WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN...
There are many, many characters that we were supposed to see on "Spider-Man: The Animated Series". Most didn't show up, but some did in some way on the series. Here's the list of characters we were supposed to see, and I really, REALLY wish we had...
WHO SHE IS: J. Jonah Jameson's original secretary for the Daily Bugle, who was also Peter's first love interest in the comic books.
WHY SHE DIDN'T APPEAR: Well, I'm not exactly sure. I did find out that there was a drawing for what Betty Brant was supposed to look like, and she was described as the assistant to Joe "Robbie" Robertson. Also, Betty was supposed to be older than Peter, in her 20s, and was apparently fond of and nice to Peter. On the animated series, since Betty wasn't included, Jameson's secretary is, and always has been, Glory Grant. While I think it's nice we got another African-American supporting character from Spider-Man's comics on the show, with no disrespect intended, Glory is not as cool of a character as Betty. Not only does Betty have a lot more history with Peter Parker than Glory ever did, she also had various encounters with Spider-Man's villains, from Doctor Octopus to the Hobgoblin. In fact, Betty's own husband Ned Leeds, who did appear on the cartoon, was set up by the original Hobgoblin to make it look like Ned was really the man behind the Hobgoblin mask. Betty had so many potential storylines that could have been used on the show, but she was never introduced. How unfortunate. Even so, the closest thing we came to seeing Betty Brant on this show was an unnamed Daily Bugle reporter in season three. She is seen in several episodes including "The Sins of the Fathers, Chapter II: Make a Wish" and "Chapter X: Venom Returns". The only episode I remember her speaking in was in "Chapter VIII: The Ultimate Slayer", when she tells Peter he has a phone call. You be the judge on whether ot not this could've possibly been a cameo by Betty Brant:
WHO HE IS: A former master mechanic who decided to use his armor-plated battle suit as a supervillain, Abner Jenkins pestered Spider-Man for years either solo or a member of the Sinister Syndicate as the Beetle. In the comics, Jenkins reformed and became Mach-IV, a member of the supervillain-turned-superhero team known as the Thunderbolts.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: According to an interview with John Semper, the answer was simple - they simply ran out of episodes. He was supposed to appear in one of the show's five seasons, but which season is not known for sure and if there ever was an episode written, it was obviously never used. Beetle's appearance could have set up potential guest-heroes in the future, since he was enemies with the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Avengers. As a member of the Sinister Syndicate, this means we could've seen the introduction of his fellow teammates that were not seen on this "Spider-Man" cartoon show, Boomerang and Speed Demon. But none of these villains ever made an appearance, and it's too bad we never got to see any of them on the show. Granted, Beetle is nowhere near as cool - or well known - as, say, the Green Goblin or Doc Ock. But if Rocket Racer and the Spot could make the cut, the Beetle sure as heck could've popped up at least once. To be fair, it's not like the Beetle was entirely left out. The Beetle did manage to appear in the "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" video game for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo video game consoles. While the Beetle made an appearance in the game, some of the actual villains who did appear on the Spider-Man TV show - such as the Hobgoblin - did not appear. Still, it would've been nice to see what Mr. Semper and company had in mind for the Beetle on the show.
WHO HE IS: Electrical lineman Max Dillon was struck by lightning while he was working on power lines. Rather than end up an extra crispy corpse, his body was able to store electricity in his body and he could fire electric blasts from his fingertips. Calling himself Electro, Dillon turned to a life of crime and became one of Spider-Man's first, and one of his most popular, villains. He was also a founding member of the Sinister Six, a team of Spider-Man's most dangerous enemies assembled for the sole purpose of killing our web-headed hero.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: Well, he did...but not really. As you can see in the photo above, we did have a guy named Electro on this show. But he was actually a made-up character just for this series - Rheinholt Kragov, the Russian Chief of Police who was actually the son of the Red Skull. Ugh. While the Kragov Electro was able to use his powers more intelligently than Dillon did most of the time in the comics, he wasn't as memorable or as cool as Dillon. But to be fair, story editor/co-writer John Semper was not allowed to use Electro on the show for the first four seasons because Electro and Sandman were supposed to be the villains in James Cameron's planned "Spider-Man" movie. Unfortunately, the film rights to Spider-Man wound up in limbo for years and Semper was finally able to use Electro on the show for the last season, but as Kragov. Ironically, Cameron's script for Spider-Man had an original character, a billionaire named Carlton Strand, who became Electro rather than using Max Dillon. It's just a shame we never got to see Max Dillon as Electro, especially as a member of the Sinister Six. Curiously, there was an "Electro Spark" toy line that was made for the Spider-Man animated series in 1997, but the back of the box listed a different storyline for Electro than what he got on the show. Instead of fighting Spider-Man and the Six Forgotten Warriors, Electro only fought Spider-Man and the Six's leader Captain America...and sadly, the story on the box ended up sounding better than what we got on the show.
