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  • Actor Allusion: Jennifer Hale voices Lady Vermin, a female with a romantic interest in Spider-Man.
  • Casting Gag: The High Evolutionary is voiced by Richard Newman, who'd previously voiced Phaeton in Exosquad, which producer Will Meguniot also worked on.
  • The Danza: John Payne voiced John Jameson.
  • Dueling Shows: This was originally going to be a straight Animated Adaptation of Spider-Man 2099 and Marvel Comics' answer to Batman Beyond. To say that it was nowhere near as successful would be an understatement, as it was canceled after one season.
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  • Missing Episode: Several scripts were written for the second season, including the resolution of the cliffhanger, but were never produced.
  • Network to the Rescue: If not for ABC Family and Toon Disney (later Disney XD) airing reruns during the 2000s, the show would've faded into obscurity.
  • Screwed by the Network: The series was placed up against Pokémon in its prime and got crushed. After three episodes, rather than given a different timeslot, the series was outright pulled from the schedule. Over a year later, the remaining episodes were burned off - completely coincidentally in the months leading up to the release of the first movie.
  • Talking to Himself: Rino Romano whenever Spider-Man and the Green Goblin interact.
  • What Could Have Been: The original concept was to adapt the first 26 issues of the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko comics. (The series was put into production for contractual reasons, per Will Meugniot, and doing the first 26 issues would've been a low-budget way to fulfill that requirement.) However, those plans came to a halt when Marvel sold the film and animation rights for Spider-Man to Sony Pictures, and hence Saban was unable to use the "actual" Spider-Man. Marvel eventually sent Saban a list of stuff they wanted them to use, including the symbiotes, Counter-Earth, John Jameson, etc., explaining the weird mish-mash of ideas and characters the show had. Meugniot then came up with a story treatment that included Spider-Man meeting the Counter Earth version of Peter Parker, who would have been revealed to be his world's version of Venom (as his Uncle Ben had never died, thus meaning Peter never gained the moral fortitude necessary to resist the symbiote). Marvel ordered this plot thread nixed because they felt it would be too similar to the disaster that was The Clone Saga.
    • One of the proposed plans for the series was to adapt Spider-Man 2099, but it was felt that Batman Beyond (then also in the works) covered that territory well.
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    • A possible script for "Destiny Unleashed Part 2" can be seen here.
    • Also this website lists summaries for unproduced episodes and other ideas that reveal the following:
      • Spiderman encountering Counter Earth versions of Mary Jane and Black Cat.
      • Lord Tyger defecting from the Knights of Wundagor to form a goverment in order to unite humans and beastials together.
      • Venom and Carnage merging together to become King Carnage.

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