Image Courtesy of Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Marvel Animation for Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003)
6. Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003)
With Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man hitting it big in 2002, it was only a matter of time before Marvel found a way to capitalize on its success. The result was a CGI series developed for MTV that was aimed at more mature audiences. And, the result is a surprisingly underrated piece of work.
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Due to writer Brian Michael Bendis’ involvement, the show was heavily inspired by the look of his Ultimate Spider-Man comic. The voice cast was also a highlight, particularly Neil Patrick Harris’ Peter Parker. Some intriguing bad guys and side characters even made for some entertaining stories.
It does have its drawbacks. At the time, CGI was still a relatively new concept for a weekly television series, and as a result, scenes would sometimes look incomplete. The fact that the show shared continuity with the 2002 film was also somewhat unnecessary, as it never used that to do anything truly significant.
While it definitely has its flaws, there are things to like about this interpretation of Spider-Man, and if you have some spare time, it actually makes for a nice little binge.