WHO HE IS: After becoming a criminal, William Baker used the alias Flint Marko to become a mob enforcer and spent years going in and out of jail. When Baker broke out of prison, he fled onto a beach to escape. But Baker discovered that the beach was being used a nuclear testing site and his body had bonded with the irradiated sand. After discovering that he could alter his body into different forms by thought and create weapons with his hands, Baker became the Sandman and one of Spider-Man's most famous enemies.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: Like Electro, Sandman was supposed to appear in Jim Cameron's "Spider-Man" film, but he was not called William Baker or Flint Marko in the screenplay. Instead, Sandman was Boyd, Electro's henchman. As a result of Jim Cameron's script, Sandman was not allowed to appear on either the "Spider-Man" series or the "Fantastic Four" animated series that both aired on the Fox Kids network. The villain Hydro-Man, who had similar abilities but with water instead of sand, was used on both shows in Sandman's place. Personally, this remains one of the biggest negative aspects about the "Spider-Man" series. Sandman has so much history and is such a big part of the Spider-Man mythology, and I can't believe he wasn't able to appear on the show.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
WHO HE IS: You know the drill. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, the inventor of the Gamma Bomb, was about to test his creation at a testing site in a New Mexico Army base. But Bruce was horrified to learn that teenager Rick Jones had snuck onto the site on a dare and was unaware that the bomb was about to detonate. Banner managed to rush onto the test site and he saved Jones by pushing him into a ditch. But Bruce himself was caught in the heart of the blast and his body absorbed the full impact of the gamma rays. The gamma radiation exposure caused Bruce to become a gray-skinned brute of incredible strength by nightfall known as the Hulk, and he changed back to Banner at dawn. This was later changed when the Hulk received exposure to cosmic radiation. Since then, Bruce's adrenaline would turn him into a green-skinned, baby-talking, and far stronger version of the Hulk.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: The question actually should be, "why didn't they use him when they had the chance?" You see, for the first two or three seasons of "Spider-Man", the show actually COULD have used the Hulk. The Hulk had no animated series at the time "Spider-Man" was airing, and he had already been a guest star on the "Fantastic Four" and "Iron Man" animated series that aired on the Fox Kids network. So you'd think that Fox could use the Hulk on the "Spider-Man" show with no problems too, right? Wrong. Although the Hulk was supposed to appear on the "Spider-Man" show, he never got the chance to. By the time the crew were going to use the Hulk, he had gotten his own animated series on the UPN network and the character became forbidden to be used on the "Spider-Man" series. The only episodes that fans know for sure that the Hulk was going to appear in was the three "Secret Wars" episodes in season five, but rumors insist he was supposed to appear in a Spidey feud/team-up episode first somewhere on the show before "Secret Wars". With the Hulk and then the She-Hulk unavailable to appear on "Secret Wars", John Semper had to include the Lizard in their place. While the Lizard did fit the scientist-turned-monster aspect well on those episodes, I've never liked the "heroic" Lizard on those episodes when the Lizard had Curt Connors' mind. Unlike Sandman and Electro, Mr. Semper could have used the Hulk when he had the chance, but he never did. I find that extremely disappointing and wish that the Hulk had been able to appear on this series. Hulk and Spider-Man have since appeared together on recent Marvel's current animated series on Disney XD, such as "Ultimate Spider-Man" and "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.", but unfortunately, neither show are as good as this animated series. If only Spidey and the Hulk had appeared together on this animated series. Hulk SMASH!
