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Fridge Brilliance

  • Spider-Man was active for a while before his mutation disease became apparent in Season 2. Seems to come out of nowhere. However, in "Night of the Lizard", Spidey activated the Neogenic Recombinator to restore the Lizard to human form. Spidey was in close proximity at the time and is clearly reacting to the energy burst.
  • In "The Wedding", Scorpion seems all-too eager to do Smythe's bidding — even referring to him as "Mr. Smythe". This despite being his captive in "Partners". Is it just because Smythe fixed his malfunctioning suit? Remember what Scorpy said in "Partners", however: "Smythe knows how to change me back."
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  • While it might seem full of narm, Morbius' needing to feed on plasma actually makes sense and doubles twice for brilliance. 1) Plasma, in the human body, is a key blood component, so when Morbius feeds, he is in a way actually feeding off of blood. It was just a way of getting past the censors without saying blood. 2) The placement of where he sucked plasma from is the other brilliant part. When donating plasma and blood, the needle is usually stuck in a vein in either arm. IIRC, when Morbius sucked out plasma, his hand sucker marks were always on the victim's arms, close to where the needle would have been.
  • Gwen Stacy being Peter's fiancé in the "perfect" alternate universe shown in the Grand Finale makes complete sense note ; this is a universe where everything went right for Peter, which would of course mean that Gwen didn't die.
  • Felicia's powers are a brilliant way to avoid Clark Kenting. A domino mask alone wouldn't hide her face as she is a famous socialite in New York so the Super Serum gives her white hair when she transforms. She also gets a deeper voice and a more muscular physique meaning that even people who know her personally like Flash and Peter don't recognize her. It would also make sense for someone like Kingpin who wants his criminal activities to be a secret to make sure than any underlings that work for him can't be recognized and won't be traced back to him.
    • Furthermore, the Super Serum that turns Felicia into the Black Cat is explicitly derived from the formula that created their world's version of Captain America... who literally turned from a 90-pound weakling into a muscle-bound Adonis of a man. It's no surprise that giving the same formula to a woman would basically turn her into an Amazon version of herself; what Kingpin's scientists really did was add in a minor chromatic tweak and the ability to turn the formula's effects on and off.
  • Related to the above, there are a number of clues that Felicia is the Black Cat that fly over Spider-Man's head; she uses a feline-based moniker like Felicia's father, goes out of her way to save him and her desperation to save Morbius. However, as mentioned above, Felicia looks and sounds different enough from the Black Cat for these to be dismissed or not even considered. Not to mention Peter is still reeling from the loss of Mary-Jane and his own conflicted feelings about the Black Cat.
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  • In "The Spot", the titular character and his girlfriend are portrayed as having made a Heroic Sacrifice by leaping into the mega-portal to close it before it can swallow the world. But then you realize: inside the Void Between the Worlds, Jonathon is basically a Dimension Lord and he can control where any of the portals lead to. Realistically, he would have had no problems in getting back out of the interstitial dimension... so, he and his girlfriend basically just faked their deaths so as to get away from the Kingpin, and are probably living it up somewhere else in the world.

Fridge Horror

  • In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spider-Man meets and becomes friends with a young girl who is his "biggest fan". Naturally they end up on an adventure, and at the end of the story arc she asks to see his real face; Parker relents and reveals his identity to the girl, who promises to keep it a secret for the rest of her life. A few minutes later, we see Peter leaving the Make a Wish Foundation for Terminally Ill children. The connection is made more explicit in the original comic the episode was based on.
    • Sounds more like Fridge Sadness.
    • Subverted, when you realize She was the person to keep him going despite the damage he did, she was the 'Uncle Ben' of the episode.
  • Spider-Carnage — It's not just an insane Peter Parker, it's Peter from The Clone Saga, after Aunt May's death & The Reveal that Ben Reily is the real Spider-Man has put him in a Heroic Blue Screen of Death. Really puts into perspective how much Mary Jane being there helped Peter. Now remember One More Day.
  • Quite the subtle one in the Seven Spider-Men arc: one of the Spider-Mens wears Doctor Octopus' tentacles, which he says he took as a souvenir after a fight with Doc Ock. Remember that those tentacles were actually fused to Doc's spine. Imagine what that Spider-Man must have done to get them.
    • Not necessarily. The arms that that Spidey was using had a different design than Doc Ock's, and even the regular Spidey's universe had Doctor Octopus build a robot with arms like his own at least once. That in mind, it seems much more likely that Doctor Octopus had build another set of his iconic arms for some purpose, and that universe's Spiderman simply ended up with them somehow.
    • Now think about it in light of the sinister Spider-Man reveal.
    • I never assumed that Spider-Man had fused the tentacles onto himself. He's wearing a headband similar to that worn by Doctor Octopus when he operated the Octobots via remote control. Furthermore, attached to the headband is a set of goggles, presumably with a heads-up display built into them. If the arms were fused to him, why would Spider-Man need this stuff?
    • You need to read the limited series "Funeral for an Octopus." After Doc Ock is killed by Kaine, his arms are studied by the government, and they develop a device that fools them into thinking that one´s brain patterns are Ock´s, who only worked because they were messed up to begin with. The Sinister Six try to steal them, and guess what Spidey does? Yeah, put them on and use them to beat all six of them. After that, the headband is broken and he cannot control them, so he has to rip them apart. The thing is that the device worn by Octo-Spidey in the animated series is identical, which takes us to the next question: did Ock suffer the same fate in that universe?
    • It's always possible that that universe's Doc Ock never had the arms fused to him in the first place. It's a different universe, can't assume everything's the same.
  • "Jonah, Kassady's not a man, he's a monster. He's done things even the post wouldn't print." Make of that what you will.
  • It's possible Hobgoblin was killed after Goblin War, given that he never reappears after that episode. His identity has been revealed to the public, which means the Kingpin could hire someone to murder him in prison. This version of Hobgoblin doesn't have super strength like Green Goblin, so he would be done for.
  • The last time we see Venom, he falls into the Dark Dimension with Carnage and Dormammu. Stuck with them and no way of escaping, the two villains likely killed him.
  • In the 2-part series finale, Hobgoblin and Green Goblin are blowing stuff up without a care in the world. Jameson and Robbie are the only good people we see in this universe. It's possible Norman killed his own son during their massacre. Remember, Norman was far gone at this point. The goblin persona had fully taken over. If you think that's horrible, Spider-Carnage doesn't seem upset that Mary Jane is possibly killed by the same goblins HE sent out.

Fridge Logic

  • Smythe fired a missile filled with sleeping gas to knock out Spider-Man and Jameson. The resulting blast and shrapnels would probably have killed them both rather than putting them to sleep.


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