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“Webs, check. Costume, check. Witty repertoire, check. Finally, the fun part of the day can start. I'll stop some petty thieves, get crucified by the media, fight for my life with animal-themed supervillains... It'll be a hoot!”
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A complete Continuation fanfic of The Spectacular Spider-Man TV series by troper thebandragoness. It rather ambitiously follows up on every last one of the show's myriad characters and plot points while also adding in other famous elements of the Spider-Man mythos, plus a handful of other iconic Marvel characters who weren't allowed to appear in the cartoon since it was owned by Sony.

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Has the honor of being one of the longest-running and most popular Spectacular Spidey sequel fic to date (which are a dime-a-dozen thanks to the show's early cancellation). One draft clocked in at over 580,000 words, though the current version online has been edited down to a slightly more manageable 448,000. And that's not counting the 20,000 word timeline at the end!

Like the author's other fanfics, this one balances lighthearted humor with serious drama. It's generally Darker and Edgier than the cartoon but Lighter and Softer than the original Spider-Man comics.

Read it here or on AO3.

Note that many of the tropes found on this page may only apply to older drafts of the story and not the current, more streamlined one.

An earlier draft of this fanfic inspired a short one-shot called Standing Up by Leaper.

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Tropes:

    Tropes that Apply to All Drafts 
  • Abusive Parents: Emily Osborn is not winning Mother of the Year anytime soon. And Mary Jane's father is verbally abusive, much like in the Raimi films and comics.
    • Norman Osborn also qualifies. Even worse, it's implied that most of Emily's abuse of Harry was spurred on by Norman.
  • Achilles' Heel: Scorpion's suit is similar to Rhino's, so Spider-Man uses a similar tactic to defeat him: he gets the villain to chase him to the mall's sauna.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Being both male and a teenager, Peter falls into this from time to time.
  • Ascended Meme: The "How Do I Shot Web?" meme gets mentioned several times for laughs during Spidey's fight with Venom
  • Blatant Lies: Mary Jane insists to Gwen that she gives everyone nicknames and that she totally refers to both Spider-Man and Peter as Tiger (and Glory as Lion).
  • Catapult Nightmare: Happens to Peter during class in after fighting Carnage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Many, many characters. Like always, Spider-Man is the king of deadpan snarking.
    Sgt. De Wolff: I know a criminal you can catch. There's this crazy guy running around Manhattan, wanted on over five hundred separate counts of assault since last summer.
    Spider-Man: Seriously?! I bet I can catch him! What's he look like?
  • Driven to Suicide: Emily Osborn, after being cured of the Green.

  • Enemy Mine: Much like in the original comics, Venom and Spider-Man must team up to stop Carnage.
  • Heroic BSoD: Peter goes through one Gwen dies
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sandman, again.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Harry may be in full Jerkass mode, but he does have an understandable reason for disliking Spider-Man and it becomes especially poignant in later chapters.
  • Mind Control: Hypno Hustler, ladies and gentlemen! Also what Kingsley was using Madame Web for, and what Doctor Hamilton does for Oscorp.
  • Reread Bonus: Hey, notice how after Gwen Stacy is webbed up again they have no more dialogue?
  • Running Gag:
    • People thinking Spider-Man's webs are organic (May also serve as a Take That! towards the Raimi films.)
      • Even becomes a Chekhov's Gag during the fight with Spider!Kraven
    • The "Peter Parker is SPIDER-MAN!" dance remix video
    • “BREAKING NEWS! YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T THINK THE SINGER'S BABY WOULD BE FOUND DRIVING THE CAR FOR A FIFTH TIME, BUT TUNE IT AT FOUR, AND YOU MIGHT JUST BE SUPR-”
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Mysterio's M.O for making up his "alien" bits. Bonus points for his appearance as a member of the new Sinister Six
    Mysterio: I, the M.Y.S.T.E.R.I.O. hive mind of Planet Oiretsym from the Xisretsinis galaxy, have finally revealed my true form – or at least the closest your feeble human mind can come to comprehending it!
  • Serial Killer: Cletus Kasady/Carnage, natch.
  • Theme Naming: The chapter titles are named for academic jargon, just like the TV shows' episodes.
    • For example, the return of the symbiote and resulting creation of Carnage is told in "Addition," "Subtraction," Multiplication," and "Division."
  • Unusual Euphemism: Regarding Silver Sable's previous paramour...
    Fancy Dan: She went steady with Hammerhead!
    Ox: Eww, forget it, I ain't touchin' nothin' that's touched his "hammer!"
  • Urine Trouble: Played for laughs in the case of Electro, Rhino, and Scorpion
    Electro:“Come to think of it, how do you-?”
    Rhino: How do you?
    Electro: Touché.
  • Wham Episode: The Graduation arc.
  • Wham Line:
    Carnage: I'm afraid we'll have to amputate.
  • Wolf Man: After being seemingly cured of being "Colonel Jupiter," John Jameson demands that Dr. Miles Warren give him something to make him super-powerful again, resulting in a Man-Wolf doing battle with Spider-Man.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Featuring nods to Spider-Girl and Spider-Man 2099.

