The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV series)


The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV series)

Infobox television
show_name = The Spectacular Spider-Man


caption =
format = Animated series
runtime = 30 minutes
creator =
starring = Josh Keaton
Peter MacNicol
James Arnold Taylor
Lacey Chabert
Vanessa Marshall
Deborah Strang
Daran Norris
Dee Bradley Baker
Benjamin Diskin
Cree Summer
Grey DeLisle
Alanna Ubach
Kath Soucie
Phil LaMarr

country = USA
network = The CW (Kids WB!) March 8, 2008 - May 17, 2008
The CW (The CW4Kids) May 24, 2008 - present
first_aired = March 8, 2008
last_aired = present
num_episodes = 26
list_episodes = List of Spectacular Spider-Man episodes
preceded_by =
followed_by =

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" (entitled "The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series") is the most recent American animated series based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It premiered on March 8, 2008 [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0801/30/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] January 30, 2008] during the Kids' WB! programming block of The CW. It is currently airing on the Kids' WB! successor, The CW4Kids. The series is set to make its Canadian premiere on Teletoon on Sunday September 7th, 2008 at 10:30am and can be seen every Saturday and Sunday in the UK on NickToons.

Premise

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" is the latest in the line of "Spider-Man" animated series, which include "The Amazing Spider-Man" (1967–1969), "Spider-Man" (1981-1982), "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" (1981–1983), "Spider-Man" (1994–1998), "Spider-Man Unlimited" (1999) and "" (2003). The series is based on the original "Spider-Man" comics created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko but references many other "Spider-Man" sources, such as the film trilogy and the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics. [ [http://www.ifmagazine.com/feature.asp?article=2686 Interview with Greg Weisman (Part 1) by Sean Elliott:] March 7, 2008] With Peter Parker starting off as a high school teenager, the new show has aspects of teenage angst in a modern world with modern social tools such as cell phones/text messaging along with pseudo-science to create the various super-villains. The program's tone is a combination of cartoon action, drama and comedy. In early episodes, Peter Parker begins rethinking his identity as Spider-Man and takes a dark tone at moments, but quickly switches back to light hearted high school comedy and awkward situations.

Each season of the series is set during a semester of Peter's high school year with Season One running from September to Thanksgiving and Season Two from December to March. [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p3.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 3) by Eric Goldman:] June 27, 2008]

Plot

eason One

The first season features Peter Parker as a high school junior having only in recent months acquired his powers and alias as Spider-Man. He also gets his first job at the Daily Bugle run by J. Jonah Jameson, meets Mary Jane Watson and faces revamped members of Spider-Man's rogues' gallery for the first time including Vulture, Hammerhead, Enforcers consisting of Montana (who becomes the Shocker), Ox and Fancy Dan, Electro, Lizard, Sandman, Rhino, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Black Cat and Chameleon. A revamped Tombstone appears to serve as a primary villain of the series orchestrating crime in the New York City and the creation of some of the villains to distract Spider-Man from that crime with the help of Norman Osborn. Spider-Man's symbiote black suit also makes an appearance; eventually leading to Eddie Brock's transformation into Venom.

eason Two

Following their confrontation in Season One's finale, Peter will start the second season searching for Eddie Brock, but one of the main plot lines will be a gang war. [ [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p4.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 4) by Eric Goldman:] June 27, 2008]

New characters that will be introduced in the second season include Master Planner, [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/25/spectacularspiderman.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] July 25, 2008] Molten Man, [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0806/13/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] June 13, 2008] Roderick Kingsley, [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p5.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 5) by Eric Goldman:] June 27, 2008] Kraven the Hunter, [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p6.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 6) by Eric Goldman:] June 27, 2008] Calypso and Silver Sable. [ [http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=10579 Ask Greg (Weisman):] June 11, 2008] Kraven is set to become a member of the Sinister Six. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0808/11/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] August 11, 2008] There will also be the return of first season characters including Green Goblin, [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p5.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 5) by Eric Goldman:] ] Doctor Octopus, Black Cat, Chameleon, Vulture, Sandman, Rhino, Electro, Venom, Tombstone and Hammerhead. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0806/13/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] June 13, 2008] Other first season characters like Chameleon's associates Quentin Beck and Phineas Mason will also return but in a different form, as Mysterio and the Tinkerer respectively. [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p3.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 3) by Eric Goldman:] June 27, 2008] The former is set to appear in the premiere episode of the new season, [ [http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=10620 Ask Greg (Weisman):] June 19, 2008] which is scheduled to air in March 2009. [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/25/spectacularspiderman.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] July 25, 2008] The first arc will be four episodes long. Some episodes will take place during holidays.