WHO HE IS: Originally, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze was the man who turned into the original Ghost Rider. Blaze wound up selling his soul to the arch-demon Mephisto (BOOOO!!! - Sorry, I'm still mad at the guy for the terrible, terrible Spider-Man storyline "One More Day") in order to save the life of his stepfather and mentor, "Crash" Simpson. When Crash's daughter Roxanne discovered the deal and she had used a spell to deny Mephisto from claiming Johnny's soul, Blaze instead became possessed by a demonic rival of Mephisto's named Zarathos. When night falls, Blaze turned into Ghost Rider, a motorcycle-riding, supernatural being with a flaming skull. In the 1990s, however, Daniel Ketch replaced Blaze as the second Ghost Rider in the comic books in the 1990s. After his sister was injured by ninja gangsters (and yes, you read that correctly), Ketch found a mystically enchanted motorcycle that allowed him to turn into the Spirit of Vengeance. It was later revealed that Ketch and Blaze are brothers. Blaze is once again Ghost Rider in the comics, and Ketch is currently a normal dude again.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: Ghost Rider almost did make the cut, but his episode got scrapped. Reportedly, Ghost Rider was supposed to team up with Spider-Man and they would have fought both Dormammu and Mysterio. However, the Fox Kids network did not want to use Ghost Rider because UPN was apparently trying to get a solo "Ghost Rider" animated series made at the time. Although the Ghost Rider cartoon never happened, he did manage to guest star on an episode of UPN's "The Incredible Hulk" animated series. Still, while Sony owns the legal rights to both the Ghost Rider and the Spider-Man movies, don't expect Ghost Rider to pop up any time soon.
WHO HE IS: The Rose's real name is Richard Fisk, who is the son of Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. the Kingpin. At first, he had faked his death and struck at his own father's criminal empire as a gang leader known as the Schemer. Later on, Richard ended up working for his father as the crime lord known as the Rose, but secretly planned to overthrow his father and become the new Kingpin. Richard Fisk hasn't made any trouble in the last few years in the comic books, however, as Richard was shot dead by his own mother Vanessa after he'd tried to get rid of his father. Despite this, two other men - Sergeant Blume and ex-Daily Bugle reporter Jacob Conover - have also taken on the masked alias of the Rose after Richard.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: Well, Richard Fisk did appear on the show (as pictured above), but his Rose identity never did. This isn't entirely surprising to me, since the Kingpin was, with the exception of Silvermane's few appearances, the main crime lord of the animated series. According to an interview with John Semper, there were plans for Richard Fisk to return for a sixth season of "Spider-Man: The Animated Series". Apparently, Richard Fisk was going to become the Rose at some point and he would have tried to frame Ned Leeds. But why he wanted to frame Ned is not known, and it's also unknown when Richard would've become the Rose in the sixth season. Hopefully, we'll see the Rose on a "Spider-Man" animated series one day, but it's going to be a long time before we see the Rose make an appearance...if he ever does appear on a Spider-Man series.
Jason Macendale, the original Jack O'Lantern, as he appeared on "Spider-Man: The Animated Series"
WHO HE IS: Before he became the second Hobgoblin, mercenary Jason Macendale donned a pumpkin head and flew through the sky on a round hovercraft as Jack O'Lantern. Though he started out fighting the Machine Man, after his first fight with Spider-Man, Jack O'Lantern became one of Spidey's newest resident recurring enemies. When Macendale ordered the murder of Ned Leeds, who he believed was the Hobgoblin, Macendale took over the Hobgoblin identity and other people have taken on the identity of Jack O'Lantern afterwards.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: In "Spider-Man: The Animated Series", Macendale started off as a hired goon who later became the Hobgoblin. Since he had never used the Jack O'Lantern identity before and Macendale was unmasked as the Hobgoblin in season three, I have no idea as to how they could've used Jack O'Lantern before Jason's unmasking if they wanted to use the character. Despite being left out of the series, Jack O'Lantern wound up as a villain in the "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" video game for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo consoles. Ironically, the Hobgoblin, the identity Macendale was using on the cartoon show, was left out of the video game.
WHO HE IS: The owner and CEO of Firehart Enterprises, Thomas Firehart is a protector of his Native American tribe and is able to transform into a mountain lion werecat with enhanced strength, speed and senses. In his early comic book appearances, Puma operated as a mercenary-for-hire and even tried to kill Spider-Man a couple of times, but he's also been known to ally himself with Spider-Man as often as he's tried to eliminate him.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: The real reason is not known, but it is possible that, like the Beetle, the writers meant to use him but simply didn't get around to using him. There are rumors that insist that a Puma story was written for the show, but not used. Then again, Puma isn't as well-known to Spider-Man fans as, say, Venom or the Green Goblin. And if you wanted more episodes of the show, then honestly, which one would you rather see pop up in a later episodes? My point exactly.
