Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 7

Neogenic Nightmare (7): Enter The Punisher (2)

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Nov 04, 1995 on FOX
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Neogenic Nightmare (7): Enter The Punisher (2)
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The Punisher comes to New York to deal with the mutating Spider-Man, who has just grown four extra arms, and is also in search for the mutated Morbius who is stealing plasma from people, all while being blamed by the people of New York for all that is happening. Will the Punisher be able to defeat the mutating Spider-Man, or will the hunter become the hunted?moreless

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  • Enter the Punisher... enough said.

    8.2
    This episode introduces yet another character, one of Marvel's most well known anti-heroes, the Punisher. He was going to be a hard character to be added to this show, since he is known for killing his enemies, and this show's previous episode censored the word "blood" and replaced it with plasma. But the character was portrayed decently, despite all the changes. One thing that really helped define his character was his voice actor, who gave it his best to make this character a truly great one.

    The story which began in the previous episode is continued, with lots of sub-plots and the story is told from different angles. First, we have Spidey trying to help Morbius. It was an interesting sub-plot introduced in the previous episode, that Spidey feels responsible for Morbius' condition, since it was thanks to his DNA that Morbius became a vampire.

    Then, we have Morbius trying to find a cure for his condition on his own, not wanting any help because he cannot control his powers and fears that he will hurt anyone that comes close to him. His character is a tragic one, as he can't even get close to the one he loves anymore. During all this, we also have Mariah Crawford trying to help Spidey, to cure him of his four extra arms and his disease once and for all. Spidey refuses, as much as he wants to be cured, he can't neglect the danger of having Morbius free in the city, and feels it's his responsibility not only to stop him, but also help him, cure him of his disease.

    The more important to this episode's story line has to be Punisher trying to kill Spidey. Their fight was awesome, although kind of short. As usually, next to all the action scenes are also the comical one-liners Spidey delivers to his enemies. For instance, in this episode, he calls the Punisher "Bonehead" because of the skull on his costume.

    Once again, as in the previous episode, the major highlight is the ending. If you liked the last episode's ending, then you're going to love this one. Yet another surprising and shocking scene, in which a wounded Spidey doesn't grow any extra arms, but turns into a monster. Seeing his transformation and the shocked expression on the Punisher's face was amazing.moreless
Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod

Microchip

Guest Star

John Beck

John Beck

Frank Castle/The Punisher

Guest Star

Ray Berrios

Ray Berrios

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Nick Jameson

Nick Jameson

Morbius

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Morbius reacts to Spider-Man's condition, his beard is blue instead of black.

    • When Spider-man first saw the Punisher, he jokingly tried to guess his name (skull-man, the skull, bonehead, etc.) That would mean that Spider-man would have to see the skull on Punisher's chest, but Punisher was wearing a jetpack that covered the skull around the front, so how did Spider-man come up with those nicknames.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • Punisher's first appearance was in Amazing Spider-Man #129, when Jackal tricked him into hunting down Spidey. The Punisher is also a Marvel Comics character who wages a one-man war on crime due to the deaths of his family, much like in the show here. Similarly, in the comics, he first appeared as a villain in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

    • Peter Parker/Spider-Man lives in Queens, New York, as seen when Spider-Man was in Aunt May's house and The Punisher's map showed a map of Queens.

    • In the comics, Spider-Man's mutation was caused by a serum he created to strip him of his powers. Man-Spider is new to the TV show.

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