The Spectacular Spider-Man Character Guide

This is a comprehensive guide to all of the characters in the awesome (and tragically short-lived) Spectacular Spider-Man show, in the order they appear. I also chose to give brief descriptions of them all and some of the differences between them and their 616 counterparts.

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  • Obviously

  • First appears in a cameo as Spidey's swinging through the city at the beginning of Episode 1. Voiced pitch-perfectly by Daran Norris, with at least half (but probably more) of the show's funniest moments being attributed to him.

  • First appears as Alex O' Hirn (which here is his real name and not just an alias. Aleski Systevech is his real name in 616). Becomes the Rhino in Episode 6. Actually has more appearances then nearly every other villain in the show (even the Green Goblin I think!)

  • First appears as Flint Marko (Which here is his real name, and not just an cover for his real name William Baker). Becomes Sandman in Episode 5. There are hints of a change of heart in his last appearance, possibly meant to foreshadow his brief reformation in the comics.

  • Flunky to "The Big Man". I think he has the most appearances of any villain in the show. Not bad for a D-Lister.

  • Is the "Big Man of Crime" here and a bit of a stand-in for the Kingpin, who the show people couldn't use. Actually now much more awesome as a result.

  • Mercifully modernized to be less of a broom handle caricature of a human being.

  • Appears very little. Remains Aunt May's soul mate.

  • First appears as Adrian Toomes, and becomes the Vulture to kill Norman Osborn, who he is perpetually pissed off at for stealing his invention. Winds up becoming (arguably) the least-developed and most one-note villain on the show, and the least likely to have ever gotten another solo episode following his introduction (seriously, he's always shown in the company of the Sinister Six, Doc Ock, or both). On that note...

  • First appears as just Otto Octavius, who is portrayed as a pretty panicky, neurotic little dude until he gets turned into the arrogant, homicidal nut we all know and love.

  • First appears as CEO of Oscorp with Octavius in his employ. Not surprisingly, once the Green Goblin shows up, Normie immediately falls under suspicion...

  • First appears as one of Peter's two best friends. Re-imagined as a bookworm as opposed to the somewhat dull mary sue she was in the old 70s comics. The purpose of this, I suspect, was to make her a more ideal partner for Peter. One he, by the way, mostly ignores in this respect until the end of the second season. By then, she has also started to look a bit more like her comic version, but only aesthetically so.

  • First appears as one of Peter's two best friends. Shown as being even more awkward then both Peter and his original comic book version. Here, he is SPOILER WARNING YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: the first Green Goblin instead of the second. Or is he...?

  • Appears only as Sally Avril. Also unlike the comic version, Sally does not admire Spider-Man at all, and actually is shown to be pretty apathetic to him, and also everyone else. Generally portrayed as an obnoxious, vacuous loudmouth.

  • Actually shown to be Sally Avrill's "boyfriend", a position he seems to get little enjoyment from.

  • Obviously never shows up as Venom. Portrayed pretty much exactly the way he was in the original 60s and 70s Spider-Man comics.

  • Re-imagined as Hispanic, a change I welcome honestly. Helped make the character a bit more distinct. Is actually one of Peter's primary love interests in the show.

  • An import from the Ultimate Marvel Universe. Turned into even more of a dim-wit.

  • First appear as mercenaries who do work for the Big Man. Montana later becomes Shocker, Fancy Dan Ricochet, (a brief alternate identity for Peter in the comics) and Ox...stays as Ox.

  • First appears as Curt Connors. Does not become the Lizard until Episode 3, which is also his ONLY appearance as the Lizard outside of newspaper imagery.

  • First appears as an ESU scientist alongside her husband. It seems that much like Gwen, she was given a "science-geek" revamp, and I suspect it was for the same reason: to make her a better fit for her husband.

  • First appears as an assistant at ESU. This version is almost entirely based on the Ultimate version although he retains the "big build" of his mainstream counterpart. Does not become Venom until the end of Episode 12. Never becomes Anti-Venom.

  • First appears as an anti-Spider-Man NYPD officer, in stark contrast to her partner...

  • Appears only as Stan Carter. Is still Jean DeWolff's partner but no indication is given that they're lovers or were ever involved. Is pro-Spider-Man but there are hints of his comic book version's brutal sense of justice in Episode 22.

  • First appears in Episode 2. Is cast in a more sympathetic light then in the comics, but that sympathy disappears by the end of the episode and is really never regained. Later falls in with Doc Ock.

  • First and only appearance is Episode 3.

  • First appears in Episode 4 as a member of the Daily Bugle staff. Is never really romantically involved with Peter, although he does try to win her attention.

  • First appears in Episode 4 in his usual role as Jonah's right-hand man. Has lost none of his saintliness although, interestingly, he was SPOILER WARNING willing to run with the "Peter Parker is Spider-Man" headline if it wasn't dis-proven, which doesn't seem like anything I could ever see 616 Robbie doing.

  • Does not ever appear as the Big Man. His later identity of "Patch" is used however. This Foswell is apparently all-good.

  • Is renamed "Ned Lee" and is re-imagined as Asian. Much like with Liz Allan being Hispanic, I personally enjoy this change as again, it helps add diversity. Is not shown to have any connections to the Hobgoblin, but there are hints of an attraction to Betty Brant.

  • As already stated, it is Montana who is Shocker here, which I don't deny is really, really weird. But I suppose its better then making Electro the Red Skull's son.

  • Appears (unfortunately) only as Hobbie Brown. No longer a disgruntled inventor, Hobbie is now a classmate of Peters, with the running gag of never actually talking (being conveniently interrupted whenever he tries). Finally gets to speak in the second-to-last episode.

