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  • Adorkable:
    • As with most versions, Peter is a science geek first and foremost, but this version plays it up even more. For instance, in the first short, he is visibly very excited about visiting Oscorp, and so overenthusiastic he ends up stealing the guide's lines twice, only to apologize each time. Fans find him irresistibly adorable.
    • Miles' more childlike personality compared to Peter makes him quite endearing.
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    • When joining in on super-heroics, Gwen's less composed than usual and lets her cute, dorky side show more.
    • While not to the extent of Peter and Gwen, Anya has her moments. Notably, when Miles gets spider powers, she geeks out quite adorably at the possibility of all of them getting spider powers.
    • During his brief time as a hero, Doc Ock makes some attempts at quipping along with Miles and Peter. The results are... mixed, but amusing.
    • Lady Ock may be crazy, but it's actually cute in a twisted way how she cares for and shows affection for her robots. There's also her general awkwardness in trying a bit too hard to be good at villainy.
    • Steel Spider's admiration of Otto Octavius is quite endearing. Too bad he gets brainwashed.
  • Anvilicious: The series' messages about the benefits of science and how powerful it is as a tool is thought to be way too heavy-handed sometimes. Around Mid-Season 1, it gets toned down.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The interconnected "Bring On The Bad Guys" and "Superior Spider-Man" sagas were dragged out for the majority of the second season, even taking away focus from Miles, Gwen, Anya and Max in favor of Doc Ock. It did not help that the former arc ended on a Cliffhanger that it took a year to continue off of.
    • Gwen and Anya are STILL in the dark about Peter being Spider-Man by the end of Season 2. Even when they are mad at Peter cause Otto made him act like a jerk, Peter does nothing to clear up the misunderstanding. They don't find out that Peter is Spider-Man until "Spider-Man Unmasked", which is near the the end of Season 3.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Most people are under the opinion the writers' declaration about this show going "back to basics" was meant to please fans who disliked the completely different take on the character in Ultimate Spider-Man.
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    • One of the complaints against Ultimate Spider-Man was that the focus was taken away from Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery and supporting cast in favor of the larger Marvel Universe. The show focuses more on characters from the Spider-Man mythos, and the wide majority of the villains revealed or hinted at so far (the Sinister Six, Alistair Smythe, Scorpion, Jackal...) are iconic Spider-Man baddies. And the large majority of the antagonists used so far have been from Spider-Man Rogues Gallery, with only a minority of villains from the larger Marvel Universe.
    • Similarly, many complained that the Ultimate Spider-Man Peter, despite allegedly being a Badass Bookworm, was portrayed as rather dumb and rarely displayed any geek qualities unless it was required for the plot. This cartoon plays up Peter's geekish side and shows his smarts, having him carefully analyze his powers to learn how to use them and frequently defeating his villains by outsmarting them.
    • One of the frequent complaints about Ultimate Spider-Man was how Peter often came off as a Designated Hero by causing many of the problems in several episodes either because of his ego or his trying to show off rather than do superheroics and often making things worse because of it. This Peter is shown to be straight up focused on trying to be a hero first and foremost when he's in costume.
    • Some people thought Peter was a Designated Monkey in that show when he's usually tormented by his team and occasionally goes through cheap tragedy. Here, much of this Peter's Butt-Monkey status stems largely from inexperience due to just recently getting his powers, much like his Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart, and will be the basis for Character Development.
    • His original team in the USM cartoon (Nova, White Tiger, Luke Cage, Iron Fist) were often Jerkasses to him in the first season and demanded more trust than they'd ever earned or showed. His friends in this series are much more likable (though, as with any version of Spidey, his having to run out on them doesn't win him any points with them).
    • Probably the most prominent complaint about Ultimate Spider-Man was its Denser and Wackier comedy approach. The shorts have shown that while the comedy is there, it's downplayed in comparison, and that it can be serious when it needs to be.
    • Jackal is made Gwen Stacy's uncle in this version, which is considerably less Squicky than in the comic, where he was her teacher and had a crush on her, while still offering a potentially interesting dynamic between the two.
      • This is made a lot worst in the third season with creepy implications added.
    • A problem people had with Avengers, Assemble! and Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) was that they felt like blatant attempts to capitalize off of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather than doing their own thing. Here, the similarities end with Peter's prototype Spider-Man costume and the Vulture being the first enemy he fights (albeit likely as a byproduct for being in development before Spider-Man: Homecoming was released). The series also significantly pulls back on the superhero team-ups, keeping them sparse and allowing Spider-Man and his supporting cast to shine.