eason Three

According to Greg Weisman, Spider-Man villains Hobgoblin and Scorpion have been pencilled in for the yet to be commissioned third season. [ [http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=10620 Ask Greg (Weisman):] June 19, 2008]

Characters

Production

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" was announced by Kids' WB Senior Vice President and General Manager Betsy McGowen and Sony Pictures Television Co-President Zack Van Amburg in March 2007. The series is produced by Culver Entertainment. It premiered on March 8, 2008 on Kids' WB on The CW, one week after it was originally scheduled to premiere.

According to writer Greg Weisman the timeline of the original Spider-Man story-arcs, which the series is based on, was condensed in order to move the series forward and include such classic and important characters such as Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, and Harry Osborn.

The series is structured into multiple small loose "arcs" for DVD releases; the first season consists of four such arcs, beginning with a three-episode arc that introduces Dr. Connors and his experimentations with Lizard DNA and Peter's time with Empire State University before he joins the Daily Bugle, the second three-episode story centred on Norman Osborn's experiments and the villains they create for the Big Man, the third three-episode arc follows the mysterious Green Goblin and Harry Osborn's use of "Globulin Green" formula and a final four-part adventure featuring Spider-Man's symbiote costume.

The show's creators are striving to reach 65 episodes. [ [http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=10446 Ask Greg (Weisman):] May 03, 2008]

The main theme song is performed by The Tender Box. [ [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=748 Ask Greg (Weisman):] March 09, 2008]

Hasbro released a toy line of action figures in March 2008. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0712/02/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter:] December 2, 2007]

Home Video

The first DVD for the show is entitled "Attack of the Lizard", and includes the first three episodes edited together to form a stand-alone story. The DVD was released on September 9, 2008 [ [http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Spectacular-Spider-Man-Attack-of-Lizard/9950 DVD news: TSSM - Attack of the Lizard by David Lambert:] June 28, 2008] .

According to the Monkeybar tv section of the Hasbro website the second DVD will be entitled "Rise of the Supervillains". [ [http://www.hasbro.com/monkeybartv/default.cfm?page=Entertainment/Videos/VideoSelect&aid=3540 Hasbro Spectacular Spider-Man Trailer:] July 1, 2008]

Aside from DVDs for each story arc there has been mention of a season boxset. [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/884/884897p6.html Interview with Greg Weisman (Page 6) by Eric Goldman:] June 27, 2008]

Crew

* Greg Weisman - Supervising Producer/Story Editor/Writer
* Victor Cook - Producer/Supervising Director
* Diane A Crea - Producer
* Eric Vesbit - Associate Producer
* John Diaz - Production Manager
* Kevin Hopps - Writer
* Matt Wayne - Writer
* Andrew Robinson - Writer
* Randy Jandt - Script Coordinator/Writer's Apprentice/Writer
* Jennifer Coyle - Director
* Sean Galloway - Lead Character Designer/ Character Supervisor
* Jaime Thomason - Voice Director
* Meagan Healy - Production Art Supervisor
* Brian G. Smith - Production Art Supervisor
* Ben Maloney - Production Assistant
* Sherrian Felix - Production Coordinator
* Jennifer L. Anderson - Post Production Assistant
* Sean Herbert - Animation Clerk

References

External links

*imdb title|id=0976192|title=The Spectacular Spider-Man
*tv.com show|id=70251|title=The Spectacular Spider-Man
* [http://www.comicmix.com/news/2008/08/19/interview-greg-weisman-on-the-spectacular-spider-man-animated-series/ Comic Historian Alan Kistler interviews Greg Weisman about Spectacular Spider-Man]
* [http://marvel.com/movies/Spider-Man.The_Spectacular_Spider-Man The Spectacular Spider-Man at Marvel.com]
* [http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/kids/spectacularspiderman/ The Spectacular Spider-Man at Sony Pictures]
* [http://marvel.toonzone.net/specspidey/ The Spectacular Spider-Man @ Marvel Animation Age]
* [http://www.4kids.tv/show/spiderman/characters The Spectacular Spider-Man at 4Kids.TV]


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