Dead Television Marvel Month: Spider-Man Unlimited

We’re almost home folks, so after a small misunderstanding, we’re finally gonna look at Spider-Man Unlimited. The series ran for a year (13 episodes) on FOX Kids but, was canceled due to the popularity of both Pokémon and FOX’s own Digimon. Seeing how this is about Spider-Man again, were skipping the origin since I already did it weeks ago.

Originally, the show’s producer Will Meugniot wanted to do an extremely low budget adaptation of the first 26 issues of the Amazing Spider-Man, but Sony and Marvel had already engaged in a deal, and so Saban was cut from many 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 morale 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.

The first two episodes set up that there is an alternate Earth in the exact same position as our Earth but on the opposite side of the sun. Seeing how every time our Earth kept sending probes to “Counter-Earth” and lost contact within moments, the unnamed space administration decides to send a manned shuttle to Counter-Earth lead by John Jameson. When the shuttle takes off, Peter notices Venom and Carnage attempting to hijack the shuttle, 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. 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 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.

Episode 3 introduces Counter-Earth’s version of the Green Goblin who is a superhero and is heavily implied to be Dr. Yamada-Jones’ ex-husband. Episode 5 introduces the character X-51 (Machine Man) who was ordered to harm innocent people, but decides against this and joins the rebels. Episode 6 introduces the Counter-Earth’s Kraven The Hunter he’s not a hero or villain but an unaligned bounty hunter. Episode 7 we see the Counter-Earth Vulture a hero, Episode 8 features John becoming the Man-Wolf and facing the Counter-Electro (he’s evil but has “good” intentions).
The next episode features Spidey and the Goblin getting kidnapped by failed bestials (reffered to as The Rejects). Episode 10 is filler, while the last 3 episodes featured Eddie Brock being separated from Venom and needs to bond with it again before he dies, and Spidey dons the black suit once again. Ep. 12 reveals that rebel soldier Karen O’Malley is the High Evolutionary’s granddaughter. Finally in the finale Venom and Carnage unleash their horde of sybiotes on Counter-Earth with nothing resolved. Had the show had been renewed it would have been.

So this show’s right up there with Incredible Hulk in that it did NOT hold up well, when the show first came out the show was hated but a lot of people did praise the opening sequence, art style and, suit design (save for the web cape).

Look out for tomorrow’s post the final post in Marvel Month, Avengers: United They Stand.

RANK: 2 out of 5

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