‘THE MENACE OF MYSTERIO’
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In this episode, Spidey faces Mysterio, a special effects man for the movies who wears a glowing dome on his head. I like Mysterio as a villain, especially as that big dome on his head makes him spooky. He’s also a difficult foe for Spidey to defeat with holographic illusions and movie technology.
The episode begins with Spider-Man robbing from a museum. But it turns out that it is actually Mysterio dressing up as the wall-crawler and Spider-Man has been framed. Spidey soon discovers that Mysterio is getting back at him for ruining his life, due to a visual effects stunt that went wrong.
There’s more of Mary Jane Watson in this episode. Mary Jane first appeared in the previous episode ‘Return of the Spider Slayers’ and Peter is easily attracted to her. Mary Jane seems keen on Peter too, as she wants him to take him out for a movie. I like the Peter and MJ relationship in this series.
This episode also features the first appearance of Terri Lee, a police detective who is a very tough cookie. She eventually becomes a good ally for Spider-Man, as she believes and trusts in him somehow. I liked that scene where Terri Lee persuades Peter Parker to not turn back in the episode.
We see more of the origins of how Spidey came to be a crime-fighter in this episode. It gets revealed Spidey let a criminal go after taking part in a wrestling tournament. This resulted in Uncle Ben’s death. The complete origins story for Spider-Man would get revealed in ‘Make a Wish’ during Season 3.
‘The Menace of Mysterio’ rating – 8/10
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