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Spider-Man: The New Animated Series is the sixth animated series based on Spider-Man. It only produced thirteen episodes, the same as Spider-Man Unlimited, in 2003 from July 11th to September 12th.

The series was initially an attempt to adapt the Ultimate Spider-Man comic line, being written and produced by Brian Michael Bendis. However, after the success of the first Spider-Man film the series was altered so that it followed the movie in a loose continuity. It makes specific references to the film, most notably Harry Osborn blaming Spider-Man for the death of his father. The series also cast Michael Clarke Duncan from the Daredevil film to reprise his role as Kingpin. Several actors were prominent singers, due to appearing on MTV, including Lisa Loeb, Eve, and Rob Zombie.

The animation was provided by Mainframe Entertainment, and was produced by Sony Pictures Televison who also made The Spectacular Spider-Man. The series was Marvel's first to be completely computer generated, with previous series Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Silver Surfer having combined traditional and computer animation. Mainframe, who produced the very first computer animated series ReBoot, had to make several technical advances in order to produce the series. Most notably were what became known as the "Martini Shot." In the first episode produced, "The Party", the producers wanted what looked like a meteor to become an olive dropped in a martini. The shot required numerous layers that pushed the boundaries of then-current technology. This one shot inspired the producers to include a similar transition in each episode that would further push technological limitations.

Throughout the series, Peter Parker (Neil Patrick Harris) and Mary Jane Watson (Loeb) struggle to maintain a working romantic relationship. Though things become complicated when he begins dating Indy Daimonji (Angelle Brooks). Harry (Ian Ziering) deals with the aftermath of his father's death such as taking over the family company and an angry Curt Connors using lizard DNA to seek revenge for loosing his arm. And of course, Spider-Man's professional problems are always getting in the way of Peter's happiness. He faces off against comic book villains such as Kraven the Hunter (Michael Dorn), Kingpin (Duncan), Silver Sable (Virginia Madsen), and Electro (Ethan Embry) alongside original villains like Turbo Jet (Harold Perrineau), Talon (Eve), Pterodax (James Marsters), and Shikata (Gina Gershon). Eventually the psychic Gaines Twins (Kathy Griffin and Jeremy Piven) trick Spider-Man into thinking Kraven killed Mary Jane and again into putting Indy in the hospital. With the city and his friends against him, Peter gives up his life as Spider-Man in the cliffhanger ending. Had the series continued, Peter obviously would have gone back to superheroics and faced off against more familiar villains like Mysterio, Vulture, and more Kraven.

Reaction to the series was mixed though generally good. The animation and action sequences were widely praised as some of the best looking and exciting of any series. Critics were divided on the tone of the series, which was darker and more serious than most other animated comic book series. Critics disliked how villains were killed off, giving it a villain-of-the-week feel, though liked how they were characterized. Others wondered why Peter would date and have sex with Indy but not Mary Jane.


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Series
1960s
The Marvel Super HeroesSpider-ManFantastic Four
1970s
Fantastic FourSpider-WomanFred and Barney Meet the Thing
1980s
Spider-ManThe Incredible HulkSpider-Man and His Amazing Friends • "Pryde of the X-Men" • Solarman
1990s
X-MenIron ManFantastic FourSpider-ManThe Incredible HulkSilver SurferSpider-Man UnlimitedThe Avengers: United They Stand
2000s
X-Men: EvolutionSpider-Man: The New Animated SeriesFantastic Four: World's Greatest HeroesThe Spectacular Spider-ManIron Man: Armored AdventuresWolverine and the X-MenThe Super Hero Squad Show
2010s
Completed Black PantherThe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesMarvel Anime: Iron ManMarvel Anime: WolverineMarvel Anime: X-MenMarvel Anime: BladeUltimate Spider-ManAvengers AssembleMarvel Disk Wars: The AvengersHulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Rocket & GrootAnt-ManMarvel Rising: InitiationMarvel Super Hero AdventuresMarvel Future Avengers
Currently Airing Guardians of the GalaxySpider-ManBig Hero 6
2020s
Upcoming M.O.D.O.K.Hit MonkeyThe OffendersThe Amazing StanMoon Girl and Devil DinosaurSpidey and His Amazing FriendsWhat If...?
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Dracula: Sovereign of the DamnedThe Monster of FrankensteinUltimate AvengersUltimate Avengers IIThe Invincible Iron ManDoctor Strange: The Sorcerer SupremeNext Avengers: Heroes of TomorrowHulk Vs: (Hulk vs Wolverine / Hulk vs Thor) • Planet HulkThor: Tales of AsgardIron Man: Rise of TechnovoreIron Man & Hulk: Heroes UnitedLego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum OverloadAvengers Confidential: Black Widow & PunisherIron Man & Captain America: Heroes UnitedLego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers ReassembledMarvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!Hulk: Where Monsters DwellLego Marvel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos ThreatLego Marvel Super Heroes - Black Panther: Trouble in WakandaMarvel Rising: Secret WarriorsMarvel Rising: Chasing GhostsMarvel Rising: Heart of IronLego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by VenomMarvel Rising: Battle of the BandsMarvel Rising: Operation ShuriMarvel Rising: Playing with Fire
Theatrical
Big Hero 6Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Shorts
SpellboundBait 'n' SwitchChimichangasCosmic Sleigh RideMjolnir MischiefTick Tick SmashTime to UnwindSubmarine ShowdownBig Robot, Little ProblemRooftop Rock
Unproduced Projects
Ant-ManIron ManTeen HulkHulk HoundDaredevilHoward the DuckCaptain AmericaThorHulk: Gamma CorpsDeadpoolCaptain MarvelTigra & Dazzler


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