky, alias The Cat, a criminal with amazing acrobatic skill. He sees that when John was young, he was hired by US gov't agents to steal a formula from some scientists (the formula to create Captain America!). When questioning the agents on why they named their hero "Captain America", he realized that they were the spies. He escapes with that piece of info in his mind, with him having a photographic memory. Now the Kingpin wants the formula...

  • Mr. Robertson is framed by the Kingpin into being a crimelord. He ends up being sent to prison, with Silvermane and Tombstone as his cell mates! Now Spider-Man must clear Mr. Robertson's name.

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