WHO HE IS: The Tinkerer is really inventor Phineas Mason, literally one of Spider-Man's oldest foes. Mason is quite brilliant and has been known to create some of the most advanced gadgets known in the criminal underworld. While the Tinkerer may not be a threat in hand-to-hand combat, he's one of the biggest providers of advanced weapons in the gangland and has been known to create everything from the suit of Mysterio, to a new tail for the Scorpion and even equipment for the Black Cat!
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: Well, I don't think that too many kids would've wanted to see Spidey fight an evil elderly inventor on this show. Heck, even the Vulture didn't stay elderly too long when he made his debut. In my honest opinion, I could see the Tinkerer making a few appearances here and there, like saying he could've been working for Silvermane and could've substituted for Smythe in fixing Scorpion's tail in season five's "The Wedding" episode. Still, all isn't lost for the Tinkerer. He popped up in the "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" video game for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis systems, though he was in the background controlling gadgets and traps in the Carnival/Fun House level of the game. Tinkerer has also made his animated debut when he popped up for several episodes of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" animated series.
Man-Wolf's alter-ego John Jameson, as seen in season one's "The Alien Costume, Part 3"
WHO HE IS: Astronaut John Jameson, the son of Daily Bugle owner and publisher J. Jonah Jameson, discovered a strange ruby-red gem on the moon and he took it back to Earth. He even wore it around his neck, but was horrified to learn that the gem had grafted onto his skin and when the moonlight touched it, the gem would be activated and would transform John into the werewolf known as Man-Wolf! He has fought Spider-Man several times as the Man-Wolf, but John has always been stopped and cured of his bestial alter-ego. On this series, he appears in season one's three-part "The Alien Costume" storyline, where he discovers the alien symbiote on the moon instead of the gem and he takes it to Earth.
WHY HE DIDN'T APPEAR: My guess? They either ran out of episodes for John Jameson to turn into the Man-Wolf, or they probably couldn't use any more monsters on this show. Yeah, we got to see vampires on this series, but given the limitations with Morbius alone - like having to say he needed "plasma" instead of "blood" - I don't think they would've been able to do much with Man-Wolf. Then again, I'm not surprised we never saw Man-Wolf, because John Jameson was never seen or heard from again on this show after he popped up in "The Alien Costume" storyline in season one. Still, John DID have a larger role and became the Man-Wolf in the spin-off series "Spider-Man Unlimited". However, since that series wasn't well-received, I won't really comment much on his stint there.
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THE STORIES WE NEVER SAW
"Spider-Man has to stop the dreaded pairing of Dormammu and Mysterio, and only Ghost Rider can help him stop them!"
"The fur is going to fly once Spider-Man faces off against his newest foe, the werecat known as Puma!"
"Spider-Man takes to the skies to face off against his newest foe, the high-flying, armored criminal the Beetle!"
Yeah, the summaries above may sound corny, but you could almost imagine these being mentioned as official descriptions for upcoming "Spider-Man" episodes, couldn't you? The problem is, these episodes were never made...but they were going to be. You see, even though "Spider-Man" ran for five seasons and 65 episodes, there were plenty of other stories left to tell and there were lots of written scripts that were never used. Here's what we never got to see...
THE PUMA DEBUTS
As mentioned above, the Puma was supposed to appear for at least one episode. Rumors insist Puma's debut episode was written, but never made the cut to be animated.
SPIDEY MEETS GHOST RIDER
I've mentioned this before, but I don't mind repeating this news. According to an online interview with John Semper, Dormammu was supposed to pop up on "Spider-Man" after season three. Semper said that Mysterio and Dormammu were going to be the villains for an episode which guest starred Ghost Rider, but plans fell through when rival network UPN was talking to Marvel about doing a possible "Ghost Rider" animated series. As a result, the team-up episode never happened and neither did the "Ghost Rider" series.
