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Discussion in 'The Marvel Animation Forum' started by Space Cadet, Mar 22, 2003.
What were the pros/cons of this series?
Pros - Spider-Man Unlimited had potential and would have ran for more than just 13 episodes if it wasn't running against Pokemon at the time. The animation was great (far better than TAS' 20% of reused animation from other episodes per a given episode, the childish CGI and the needless emphasis of the chick bones) and so does the breaking down of the same old concept of Spidey as a local NYC superhero and instead placing him in an exploration journey (both internal and external) on a new planet.
Cons - ignoring BASIC simple things in the pilot: The Symbiotes don't alert Peter's Spider-Sense (thus he couldn't have sensed Venom nor Carnage); how could Peter Parker (a physics/science student in his past, here he was in his mid 20s according to Marvel) program such an advanced Nanotechnology costume without the help of a Nano-tech expert (let's say, Reed Richards)? How the heck did he managed to obtain the code for Solaris II and how/when the heck did he learned to pilot a space shuttle?
Edit: forgot to add "advanced" after the "an".
Understand that Saban produced the show, and scrimped on details.
The premiere, IIRC, was delayed, along with Avengers: United We Stand, another Saban mishandling of a Marvel franchise, and both were bumped after a month because Fox suits were desperate to find something that would outperform Pokemon in the ratings. Yes, it would return, but by then, it was too late.
It wasn't Saban's fault, just in case you have forgot: they (Saban) had brought the Marvel Animation Studios to their "Golden Age" in the 1990s with hits like "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" and "X-Men".
As Will Meugniot who was the producer of Spider-Man Unlimited told me when I've interviewed him back in 2012, "Unlimited" was initially planned to be a 26 episodes series adapting the major stories from the original "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic books line, then Marvel inked a Spider-Man movies deal with Sony Pictures and they (Sony) prevented Meugniot and his crew any touch on the Spidey "old" costume. SO Marvel asked them to pitched a different plot for a new Spider-Man series (instead of continuing TAS for a 6th season), the team came up with the idea of Peter Parker being teleported into a parallel universe where Uncle Ben never died thus creating a timeline where Peter's selfishness led him to become Venom (he got his superpowers and then fell completely into the Symbiote's control) with the "our Peter" having to stop his evil plots, but Marvel rejected it as they did not wanted to see a show with 2 Peter Parkers. Since it was the ending of the millennium Meugniot et al thought about adapting Spider-Man 2099 but Marvel had eventually turned down this idea as well, and after a brainstorm they've came up with the Spider-Man Unlimited we all know and love (at least I'm in that "camp"), but during the work Sony "nagged" them a lot and some of their people were really "a pain in the ass" (in lower register phrasing as I see it) and prevented the crew of Unlimited the use of vital characters that Will Meugniot wanted to use (like Deathlok, as they inked a deal over a movie about him as well that was eventually cancelled) and the result is known to all.
If Marvel hadn't inked a deal with Sony (and thus no Sam Raimi trilogy was to happen) maybe Spidey Unlimited was one of the more likeable Spidey shows to be made. But that option is off-the-table nowadays with all the Spidey crappy shows that followed as it was back then.
Edit: fixed a typo.
Hmmm, that explains a few things that hadn't come to light before, at least to my reckoning. Thanks.