    • Some fans criticized the recent Marvel toons like Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Avengers, Assemble! for downplaying the role of Bruce Banner in favor of almost exclusively focusing on his Hulk persona, which they claim misses the point of the character and takes away his emotional core. Even the otherwise better-loved The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! was guilty of this, with Banner's deal with Hulk (Bruce won't fight him for control if he joins the Avengers) making it so that we almost never saw Banner. However, the Halloween episode of Marvel's Spider-Man prominently features the Hulk, but also provides a sizeable supporting role for Banner. It also makes it clear Banner and Hulk treat each other as different people, something that was less clear in the mostly Bannerless incarnations.
    • Eddie Brock showing up in Season 2 and hinting at his transformation into Venom after how the symbiote's last appearance was not entirely well received and to live up to one of the promos talking about how Eddie is in the show only to not hint at him at all in Season 1. This is even furthered by eventually having Eddie actually become Venom.
    • Some fans felt Gwen's design in this show was a case of You Don't Look Like You, due to a different general fashion sense and hairstyle. In Season 2, she gets a new design that, while still different from most incarnations, looks a bit closer due her to having a headband and not an odd bun.
    • Some fans felt that Doctor Octopus's Heel–Face Turn in Ultimate Spider-Man was undeserved due to the highly personal nature of the attacks he threw at Peter by the series end, and his motivation and redemption being poorly explained and abrupt. This series' take on the concept of Otto making a Heel–Face Turn stretches out the idea throughout Season 2, showing Otto feeling genuine regret at his actions after the Superior Spider-Man arc, and making an effort to work with the heroes despite their lack of trust.
    • Season 3 features Mary Jane in a major capacity after Season 1 awkwardly wrote around her with an unvoiced minor role, and Season 2 didn't feature her at all, after spending much of that time Out of Focus in the comics and television adaptations.
    • Max Modell had long been criticized for being Unintentionally Unsympathetic at best, a Designated Hero at worst on multiple occasions. Season 3 actually makes his constant screw-ups in spite of any noble intentions he might have held a major plot point and a source of Character Development from Max.
    • In Season 3, Gwen and Anya finally learn that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, and spend much of that episode ripping into Peter for not telling them for so long, even using the same points that many viewers have made about why it was so stupid of him.
    • One of the main criticisms of Season 2 was how Harry was largely Out of Focus despite effectively being the second main character in Season 1. While his character focus is still downplayed, he's called in to help with the Symbiote invasion in "Vengeance of Venom", and his last major appearance in the show in "Generations" works effectively in bringing his character arc with his father to a close.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the fourth short, Peter comes across a fortune teller who predicts that he will find fame and fortune. Peter then accidentally covers her in web gloop. While the scene establishes his web only lasts an hour and gives Peter the idea of getting rich, it's still a very bizarre scene that comes out of nowhere and its never mentioned again.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Otto Octavius' apparent redemption in "Take Two" being an act as part of his Evil Plan surprised absolutely no one; aside from the fact it had already been confirmed later episodes would adapt the Superior Spider-Man storyline, which requires Otto starting out as still evil in order to work, Otto happens to come back and try to reintegrate Horizon High right as Max Model has a new complex invention, he somehow gets taken down and attached offscreen by the Wild Pack for no apparent reason (suggesting he might have asked them to do this to him so he would more easily gain Spider-Man's trust), and it's confirmed at the end of the episode that the Wild Pack were actually working for someone, and them failing was part of a long-term plan. Really, the only surprising thing about that twist was that it took only one episode to reveal it, as many fans expected the mystery to be kept for a bit longer.
    • Again at the end of "The Living Brain" while it looks like Spider-Man overcame the mind transfer and defeated Ock in his robot body, few people were surprised when the ending revealed that Ock is now in Spider-man's body, given how the plot adapted the Superior Spider-Man story, as mentioned above. Even if you weren't aware of the comic it's based on, the fact the end of the fight happened offscreen was a good clue about what actually happened.
    • Norman Osborn/The Dark Goblin being Dr. Connors' contact, and being the main villain of "Generations". Even the marketing for the episode made no effort to hide his identity.