THE BEETLE DEBUTS
Again, the Beetle was supposed to appear. Story Editor/Producer John Semper said that he had planned to use the Beetle on the show, but simply never got around to writing an episode for him. Since then, the Beetle has become off-limits from appearing on a "Spider-Man" animated series due to legal reasons.
SECRET WARS, THE UNCUT VERSION
"Secret Wars" was supposed to be much longer and feature more characters than what we actually got on the show. Apparently, the entire X-Men team, The Incredible Hulk, and Magneto were going to appear in the storyline and it would've been four episodes long rather than three! Magneto was later written out and replaced with Mr. Sinister as the villain of the deleted chapter of "Secret Wars". As a bonus, Spider-Man would have teamed-up with the X-Men and he was even going to temporarily don another black symbiote costume after his classic red-and-blue outfit is badly shredded during battle! Sounds good, right? It was also insanely expensive. You see, it would have cost a lot of money to get the voice cast for the X-Men to return to the "Spider-Man" show. Then the Hulk had gotten his own animated series on the UPN network and quickly became off-limits. As a result, She-Hulk was originally going to serve as the Hulk's replacement in "Secret Wars", but then that was rejected when she became a regular guest star in the second season of "The Incredible Hulk" series. As mentioned above, the Lizard was written in their place for "Secret Wars". With the deleted chapter gone, the new black costume for Spidey was written out. It's a shame that "Secret Wars" had so many cool aspects taken out of it, but given how costly it would've been, I'm not surprised.
THE WEDDING...THE ORIGINAL SERIES FINALE?
Apparently, Peter and Mary Jane were going to be married in the final episode of "Spider-Man" instead of the Peter/Mary Jane clone marriage that we got in the first episode of season five. Since I openly admit I loathed the last season and the Mary Jane clone plotline on the show, I wish that they had married Peter and the REAL Mary Jane in the series finale. Don't quote me on this, but from what I've read online, the one person who changed this was Story Editor/Producer John Semper. He thought that Spider-Man shouldn't "get the girl" in the show, according to internet rumors, and so instead we got the Peter/MJ clone wedding instead. A shame, really.
JACK THE RIPPER WAS...CARNAGE?
Now with all of the restrictions that the "Spider-Man" animated series had, this seems pretty dang impossible to me. I mean, Spider-Man was never allowed to punch anyone on the show, so how were we going to see Carnage back and masquerading as a real-life serial killer? Oy. Regardless, Story Editor/Producer John Semper mentioned that, if there was a sixth season, it would've been only five or six episodes in which Spider-Man and Madame Web would travel through different periods of time to find the real Mary Jane Watson. Spidey was apparently going to find her in Colonial England along with Cletus Kasady/Carnage, who was posing as Jack the Ripper. Spider-Man would've stopped Carnage, saved Mary Jane, and Madame Web would've returned the couple pack to the present time. Once back home, Mary Jane would've confessed to Spider-Man that she had always known that he was really Peter Parker, and this was hinted at in various episodes of the show's first three seasons. As much as I would've loved to have seen Peter and the real Mary Jane reunite and marry, though, I don't like the time-travel and "Carnage pretends to be Jack the Ripper" aspects. I mean, Mary Jane was in limbo at the end of season three and Carnage was trapped in another dimension in season three, so how did they wind up back in time in Colonial England? I don't think the history books were ready for Spidey to shoot a web at Jack the Ripper, do you?
THE RETURN OF THE ORIGINAL GREEN GOBLIN:
Story Editor/Producer John Semper mentioned in an online interview that the show had planned to bring Norman Osborn, the original Green Goblin, out of limbo and reclaim the Green Goblin mantle from his son Harry. Now THIS is what I would've loved to see happen. Neil Ross was downright PERFECT as Norman Osborn and his giggling alter-ego, the Green Goblin, and I always thought that the original Green Goblin was grossly underused on this series. Any chance to give the Green Goblin more screen time is always a plus in my book. But sadly, it never happened. No word on whether this was actually written or just an idea, but if it was the latter, it's still a heck of a good idea.
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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN:
These are obviously manip images, yeah, done with Microsoft Paint. Even so, enjoy the images. These are pics of things I wish we had seen on this show...
If Spider-Man had kept his black costume, and had fought Doc Ock...
Personally, I think this Spidey/Ock one turned out pretty well, all things considered.
If Spider-Man had kept his black costume, and went up against Electro...
