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Before ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’, there was ‘Spider Wars’! We’ve come to the end of the 1990s ‘Spider-Man’ TV series in this two-parter. I’m saddened that we’ve come to the end as I’ve really enjoyed this series. Will this story divided into two chapters be satisfying? Well…let’s find out.
In ‘Chapter 1’ of the story called ‘I Really, Really Hate Clones’, Spider-Man is taken by the Beyonder to a dystopia where New York City has become decimated. The city has become demolished by the combined forces of the Hobgoblin and the Green Goblin and they are led by the evil Spider-Carnage.
Spidey is surprised to find another version of himself with the Carnage symbiote attached to him. J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson aren’t happy to see Spider-Man as he caused the destruction to New York City. But it transpires Spidey isn’t in his home dimension. He’s in a different dimension. 😐
When Spidey meets up with the Beyonder and Madame Webb who explain to him what’s happening, he also teams up with five other Spider-Men from different dimensions. Our Spidey is to lead the group of Spider-Men in their fight against Spider-Carnage, the Green Goblin and Hobgoblin.
The other Spider-Men are as follows. There’s the Six-Armed Spider-Man who has the deadly disease to become the Man-Spider; there’s Spider-Man with the Doc Ock arms (or Spider-Octopus 😀 ); the Armoured Spider-Man; the Scarlet Spider and a Spider-Man…well, I’ll share more about him later on.
Apparently, the dimension our Spidey visited happens to be Scarlet Spider’s whose real identity is Ben Reilly. Ben is a blonde-haired Peter Parker who got caught up in a fight with Spider-Man before he became Spider-Carnage as there was confusion about whether one of them is a clone or not here.
This is all very confusing and it links in with the comic book story arc called the Clone Saga, which I’m not very familiar with. Anyway, Spidey and the five Spider-Men must stop Spider-Carnage from opening an inter-dimensional hole. It will cause an explosion, destroying all realities and dimensions.
Spider-Carnage, the Green Goblin and the Hobgoblin also work with alternative versions of the Kingpin and Alistair Smythe in this dimension. As Spider-Octopus and Armoured Spider-Man run into trouble, Six-Armed Spidey becomes the Man-Spider and he attacks our Spidey and Scarlet Spider. 😮
In ‘Chapter 2’ of the story called ‘Farewell, Spider-Man’, our Spidey and Scarlet Spider escape death from the Man-Spider. The Spider-Men also stop Spider-Carnage from destroying every dimension in his home dimension. But Spider-Carnage soon escapes into another dimension to continue his plans.
Our Spidey volunteers to chase after Spider-Carnage into that other dimension. It happens to be the home of the Armoured Spider-Man who is a billionaire. Once there, Spidey discovers that he’s engaged to Gwen Stacy. Now this is very interesting as this is the first time Gwen Stacy is introduced.
Spidey also finds Mary Jane alive in that dimension, except she’s not the Mary Jane he fell in love with. They barely know each other. Everyone else is in that dimension including J. Jonah Jameson; Robbie Robertson; Harry Osborn; Flash Thompson; Debra Whitman; Aunt Anna; Liz Allan and others.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man happens to be a success in this dimension. Wilson Fisk is also in this dimension but he’s ruthless as ever and he even teams up with Spider-Carnage to capture our Spidey. Thankfully our Spidey gets saved by Gwen Stacy and he stops Spider-Carnage in his madness.
Spidey and Spider-Carnage soon fight each other before Spider-Carnage escapes and kidnaps Gwen Stacy. As Spidey tries to work out how to defeat Spider-Carnage, he comes up with one person who can get through to the Peter Parker inside. That is of course Uncle Ben, who’s alive in this dimension.
Thankfully the Peter Parker in Spider-Carnage listens to Uncle Ben and he soon frees himself of the Carnage symbiote, self-sacrificing himself in the process. In the end, the day is won and our Spidey returns to Madame Webb as she ends the other Spider-Men home. Well, there is another thing left.
The fifth Spider-Man of the group happens to be an actor who plays Spider-Man on TV. Our Spidey gets to go to that dimension and meets the creator of Spider-Man – Stan Lee! It was nice to have a Stan Lee appearance in this episode, making it fitting as this is the last episode of the ‘Spidey’ series.
The series concludes with Spidey going off to find Mary Jane and Madame Webb to help him. Incidentally, Madame Webb was voiced by Joan Lee (Stan Lee’s wife). I was disappointed we didn’t get to see Spidey/Peter reunited with Mary Jane at the end, but all in all, this is a satisfying ending. 🙂
‘Spider Wars’ rating – 8/10
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