  • Complete Monster: The Venom symbiote is a warrior of the Klyntar race who crash-lands onto Earth, where it is found by NASA and donated to Horizon High. There, it bonds to its first human host, Peter Parker, upon sensing his power. The symbiote tries to corrupt Peter before being removed. Venom would then repeatedly attempt to terrorize Peter and those close to him, taking over and traumatizing Flash Thompson; bonding to disgruntled reporter Eddie Brock; and kidnapping Peter's loved ones and their boss J. Jonah Jameson, and threatening the lives of Flash and Midtown High teacher Anna Maria Marconi to get to Spider-Man, all without regard for the lives of innocent people. Eventually returning to its original goal of conquering Earth, Venom takes over Dr. Curt Connors to escape Horizon and callously casts Connors aside to continue its plan hostless, succeeding in summoning the Klyntar to Earth despite seemingly being destroyed. Surviving by possessing Max Modell, Venom uses him to build a portal to the Klyntar homeworld for a second invasion, intending to bring a powerful symbiote called the World-Killer to Earth to destroy it just to spite Spider-Man and the rest of humanity.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Carolyn Trainer, the temporary second Doctor Octopus (set up by Otto to be such), has only featured in a single episode but gained a lot of love and fan attention due to her unique design, Adorkable personality, and sympathetic Anti-Villain status.
    • Flash Thompson, due to his tendency to provide much-needed levity, and generally nice personality.
    • Despite her limited screen time in season 3, Mary Jane Watson's appearances in season 3 were well received due to how she's a cool and laid back Passionate Sports Girl, a supportive friend to Peter, voiced by Felicia Day, and leaves a big impression in the Grand Finale even without powers.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The majority of fans seem to ship Peter/Harry, thanks to their borderline romantic interactions in the show.
    • Peter/Gwen, while a standard ship, also works here, since between Anya and Gwen, he maintains a closer bond with the latter.
      • And in a unexpected case, Anya/Gwen is also a fairly popular ship among fans.
  • Foe Yay: Black Cat seems to have a bit too much fun messing around with Spider-Man, actually being impressed when he manages to outsmart her.
  • Growing the Beard: While the early episodes are decent, they're far more episodic, somewhat typical of a Spider-Man adaptation, and with a very significant focus on science. The "Rise of Doc Ock" event marks the point where the story becomes darker and more serialized, starts being a bit less straightforward with its influences, and also tones down the science-based Aesops.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • He Really Can Act:
    • A lot of people were skeptical about Robbie Daymond voicing Spider-Man, as the early promos made him sound too obnoxious. However, the later Origin shorts, especially Part 6, showed his range as an Adorkable, snarky, and emotional sides. He showcases even greater range in the Superior Spider-Man arc, copying Scott Menville's tone, vocal inflections, and way of talking almost perfectly when playing Ock in Peter's body.
    • Also, while everyone praised him as a perfect Peter / Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Josh Keaton shows here just how good an actor he is by doing an equally perfect Norman Osborn. This is especially notable in "Rise Of Doc Ock Part 4", where he absolutely loses it. His performance as John Jameson, aka Man Wolf, is also worth noting. He's terrifying as Man-Wolf, capturing his Savage side surprisingly well. On the flip side, you can definitely feel for the soft spoken John as he shows genuine regret for behavior he wasn't in control of.
    • Grey DeLisle Griffin voicing Black Cat may seem like she's just using her Catwoman voice from one of the Batman video games, but she manages to deliver a stellar performance with a perfect mix of sultry allure and mischievous playfulness.
    • Max Mittelman already does a good job as Harry Osborn, but his performance in parts 3 and 4 of "The Rise Of Doc Ock" really shows off his range.
    • Laura Bailey effortlessly shows off the many facets of Gwen's personality, whether with her snark, vulnerable moments, or her more altruistic moments.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A lot of people kept saying that Peter looks like Ben Tennyson from Ben 10. Come, the first episode, when Peter explains how brain freeze works, he says that it should be called 'heat blast' instead. Heatblast is one of, and Ben's first, alien transformations.
    • There's also the fact that Max Mittelman voices both Harry Osborne here and Overflow in the Ben 10 reboot.
    • Not to mention that Peter is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal (the voice of teenage Ben) in Spider-Man (PS4).
      • He also voices several characters in this show, most notably Clayton Cole/Clash, Curt Conners/The Lizard , and Nocturnal.
