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'''{{eps|Worlds Apart, Part Two}}''' is the [[Spider-Man Unlimited Episodes|second episode]] of {{smu}} and originally aired October 9th, 1999. It is the second of the two-part series premiere. The episode was written by [[Michael Reaves]] and [[Will Meugniot]] and directed by [[Patrick Archibald]].
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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.
   
Immediately following the [[Episode:Worlds Apart, Part One|previous episode]], [[Spider-Man]] ([[Rino Romano]]) is held captive by the [[Knights of Wundagore]]. Before [[Sir Ram]] ([[Ron Halder]]) can dissect him, Spider-Man gets [[High Evolutionary]] (Richard Newman) to recount how he came into power. After leaving [[Earth]] (seen in {{xm}}'s {{eps|Family Ties}}), he arrived on [[Counter-Earth]] looking for a utopia only to find another planet plagued by war. Considering [[human]]s a disease, he created the [[bestial]]s and took over the planet with his animal-hybrids on top. He considers Spider-Man an unpredictable variable in his perfect world that must be eliminated.
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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.
   
Spider-Man frees himself and escapes. At the same time, [[Human Resistance]] members [[Karen O'Malley]] ([[Kimberly Hawthorne]]), [[Git Hoskins]], and Bromley ([[Christopher Gaze]]) attack the facility to rescue him. The group flees through the city with the Knights in pursuit. They escape the Knights then flee into the sewers, with [[Lady Vermin]] ([[Jennifer Hale]]) secretly following. They lead Spider-Man through the tunnels to their headquarters. Vermin relays their position and though [[Lord Tyger]] ([[David Sobolov]]) wishes to attack High Evolutionary forces him to stand down in favor of a team of specialists. At a dock, [[Venom]] ([[Brian Drummond]]) and [[Carnage]] ([[Michael Donovan]]) attack two guards taking control of them with [[Symbiote Spore|spores]] as part of the [[Synoptic]]'s plan. They reveal they are the specialists and wonder if this Spider-Man is the real deal or a Counter-Earth knock-off. They then discuss plans to take over the planet.
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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''.
   
Meanwhile, Spider-Man finds his welcome at the point of several guns, including that of [[John Jameson]] ([[John Payne]]). John demands proof that it is really the same hero from his world. He asks the name of the photographer who always takes Spider-Man's picture, which he fakes difficulty answering. John is satisfied when the symbiote-controlled bestials attack. An enormous gunfight ensues between the two sides. Vermin appears and kisses Spider-Man. Venom and Carnage appear realizing they are after their nemesis. Spider-Man uses his new suit's sonic device to drive off the symbiotes and destroy the spores.
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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.
   
With the day won, John decides to [[Murder|execute]] the bestial prisoners. Spider-Man convinces him not to after saying they are innocents who were controlled by the symbiotes. Later, John states he won't leave Counter-Earth until [[Human Revolution|humans are free]]. He also points out Solaris One was confiscated while Solaris Two was destroyed. O'Malley tells Spider-Man that all humans have a tracking chip, the Resistance jams theirs, but Spider-Man does not making him the pivotal figure in their war. When Spider-Man hesitates to join, they give him a bag with clothes and money so he can experience the world firsthand. The next day, Peter saves a young boy, [[Shane Yamada-Jones]] ([[Rhys Huber]]), from a malfunctioning [[Machine Men|Machine Man]] ([[Dale Wilson]]) but injures his hands. The boy's mother, [[Naoko Yamada-Jones|Naoko]] ([[Akiko Anne Morison]]), fixes him up then lets him rent a room in her [[Naoko Yamada-Jones' Clinic|clinic]]. Settling into his new home, Peter vows to return to [[Mary Jane Watson]].
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[[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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Spider-Man Unlimited is a series that ran from October 2, 1999 to March 31, 2001. It is the final series to air from the 1990s connected universe. It ran only for one season with thirteen episodes on Fox Kids ending on a cliffhanger despite episodes being written for more.

The series Spider-Man 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 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series). This meant that the series could use Spider-Man/Peter Parker but could not use any of his supporting characters or stories.

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 Uncle Ben, never learned humility, and never gained the strength to reject the 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 comics' series Clone Saga.

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, Vulture, and Electro. While not originally meant as a continuation of Spider-Man, it contained several references to the previous series.

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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