The Spectacular Spider-Man

Natural Selection

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 3/15/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Peter Parker and Spider-Man both must learn to own their choices when decisions made by Dr. Curt Connors transforms Pete's mentor into The Lizard.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker

    Dr. Curt Connors/Lizard

  • Dave Bullock

  • Kath Soucie

    Martha Connors

  • Matt Wayne

  • Stan Lee

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Complete Awesomeness.

    By frostbite200, Sep 22, 2009

  • Doctor Connors becomes the Lizard!

    By SpaceWay2007, May 31, 2008

  • We find out what Curt Connors has in mind with that serum, and it doesn't turn out well for anyone involved.

    By Antiyonder, May 20, 2008

  • Forty years ago, the very first Spidey cartoon I ever watched was on ABC. And, it dealt with Peter Parker heading down to Florida to get snapshots of the notorious "Lizard Man." Which makes this episode doubly ironic.

    By Carycomic, Apr 19, 2008

  • Spider-Man battles with the Lizard and demons in his personal life.

    By sylent_asassin, Mar 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Spider-Man: (About the Lizard's lair) It's like a sauna in here! And me without my Spidey-trunks.

    • Peter Parker: I never asked to be Spider-Man! I never asked for these powers! Never knew it would be a bashed up hand, a hard 9 pm curfew, no job and friends who all think I'm scum! (Takes out vial of gene cleanser) It was all just a twist of fate and bad luck. A random bug bite. (Opens vial) Easiest decision I ever made. (About to drink the gene cleanser before spotting a picture of a younger Peter and Uncle Ben) Except... except I saved him... (Flashback to Dr. Connors after turning back to normal, being hugged by his family) Spider-Man's no magic wand but thanks to the web-head, Curt's cured and Billy gets his father back. So what if no one threw a parade? (Webs vial under his desk) Spidey stays, because Spidey is needed... for now anyway.

    • Martha Connors: Peter, you're young and faced with difficult choices. Young people sometimes make mistakes. Peter Parker: Thanks for understanding... Martha Connors: I understand you, but I can't trust you. You're fired.

    • Spider-Man: (Gives Lizard the Gene cleanser down his throat) Brought you a present, Lizzy. Gene cleanser. Guaranteed to remove your toughest stains: grease, mustard, even lizard DNA!

    • (After Spider-Man appears in Dr. Connors' lab) Gwen Stacy: How did you know that we needed you? Spider-Man: Uh, my spider-sense was... tingling?

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    Notes (5)

    • Disney XD Premiere Date: March 23rd, 2009 @ 8:30pm (ET)

    • This episode can be seen on "The Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard" DVD.

    • The is the first appearance of Kenny "King" Kong. Created in Brian Michael Bendis' "Ulitmate Spider-Man" comic series, he's a friend of Flash Thompson, therefore one of Parker's tormentors, and a big fan of Spider-Man. However, the latter trait has yet to reveal itself in the series. This is also the first time he's appeared in a Spidey-related genre outside the comic.

    • The Lizard One of the first villains Spider-Man has ever faced. Dr. Connors was a surgeon who lost his right arm in war. He spent years in the Florida Everglades studying how a lizard can regenerate lost limbs. Using genetically enhanced lizard DNA, he injected himself with it. He regained his arm but transformed into a savage monster with a ferocious hatred towards humans, except for his wife and son. Since being cured, Connors has remained a close ally to Spider-Man.

    • Spider-Man keeps a vial of the Human-Gene Serum, feeling some regret for bearing his powers. Drinking the Serum will eliminate Peter's spider powers.

    Trivia (2)

    • The blue haired girl the Lizard attacked in the subway has the Meowr symbol on her shirt.

    • Goof: Spider-Man's bandage disappears and reappears, when he surprises Eddie at the House of Reptiles.

    Allusions (2)

    • Episode Title: Natural Selection In nature, natural selection is a process where desirable traits of other animals are received in reproduction.

    • Peter's contemplation of removing his powers is a common plot from The Amazing Spider-Man #100.

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