    • The series uses the Hobie Brown incarnation of Prowler, but the design of the costume is borrowed from Aaron Davis. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse reverses this, using the Aaron Davis Prowler, but uses the Hobie Brown design.
  • Ho Yay: Harry and Peter. Sure, some of it could be passed off as Harry being so isolated from other kids due to being rich, but come on, who brings their best friend to lunch and breakfast nearly every single day (and gets upset when they cancel)? The Spiderman-Harry interactions don't lay it on thin either; Harry nearly flirts with him in "Spider-Man on Ice" and acts like he's being cheated on whenever Peter talks about Spidey. He similarly acts like Peter has been two-timing him when Peter reveals that he's been working alongside Otto after Otto's Heel–Face Turn.
    • Les Yay: Gwen and Anya show some shades of this. In "Osborn Academy", there's the fact that the latter is the first to acknowledge the former as the "Princess Of Preparation", and seems quite happy to talk about it. A more pronounced case is in parts 3-5 of "Spider Island", where Gwen has mutated into a spider creature, and isn't in control of her behavior . While Peter is concerned for her, he's more focused on saving the city, hence why Anya is much more concerned in trying to help her out, with more heart to heart moments. Their hug at the end of part 5 is also quite personal. How about part 2 of "Bring On The Bad Guys", where its revealed that Anya kept her powers after Spider Island, and Gwen is the only one who knows at the moment? . Their dialogue with each other is flirtatiously laced.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: While its predecessor, Ultimate Spider-Man, was widely criticized for being too different from what came before, many have criticized this series for going too far the other direction, feeling it's too close to past works without a real identity of its own. These criticisms became less valid in later episodes, where the show starts taking some departures from the source material (such as Spider-Man's powers being Jackal's failed attempt at creating a Super Soldier or Horizon High taking center stage).
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Some of the villains with more sympathetic motives can be this way. A good example is with Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus. Yes, he's condescending and egotistical, though he does genuinely want to make the world a better place, and was mocked for his intelligence gone wrong. His younger age in this version coupled with some Adorkable traits just make it all the more pronounced.
    • Dr. Curt Connors in this show is a lot more unlikable and despicable than past incarnations where he's mostly a good man before turning into the Lizard and at one point, he even ousts Max from the school and reigns over the students like a totalitarian ruler. But once you find out that the Lizard is threatening to overwhelm his mind and body once again and Connors has no choice but to turn to Normal Osborn and follow all his orders to try to cure himself, we can see that his massive Jerkass actions are at least done out of sheer desperation.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • People on YouTube have made comments that the character designs are similar enough to that of Voltron: Legendary Defender, with many joking about Peter Parker looking like Matthew Holt. Many more have mentioned that Peter looks very similar to Ben Tennyson than the Peter from the comics and him with his glasses on had many people state that he looked like Harry Potter.
    • Because Peter is voiced by Robbie Daymond, people have been creating fan art of Daymond's other well-known role (Prompto of Final Fantasy XV) in Spider-Man's outfit, dubbing him Spider-Prom.
    • PARKER! GET ME MORE PHOTOS OF BILL GREEN! HE'S A MENACE!" has gotten quite a bit of attention since Bob Joles, who voices J. Jonah Jameson here, also voices Bill Green on Big City Greens, which came out the same day as this show's season 2 premiere. The funny part comes in how they have wildly different personalities and appearances.
  • Memetic Psychopath: It did not take long for Casting Gag versions of this to happen to Spider-Man given that he shares a voice with Goro Akechi. Then the final Origin short happened and had Peter deliver a quite disturbing Mook Horror Show to the burglar who killed Uncle Ben, as if to support this interpretation.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Peter was dangerously close to crossing it in the final Origin short where he told Uncle Ben's killer he wanted to hear the sound of his screaming.
    • Norman crossed it in Osborn Academy when he coerced Herman and Clayton into fighting each other with their dangerous inventions for a spot at his school. That's nothing compared to "The Hobgoblin" though where, unlike his son, who took up the identity as a hero, he took it up in order to mold him in his image and smear Spider-Man's image. He then disowns him when he refused.
    • Keemia crossed it in Sandman when she remorselessly crushed her father with the intention of killing him. While Flint's fate is ambiguous at the moment, that doesn't make it any less heinous.
    • Adrian Toomes reveals himself to be one of the more vile iterations of his character when he turns New York into a battleground after taking over the Goblin Mech, hijacking civilian vehicles and even the suits of his own men all just to kill Spider-Man.
