Western Animation: Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
aka: Spider-Man The New Animated Series
"Maybe I need an image makeover.... I'm... SPIDER-MAN!"
After the success of the first Spider-Man
film, Sony and Mainframe Entertainment released Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
as the first fully CGI
show to feature everyone's favourite webslinger
. It was released in 2003 on MTV
, thus gaining the Fan Nickname
of MTV Spider-Man
The series was initially supposed to be an adaptation of the Ultimate Spider-Man
comics, but ended up taking place after the events of the first live-action film
. It still had Brian Michael Bendis as a writer from the Ultimate
series and the artistic style did harken slightly towards Mark Bagley's artwork, but ultimately it became its own thing
Starring Neil Patrick Harris
in the title role, the story of the show involved Peter, Harry and Mary-Jane during their years in university. Harry is struggling over his father's death, Mary-Jane has begun pursuing acting in the middle of her strained relationship with Peter, and Peter is doing what he is usually forced to do; juggle battles against supervillains with his personal life. It's somehow darker than your usual Spider-Man series, and mature as well. Shamefully, it's greatly overlooked.The series was rather short-lived
, at only 13 episodes. A second season was planned but never started. It would be the last Spider-Man
TV series for a good number of years, until The Spectacular Spider-Man
Not to be confused with the series that inspired the name from this one, Spider-Man: The Animated Series
- Action Girl: Shikata.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Harry Osborn is blond.
- Almost Kiss: Peter and MJ have one in the first episode, where MJ pins Peter close to the wall and leans in saying that she always trusts her feelings, but it turns out she was just adjusting the position of the flat-screen TV. Given this is Peter and MJ we're talking about though, this is pretty much the only time one of these is teased.
- Anti-Villain: The show's most common way of adapting villains, or even making their own Canon Foreigners. This, combined with the show's tendencies to kill off villains, results in a lot of tragedy.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: When asked by local nut, Christina, Peter admits that he does not believe in psychic abilities. Ironically, the villains he would face in the season finale, would be twin psychics.
- Ascended Extra: A background girl with pink hair and camo pants would get the name Francesca and become Harry's girlfriend in the final episodes.
- Badass Mustache: Kraven.
- Badass Normal: Kraven, Talon, and Silver Sable.
- Betty and Veronica: Mary Jane and Indy fulfill these roles to Peter.
- Big "NO!": Spider-Man lets one out when Kraven kills Mary Jane. Fortunately, it turns out to be an illusion.
- Blood Knight: Shikata.
- Bloodless Carnage: And the impact of the violence loses nothing. We have Spider-Man cut and bruised, heads sliced off and electrocution, giving even The Dark Knight a run for its money.
- Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: The Pterodax take a news studio hostage, demanding the surrender of Spider-Man. Is anyone actually surprised that Peter Parker happened to be one of the hostages?