Following two amazing (or should that be spectacular?) seasons of The Spectacular Spider-man, it was presumed that a third season would continue the show’s success. The series had reached 26 episodes across the two seasons and it was hoped that the show would reach 65 episodes (the usual magic number for animated shows).
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
If The Spectacular Spider-man had made it to a third season, then along with the return of villains from the previous two seasons, the Scorpion & the Hobgoblin would have been introduced into the mix as well. As Miles Warren had been introduced into the show earlier, there was the possibility of Spidey clone Ben Reilly cropping up (as well as all those other bloody clones) and then there was the fate of Gwen Stacy to deal with too. Stacy had been Pete’s love interest in the show and as most Spidey fans know, Gwen got bumped off in the pages of Amazing Spider-man, so it was likely that something major would have happened to her cartoon counterpart. If that wasn’t enough, the producers were also eyeing up a few potential crossovers for non-Spidey related characters (if they could have sorted out those pesky rights issues), such as Cyclops, Beast, Storm, Hulk and Ant-Man.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
The third season was in the pipeline, with its arrival dependent upon the ratings for the second season, however whilst this was happening a few changes occurred between Sony and Marvel Comics. Sony held the rights to make TV shows and films based on Spider-man, but in the interests of having greater control over its film franchise the studio renegotiated and relinquished its hold over Spidey’s TV rights (which included The Spectacular Spider-man). Shortly after this Disney announced that it had purchased Marvel Comics, which was then followed by news that a new Spider-man toon, called Ultimate Spider-man, was on the horizon. No longer did ratings matter as it quickly became blindingly obvious that The Spectacular Spider-man was dead in the water and so a third season never made it into production.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Yep it was a very bad thing as The Spectacular Spider-man was a brilliant cartoon and in just two short seasons it became the most consistently well written, continuity friendly, comic-book adaptation of its time. Many of Spidey’s villains showed up for the first two seasons, including Doc Ock, Electro, Venom, Vulture and Sandman and so a third season would have brought even more fan favourites to the small screen!
BUT WHAT IF?
If The Spectacular Spider-man had returned for a third season, then not only would it have become the best Spidey animated series ever, it would have also become the greatest animated series of all time (yep probably even better than JLU, Teen Titans and Batman:TAS). This would have pissed off many diehard fans of other cartoons and there would have been riots in the streets, with the only solution being the erection of a barrier on par with the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall to separate everyone. This would have divided both sides, strengthening their hatred for one another and the barrier would have had to remain in place for the rest of time.