I think that "The Alien Costume" episodes are some of the best Spider-Man stories ever on this show, but I just wish Spidey had the black suit long enough to fight some more of his classic villains. Electro didn't show up till season five, so I had to improvise...
If Spider-Man had kept his black costume, and went to face off with the Hobgoblin...
Mark Hamill is awesome. Go on, tell me I'm wrong. Plus, I think the idea of Hobgoblin fighting Spidey in his black costume looks really cool.
If The Amazing Spider-Man had met The Incredible Hulk...
TAKE TWO (UPDATED)
The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, my two favorite comic book heroes ever (Spidey, naturally, is my #1 favorite). Too bad they never got to appear together on "Spider-Man: The Animated Series". That would've ROCKED! Hulk and Spidey will FINALLY appear together on-screen on Disney XD's new animated series, "Ultimate Spider-Man", in 2012. However, I really, REALLY hate the current "Ultimate Spider-Man" animated series.
If Venom had not been banished to Dormammu's dimension in season three, and had faced off against Spider-Man's clone, the Scarlet Spider...
TAKE TWO (UPDATED)
Yeah, I disliked the Clone Saga, and who didn't? Even so, these two look good together in the same picture, don't you think?
If Spider-Man had teamed up with Black Cat while wearing his black costume...
This shouldn't be too much of a shock, since Black Cat DID make a cloth black costume replica of Spider-Man's black suit for him to wear. It's a shame we didn't see them team up when he was in this suit, though.
If Spider-Man had teamed up with Daredevil while wearing his black costume...
I know, there are a lot of "what if Spidey met (fill in the blank) while in the black costume" manip pictures, but remember, he DID wear that costume for a couple of years back in the 1980s. Besides, these two heroes look good together like this, don't you think?
If the comic book Sinister Six roster had appeared on this show...
The original picture of the classic Sinister Six is being re-made, as I felt it looked waaaay too ugly. For now, I've put up a new image of the second Sinister Six roster from the comics, with Hobgoblin in place of Kraven the Hunter. Since Sandman, sadly, wasn't on this awesome animated series, I used an image from "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" instead. If only the Sinister Six comic book roster, and name, had been featured on the show...
STORIES I WISH THIS SHOW HAD MADE INTO EPISODES
Even though this show ran for five seasons and sixty-five episodes, this show STILL had the potential to keep going. If it had, these are the stories I wish we'd seen the most in seasons six, seven, eight, nine...
"BACK FROM LIMBO"
Here is where we correct two of the fatal flaws of this show: Madame Web takes Spider-Man through limbo and he brings the real Mary Jane Watson back home. However, their return brings a stow-away with them: the original Green Goblin! Seeking revenge for being banished for months into limbo, the Goblin attacks them both to get payback on his hated enemy. After the fight, you could have Norman go to his son Harry at Ravencroft and Mary Jane can finally tell Peter she's secretly all along he's really Spider-Man!
"THE FANTASTIC FOUR"
Gee, guess who appears in THIS episode? One of the things I disliked about the "Secret Wars" episodes on this show was that nobody remembered anything that happened after winning the war, except for Spidey. Here, we'll have an episode where Spidey and the Fantastic Four first meet (well, that the Four remember, anyway) and they can team-up to stop whatever villain that Mr. Semper and company decides to include in this episode.
"THE SANDMAN STRIKES"
No thanks to James Cameron, Sandman was left out of this show entirely. Had it continued, I would've loved to have seen Sandman make his debut. You could show the origin sequence of how crook William Baker was transformed into the Sandman, one of Spider-Man's most powerful, not to mention on his more popular, enemies. Heck, maybe Mr. Semper could've brought Sandman back in a solo episode and in order to stop him, Spidey teams up with a team of guest heroes who were also not allowed to include him on their animated series: the Fantastic Four.
No, not the 2001 video game for PS1. Here, Spider-Man discovers that an accident has turned electrical lineman Max Dillon into the new Electro. While not as clever or powerful as his predecessor, Electro is still smart enough and dangerous enough to overpower Spider-Man. With no other heroes around to help him, Spidey has to come up with a plan to stop this new Electro alone. (Hint: it's water. Heh heh.)
