Spider-Man Unlimited

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Spider-Man Unlimited
Spider-Man Unlimited title screen.jpg
Genre Superhero
Action/Adventure
Science fiction
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Developed by Michael Reaves
Will Meugniot
Written by Larry Brody
Robert Gregory Browne
Brynne Chandler
Michael Reaves
Directed by Patrick Archibald
Voices of Rino Romano
Brian Drummond
Michael Donovan
Garry Chalk
John Payne II
Rhys Huber
Christopher Gaze
Jennifer Hale
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Avi Arad
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Marvel Studios
Saban International
Koko Enterprise Co., Ltd.
(South Korean Animation Studio)
Distributor Saban Entertainment
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (currently)
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02) – March 31, 2001 (2001-03-31)
Chronology
Preceded by Spider-Man (1994 TV series)
Followed by Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

Spider-Man Unlimited is a short-lived American animated series featuring the Marvel comic book superhero Spider-Man.[1][2] Unlimited premiered in 1999, but, although it had fair ratings, was overshadowed by Pokémon and the newly debuted Digimon, and was canceled after airing only a few episodes.[3] Fox Kids later resumed airing the show from 2000 to 2001, airing 13 episodes, the last ending on a cliffhanger. Several scripts were written for Season 2, including the conclusion of the cliffhanger, but were never produced.

Initially, the goal was to do an extremely low-budget adaptation of the first 26 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book, but Sony and Marvel had already engaged in a deal, and so Saban was cut from any source and couldn't use the traditional Spider-Man suit or adapt the early comics. Also, in the original idea, Spider-Man was stranded in a Counter-Earth in which Ben Parker didn't die and thus Peter Parker lacked the moral fortitude to resist becoming Venom. However, Marvel Comics didn't like the idea and stated that they would not do a story with two Peter Parkers.[4]

Plot[edit]

While covering the launch of John Jameson's one-man mission to Counter-Earth (another Earth located on the far side of the Sun), Spider-Man attempts to stop his two symbiote adversaries Venom and Carnage from boarding the shuttlecraft. Blamed for Jameson losing contact with our Earth, Spider-Man becomes a target of persecution by the media and the public at large, with a bounty placed on his head. Believed to be dead after saving a person's life in a fire, Peter Parker uses the ruse to embark on a mission to retrieve John Jameson on Counter-Earth. His new Spider suit using nanotechnology discretely borrowed from Reed Richards to design a new suit that incorporates built in webshooters, stealth technology and anti-symbiote sonic weaponry. Making his way to the planet, Spider-Man learns that Jameson has fallen in with a band of freedom fighters opposed to the High Evolutionary whose Beastials, hybrids of animal and humanoid attributes, are the dominant species whilst humans are the second-class minority.

With Jameson reluctant to return until all of the Beastials are defeated, Spider-Man elects to remain on Counter-Earth, blending in as best as he can as Peter Parker, and fighting the High Evolutionary and his Knights of Wundagore alongside the rebels as Spider-Man. It is soon discovered that Venom and Carnage are also on Counter-Earth, and are following orders from the Synoptic, a hive-minded legion of Counter-Earth symbiotes. This series also shows the animated version of John Jameson's Man-Wolf form, as well as superhero versions of mainstream villains the Green Goblin and the Vulture.

Characters[edit]

