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  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the episode "First Steps," the Sandman is obsessed with getting his "big score." The same actor voiced Bender in Futurama, including the movie Bender's Big Score.
    • This wasn't the first time that Grey DeLisle and Alanna Ubach were best friends.
  • All-Star Cast: In voice actor terms at least. We have Josh Keaton as Spider-Man, Lacey Chabert as Gwen Stacy, James Arnold Taylor as Harry Osborn, Clancy Brown as Captain George Stacy and the Rhino, Steve Blum as the Green Goblin, Dee Bradley Baker as Curt Connors, Kath Soucie as Martha Connors, Miguel Ferrer as Silvermane, Tricia Helfer as Black Cat, John DiMaggio as Hammerhead and Sandman, Ed Asner as Uncle Ben, Keith David (and eventually Kevin Michael Richardson) as Tombstone, and James Remar as Walter Hardy, just to name a few.
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  • Channel Hop: Moved to Disney XD from CW4Kids in March 2009.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: There was an advertised contest for a given school to appear in a future episode. Appeared in "Gangland".
  • The Danza: Stan Lee as Stan the Dockworker.
  • Dawson Casting: To put it in perspective, Curt Connors' son is the only young character to be voiced by someone roughly his own age.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The original plan was to create extra material for each episode, then use it to edit each Story Arc into a movie for the DVD releases. But only the first arc was released like this before Sony switched to just plain episodes on DVD, leaving extra footage we might not ever see.
    • On a more positive note, Sony was pretty hands off during the production of the show with the only stipulation that the staff had to recreate some scenes from the movies during the fights (hence why some shots look familar). This ended up working out though as it help foster familiarity for fans of the movies. Plus it was pretty cool seeing them animated in a different context.
  • Fan Nickname: Many.
    • The Spectacular Spider-Bro.
    • Doc Ock has two. Pre-breakdown is "D'awwwc Ock", post- is "Doctor Octopus, Lord of The Vampires" due to his rather vampire-esque attire in "Gangland".
    • Due to the various girls that Peter/Spider-Man attracts, fans have decided to rename the show "Bitches Love Spider-Man: The Animated Series".
  • I Knew It!: In the first season, we are introduced to the Green Goblin. Most people by now know that Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin, and at first the show didn't do much to deny this, giving several indications that it was he. Then later that season, we were shown that it was in fact Harry Osborn. When Goblin made his return in the second season, the final episodes played up the idea that other people could be the Goblin, giving the audience some very serious misdirection. Of course, all of this was proven to be just subterfuge, as in the final episode it was revealed that the Goblin had, in fact, been Norman Osborn all along. Adding to the confusion, of course, was the fact that Harry Osborn was also the Goblin in the comics for a while.
  • Name's the Same:
    • A variant; Weisman has admitted that part of the reason Silvermane and Silver Sable are related here is because they both have "Silver" in their names.
    • Ricochet takes the name of another unrelated Marvel character for his superpowered identity.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • After the first episode, Keith David is replaced with Kevin Michael Richardson in the role of Tombstone.
    • In the Enforcers' debut, Clancy Brown did Ox's grunts, but when the Enforcers returned in season two and Ox actually speaks, he was voiced by Danny Trejo.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Many voice actors from one of Greg Weisman's other show. Gargoyles appeared—Goliath/Thailog was the first voice for Tombstone, Hudson was Uncle Ben, Brooklyn/Owen Burnett/the Magus was Shocker/Bernard/St. John Devereaux, Broadway was Morris Bench (again), Lexington as the Tinkerer, Matt Bluestone was Stan Carter, Hakon/Tomas Brod/Wolf was Captain Stacy/Rhino, Hyena was Glory Grant, Princess Katherine/Ophelia/The Weird Sisters/Maggie Reed was Martha Connors/Anna Watson, and Coldsteel was Mysterio. As noted below, had season three appeared, we could've added Demona as Emily Osborn to the list.
  • Role Reprisal: In the French dub, Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson, and Doctor Octopus are voiced by Philippe Valmont, Marc Saez, and Gabriel Le Doze respectively, reprising their roles from the Spider-Man Trilogy. Saez also voiced Flash in the French dub of Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: After Disney's purchase of Marvel Comics, Sony gave up the broadcasting rights of airing Spider-Man TV shows during negotiations to keep their film rights. Rather than drafting up a new contract to continue the production of Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel and Disney decided to just go forward with a new show (Ultimate Spider-Man) instead.
  • Short Run in Peru: Canada aired the entire second season before the US even started on it. And then Disney put it on hiatus midway through…
  • Talking to Himself: Several instances.
    • Of special note has to go to the symbiote, whoever he bonds with, the character's voice actor does the voice of the symbiote, doing a more twisted and freaky voice as the symbiote.
    • Not seen in action, but Phil La Marr also voices Randy's father and Daily Bugle editor, Robbie Robertson.
    • Daran Norris voiced both Jameson and his son, John.
    • Both Hammerhead and Sandman are voiced by John DiMaggio.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The main showrunner, Greg Weisman, had rough plans for a total of sixty-five episodes, which was thirty-nine more than what we got.
      • The Scorpion, The Hobgoblin, Mister Negative, Hydro-Man, and Carnage were slated to appear in the third season of the series. Hydro-Man and Carnage both had brief cameos in the second season with the former being voiced by Bill Fagerbakke.
      • Weisman also expressed interest in using The Kingpin, as a Big Bad on the show, but was unable to due to the fact that, while the character originated as a Spider-Man villain, Marvel now has Fisk officially classified as the arch-enemy of Daredevil, whom Sony did not have the rights to. As a result, the character Tombstone was used as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute.
      • Weisman's aspirations also included finishing the series with Peter's graduation from High School, then doing four straight-to-DVD movies, covering Peter's college years.
      • Emily Osborn was to have been given a larger role and was to be voiced by Marina Sirtis.
    • There were also rumors about Maximum Carnage being adapted as well as The Clone Saga with Miles Warren gained full control over Curt Connors' lab at the end of Season 2. Building off the plans for Carnage to appear, Weisman stated that wanted to attempt a Venom spin-off series had the show reached a third season.
    • Christopher Yost was up for the executive producer job on the series, but they went with Weisman instead.
    • Weisman also planned to make Mary Jane to become Peter's main love interest eventually but he wanted to imitate their romance in the comics and their parallel character development, whereby both of them would mature with Romantic False Lead (Mark Raxton for MJ, Liz and Gwen for Peter) before starting their relationship for real.
    • Weisman said that he had no plans whatsoever to kill Gwen Stacy during the course of his show and admitted to being disturbed by fan comments and from other co-workers about when "he's going to kill her" when he noted that the nature of a children's superhero show precluded that kind of content. He admitted that were the show successful enough to create some home video movies (a la Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker) he would have tried going for PG-13 content but at the same time he didn't want to kill his version of Gwen.
    • There's a small deleted scene from "Group Therapy" that explains how Shocker escaped from police custody and was free by "Probable Cause". However, it was cut for time and was meant to be included in the extended cut DVD release. Those plans were scrapped as well, so now it's shown by Weisman at conventions.
  • Word of God: Mark Allen is Mark Raxton and Bennett Brant.


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