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'''{{smu}}''' is a series that ran from October 2, 1999 to March 31, 2001. It is the final series to air from the [[Marvel Animated Universe|1990s connected universe]]. It ran only for one season with [[Spider-Man Unlimited Episodes|thirteen episodes]] on [[Fox Kids]] ending on a cliffhanger despite episodes being written for more.
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'''{{eps|Captive Hearts}}''' is the fifth [[X-Men Season One|episode]] of {{xm}} and originally aired January 30, 1993. The episode is based on ''Uncanny X-Men'' #169 and #170 and was adapted by [[Robert N. Skir]], [[Marty Isenberg]], and [[Eric Lewald]]. The episode is the source of the popular "Wolverine Crush" Internet meme.
   
The series {{sm}} ended due to disputes between producer [[Avi Arad]] and head of Fox Kids [[Margaret Loesch]]. However, in order for Fox to continue airing the series the contract stated that thirteen more episodes featuring [[Spider-Man]] were to be made. [[Will Meugniot]] was brought on to produce a cheap series to fulfill the contract. The initial idea was to cheaply adapt early issues of ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' in a process known today as motion comics. During this time, [[Sony Pictures Entertainment]] purchased the film and television rights to Spider-Man from [[Marvel Entertainment]] (eventually making {{smtnas}}). This meant that the series could use Spider-Man/Peter Parker but could not use any of his supporting characters or stories.
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Following their near defeat in {{eps|Deadly Reunions}}, [[Professor X]] ([[Cedric Smith]]) pushes his [[X-Men]] hard in the [[Danger Room]]. [[Storm]] ([[Iona Morris]]) leads the team in training and defeats the simulated threats. However, Xavier increases the danger by having the room close in on them, triggering Storm's claustrophobia causing her to endanger the team. Xavier stops the training and warns that she will need to overcome this problem if she needs to lead. Afterwards, [[Jean Grey]] ([[Catherine Disher]]) visits [[Wolverine|Logan]] ([[Cathal J. Dodd]]), who is still recovering from his battle with [[Sabretooth]], before her date with [[Cyclops|Scott]] ([[Norm Spencer]]). Logan then tells Jean he loves her causing her to flee.
   
Briefly, the producers considered adapting ''Spider-Man 2099'', but with ''Batman Beyond'' being made by the critically acclaimed creator Bruce Timm they decided against something so similar. Marvel gave them a list of what they could use including [[Counter-Earth]], [[John Jameson]], [[Knights of Wundagore]], [[Deathlok]], [[Venom]], and various others. Meugniot's next proposal was to have Spider-Man go to Counter-Earth and fight a version of himself who never lost [[Ben Parker|Uncle Ben]], never learned humility, and never gained the strength to reject the [[Venom Symbiote|symbiote]] thus becoming Venom. Marvel turned down this idea as they did not want a series of two Peter Parkers following the poor reception of the [[Marvel Comics|comics']] series ''Clone Saga''.
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While on their date, Jean tries to get Scott to relax and not think about the team. Just then, a mutant boy named [[Leech]] ([[John Stocker]]) steals some fruit. Scott and Jean follow to stop the angry mob that chases him. They follow into a subway station to find a group of mutants attacking the mob. They fight to protect the angry humans. However, they are knocked out by [[Annalee]] ([[Kay Tremblay]]) and kidnapped by [[Sunder]] ([[Dan Hennessey]]). Meanwhile, Wolverine becomes angry at the thought of the lovebirds spending so much time together.
   
With the series being rushed into production without a core story, the producers cobbled together the visual elements from ''2099'' and salvaged some parts from the previous premise. In the series, Spider-Man is blamed for the disappearance of John Jameson's shuttle to Counter-Earth by Venom and [[Carnage]]. Leaving behind [[Mary Jane Watson]], he travels to the parallel world in a new suit and meets up with John and the Human Resistance. He finds that the world is ruled by [[High Evolutionary]] and his [[bestial]] army, who have forced the humans there into second class citizens. He gets caught up in their war while the [[Synobtic]] take over of the planet as well as facing off against Counter-Earth versions of foes like [[Green Goblin (Counter-Earth)|Green Goblin]], [[Vulture (Counter-Earth)|Vulture]], and [[Electro (Counter-Earth)|Electro]]. While not originally meant as a continuation of ''Spider-Man'', it contained several references to the previous series.
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Scott wakes up in an underground bunker with Leech having taken his powers. Sunder takes them to their leader, [[Callisto]] ([[Susan Roman]]), who explains that they are [[Morlocks]], mutants too deformed to live among humans. She admits to following Scott and explains she had Leech lure Scott and Jean into their tunnels. She tells him that she wants him as her mate. Scott demands to see Jean, who gets out of her bonds and attacks the Morlocks. She gets a brief message to Xavier before being knocked out.
   
