By Darth-Spidey 53 Comments
It has come to my attention that the shows that Marvel was coming up with in the 90s are pretty popular and a lot of people really seem to love them. Well, I'm about to explain why one of the most well-known ones, Spider-Man the Animated Series is one of or the worst cartoons I have ever seen. I know some of you may just love these 90s shows, so if you think I'm full of it, you can stop reading, OR, you can hear what I have to say. Note that this is going to probably sound like a rant, so if you don't like rants, then you may want to stop reading.
For those that remain, allow me to tell you why this show sucked....
Now I've seen several episodes of this show, and I myself am a true-blue Spider-Man fan. But this....this was bad. Why? Here's a list of reasons:
1. Bad Voice acting, and even worse dialogue.
2. Bad forced angst.
3. No Gwen Stacy, except as the girlfriend to an alternate Spider-Man. They also didn't really accurately portray her persoanlity either.
4. The fact that they did the Hobgoblin before the Green Goblin. (Now, I like Hobgoblin, but you don't put him before Green Goblin, it just dosen't make any sense)
5. The fact that we got Hydro-Man, but not Sandman. Sandman isn't my favorite Spider-Man villain, but he's a major one and it makes sense for him to be on the show. And he never appeared. Instead, we got guys like the Spot, Morbius, and the aforementioned Hyrdo-Man. Big f---ing deal.
6. Laser-Guns. That's right. Laser-Guns. I understand if they don't want any blood and gore in the show, but come on, Laser-Guns in modern times? And for EVERYONE? Just saying. They should have had guns with bullets but just not have anyone get hit by them. I mean, Spider-Man's not considered one of the most agile guys around for nothing, folks.
7. Electro being the Red Skull's son, and Chameleon being his step-brother. I'm sorry, but everyone has to admit that was stupid.
8. A very crappy interpretation of Osborn being struck by his own glider. In the show, all being struck by his own glider dose is knock him into a dimensional portal. Lame.
9. Norman Osborn and Doctor Octopus, largely considered to be Spider-Man's two greatest enemies, here, are just whiney minions of the Kingpin. The Kingpin himself was WAY overused. He was pretty much the main villain of the show, which really, really sucked. I don't like Kingpin. I think he is way overrated and overused. To make him the main villain on the show, and just have Spider-Man's two top foes as his puppets is just bogus and is a pathetic attempt to make Kingpin seem cool. It's also worth mentioning that he had a righthand goon who looked like a Two-Face rip-off. He really sucked.
10. Tombstone's origin in the show was a rip-off of the Joker's most widely accepted origin. Of course, to be fair, I don't like Tombstone in general, but the Spectacular Spider-Man show made him cool.
11. Mary Jane being devoid of much of a personality, and being rather dull because of it. I seem to remember not caring that she had apparently returned from the dead, or that Peter wanted to marry her.
12. Super Soldier Black Cat, which included her getting white hair by "powering up". Now tell me you don't think that's silly.
13. Venom had big lips. I don't think I really need to go into details on that one. Just that if you thought Topher Grace was a bad Venom, you ain't seen nothing yet.
14. The fact that the Sinister Six was called the INSIDIOUS SIX. Because they thought "Sinister" was to quote Wikipedia "Too menacing a word for children." I'm sorry, but that is flat-out nonsense. I can't possibly fathom what the hell those Fox Censors were thinking.
15. A clone of Mary Jane with Hydro-Man's powers? Are we even being serious here? And the only reason they did that was because here, for some idioitic reason, they liked the idea of Hydro-Man being obsessed with Mary Jane. Ridiculous much?
16. The Series finale (which was never finished because the show was thank G-d, finally cancelled.) The first half of said series finale was a pathetic adaption of Secret Wars, and the second half being a team of Spider-Men taking on Spider-Carnage, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, and....Kingpin AGAIN!!! Admittingly, the idea of a team of Spider-Men working together sounds cool, but just get Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions when it comes out. I can assure you it's a much cooler version of the episodes.
17. The fact that their was WAY TOO MANY ROMANCES! Don't get me wrong, I like a good romance, but here, EVERYONE had a love interest. Scorpion! Mysterio! Blade! Prowler! The Spot! Yep, the Spot had a love interest, can you believe that? A Z-List Spider-Man villain and they go out of their way to give him a love interest. That's just silly. And they also made really, really random couples. If you thought Hawkgirl and John Stewart on JLU was weird, you haven't seen anything yet. Besides the Hydro-Man Mary Jane one I mentioned earlier, they had Blade having a thing for a detective who worked with Spider-Man a lot, AND they had a Morbius-Felicia Hardy-Deborah Whitman love triangle. That's so silly I don't even know where to start. Morbius was way too prominent in the show by the way. While he's definintely better then the Spot that's not exactly high praise. He's still a lame villain in my opinion. To me, he's just an excuse to have a vampire. And to give him a romance with Black Cat is just plain
18. And finally, on top of everything else, the complete and total lack of convincing action. You want to know why Batman the Animated Series and all of the other DC shows made by those guys worked? Because they knew that with shows about superheroes, people will get punched, kicked, and just plain roughed up. The aforementioned usage of Laser Guns, the fact that glass could not be broken (I'm not kidding with that one) and the fact that I can't recall a single time when anyone got punched or kicked fails this show. Come on Marvel. You too Fox. And I know why they did it too. Because they didn't want the show to be too violent for the little kids. I feel I must mention that EVERY LITTLE KID I know (except maybe my cousins) love their violence. Some just can't get enough of it. I bet that if I showed an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series to these little kids I know, most of them will probably think it's crap, or at the least, needs more action. I almost guarantee it.
I think I've just proved why the show was horrible, having just given 18 reasons why. Now, don't get me wrong, I acknowledge that this was a different time (the 90s) but that was also (for me) the time when comics were really starting to get good (well, some of them anyway) and you would think that after Batman the Animated Series, followed by both Superman the Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, Marvel would see what DC was doing right and step up their game. Nope. Instead, the same problems present in Spider-Man the animated Series, and the shows that came before it, would go on to be present in the other Marvel shows of that era, and even into more recent shows like Wolverine and the X-Men. I'm sorry, but that's just pathetic.
Now, just to prove that I'm not the only one who hated this show, I found a list on another website that gives many of the exact same problems I've listed.
If you look at this link you will find a list that looks an awful lot like mine. That's because I agree with every point this guy made. And it was only after reading it did I realize how right he was and made this rant.
So yeah, in my mind, to say the 90s Spider-Man show was horrible, is a GROSS understatement. It is a complete disgrace to every single character that ever appeared on that show. And I have absolutely no regrets in saying that.