  • Narm:
    • Venom's design (which is very pointy and has visible ears) and especially his voice comes off as being less threatening and more goofy, sounding like he's doing a Stage Whisper into a voice synthesizer.

      "I'NUFF!! RRAAAAHH!!!"
    • Similarly, Dark Goblin's strength and abilities are intimidating, but his face looks way too cartoony to take seriously.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Uncle Ben rewriting his usual quote as an equation. Goofy, but... d'awww.
    • The mostly serious "The Living Brain" has a funny moment where Beetle is surprised how he got Jack O'Lantern's gun that shoots candy corn. His "What the heck?" reaction sells it.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Let's just say that Gwen's more snotty behavior in "Osborn Academy" hasn't gone over well with everybody despite later episodes showing her with a kinder, softer personality and this kind of transition being exactly how things went with her comic book counterpart.
    • There's also the whole "importance of science" theming for people that either didn't like it or didn't care for it. Those same people think the show shoves that idea down their throats constantly despite later episodes toning it down and integrating it into the plot better.
    • Peter's lack of social skills and exaggerated geekiness is often listed as a reason people will give on Youtube for why they dislike this show. This trait of character really gets exaggerated in only the first few episodes, with later ones portraying him as a bit more balanced.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • At the very least, Josh Keaton had already played Harry Osborn in the first two games based on the Raimi films, as well as Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. He's also voiced villains more than once before, in such works as Young Justice and Metal Gear Solid 3.
    • Gwen Stacy's debut may have people surprised at what a stuck-up, less-than-kind attitude she has. However, this is actually similar to parts of how her comic book counterpart was originally portrayed (although it differs in both kind and degreenote ) before the characterization changed and was subsequently forgotten about over the years.
    • Flash rampaging as Venom while he was sleeping. In the original comics, the reason Peter had to discard the Symbiote was because it was controlling his body while he was sleeping, making him constantly tired during the day. Later incarnations downplayed that in favor of the Symbiote increasing Peter's aggression, which started in Spider-Man: The Animated Series note 
    • Robbie Daymond has voiced Spider-Man before, in the English dub of Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers. However, it's understandable that people wouldn't know about it since it never aired in the United States.
    • Harry taking up the mantle of the Hobgoblin dates back to the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books. The difference is that in this series, he took up the Hobgoblin identity as a willing hero. whereas his Ultimate incarnation was a Tragic Villain caught in the same accident that made Norman the Green Goblin and created Doctor Octopus.
      • Similarly Hobgoblin preceding the Green Goblin dates back to Spider-Man: The Animated Series where the Green Goblin was off limits in early seasons due to his role in a potential Spider Man movie.
  • Padding: The second episode of the "Spider-Island" event. It features Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, and Black Widow fighting HYDRA. While the end of the episode does feature Gwen becoming a spider-creature, the episode is largely irrelevant to the "Spider-Island" arc, with neither Black Widow or HYDRA playing a part in the remaining acts.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Parksborn, for Peter Parker/Harry Osborn.
    • Gwenya, for Gwen/Anya.
  • The Scrappy: Regent is generally singled out as one of the weaker Arc Villains (not unlike his comic counterpart, who is also disliked) due to his abrupt introduction, not being a very interesting character, and his powers being cobbled together from other recurring characters.
  • Seasonal Rot: The third and final season, Maximum Venom, is generally regarded as fairly weak compared to its predecessors due to all of them effectively being mini-movies, which exacerbated the already awkward pacing of the series, the season having to balance two major sub-plots (the Symbiote Invasion and Curt Conners' takeover of Horizon High), and ending with a few loose ends (such as Miles never reconciling with his father or Curt Conners' seemingly permanent transformation into the Lizard).
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Halloween Moon" shows the importance of valuing both your human identity and Hero identity: it helps reel you in when things go wrong.
    • Screwball Live 's Aesop that there is more to life than social media may be a bit heavy-handed, but many would argue that it's a very relevant message in this day and age.
    • Both "The Rise Of Doc Ock" and "Spider Island" show the dangers of holding grudges and keeping secrets from others.
