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Subj: Re: Thoughts on "Spider-Verse" pt. 1 on Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors cartoon?
Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 at 05:36:39 pm EDT (Viewed 13 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Thoughts on "Spider-Verse" pt. 1 on Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors cartoon?
Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 at 08:42:05 am EST (Viewed 211 times)

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How so?


The problems with USM are a lot and the positives of it are few and far between.

The positives is whoever is actually making the episodes is really digging in deep to the Marvel cast of not just Spidey characters, but Marvel period. Some serious C and D list and other obscure characters have appeared.

My praise pretty much ends there. I don't think Peter is a good portrayal, Aunt May is almost an afterthought, there isn't much high school or social life drama or even drama with school. The comedy is poor. And I don't enjoy any of the characterizations at all. It is very much a show so that they can make toys based off of characters who appear in the show.

I thought Spectacular was a near perfect show though I wish it was placed in the same animated universe as Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Wolverine and the X-Men. But at the time Spectacular started, Sony still had the television rights to Spidey, so I understand why that didn't happen. It had a great mix of characters from all eras of Spidey not just from various comic timelines but even used the Osborn Butler from the movies as well. I think the producers of the show even bragged about having no original characters.

Some continuity sticklers may complain about characterizations here and there. Montana of the Enforcers becomes Shocker, Ned Leeds is re-cast as Asian and re-named Ned Lee to make the show more diverse, and a lot of characters either are de-aged or place in settings the original comics never had them in. But I think those creative decisions still were done with the best of intentions and allowed the show to have a great supporting cast of characters.

The 90s Spider-Man cartoon, as well as almost all of Marvel's 90s shows except for the second season of Iron Man, has aged poorly. The only high point is the voice acting. The story, the script, the reused animation, the really bad plots, the huge focus on Morbius even though he has appeared in only a handful of Spider-Man issues in his 40+ years of being a character, the list goes on and on. And on top of that Fox had some really ridiculous limitations on what type of violence could be shown.

The 60s animated series is...interesting. I mean it is really, really cheap, and absolutely cheesy at times. Some episodes seem to be entirely built around Betty or Peter making a cheesy pun at the end. There really isn't much drama, and the series suffered even more in its later seasons due to further cost cutting. But it did give us that amazing song (which CBS really screwed the singers over as they were only paid a flat fee for it and don't see a penny of royalties) and despite the rough villain plots, I think Peter, Betty, and Jonah are pretty strong in the show, even though the villains and plots can be really bad.

I really haven't seen much of the other shows. I honestly can't sit through Amazing Friends because it is just so awfully cheesy.

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