"RETURN OF THE SYMBIOTES"
Self-explanatory, isn't it? Here, you could bring back Baron Mordo and have him try to free Dormammu again, only to bring out Carnage and Venom from Dormammu's home world too. I'd also come up with an explanation of how Eddie Brock can now separate from the Venom symbiote and not perish. Besides, Venom and Carnage deserved more episodes.
"CAPTAIN AMERICA RETURNS"
Again, pretty self-explanatory. Let's say that Tony Stark has managed to find a way to get Captain America out of the vortex with his tech at Stark Enterprises. Well, what if the Chameleon interferes and manages to not only free Cap, but the Red Skull too? This way, you get to have not only Spider-Man team up with Captain America and Iron Man again to stop the villains, but you also manage to have Cap join the team he should've been a part of when this show started: the Avengers. And I'll mention the Avengers more a bit later... ;)
This was one of the worst, most difficult Spider-Man games I've ever played in the 90s, but the story for "Arcade's Revenge" was actually quite clever and could've been adapted into a great multi-episode story. Like in the video game released for the likes of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis game consoles, Spider-Man is web-swinging over the city when he notices Arcade's truck has captured the X-Man Gambit. Spidey follows the truck to Murderworld, Arcade's amusement park hideout with deadly traps, and finds Gambit with three other previously captured X-Men: Cyclops, Storm and Wolverine. Now, Spidey and the four X-Men must fight deadly robots of their greatest enemies, from Carnage and Rhino to Apocalypse and Juggernaut, in order to get out of the amusement park and stop Arcade. Besides, I'm you guys would've have loved to have seen the X-Men back too.
I loved the moments between Otto Octavius and May Parker in the "Insidious Six" episodes in season two. I would've liked to have seen that continue with Ock renting Aunt May's spare room like he did in the comics and develop a friendship with her. Sure, Ock would eventually flee and be returned to prison after being defeated by Spider-Man, but still, imagine the headaches Pete would get worrying about his Aunt May being under the same roof as Doc Ock.
"THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING SPIDER-MAN"
I despised Mysterio's off-screen demise in season four, so here, I'd fix it so Quentin Beck survived but was placed in a coma. When Beck awakens in the hospital, he learns his love interest Miranda Wilson did not survive the explosions in the catacombs. Blaming Spider-Man, Beck becomes Mysterio again to get revenge on the wall-crawler by luring him into a trap and making Spidey think he's shrunk and is only six inches tall! If the story sounds familiar, it should be: I'd adapt this from "The Amazing Spider-Man", vol. 1, issues 66 and 67, which is one of Mysterio's greatest stories.
"TO BECOME AN AVENGER"
See? I told you I'd mention the Avengers again on my list. Adapting the story of the same name from "The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3", Spidey is being considered to become the Avengers' newest teammate. When he meets with the team, they give him a chance to prove himself worthy of being a team member: he has to find The Incredible Hulk and bring him back to their headquarters. Spidey manages to find and fight the Hulk, but during the battle he discovers the Hulk is really Dr. Bruce Banner and learns that Banner can't control his transformations into the Green Goliath. This results in Spidey going back to tell the Avengers he couldn't find the Hulk in order to protect Banner's secret, unaware the team wanted to find the Hulk in order to help him. D'oh! Anyway, I would've loved to have seen this story as it's one of my favorite Spidey comics. The fact it includes the Hulk, my second-favorite Marvel hero ever and the lone hero I wish we'd seen guest star on this show the most, doesn't hurt either...
Come on, how could this NOT be included on my list? Sure, the comic storyline this was based off of ran too long and needed a better plot, but who better to fix it than story editor/series writer John Semper? We needed to see more of Venom and Carnage on this show, and had it continued, this would've been the perfect way to include the returning characters and introduce new ones as well, like Shriek and Demogoblin. Besides, I'm sure Mr. Semper wouldn't be against using guest characters like Captain America and Morbius again.
Here's where the show would finally do it: sick of being the Kingpin's lackey, Doctor Octopus cuts his ties with the crime-lord for good and Ock assembles his own team to destroy Spider-Man. With Mysterio back (we never DID see him die, after all), I'd have Doc Ock assemble the Vulture (back to his old man self), Sandman, Electro (and yes, I do mean Max Dillon, the Electro from the comics, and not Kragov) and the Hobgoblin as he forms his own team separate from Kingpin: the SINISTER Six. Sure, John Semper and company would come up with a better story than I could on what kind of plan they'd have, but the point is, these guys NEEDED to be together on-screen as part of the same team. This show would've been the perfect Spidey animated series to adapt this Sinister Six roster into a multi-episode story.