  • Sophomore Slump: The first half of Season 2 has been viewed as a considerable downgrade from Season 1. Aside from the debut of J. Jonah Jameson, Eddie Brock as Venom, and some decent overarching story pieces concerning Doc Ock's evolution into the Living Brain, the narrative focus in between episodes is not so strong, episodes such as "Rise Above It All" and "School of Hard Knocks" are viewed as being ultimately Filler, and both the season opener and the four part "Bring On The Bad Guys" events play out like disconnected short Spider-Man escapades shoved into single episodes just to throw in as many new members of Spidey's Rogues' Gallery as possible in case the series couldn't make it beyond this season (which, with the confirmation of the "Maximum Venom" season, it did, making the rushed introduction to all these bad guys feel extra needless in hindsight.) That it ended on the note of setting up an arc based on the polarizing Superior Spider-Man storyline from the comics and came out in the same year as better received Spider-Man products like Insomniac's Playstation 4 game and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did even more to push this view on it. Thankfully, the second half has been seen as a tremendous improvement, with the Superior Spider-Man arc, and Doc Ock's redemption arc that came with it, surprisingly ending up as perhaps the best received part of the series has had to date, and many of the episodes retroactively justifying what had come before in the first half but had seemed like Filler at the time.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show is generally considered a more memorable and well-written adaptation compared to Spidey's many more obscure series and is nigh-universally agreed to do the character more justice than its immediate predecessor, but many feel it still falls short of the golden standard set by The Spectacular Spider-Man and Spider-Man: TAS. The rather budget-friendly animation doesn't help matters.
  • Squick: Gwen has a Ship Tease moment with Otto of all people, going so far as to say something to the effect of "He's Not Evil, Just Misunderstood!". Sure, he's 19 in this continuity and this isn't the first (or worst) time Gwen has ended up with one of Spidey's rogues in the comics, but... woof.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Many fans dislike the fact that like most modern versions (particularly the live action versions of Peter that are from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy, Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man Series, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the versions that are from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book and cartoon that is only related to the comic by name), this Peter is way too cavalier about his Secret Identity and that in his first exhibition of powers, he does so in the open wearing teen costumes and then uses an absurd webbing based Domino Mask, showing none of the competence that the original 616!Peter (along with most animated versions of Peter) did in handling his identity. Design-wise. There are also certain fans that dislike the fact that this Peter has green eyes instead of having his usual brown, blue, or hazel eyes.
    • In-essence, some fans note that much like Spider-Man: Homecoming it dilutes the crucial unique quality of Peter Parker in the service of fitting him within a larger Shared Universe. Originally Peter was a Working-Class Hero who went to normal, regular, high school and got into college on scholarship, and was far smarter than his peers. While the show does emphasize his poor background and the effort it takes him to work around it, him being in a school of supergeniuses, personally recruited by the headmaster and mentor who sees how special Peter is, and his peers set to become superpowered in their own right removes any sense that Peter was the loner non-sidekick teenage hero who punched above his weight and resources, removing a lot of his underdog appeal and charm. Since the high-school kids are turned into Badass Bystander who can take care of themselves which more or less negates much of the tension and personal stakes for Peter in both his personal and superhero career.
    • The show's version of the Shocker is not overly popular, since he lacks several qualities of what makes the comics version beloved, such as his quilt costume or Consummate Professional personality, in addition to only being about Peter's age.
    • The episode Ultimate Spider-Man which shows Miles Morales's Origins Episode as Spider-Man raised eyebrows for how drastically different Miles's personality had become since the context of the reasons why he became Spider-Man was erased. The dynamic between Miles and Peter Parker (be it 616!Peter and Ultimate Peter) is in the comics that of a serious young aspiring superhero looking up to an Experienced Protagonist and Peter getting a chance to be Uncle Ben to a young hero. But within the show, the dynamic doesn't work because Miles is the same age as Peter, and a fellow student in the same school. Many also noted how weird it was that Show!Peter Parker who is canonically Spider-Man for less than a year is now suddenly taking on a mentor role to Miles. Likewise, Miles Morales suddenly claims he's a fan of Spider-Man when previous interactions showed no such trait. Likewise, the fact that a teenage Spider-Man suddenly has a doppelganger in his first year as a crimefighter raises questions as to why Peter has a quest and vocation to being Spider-Man.
    • Some fans dislike the fact that Norman Osborn and his son Harry become the Hobgoblin instead of the Green Goblin. In fact, the Green Goblin is never featured in this series: the closest things we get to a Green Goblin are Adrian Toomes as the Goblin King in Season 2 and Norman Osborn as Dark Goblin in Season 3.
