The 10 biggest Spider-Man 1994 changes the comics made
Running for five years and 65 episodes, Spider Man (sometimes called retroactively Spider-Man: The Animated Series) remains one of the most famous and beloved adaptations of the wall-crawler – when it comes to TV, most fans will choose either this series or the last one Spectacular Spider-Man.
Like the contemporary Batman: The Animated Series and X Men, Spider Man had a stronger continuity and straightforward comedic stories. However, there have been many changes to the source material along the road between the two. We can’t adapt everything and if some changes made sense, others were a bit disappointing in the end.
ten Gwen Stacy is not in Peter’s life
Despite Spider ManIn the long run, some comic book characters weren’t successful. Most important was Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s doomed first love. Spider Man is subject to severe censorship, especially in terms of violence. Thus, editor John Semper felt it would be unwise to include Gwen, a character “destined to die” and excluded her from the series. Gwen’s personality and story were scattered among other characters. When the series finally adapted The night Gwen Stacy died in the Season 3 finale, “Turning Point,” Mary-Jane was more of the goblin’s victim – she too simply “fell into limbo” rather than perish.
Gwen only appeared in the series finale, “Farewell, Spider-Man”. Voiced by the late Mary Kay Bergman, she was the fiancée of a Spider-Man from an alternate universe – in particular, a universe where Peter was not cursed by his “Parker Luck”. As such, it makes sense that he and Gwen ended up together.
9 Felicia Hardy’s story unfolds quite differently
Black Cat made her second animated appearance in Spider Man, voiced by the incomparable Jennifer Hale. However, his story and character are quite different from the comics. On the one hand, she is featured in her civilian identity as Felicia Hardy as Peter’s classmate at Empire State University. She thus takes up the role of absent Gwen as MJ’s blonde competitor – her conception and bad the personality also resembles Gwen as originally written / drawn by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
When Felicia finally adopted her costumed identity, it was the result of a Kingpin plot to recreate the super-soldier serum that had transformed Steve Rogers into Captain America – this meant that as a Black Cat, Felicia had some real superpowers. Comic Black Cat’s story as a thief was also excluded; She’s just an unwitting pawn of the Kingpin in her early days, and then eagerly becomes an ally of Spider-Man (though she never learns that he and Peter are one).
8 The boss is the main villain
The Kingpin is arguably the main villain of Spider Man. Voiced by Roscoe Lee Browne, Wilson Fisk has appeared in almost every episode of the series, many other villains, including Spider-Man’s eternal nemesis, Doctor Octopus, were subdued to him, and most of the arcs of the The story of the show were his machinations.
While Kingpin made his debut as Spider-Man’s nemesis in The Amazing Spider-Man # 50, he’s never been more important in the life of comedian Peter than his animated counterpart. This is especially true because, over time, Fisk has become more of a Daredevil villain than a Spider-Man; of course when Daredevil starred in Spider Man in two part “Framed” and “The Man Without Fear”, the Kingpin was the villain.
7 The Hobgoblin appeared before the Green Goblin
The Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s most infamous foe, but when Spider Man began airing, Norman Osborn was long dead, and his mantle assumed by a new villain, the Hobgoblin. Before John Semper boarded, plans were in place for Osborn to assume the Hobgoblin identity, but Semper changed that to Norman by simply designing the Hobgoblin’s equipment. The villain debuts in a two-part eponymous in the show’s first season, voiced by Mark Hamill, and returns several times after.
Hamill basically recycled his Joker voice for The Hobgoblin, but no one complained because it worked so well. Yet when Osborn finally made his costumed debut as the Green Goblin in Season 3, he wasted little time proving he was reigning supreme.
6 The mystery of the Hobgoblin’s true identity plays out differently
The mystery of the original identity of the Green Goblin spanned 25 issues, from The Amazing Spider-Man # 14 to # 39. To replicate this, Hobgoblin creator Roger Stern used a similar mystery. Unfortunately he is gone The Amazing Spider-Man before his plans could come true – his intention was for the Hobgoblin to be fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley. Subsequent writers moved away from this and suggested that the late Daily Bugle reporter Ned Leeds had been the Hobgoblin and then asked mercenary Jason Philip Macendale / “Jack O’Lantern” to assume the vacant identity.
Stern, in the 1997 miniseries “The Hobgoblin Lives”, revived his initial plans and revealed that Leeds had been a fall man for Kingsley, who later murdered Macendale. Since Spider ManHobgoblin’s story preceded this one, the result was simplified: In Season 3, Jason Macendale is introduced as Felicia Hardy’s boyfriend, and then is revealed shortly after to be the Hobgoblin.
5 Kraven the Hunter is much more heroic
Kraven The Hunter is one of Spider-Man’s oldest enemies, and “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is one of the most famous comics featuring the web-slinger. Introduced in an eponymous Season 1 episode, the animated Kraven (voiced by Gregg Burger) isn’t some run-of-the-mill big game hunter who wants Spider-Man’s head for the challenge, but a superhuman. He is also much more sympathetic.
Once Dr Mariah Crawford’s lover, he was injured by a lion and Mariah gave him an experimental healing serum to save his life. It was successful, but the effects drove him crazy. The episode ends with Kraven healed – he and Mariah rekindle their relationship, and each time he reappears, it’s as Spider-Man’s ally.
4 Electro is practically a different character
While Spider Man aired, a Spider-Man film was in pre-production with James Cameron at the helm. One of the villains he was considering using was a reimagined Electro, which meant the villain couldn’t appear on Spider Man. When the film failed, the ban was lifted. Still, perhaps to justify and / or welcome its late introduction, Electro was quite different from the comics.
Rather than the line repairman turned rogue Max Dillon, Spider Man‘s Electro was Reinholdt Schmidt, son of Red Skull. Reinholdt was also much more dangerous than Max – the Electro comic is a B-Lister at best, the animated Electro threatened the whole world.
3 There was no sandman
Sandman was another villain considered to appear in Cameron’s film, and therefore another who could not appear in the series. Unlike Electro, Sandman never got a chance to appear even after the embargo was lifted and remained Spider-Man’s most prominent villain to be absent from the series.
To fill the void, the series introduced Hydro-Man, the more minor villain of the Spider-Man comics.
2 The origin of Venom is different
In the comics, Spider-Man acquired the symbiote / his black suit while on Battleworld during the Secret wars Event. While Spider Man later adapted Secret wars, it was only in Season 5 as a prelude to the finale, as the series capitalized on Venom’s popularity by presenting it in Season 1. To do this, the series used a simplified origin – a space shuttle piloted by John Jameson brings the symbiote to Earth, and the alien clings to Spider-Man as he investigates the crash. Spectacular Spider-Man would reuse this story rhythm, while Spider-Man 3 similarly, the symbiote emerged from a meteorite.
While Spider Man Season 1, Eddie Brock is also an employee of The Daily Bugle, and therefore has more personal animosity with Peter even before he becomes Venom – like the origin of the Symbiote, later versions of Venom reused him.
1 Captain America is suspended in limbo, not cryogenically frozen
Spider Man has featured numerous guest appearances from the wider wonder universe – apart from crosses with the competitor X Men and Iron Man cartoons, guest stars included The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and The Punisher (albeit sanitized). However, the longest guest arc in the series centered around Captain America and the Invaders. Cap (voiced by David Hayter) and his nemesis the Red Skull had previously appeared in flashbacks during the original episode of Black Cat.
The pair appeared in the present during the “Six Forgotten Warriors” five-part arc – it was revealed that instead of being frozen at the end of WWII, Cap was trapped in limbo with the skull red, and to defeat the skull and electro, he returned to it at the end of the story.
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