[[Marvel Comics]] published a five-issue series based on the show. The first two issues adapted the first three episodes. The other three were original stories and featured elements from the original comics like Brute, the Counter-Earth counterpart to [[Mister Fantastic]], as well as Counter-Earth versions of [[Wolverine]], [[Gwen Stacy]], and [[Chameleon]]. The animated series was derided among critics and fans of both the comics and ''Spider-Man'' while being vastly overshadowed by ''Pokémon'' in the ratings. The series has since gained a minor cult following. An alternate version was included in the comics' ''Spider-Verse'' series. It is set to be included as part of [[The Walt Disney Company]]'s streaming service [[Disney+]].
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Xavier finds the general location of Scott and Jean and sends the X-Men under Storm's command. [[Gambit]] ([[Chris Potter]]) worries about Storm's claustrophobia but Storm pushes through it. They are eventually attacked by the Morlocks and fend them off. They chase the Morlocks deeper into the tunnels and find that Annalee has hypnotized Jean. Wolverine attacks Annalee and frees Jean. Callisto confronts them and shows the dead body of Scott. Wolverine attacks the corpse revealing him to be [[Ape]] ([[Ross Petty]]) in disguise. The X-Men and Morlocks start fighting, Wolverine chases Callisto through the tunnels, [[Rogue]] ([[Lenore Zann]]) and Sunder start a rivalry, and [[Pestilence|Plague]] ([[Judy Marshak]]) infects Gambit.
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Wolverine eventually finds the real Scott and, after a brief moment to consider ending their rivalry, takes him to back to the others. Callisto realizes that Wolverine loves Jean as well and has Annalee force the X-Man into attacking the others. After Jean is forced to knock Wolverine out, all seems lost until Storm challenges Callisto for leadership of the Morlocks. The two engage in hand-to-hand combat and eventually Storm wins. She offers to let the Morlocks return to the surface but they prefer to stay underground. She gives temporary leadership back to Callisto and the X-Men leave. Back at the [[Xavier Mansion|mansion]], they check on Gambit to find he will make a recovery. Scott and Jean head to Logan's room to thank him but find him gone with a picture of them tore up.
   
   
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"Captive Hearts" is the fifth episode of X-Men and originally aired January 30, 1993. The episode is based on Uncanny X-Men #169 and #170 and was adapted by Robert N. Skir, Marty Isenberg, and Eric Lewald. The episode is the source of the popular "Wolverine Crush" Internet meme.

Following their near defeat in "Deadly Reunions", Professor X (Cedric Smith) pushes his X-Men hard in the Danger Room. Storm (Iona Morris) leads the team in training and defeats the simulated threats. However, Xavier increases the danger by having the room close in on them, triggering Storm's claustrophobia causing her to endanger the team. Xavier stops the training and warns that she will need to overcome this problem if she needs to lead. Afterwards, Jean Grey (Catherine Disher) visits Logan (Cathal J. Dodd), who is still recovering from his battle with Sabretooth, before her date with Scott (Norm Spencer). Logan then tells Jean he loves her causing her to flee.

While on their date, Jean tries to get Scott to relax and not think about the team. Just then, a mutant boy named Leech (John Stocker) steals some fruit. Scott and Jean follow to stop the angry mob that chases him. They follow into a subway station to find a group of mutants attacking the mob. They fight to protect the angry humans. However, they are knocked out by Annalee (Kay Tremblay) and kidnapped by Sunder (Dan Hennessey). Meanwhile, Wolverine becomes angry at the thought of the lovebirds spending so much time together.

Scott wakes up in an underground bunker with Leech having taken his powers. Sunder takes them to their leader, Callisto (Susan Roman), who explains that they are Morlocks, mutants too deformed to live among humans. She admits to following Scott and explains she had Leech lure Scott and Jean into their tunnels. She tells him that she wants him as her mate. Scott demands to see Jean, who gets out of her bonds and attacks the Morlocks. She gets a brief message to Xavier before being knocked out.

Xavier finds the general location of Scott and Jean and sends the X-Men under Storm's command. Gambit (Chris Potter) worries about Storm's claustrophobia but Storm pushes through it. They are eventually attacked by the Morlocks and fend them off. They chase the Morlocks deeper into the tunnels and find that Annalee has hypnotized Jean. Wolverine attacks Annalee and frees Jean. Callisto confronts them and shows the dead body of Scott. Wolverine attacks the corpse revealing him to be Ape (Ross Petty) in disguise. The X-Men and Morlocks start fighting, Wolverine chases Callisto through the tunnels, Rogue (Lenore Zann) and Sunder start a rivalry, and Plague (Judy Marshak) infects Gambit.

Wolverine eventually finds the real Scott and, after a brief moment to consider ending their rivalry, takes him to back to the others. Callisto realizes that Wolverine loves Jean as well and has Annalee force the X-Man into attacking the others. After Jean is forced to knock Wolverine out, all seems lost until Storm challenges Callisto for leadership of the Morlocks. The two engage in hand-to-hand combat and eventually Storm wins. She offers to let the Morlocks return to the surface but they prefer to stay underground. She gives temporary leadership back to Callisto and the X-Men leave. Back at the mansion, they check on Gambit to find he will make a recovery. Scott and Jean head to Logan's room to thank him but find him gone with a picture of them tore up.


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