    • While fans are happy to see Black Cat again after her complete absence in Ultimate Spider-Man (and with her bad luck powers to boot), there have been complains that her Dating Catwoman relationship with Peter was Adapted Out, leaving her little more than a generic female supervillain with none of the interesting dynamic the two characters usually have.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Herman Schultz / Shocker was never seen in "The Rise of Doc Ock", despite making it into Oz Academy. He definitely would've made the sixth member in the Sinister 6. Though he might never appear again due to the unfortunate passing of his voice actor, Cameron Boyce.
    • Out of the Spider-Heroes, Miles Morales, due to not joining the fray very much, which likely isn't helped by his borderline overpowered EMP ability (in a series where almost every antagonist uses technology in some capacity), but also getting the least Character Development, not really sliding out of his Plucky Comic Relief role.
    • Despite the focus on the venom symbiote, Eddie Brock somehow manages to not appear at all during the "Invasion" storyline of season 3. In addition, Anti-Venom shows up... for all of 5 minutes, and attached to Groot, completely cutting out Eddie's role in its origin.
    • Many fans wished that Harry Osborn wasn't sidelined after Season 1, due to his interesting chemistry with Peter, especially after he learns Peter and Spider-Man are one and the same and he becomes the Hobgoblin. His only significant appearances in Maximum Venom after his major role in the Season 2 finale are to help with the Symbiote crisis and wrap up his character arc with his father.
    • The Symbiote Sisters are important figures on the symbiote mythos on this series' universe, being the ones responsible for the creation of the Klyntar race as a whole, including Venom. Rather than spearheading the symbiote invasion on Earth and flesh out their characters, they appear on the last episode of the third season serving as a final, one-dimensional obstacle for the heroes without any proper introduction about who they are. In fact, they aren't even mentioned by their names and anyone who didn't saw "The Secret History of Venom" video will be left confused about who these characters were.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It's often lamented that Doctor Octopus's (albeit foregone) Face–Heel Turn took place in a very short timeframe (one episode as a hero, and the very next planting the seeds for his fall) rather than having him be a hero for a longer amount of time.
    • In Spider-Island, Gwen is the second to succumb to the Spider Monster transformation, and it's later revealed the Jackal is controlling them, but nothing is done with this in spite of the two being family.
    • A Season 2 trailer teased that J. Jonah Jameson would learn Peter was Spider-Man. This revelation is undone as quickly as it happens, and more or less just serves as a way for Peter to lose his job at the Daily Bugle, with Jameson being left more or less completely unchanged after the experience and barely appearing again afterwards.
    • The entire story of "Vengeance of Venom", the symbiotes successfully invading New York, infecting and controlling almost all of the heroes in the process, could've easily made up an entire season. Instead it all ends up being fixed in the last 10 minutes.
    • "Generations" reveals that Miles' father is the villain Swarm, who took up the mantle thinking how all heroes are bad. He's then crushed when it's revealed that his son Miles is a hero and he almost hurt him. This could've left a huge impact if not for the fact that this is his first appearance since season 1 . Because he didn't appear again until this episode and we don't see enough of him caring for Miles, it loses a lot of the impact it should have.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Both averted and played straight. Coming after Ultimate Spider-Man, which had an extremely polarizing reception mainly due its excessive zaniness and differences from the comics and most versions, hopes were high for this series. However, it's also coming after well-loved Spider-Man adaptations like Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Spectacular Spider-Man, leading to frequent, often negative comparisons between them and this show, although it's still usually rated as So Okay, It's Average rather than outright bad.
  • Unexpected Character: The show definitely does this quite a bit:
    • Anya Corazón. There are many, many Spider-People around who are much more well-known and popular than her (though she certainly has her fans), so having her show up is something of a surprise.
    • The show features the animated TV series debut of the Jackal, the infamous main antagonist of the infamous Clone Saga. While his civilian identity Miles Warren has appeared in past adaptations, both series ending just before he got to properly ascend to becoming a main threat, this marks the first time his villainous alter-ego has made an appearance.
    • To a lesser degree, Max Modell, a supporting character who was created for Dan Slott's run in the comics. Plus, the character is gay, something Disney censors haven't let by until quite recently (though Max's sexuality could just go unacknowledged in the show)note  It makes sense when one remembers that his creator is involved in the show.
    • Clayton Cole is a recent character from the comics who serves as the minor super villain Clash, so seeing him at all was a bit of a shock.
