List of The Spectacular Spider-Man episodes
The Spectacular Spider-Man is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics character, Spider-Man, and developed for television by Greg Weisman and Victor Cook. In terms of tone and style, the series is based primarily on the original stories by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, with a similar balance of action, drama and comedy as well as a high school setting. However, it also tends to utilize material from all eras of the comic's run and other sources such as the film series and the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. The series premiered on March 8, 2008 during the Kids' WB programming block of The CW, and its second season aired on Disney XD in the United States, and ended its run on November 18, 2009. Throughout its run, The Spectacular Spider-Man was acclaimed by both critics and audiences. The entire series was broadcast in Canada on Teletoon.
Following the central theme of "The Education of Peter Parker", the series is broken up into loose arcs, each consisting of three to four episodes that take place nearly a month within the series, with the episode titles in each arc adopting terms from specific fields of study. Both Season One and Two consist of 13 episodes.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)||DVD/[Blu-ray]] release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2|
|1||13||March 8, 2008||June 14, 2008||Volume One||May 5, 2009||Volume One||April 26, 2010|
|Volume Two||March 17, 2009||Volume Two||April 26, 2010|
|Volume Three||March 17, 2009||Volume Three||August 23, 2010|
|Volume Four||April 28, 2009||Volume Four||August 23, 2010|
|The Complete First Season||July 28, 2009||N/A||N/A|
|2||13||June 22, 2009||November 18, 2009||Volume Five||November 17, 2009||N/A||N/A|
|Volume Six||February 16, 2010||N/A||N/A|
|Volume Seven||February 16, 2010||N/A||N/A|
|Volume Eight||April 27, 2010||N/A||N/A|
|The Complete Series||April 22, 2014||N/A||N/A|
The first three episodes are named after notions in biology, the next three are named after ones in economics, the following three are terms in chemistry, while the final four are notions in psychology.
|Title||Director(s)||Writer(s)||Original air date||Production
|1||1||"Survival of the Fittest"||Victor Cook||Greg Weisman||March 8, 2008||101|
|Summer is over for Peter Parker and school's ready to start -- both literally (it's his junior year of high school), and in the real world of crime-fighting -- as Spider-Man faces his first real challenge (The Enforcers) and his first real super-villain (Vulture)|
|2||2||"Interactions"||Troy Adomitis||Kevin Hopps||March 8, 2008||102|
|Peter Parker attempts to tutor the popular Liz Allan while Spider-Man tries to stop Electro, who will stop at nothing to find a cure for the accident that made him who he is.|
|3||3||"Natural Selection"||Dave Bullock||Matt Wayne||March 15, 2008||103|
|Peter Parker and Spider-Man both must learn to own their choices when decisions made by Dr. Curt Connors transform him into the Lizard.|
|4||4||"Market Forces"||Dan Fausett||Andrew Robinson||March 22, 2008||104|
|While Peter takes on the responsibility of helping Aunt May pay the bills, Montana (one of the Big Man's Enforcers) becomes the stunning Shocker to fulfill his responsibility: eliminating Spider-Man.|
|5||5||"Competition"||Troy Adomitis||Kevin Hopps||March 29, 2008||105|
|As Peter Parker and Harry Osborn try out for the football team, Spider-Man must face convict Flint Marko, newly transformed into the Sandman in order to destroy Spider-Man.|
|6||6||"The Invisible Hand"||Dave Bullock||Matt Wayne||April 12, 2008||106|
|Peter struggles to get a date for the Fall Formal, and to figure out a way to pay for it. Meanwhile, the unstoppable Rhino – the latest of the Big Man's creations – has sworn vengeance on Spider-Man. Spidey takes the battle directly to the source of his troubles, the previously invisible hand, who has been secretly conducting his villain-of-the-week attacks. But the Big Man offers a surprising solution to Spidey's problems, a tempting offer he doesn't think our hero can afford to refuse. Will Spidey do the right thing?|
|7||7||"Catalysts"||Victor Cook||Andrew Robinson||April 26, 2008||107|
|On the night of the Midtown High Fall Formal, Peter's date, Mary Jane Watson, threatens to invert Midtown's social structure. Elsewhere, the mysterious, murderous Green Goblin tries to force L. Thompson Lincoln (a.k.a. Tombstone) to step down as NYC's Big Man of crime. Will Spider-Man be able to take this new threat seriously enough – or will he be so cocky that he loses his big head?|
|8||8||"Reaction"||Jennifer Coyle||Randy Jandt||May 10, 2008||108|
|Peter Parker and Spider-Man learn that actions have consequences when nebbishy Dr. Otto Octavius becomes the megalomaniacal Doctor Octopus. The cause: Green Goblin; the effect: mayhem! Now Spider-Man must prevent Doctor Octopus from obtaining an experimental battery pack that can keep his mechanical arms functioning indefinitely.|
|9||9||"The Uncertainty Principle"||Dave Bullock||Kevin Hopps||May 17, 2008||109|
|While Colonel John Jameson struggles to land his damaged space shuttle, Spider-Man struggles to defeat the Green Goblin, who also threatens Hammerhead and Tombstone. But Peter Parker's biggest challenge will be facing the truth when he finally learns the Goblin's true identity, all on Halloween.|
|10||10||"Persona"||Dan Fausett||Matt Wayne||May 24, 2008||110|
|Spider-Man gains a black costume, courtesy of the alien life form, during an encounter with the Black Cat. Meanwhile, a master of disguise, the Chameleon, starts framing Spidey for various robberies, using inventions and effects provided by Quentin Beck and Phineas Mason. Spider-Man is left with no option but to team up with Black Cat to stop his new enemy's crime spree.|
|11||11||"Group Therapy"||Dave Bullock & Jennifer Coyle||Andrew Robinson & Greg Weisman||May 31, 2008||111|
|With Electro's help, Doctor Octopus breaks himself, Vulture, Sandman, Rhino and Shocker out of Ryker's Island prison to quench their mutual thirst for revenge. Even with his new black alien suit, Spider-Man finds his old enemies, now called the Sinister Six, are more than he can handle.|
|12||12||"Intervention"||Dave Bullock||Greg Weisman||June 7, 2008||112|
|With Aunt May in the hospital and his friendship with Eddie Brock ruined, Peter finally gains enough self-awareness to realize the alien symbiote is starting to affect his personality. The struggle between Peter and the symbiote evolves into a war within Spidey's own mind, where Peter is aided by a familiar face.|
|13||13||"Nature vs. Nurture"||Victor Cook||Kevin Hopps||June 14, 2008||113|
|Peter is in a celebratory mood as Aunt May is released from the hospital, but Eddie Brock (transformed into the vicious Venom by the alien symbiote) has no intention of letting them have a happy reunion. Can Spider-Man defeat his new arch-nemesis?|
The first four episodes are named after notions from engineering, the next three are named after ones in human development, the following three are terms in criminology, while the final three are drama terminologies.
