The show that infamously allowed no punching, that featured the jankiest CGI outside of a scratched PS1 game demo, with a legacy leading to one of the worst Spider-Man adaptations ever… this is also the show that led to No Way Home, Blade, and maybe the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hold on, so… We’ll get to Blade (see down below), but Avi Arad was using this show as a testing ground to see how to make an actual, live-action Spider-Man movie. He even used scripts as pitches for movies. Avi Arad would eventually (after this show was canceled and Unlimited was canned) make the Raimiverse Spidey films, which (along with the X-Men films) featured a young Kevin Feige, a junior producer working for Arad. It was from Spider-Man’s success (and we mean Spider-Man: The Animated Series’ success) that Fiege began working on Marvel films, and Marvel films became a profitable thing, the two keys that led to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is why, despite Arad being a complete tool who viewed every movie as nothing but a toy commercial (and for that reason wanted the disabled elderly woman cut from the show, because who would want that toy?) he is thanked for his work in bringing about the Spider-Man series in Spider-Man: No Way Home – and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Which means, yes… this show is responsible for Jared Leto’s Michael Morbius. If it were able to, we’re sure it’d apologize.

Secret Wars

CRACKED.COM spider Man Animated secret wars Long before the MCU opened up the Multiverse, Spider-Man was fighting against a god-like being as well as Hulk, X-Men and dozens of villains in this adaptation of Secret Wars.

Jack the Ripper

CRACKED.COM spider Man Animated Jack the Ripper The sixth season would've featured a trip to the 19th century, and revealed that Jack the Ripper was Carnage.

Story Arcs

spider Man Animated story Arcs Despite almost being fired already, showrunner John Semper, Jr. ignored orders and added season-long arcs, because he wanted to make the best terrible CGI, overly censored, Fox Kids show he could. CRACKED.COM


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