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Genre
Developed by Brian Michael Bendis
Morgan Gendel
Marsha Griffin
Voices of
Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris
Theme music composer
  • John Digweed
  • Nick Muir
Composer(s)
  • John Digweed
  • Nick Muir
  • William Kevin Anderson
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Avi Arad
  • Rick Ungar
  • Stan Lee
  • Morgan Gendel (executive producer and Developer)
  • Audu Paden (co-executive producer)
  • Brian Michael Bendis (co-executive producer)
Producer(s) Marsha Griffin
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network MTV
Original release July 11 (2003-07-11) – September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
Chronology
Preceded by Spider-Man Unlimited
Followed by The Spectacular Spider-Man

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (also known as Spider-Man 2003 and MTV Spider-Man) is an American-Canadian animated television series based on the Marvel comic book superhero character Spider-Man, and is a loose continuation of Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man film. The show was made using computer generated imagery (CGI) rendered in cel shading. It ran for only one season of 13 episodes, premiering on July 11, 2003, and was broadcast on MTV and YTV.

As of October 13, 2018, Viceland picked up the series for syndication, making it the first time the series has been aired on television in fifteen years.

Series overview

Set shortly after the events of the 2002 film, Peter Parker, and his friends Mary Jane Watson, and Harry Osborn start attending Empire State University together. Peter and Mary Jane try to establish a relationship without much success. Peter's superhero duties, and later his involvement with Indira Daimonji, interfere with his romance with Mary Jane, while Harry continuously blames Spider-Man for the death of his father Norman Osborn. Peter faces an assortment of other villains including the Lizard, Kraven the Hunter and Electro while trying to maintain a job and his studies. He faces two psychic twins that ruin everything in the wallcrawler's life, causing Peter to give up being Spider-Man and try to live a normal life.

Cast and characters

Main characters

  • Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: A superhero who is also an Empire State University student and photographer for the Daily Bugle. Peter confronts with the desire to use his incredible, spider bite-derived powers to do good, he finds it hard balancing his responsibilities of being a superhero with schoolwork and his romance with Mary Jane Watson.
  • Lisa Loeb as Mary Jane Watson: A student at Empire State University and model/actress. She is the on-and-off girlfriend of Peter Parker, but also seems to still hold some affection for Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man, who she is unaware are both the same person.
  • Ian Ziering as Harry Osborn: The son of the late industrialist Norman Osborn. He attends Empire State University along with his friends Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Ironically, he blames Spider-Man for his father's death and seeks revenge, but is oblivious to the fact that his father was secretly the Green Goblin, and accidentally triggered his own death; however, as the series progresses, Harry has shown to warm up to Spider-Man, as well as helping him defeat Electro and accept being rescued from the Lizard.

Recurring characters

  • Angelle Brooks as Indira "Indy" Daimonji: An amalgamation of Gwen Stacy and Betty Brant, she is designed as a single character only for the series. Introduced in "Tight Squeeze", she is often described as a foil for Mary Jane and Peter's romantic interest at the Empire One Television Studio. The character showed an intense, flamboyant, and unabashed affection for Peter Parker, pursuing him publicly to MJ's consternation.
  • Keith Carradine as J. Jonah Jameson: The Daily Bugle newspaper publisher. Consistent with his appearances in the comics and films, Jameson spent most of his appearances berating Spider-Man and adding political spin to his activities, usually in front of Peter Parker. Jameson is so passionate about this that he even appears on a competitor's news broadcast to denounce Spider-Man.

Guest characters

  • Stan Lee as Frank Elson: Appears in the penultimate episode "Mind Games". His character appeared for one scene in the next episode but did not have any dialogue, except grunts.
  • Rob Zombie as Dr. Curt Connors / Lizard in the episode "Law of the Jungle".
  • Eve as Cheyenne / Talon: A villain possibly based on Black Cat in the episode "Keeping Secrets".
  • Kathy Griffin as Roxanne Gaines in the episodes "Mind Games" (Parts 1 and 2).
  • Jeremy Piven as Roland Gaines in the episodes "Mind Games" (Parts 1 and 2).
  • Michael Dorn as Kraven the Hunter in the episode "Mind Games" (Parts 1 and 2).
  • Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin in the episode "Royal Scam". Duncan previously played the character in the Daredevil film.
  • Keith David as FBI Agent Mosely in the episode "Royal Scam".
  • Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Zellner in the episode "Flash Memory".
  • Clancy Brown as Raymond (Richard Daimian's bodyguard) in the episode "Sword of Shikata".
  • Virginia Madsen as Silver Sable in the episodes "Spider-Man Dis-Sabled" and "Mind Games" (Part 1).
  • James Marsters as Sergei: The leader of a high-tech gang of mercenaries called Pterodax in the episodes "Tight Squeeze" and "Mind Games" (Part 1).
  • Harold Perrineau Jr. as Turbo Jet: A villain possibly based on Rocket Racer or Blue Streak in the episode "Heroes and Villains".
  • Ed Asner as Officer Bar in the episodes "Heroes and Villains", "Sword of Shikata", "Law of the Jungle" and "Mind Games" (Part 2).
  • Gina Gershon as the ronin Shikata in the episode "Sword of Shikata".
  • John C. McGinley as Richard Daimian in the episode "Sword of Shikata".
  • Ethan Embry as Max Dillon / Electro in the episodes "Head Over Heels", "The Party" and "When Sparks Fly".
  • Devon Sawa as Flash Thompson in the episode "Flash Memory".
  • Tara Strong as Christina in the episode "Head Over Heels".
  • Cree Summer as Professor Williams in the episodes "The Party" and "When Sparks Fly".
  • Jeff Fischer as Doug Reisman in "Heroes and Villains" and "The Party".