    • After fifteen years since the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film, nobody really expected to see the pro-wrestler Bonesaw show up again in one of the Origin Shorts.
    • Screwball, a lesser known villain in the comic books, makes an appearance. What's even more surprising is that Liz Allan (a character who is much more well known than she is) is her alter ego, and she went through Adaptational Heroism .
    • The Blizzard picked for the series isn't the better-known Donald Gill or Gregor Shapanka, but the third one, Randall Macklin, a One-Shot Character who never even fought Spider-Man in the comics.
    • Carolyn Trainer, AKA Lady Octopus, is from a period considered a Dork Age in the comics, but appears here.
    • Three villains introduced in a Season 2 episode; Hippo, Panda-Mania, and Overdrive, who are complete D-Listers. Hell, Panda-Mania doesn't even have a backstory in the comics and is just a random member of the gang of White Rabbit, who herself is a Joke Character.
    • The second Electro, Francine Frye, shows up in the fourth part of the "Bring On The Bad Guys" arc, and she's given a Race Lift to black and roughly Peter's age here .
    • Puma, a Spider-Man supporting character who was more prominent in the 1980's and 90's, makes his television debut in the episode "Take Two."
    • The series implements The Living Brain, a mostly forgotten member of Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery, albeit as another identity for Doctor Octopus.
    • "Road to Goblin War" features the TV debut of D-List villain Slyde, who's only appeared sporadically since his introduction in 1986.
    • Aside from the 2018 Venom movie where Riot made an appearance, the most prominent symbiotes who appear in Spider-Man and Venom-related TV and film media tend to be either Venom or Carnage, and in more recent times, Agent Venom or Anti-Venom. Beyond that, more minor symbiote characters haven't made many appearances in Spider-Man cartoons and with that in mind, it can come as not-an-unwelcome surprise to see Scream, Scorn, and Mania finally appear... particularly Scream since she's been around since the early 90s for almost as long as Carnage but hasn't really caught on in most Spider-Man media outside of some video games and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Max Modell and Harry Osborn get frequently cited for this, the former due to being a hypocritical Designated Hero who doesn't suffer enough for his harmful actions and the latter due to coming off as an unnecessarily Wangsty Jerkass too often. Both of them do receive Character Development on these fronts, though.
    • Some would say Gwen and Anya fall into this during the second half of season 2 given that while Peter (actually Doc Ock in his body) was acting very rude and snobbish, they think that he's essentially a lost cause given how they don't really attempt to find out why he's acting this way. This is in stark contrast to everyone else where they try to help him, show some kind of regret, or at least take it easy when they feel something is off.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • Art style aside, the sneak peek clip has won over most people thanks to more subdued humor and fun action.
    • The first short was even better received for focusing on Spider-Man elements and making Peter Adorkable.
    • The second Origin short showed more of Peter's Awesome by Analysis capabilities, figuring out rather quickly how his spider powers work.
    • The final Origin short greatly won people over by showing a much more emotional Peter, especially his gut-wrenching My God, What Have I Done?.
    • Black Cat is going to return for this series, after her near decade of not appearing in a Spider-Man cartoon. It gets better! This is the first animated Black Cat since Spider-Man (1981), to have her ability to manipulate bad luck.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Of the Poor Communication Kills variety - a lot of trouble in the show could have been avoided if Peter had just sucked it up and confessed to Harry that he was Spider-Man. This gets toned down somewhat after Peter explains that it's more our less out of fear of what would happen if anyone of his enemies discovered who he was and that they could use his loved ones to get to him. But then it comes back in full force when he makes the same mistake with Gwen and Anya, who by that point are his teammates with powers of their own and thus are put in danger from enemies all the time anyway, creating many unpleasant situations that wouldn't need to happen if he was simply honest with them about his identity.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • The idea of Josh Freaking Keaton now voicing Norman Osborn threw many fans for a loop, since they believed that if you bring in Josh Keaton for a Spider-Man cartoon, you might as well have him voice the webslinger himself, or at least a good guy character. Of course, many of them changed their minds once they heard his take on Norman.
    • Ditto for Patton Oswalt as Uncle Ben. However, much like Keaton above, this lessened when viewers actually heard his performance. Oswalt would later voice the Chameleon in Season 2 in much the way he typically voices characters, making his warm, reserved, compassionate take on Uncle Ben stand out all the more.


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