"TROUBLE AT RAVENCROFT"
Adapted from the final level of the "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" video game released on the Sega Genesis and SNES game consoles, Spider-Man has just finished locking up his worst enemies at Ravencroft. However, Venom wants to make sure that Spidey's enemies don't break out of the prison again to cause further trouble -- by destroying them himself! Spider-Man goes into Ravencroft in order to protect the inmates from being eliminated by Venom, only to discover some of his enemies have broken out of their cells and set out to attack Spidey themselves, one by one. Now Spidey has to stop not only Venom, but Mysterio, the Shocker, the Scorpion, Rhino and Beetle as well. Sure, Beetle wasn't introduced on "Spider-Man: The Animated Series", but I'm sure Mr. Semper and company would have no problem introducing him on the show.
Remember how I previously mentioned that the story on the back of the toy boxes of the "Spider-Man: Electro-Spark" toy line sounded good enough to be made into an episode? Well, I say include it on the show! According to the toy boxes, Electro broadcasts from a skyscraper and warns that he'll destroy all of New York's power supply with his energy-siphoning machine unless he's paid a hefty ransom. Spider-Man not only goes to investigate, but so does Captain America, who has responded to a distress call sent to the Avengers' mansion. Cap manages to nullify the energy-siphoning machine with his shield, which allows Spidey to fight Electro and take the villain down. Sounds like it would've made a good episode for this show, don't you think?
Here's where I would've included something I felt this show should've done before it ended: Black Cat meets the Hobgoblin. Black Cat could drop in to visit Spidey for whatever reason, only to find the Hobgoblin's broken out of jail. Here, you could have Black Cat be personally mad at Hobgoblin and she'd want to get even for what he did to her in the past. I mean, Hobgoblin DID try to marry Felicia for her wealth and he threatened to kill her if she didn't agree to marry him and keep his identity a secret. With Spidey and Hobgoblin both puzzled as to what the villain did to upset Black Cat so much, you could finally do the big reveal as both men discover that Black Cat is really Felicia Hardy! To make things juicier, after the two defeat Hobgoblin, Black Cat can learn Peter Parker is actually Spidey and they have to deal with knowing that their own friend was secretly their ex-partner against crime!
Adapted from the story of the same name from the comic "The Spectacular Spider-Man", vol. 1, #173, Doctor Octopus has the holiday blues and decides to visit one of his lone true friends, May Parker. Elsewhere, Peter Parker's been having a rough day too and he goes over to his Aunt May's home to spend the holidays, only to find Doc Ock outside and snooping in the window at his family. Mistaking Ock's loneliness for an attack, Spider-Man and Doc Ock have a fight on the front lawn that is stopped only by the presence of May, who's heard the fight from inside. Ock takes his leave and Spidey realizes his error in judgment too late. This is one of my favorite Doc Ock stories and I would've loved to have seen how John Semper and company would've adapted it. Besides, can you imagine what the dialogue from that comic would've been like quoted from Ock's voice actor, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.?
"THE BIG DAY"
This time, we finally see the REAL wedding between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. No clones, no tricks, just a real wedding between the lucky young couple. Yep, things can't possibly go wrong this time... right? Heh heh... ;)
More story ideas will be posted soon...
These were made from a friend of mine, Pumjetsu, and I cannot applaud him enough for these awesome, AWESOME manip images:
What if Spider-Man had worn a cloth version of his black costume:
Yes, these are the same villains used in my previous manip images all together in the same banner, but a good thing is worth repeating. Granted, we only saw Spider-Man wear the black costume in two episodes of this animated series, but man, this image just looks so cool, doesn't it?
What if Marvel Comics' iconic heroes had teamed up in the same animated series:
The text of this image is in honor of the long-since-closed studio that produced "Spider-Man: The Animated Series", and I deliberately requested Captain America and the Hulk put in the same image with Spider-Man because they're two of my favorite Marvel heroes. Also, think of this as a "Secret Wars" image of sorts, since we never saw the Hulk in those episodes.
Very, VERY Special Thanks must be mentioned to Pumjetsu for his work. You rock, buddy!
Last Updated 7/23/2016