  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (voiced by Rino Romano) – A photographer for the Daily Bugle newspaper who was bitten by a genetically altered spider and received spider-like abilities, becoming the superhero known as Spider-Man. The series begins with Spider-Man attempting to stop Venom and Carnage from escaping in a rocket piloted by John Jameson. Failing to stop them, Venom and Carnage took the ship Counter-Earth, with Jameson hostage. Peter borrowed nanotechnology from Reed Richards to design a new suit. He travels to Counter-Earth where he learns that Jameson has fallen in with a band of freedom fighters opposed to the High Evolutionary whose Beastials, hybrids of animal and humanoid attributes, are the dominant species whilst humans are the second-class minority.
  • Dr. Naoko Yamada-Jones (voiced by Akiko Morison) – A doctor on Counter-Earth. After Peter rescues her son, Shane, from a Machine Man, she gave Peter an offer to live in her house for rent for two weeks, which he accepts. She is married to Hector Jones, her long lost husband. She has a dislike for Spider-Man despite his heroics as she is unaware that Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker.
  • Shane Yamada-Jones (voiced by Rhys Huber) – The 10 year old only son of Dr. Naoko Yamada and Hector Jones. He looks up to Peter and hates when Peter and Naoko fight as it reminds him of his parents fighting and eventual split. He, like his mother, doesn't know of Peter's Spider-Man secret.
  • John Jameson (voiced by John Payne II) – A member of the rebels which is a team who fights against the High Evolutionary. He crashed on Counter-Earth due to interference from Venom and Carnage, who had stowed aboard his ship. He and Spider-Man joined the human rebels to fight the High Evolutionary and his Beastials and restore peace to Counter-Earth. Later on as seen in the episode "Ill Met by Moonlight", the High Evolutionary had experimented on Jameson and every time he gets angry he becomes the Man-Wolf (vocal effects provided by Scott McNeil), marking Man-Wolf's first animated appearance.
  • Karen O'Malley (voiced by Kim Hawthorne) – She is another member of the Rebellion and John Jameson's love interest. In episode 12 it is revealed that she is the granddaughter of the High Evolutionary. He made some experiments on her when she was still in her mother's womb, thus giving her abnormal strength and agility. She share resemblance with Mary-Jane Watson in appearance.
  • Bromely - T.B.A.
  • Green Goblin/Hector Jones (voiced by Rino Romano) – He is the Counter-Earth Green Goblin. This version is actually a hero instead of a villain, mistaking Spider-Man for a villain during their first encounter. Instead of a glider, he wields a backpack that sprouts wings. The Goblin next appears when he finds out that both Spider-Man and Peter Parker are the same person. He also learns that Spider-Man is from the original Earth, and his intentions on Counter-Earth are to rescue John Jameson. Since Jameson, who is working with the rebels against the High Evolutionary, does not agree to come and lets Spider-Man go off on his own, the Goblin decides to help by getting a ship the High Evolutionary has, which was originally Spider-Man's (Solaris II).
  • Git Hoskins – Git is a member of the rebels. Sir Ram made an experiment on Git when he was young, resulting in him having mummy-like bandages and giving him the powers to stretch and control his bandages. Due to his appearance, he didn't have any friends growing up. Because of this, he has a grudge against Sir Ram.
  • X-51 (voiced by Dale Wilson) – X-51 was an obsolete Machine Man who crashed and unexpectedly gained sentience. As the result, the android becomes benevolent and protects humans from the High Evolutionary. He saved Shane from a giant rhino. The High Evolutionary wanted him conduct experiments on him to learn his developments. He was kidnapped by the High Evolutionary, but was saved by Spider-Man, Karen and John. Sir Ram later implanted a chip for a trap against the rebels but Spider-Man destroys it. After defeating Sir Ram, X-51 joins the rebels for both humanity and machines' freedom.
  • Vulture (voiced by Scott McNeil) – He is the Counter-Earth version of the Vulture. Like the Counter Earth Green Goblin, this version of the Vulture is a hero instead of a villain and also like the Counter-Earth Goblin, he first mistook Spider-Man for a villain. It is explained the Vulture was a human who got Bestial powers, hanging out with Beastials and disrespecting humans while he was also playing with his human servant's son. When he caused his human friend trouble, he hated the High Evolutionary for what he did and rebelled against him.
  • Mr. Meugniot (voiced by Garry Chalk) – The editor of the Daily Byte.
  • Lord Tyger (voiced by David Sobolov) – Lord Tyger is one of the High Evolutionary's first New Men and was later placed as the leader of the Knights of Wundagore.

Episode list[edit]

The following list reflects the correct viewing order of the Spider-Man Unlimited episodes, according to the official site of Marvel.