Episodes

Due to various production delays, the episodes aired on MTV out of the correct scripted order. This caused some confusion with audiences regarding the chronology of the series. The DVD releases feature the episodes in the correct order. Each episode has a montage at the end of which states "Next Time On Spider-Man". The order given here is that of the DVD.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Heroes & Villains" Tim Eldred Morgan Gendel July 11, 2003 (2003-07-11)
Spider-Man battles Turbo Jet, a modern-day Robin Hood armed with a homemade propulsion system, who steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor. Spidey's life gets even harder as the public rallies around Turbo Jet – and against Spider-Man.
2 "Royal Scam" Vincent Edwards Rick Suvalle July 11, 2003 (2003-07-11)
Spider-Man is duped by the infamous Kingpin into stealing the TX-1 super-chip, designed to decrypt the confidential satellite transmissions that drive the world's financial markets. Now he must find a way to get it back.
3 "Law of the Jungle" Audu Paden Greg Johnson July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
Peter's professor, Doc Connors, injects himself with reptilian DNA, which slowly changes him into the angry, vengeful Lizard. As the serum affects Doc Connors' brain, Spider-Man must stop his beloved professor as he begins seeking revenge on those who have harmed him - including Harry!.
4 "The Sword of Shikata" Brandon Vietti Todd Felderstein and Morgan Gendel July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
The master martial artist/swordswoman Shikata is sent to capture Spider-Man for a wealthy man's collection of rare animals. Shikata determines that Spider-Man is too noble a foe to simply capture and they must fight to the death!.
5 "Keeping Secrets" Alan Caldwell Marsha Griffin July 25, 2003 (2003-07-25)
Spider-Man is out to catch Talon, a female thief who's behind a series of high-risk robberies in the city. Things get complicated when Spidey learns Talon's true identity - she's his best friend Harry's new girlfriend!.
6 "Tight Squeeze" Vincent Edwards Morgan Gendel July 25, 2003 (2003-07-25)
Three ex-KGB agents – now a team of mercenaries called Pterodax – take a group of people hostage, including Peter and his new crush Indy. Their demand is simple; they want Spider-Man!. Peter will need to use his cunning and cleverness to figure out a way to appease Pterodax without revealing his alter-ego.
7 "Head Over Heels" Brandon Vietti Tracey Forbes August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01)
Peter Parker's lab partner Christina reads his mind with her new invention: an ESP crown. The crown malfunctions, jolting her own brain with electricity and altering her reality. No longer able to distinguish fantasy from reality, Christina attempts to kill M.J. in order to limit the competition for Spider-Man's eternal affection.
8 "The Party" Audu Paden Story by : Brian Michael Bendis
Teleplay by : Brian Michael Bendis, Morgan Gendel and Marsha Griffin
August 8, 2003 (2003-08-08)
Peter Parker's nerdy high-school friend Max is hazed in a deadly fraternity prank that turns him into Electro, a high-voltage villain that threatens the campus. Only Spider-Man can stop him from exacting his revenge on the students.
9 "Flash Memory" Tim Eldred Whip Lipsey and Scott Lipsey August 15, 2003 (2003-08-15)
Dr. Zellner tests his "smart drug" on Peter Parker foe Flash Thompson, and Flash immediately displays dramatic spikes in intellect. However, along with the IQ boost comes a potentially fatal side effect. With only minutes to find an antidote, Zellner takes Flash's suggestion that he experiment on an already intelligent candidate; Peter Parker.
10 "Spider-Man Dis-Sabled" Alan Caldwell Morgan Gendel and Rick Suvalle August 22, 2003 (2003-08-22)
Peter covers a press conference and inadvertently videotapes incriminating evidence against Silver Sable, an Eastern European assassin for hire. Now she will stop at nothing - including killing Mary Jane, Harry, and Indy - to get the tape back.
11 "When Sparks Fly" Vincent Edwards Morgan Gendel August 29, 2003 (2003-08-29)
Electro returns from his seeming death and tries to make Sally, a girl he has a crush on, become an electrical being just like him.
12 "Mind Games, Part One" Alan Caldwell, Vincent Edwards and Audu Paden Morgan Gendel September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05)
The Gaines Twins, a brother and sister with uncanny telepathy, escape from an armored transport convoy, but Spider-Man apprehends them by overcoming their brain blasts with his own superhuman will power. Later, just as Spider-Man reveals to MJ that he's really Peter Parker, Kraven the Hunter confronts Spider-Man. As payback for the years he spent in jail, Kraven attacks MJ with one of his poison darts. Spider-Man rushes to her side too late, as her life slowly slips away. Now, Peter is out for revenge.
13 "Mind Games, Part Two" Tim Eldred and Brandon Vietti Steven Kriozere September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
Spider-Man realizes that the diabolical Gaines Twins have brain-blasted him into believing that MJ has died at the hands of Kraven the Hunter. He corners the Twins – but things take a turn for the worse when they once again use their telepathy to trick Spider-Man. This time Indy is seriously wounded. The guilt causes Peter to pack his costume inside of a suitcase filled with rocks and throw it to the bottom of the harbor, quitting his career as a crime-fighter. Is this the end of Spider-Man, or a new beginning for Peter Parker?.
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