|Title||Director(s)||Writer(s)||Original air date||Production
|14||1||"Blueprints"||Jennifer Coyle||Kevin Hopps||September 29, 2009||201|
|It's early December, and the first snow is falling. Peter Parker has a long "to do" list – starting with talking to Gwen Stacy about their surprise first kiss. But before he gets the chance, Spider-Man has a run-in with the sorcerer Mysterio.|
|15||2||"Destructive Testing"||Kevin Altieri||Matt Wayne||October 13, 2009||202|
|Both Gwen Stacy and Liz Allan like Peter Parker. So whom should Peter pursue? Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter has come to New York to make Spider-Man his prey.|
|16||3||"Reinforcement"||Mike Goguen||Andrew Robinson||October 20, 2009||203|
|As Christmas approaches, the Sinister Six reconstitutes with Sandman, Rhino, Vulture, Electro, and new members Mysterio and Kraven. All they want for Christmas is Spider-Man — dead. Meanwhile, Peter Parker finds his wandering eye prevents him from being with Gwen Stacy. He'll have to learn to focus if he wants to get the girl, and if he wants to stay alive.|
|17||4||"Shear Strength"||Jennifer Coyle||Randy Jandt||October 27, 2009||204|
|It's New Year's Eve, and the Master Planner and his henchmen are planning to take over the world. A highly motivated Spider-Man takes the fight to the Planner's secret lair, but once he gets there, can he survive?|
|18||5||"First Steps"||Kevin Altieri||Kevin Hopps||November 10, 2009||205|
|School's back in session, and things have changed. Peter Parker's actually invited to Flash Thompson's birthday bash. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has to party with Sandman, who's once again looking to make his Big Score. Harry Osborn shows up at school again. And is that Venom disappearing into the night?|
|19||6||"Growing Pains"||Mike Goguen||Nicole Dubuc||November 24, 2009||206|
|Venom is back and framing Spider-Man. Meanwhile, alien spores infect John Jameson, increasing his size, strength and mass. J. Jonah Jameson convinces his son to become a superhero, to capture Spidey.|
|20||7||"Identity Crisis"||Jennifer Coyle||Andrew Robinson||January 31, 2010||207|
|Peter Parker's secret identity as Spider-Man has been outed by Venom, leaving Peter and his loved ones vulnerable to all of Spidey's enemies. At the end, Spider-Man separated Eddie and Venom. Eddie gets treatment, but Venom's on the loose in the sewer tunnels.|
|21||8||"Accomplices"||Kevin Altieri||Nicole Dubuc||October 7, 2010||208|
|A gang war looms as Silver Sable, Hammerhead, and Doctor Octopus vie for a prize that could change the balance of power in the New York Underworld. Spidey finds himself in the thick of this fray and must rely on help with surprising allies to stay alive...|
|22||9||"Probable Cause"||Mike Goguen||Kevin Hopps||October 14, 2010||209|
|Some days, Peter Parker just can't win, especially when he winds up on a Midtown High police car ride, along with Sally Avril. As Spider-Man, his luck isn't any better, facing off against Shocker, Ricochet, and Ox, the new Enforcers.|
|23||10||"Gangland"||Jennifer Coyle||Andrew Robinson||October 21, 2010||210|
|On Valentine's Day, Peter Parker jeopardizes his relationship with girlfriend Liz Allan when Tombstone, Doctor Octopus, and Silvermane call a Valentine's Day Summit. But when Hammerhead betrays them all in an attempt to become the new Big Man, the summit erupts into a gang war – one only Spider-Man can stop.|
|24||11||"Subtext"||Kevin Altieri||Nicole Dubuc||November 4, 2010||211|
|Determined to be a better boyfriend to Liz Allan, Peter Parker wishes he could help her brother Mark. But when Green Goblin turns Mark into Molten Man and blackmails him into doing his bidding, neither Liz, Mary Jane Watson, nor Spider-Man may be able to save him.|
|25||12||"Opening Night"||Mike Goguen||Greg Weisman||November 25, 2010||212|
|Spider-Man volunteers to try to escape the Vault in order to test the security system. But the Green Goblin has other ideas, trapping Spidey inside Ryker's amid a sea of felons he put away.|
|26||13||"Final Curtain"||Victor Cook||Kevin Hopps||December 2, 2010||213|
|When Peter breaks up with Liz Allan to finally be with Gwen Stacy, nothing goes as planned. Likewise for Spider-Man, who finally unmasks the Green Goblin.|
- Interview with Greg Weisman (Part 1) by Sean Elliott: March 7, 2008
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- Ask Greg (Weisman): June 27, 2008