The Amazing Spider-Man 2 followed this, and was set up as the launching point for five different Spider-Man sequels/spin-offs. It was a movie series that they didn't even really want in the first place, and now every scene was like a fake can gag gift, except, instead of a snake popping out, some person that you'd recognize from the comics would walk onscreen, hint about s**t that they'll do one day, and walk away. This approach to filmmaking led to it making $202 million in the U.S., which sounds like a lot of money until you remember any other Spider-Man movie.
In the cartoon world, we were gifted with The Spectacular Spider-Man, which is the best superhero cartoon ever made. Yeah, Batman: The Animated Series is great, but Batman: The Animated Series also had episodes where Batman moved like his suit was lined with roast beef, and dealt with plots like "Two children steal the Batmobile, and The Penguin knocks over some furniture." The Spectacular Spider-Man was twenty-six episodes of funny, well-animated, compelling perfection. So, naturally, the people behind the channels that it was on could not be bothered with it.
"Theme Song from The Spectacular Spider-Man" is what I'm gonna name my firstborn.