# Title Original air date
1 "Worlds Apart, Part One" October 2, 1999[5]
When Spider-Man spots his two main enemies, Venom and Carnage, hijacking on John Jameson's spaceship on a trip to the mysterious planet, Counter-Earth, he fails to stop them and the two symbiote villains go with Jameson to Counter-Earth, where the ship crashes and Jameson presumably dies. The public then blames Spider-Man for Jameson's seeming death. Spider-Man fakes his own death and lies low for half a year until he gets a new nano-tech costume from Reed Richards and gets another ride to Counter-Earth.
2 "Worlds Apart, Part Two" October 9, 1999[6]
Spider-Man reaches his destination on Counter-Earth and finds out that John Jameson survived the crash. He has become a member of a rebellion fighting against the forces of the High Evolutionary, the counter-Earth version of the High Evolutionary, a figurehead who hates humans and creates animal-mutant hybrids called the Beastials. Spider-Man then joins the group and moves in with a single mother, Dr. Naoko Yamada-Jones, and her son, Shane Jones.
3 "Where Evil Nests" October 16, 1999[7]
Spider-Man meets the Counter-Earth version of the Green Goblin, a hero who mistakes Spider-Man for a villain. Spider-Man realizes the kidnapper of Dr. Naoko Yamada-Jones isn't the Goblin. The two team up to save her and stop a plan by her kidnappers responsible for the green Bio-Mass: Venom and Carnage.
4 "Deadly Choices" December 23, 2000[8]
A member of the rebellion against Hugh Evolutionary, Git Hoskins, steals a bomb and threatens to blow up the Counter-Earth New York. The rebellion and the Beastials are forced to team up to get it back before both humans and Beastials are killed by the contagious compound within the bomb.
5 "Steel Cold Heart" January 13, 2001[9]
A machine man, X-51 (the 51st off the assembly line), one of the High Evolutionary's operatives, refuses to hurt innocent people, so he betrays him and the Knights, and decides to join the rebellion.
6 "Enter the Hunter!" February 3, 2001[10]
When the High Evolutionary sees that Spider-Man is a bug in his plans, he has his minion, Sir Ram, hire an assassin named the Hunter (Counter-Earth's Kraven the Hunter) to kill the hero.
7 "Cry Vulture" February 10, 2001[11]
Spider-Man teams up with the Counter-Earth hero version of the Vulture to foil one of Sir Ram's evil plots to transform humans into Bestials and defeat his minion Firedrake.
8 "Ill-Met by Moonlight" February 17, 2001[12]
John Jameson turns into Man-Wolf, and Spider-Man has to break into the High Evolutionary's power plant to find a cure for him. Here, he confronts an electric eel that is Counter-Earth's Bestial version of Electro.
9 "Sustenance" March 3, 2001[13]
The Goblin returns and figures out that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. They are both then kidnapped by Rejects, failed Beastials created by the High Evolutionary. They attempt to sneak into one of the Evolutionary's hideouts so Spider-Man can escape, pretending to help the Rejects.
10 "Matters of the Heart" March 10, 2001[14]
Spider-Man agrees to help Bromley, a member of the rebellion against the High Evolutionary, to find his long-lost brother. At the end of the episode, after Bromley finds out that his brother is loyal to the High Evolutionary, he pushes him into a vat of water. The Beastials inside pull him down.
11 "One is the Loneliest Number" March 17, 2001[15]
Eddie Brock, alter ego of Venom, is separated from the Venom symbiote and Spider-Man agrees to retrieve it by donning it and then give it back to Brock before he dies.
12 "Sins of the Fathers" March 24, 2001[16]
Karen O'Malley, a member of the rebellion against the High Evolutionary, is kidnapped by machine men of the Evolutionary, so Spider-Man and X-51 teams up to save her. Meanwhile, the Evolutionary realizes that Karen is his grand-daughter.
13 "Destiny Unleashed, Part One" March 31, 2001[17]
Venom and Carnage reveal why they are on Counter-Earth. They have been working for the Synoptic, whose plan is to team up with the High Evolutionary. When the time is right, they will unleash millions of symbiotes on the planet to finally rid it of humans once and for all. Spider-Man, John Jameson, the rebellion, X-51 and the Goblin all team up to put an end to the High Evolutionary's plans but appear too late when the plans of Venom and Carnage unfold.

Comic book[edit]

Alongside the animated series, Marvel Comics commissioned a comic to tie in with the series. It would be the second volume of Spider-Man Unlimited as a whole from the company, but the only one of the Unlimited volumes to be based on it. The first two issues were adapted from the first three episodes of the series, with the last three providing their own storyline. In the final issue, Spider-Man meets an escapee from Haven, a Bestial version of Wolverine. After fighting, the two team up and take down a Bestial Chameleon. It is hinted that Wolverine is really Naoko Jones' missing husband (although the cartoon hints that the Goblin is really Naoko's husband). The question was never resolved as poor sales ended the comic's run. A copy of the series' universe, labeled Earth-7831, is massacred by Morlun's brother Daemos during the events of Spider-Verse.[18]

DVD releases[edit]

As with the majority of the other Disney-acquired Marvel Comics animated series, Liberation Entertainment UK planned to release this on DVD in 2009. Due to Liberation's bankruptcy, the Marvel licenses were re-acquired by Clear Vision Ltd, who released it on DVD (in Region 2 PAL format) in a 2-disk set containing all 13 episodes. It was released on the May 3, 2010. All 13 episodes are now available on Netflix and Instant Marvel.com.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spider-Man on TV". IGN. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fritz, Steve (August 18, 1999). "The Web-Slinger Visits Counter-Earth This Fall". USA: Mania. Archived from the original on January 29, 2000. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Fritz, Steve (November 3, 1999). "Avengers In, Spider-Man Out—For Good?". USA: Mania. Archived from the original on January 24, 2000. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/tv/amazing-spider-man-other-media-versions-2.html
  5. ^ Worlds Apart, Part One
  6. ^ Worlds Apart, Part Two
  7. ^ Where Evil Nests
  8. ^ Deadly Choice
  9. ^ Steel Cold Heart
  10. ^ Enter the Hunter!
  11. ^ Cry Vulture
  12. ^ Ill Met by Moonlight
  13. ^ Sunstenance
  14. ^ Matters of the Heart
  15. ^ One is the Loneliest Number
  16. ^ The Sins of Our Fathers
  17. ^ Destiny Unleashed
  18. ^ Dan Slott (w), Giuseppe Camuncoli (p), Cam Smith (i). "Edge of Spider-Verse: Web of Fear" The Amazing Spider-Man v3, #7 (8 October 2014), United States: Marvel Comics
  19. ^ http://marvel.com/videos/browse/tv_show/142/spider-man_unlimited (Verified on March 3, 2012)

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