    Tropes that Apply Only to Older Drafts 
  • Above Good and Evil: Homo Superior, at least according to Quicksilver
  • Action Girl: Many, including Sophia "Chat" Sanduval, Jean Grey of the X-Men, Emma Frost, and Liz Allan
  • Adaptational Heroism: Ultron: far from being the Avengers' arch-enemy, he's a full on Nice Guy.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Sophia's ex: Emma Frost
  • Answers to the Name of God: Thor, naturally.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Spider-man fights mutated humans, alien symbionts, and mutant dictators... but draws the line at believing in Norse gods.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Played gloriously straight by Captain America, of course.
    Cap: Avengers-
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Played straight with Liz Allan, when using her fire powers
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Played for laughs when Marvel Girl and Emma Frost face off:
    There was probably a super epic mental battle going on in their heads, but from where Spidey was standing, they just looked constipated.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Captain America and the Avengers
  • Brainwashed: During the Clone Saga, Reilly. The Clone Saga also revealed that Harry and Emily Osborn are subject to this, although in the later case it's debatable how much of her actions are a result of this or their own volition. This also applies to Kaine.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Deadpool gets a short cameo, where he states that he just wanted to be in the fanfic.
  • Cloning Blues: Reilly, who has all of Peter's memories up to the point the sample to create her was taken.
  • Female Gaze: When Rogue catches Kitty ogling the visiting "big name superhero" through a wall, we get this exchange:
    Rogue: He's wearin' a mask. He could look like Quasimodo for all ya know.
    Kitty: Okay, yeah, but the rest of his costume doesn't leave much to the imagination...
    Rogue: Touché.
  • Gilligan Cut: No, Spidey, you don't get to ride in the jet.
    Iceman: What? I'm, like, sixteen. They don't let me fly that thing.
  • Jailbait Wait: Mentioned by name by Quicksilver in reference to Emma Frost's denying anything physical going on between her and Sophia.
    • Also implied when Miles explains the young woman he's living with to Aaron. Of course, that's not the case...
  • Keet: Janet Van Dyne/The Wasp. When a Ryker's guard is found bound to a flagpole, Janet sounds "uncannily like a kid at a carnival" at the prospect of capturing the bad guy responsible.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Spidey, upon meeting the Avengers
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Kitty answers Iceman's cell phone, she tells Spidey she was just in the middle of writing a fanfic about him:
    Spidey: A fanfic, really? Aren't there better things to do with your time than-? [catches himself] Never mind.
  • Mythology Gag: thebandragoness certainly knows her Spider-lore, and it shows:
    • Bing as Peter's go-to search engine, a la The Amazing Spider-Man
    • The Statue of Liberty serves as Spider-Man and Human Torch's classic meeting spot.
    • SpiderMan And His Amazing Friends: Subject to much good-natured mockery throughout chapters 11 and 12, with Spider-Man, Iceman, and Firestar/Liz Allan meeting while battling Video-Man, then chasing the Genosha-bound Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
    Spidey: Spider-Friends, move out!
    Iceman: I'm not your friend.
    • A schoolmate of Peter's named Jessica survives a car crash.
    • "It was like Venom was some sort of... lethal protector. No, wait, that sounded stupid."