  • No longer a Daily Bugle employee, she, much like Hobbie, has been turned into a classmate of Peters. Is Kenny Kong's boyfriend but (briefly) transfers her affections to Harry.

  • First appears in Episode 6 and goes on to feature prominently as the Jim Gordon to Spidey's Batman. He also ends up teaching a course in criminology at Peter's school

  • First appears at the end of Episode 6 with her token line (you know the one). Is a refreshingly far cry from her movie version, now very much the way she was in the classic comics. Hell, she was done in such a way that I actually LIKED the character now. What are the chances of that? And yes, I'm a die-hard Spidey nut who doesn't like Mary Jane, at least not ALWAYS. As I said, I like this version. In fact, I might say I like this version of the character the best...

  • Does not ever become Man-Wolf, but instead his original super-powered alias, Colonel Jupiter. They even kept the original Colonel Jupiter story more or less the same as it was in the comics, with Venom being the one obvious difference.

  • First appears in a cameo in Episode 9 and then stars in the following episode. Is made to be around Peter's age, meaning High School age roughly, and voiced by Tricia Heifer, who I think could probably play Black Cat in live action.

  • The Venom symbiote fist appears at the end of Episode 9. Is pretty much the same as its always been, but one interesting fun-fact is that when the symbiote first bonds with Peter, the resulting black costume is more the movie version, but when the suit begins to exert more control over Peter the black suit begins to look more like it did in the comics. Also of note is that when Venom speaks, it is both the symbiote AND Eddie Brock's voice actors delivering the same lines, with them overlapping one another. Show producer Greg Weisman first used that trick with Jackal and Anubis in "Gargoyles" and again with Dr. Fate in "Young Justice"

  • First appears in Episode 10 working alongside Phineas Mason and Quentin Beck. His impersonation of Spider-Man remains, but is expanded upon, resulting in an honestly much better story.

  • First appears as one of Chameleon's two flunkies. Later enters the services of both "The Master Planner" and Tombstone. Is voiced by Thom Adcox, who voiced Lexington in another Greg Weisman production "Gargoyles"

  • First appears as Quentin Beck in Episode 10. Does not become Mysterio until Episode 14. Taking a cue from Dr. Doom, this version of Mysterio LOVES his robot duplicates.

  • Appears in a dream/flashback/out of body sequence that makes up the bulk of Episode 12, which also serves as the show's "origin episode".

  • Appears in the same dream/flashback sequence as Uncle Ben. Much like Liz Allan, he appears to be re-imagined as Latino.

  • Appears in the same dream/flashback sequence as Uncle Ben and Crusher Hogan. Is fused with Walter Hardy, IE: Black Cat's father. Awkward.

  • Appears only as Miles Warren. His creepy, dirty-old man obsession with Gwen Stacy is replaced with outright sleaziness. Unfortunately never gets around to creating those Spider-Man clones, but he does contribute to the Molten Man's creation, for what that's worth.

  • First appears in Episode 15. Those who don't buy the whole "hunter in leopard pants" bit should know that he is quickly mutated into a lion-like monster. Think what they did with Green Goblin in Ultimate Spider-Man and you get the idea. Only here I actually like the change.

  • First appears in Episode 15 as Kraven's partner and lover. There are hints of her more mystical side but they are never shown outright.

  • Appears only as Cletus Kassidy, and even then it is just a wordless cameo, and the poor sap is reduced to wearing a Santa Hat, which is clearly irking him. Interestingly, a recurring rumor is that Greg Weisman does not like Carnage, which he has repeatedly pointed out is inaccurate. In fact, in a crossover with Gargoyles written by Weisman, Carnage features.

  • Appears only as Morris Bench. Is in Norman Osborn's employ. Described by Spider-Man as being a "Debby Downer"

  • Still the same old sleaze with connections to the Green Goblin. Only now his role is slightly expanded, and he now features in the Molten Man's origin...

  • Liz Allan's brother instead of her cousin, or whatever he is in the comics. Much like Electro, Molten Man is given a more sympathetic backstory, although I guess that depends on whether or not you feel sorry for gambling addicts.

  • Appears as another high school classmate of Peters. Flash falls head over heels for her. She is shown as having an interest in theater.

  • Re-imagined as basically the very thing she would have gone after. She's Silvermane's daughter and Hammerhead's ex boyfriend. That last bit is also ironic considering how the two have fought in 616. Now in all fairness, Greg had said that they had long-term plans for Sable in which she would have become more like her mainstream version, but as it stands...she's a mafia bosses daughter.

  • Appears only as Roderick Kingsly. Wins the bid for a (fake) data module on how to create multiple Rhinos. Is African-American here. Greg Weisman did also say that if there had been a third season, Hobgoblin would have shown up. Whether or not he would have been Kingsly is anybody's guess.

  • Implied when Roderick Kingsly's character goes from smooth and slick to panicky and nervous. Not to mention the line of "we paid for this!" So yeah, its implied that its his brother acting as a body double.

  • All of the mystical and supernatural weirdness the character has experienced throughout his long history has been taken out here in favor of something a bit more streamlined. The only thing they kept was his exo-skeleton, and even that is now just a suit, not a cybernetic body. Of course, knowing Greg Weisman, he probably had long-term plans for Silvermane...

  • Norman Osborn is talking to "Gargan" on the phone in the last episode. Also, Greg Weisman has said that if the show had gone on for another season, Scorpion would have appeared. Ah well. Just one of an infinite number of missed opportunities because of the shows far too early cancellation.

  • And on that note, lets end with a character who may or may not have appeared. As it is, Ben would definitely not have appeared in Season 3. But what about the seasons after that? I suppose we'll never know...