    • Herman Schultz, the alter-ego of the Shocker from the comics, appears as the originator of Montana's Shocker tech; he builds a souped-up version of the gauntlets (that bear more than a passing resemblance to the Ultimate Comics' Shocker's gear) to exact vengeance on Montana and the Enforcers for stealing his creation.
    • H.E.R.B.I.E. provides Peter with a costume so he can go fight Kraven. Since the FF don't wear masks, however, Peter swings into battle as the Bombastic Bag-Man!
    • Peter wishes that joining the Fantastic Four had been one of the first things he did upon becoming Spider-Man; 616!Peter attempted to join the FF in Amazing Spider-Man #1, the first issue of his first series.
  • The Nicknamer: Spidey, at least in his internal monologue/narration.
    • Special mention goes to Cyclops of the X-Men, with monikers including "Grumpy Vizor Man," "Mr. Magoo," and "Vizory Mc Vizor"
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Subverted, in that while this iteration of Emma Frost still prefers her stripperific Hellfire Club attire, she isn't much older than Peter.
    She had flowing, golden hair, an equally flowing white cape, and a combination of leggings, thong, and corset all so small and so tight that they'd make the wildest of sorority girls say, “Whoa, put some clothes on!” The girl looked only a year or two older than Sophia. Barely legal.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: Reilly
  • Parallel Porn Titles: This gem, upon first meeting the X-Men (in uniform).
    Jean Grey: We're the X-Men.
    Spidey: Ah, so you're one of those 'porn parody' superheroes. Got it.
  • Playing with Fire: As in the Ultimate comics, Liz Allan is a mutant with fire-based powers.
  • Shout-Out: Peter is very pop-culture savvy, as are most of the other characters he spends any length of time with; as a result, many jokes are made at the expense of other fandoms and franchises.
    Mysterio: Don't you dare speak of that atrocity in my presence! I was hired to do the practical effects for that movie! It was going to launch my career! I had the most convincing prairie dog puppet I'd ever built all ready to go, and then some IDIOT decided to replace it with CGI!
    • This conversation culminates in this beautifully self-referential exchange
    Spider-Man: At least Disney bought Lucasfilm, so the fifth one probably won't be terrible.
    Mysterio: Yes, but Disney's purchasing habits led to some REALLY GOOD CARTOONS getting canceled!
    • The Princess Bride: The mutated villain Vermin is referred to as an "R.O.U.S."
    • REOSpeedwagon: One of Mysterio's gargoyles—sorry, winged aliens—screams "I've forgotten what I started fighting for!" as it attacks Spider-Man.
    • Spider-Man 2: Spidey notes that the unstable molecule costume he borrowed from the FF "doesn't ride up in the crotch."
    • Star Wars: Sophia compares Emma Frost's telepathy to a Jedi mind trick.
      • Reilly also makes a reference to Order 66.
    • Twilight: Morbius might need human blood to survive, but at least he doesn't sparkle!
    • Wreck-It Ralph: Referring to the rebuilt Statue of Liberty:
      Those must've been some fixing-powers that mutant good Samaritan had had. Y'know, like that arcade game guy from that one Disney movie.
  • Shown Their Work: As noted within the fic, the top Google result for "bald mutant wheelchair guy" really is Professor X's page from The Other Wiki
  • Trigger Phrase: Traveller will cause both Harry Osborn and Reilly Parker to believe and obey anything they are told by Emily Osborn, and for Reilly Miles Warren. This was used to make Reilly afraid of Peter and Gwen, and be unable to get help.
    • It also turns out to work for Emily Osborn
  • You Are What You Hate: Sally Avril is a mutant with sky-blue angel wings, in a nod to her time as a vigilante named Bluebird in 616 continuity.
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