Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 8

Neogenic Nightmare (8): Duel Of The Hunters (3)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Nov 11, 1995 on FOX
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Neogenic Nightmare (8): Duel Of The Hunters (3)
After Spider-Man mutates into the Man-Spider, Dr. Mariah Crawford summons Sergi Kravenoff, better known as Kraven The Hunter, to help her track down Spider-Man and cure him of his mutation with a newly developed antidote. Unfortunately, the Punisher is hot on Spidey's heels. Will the Punisher succeed in destroying Spider-Man in his new mutated form or will Kraven and Dr. Crawford reach him first?moreless

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  • This episode brings us the conclusion of the Man-Spider Saga, but the Neogenic Nightmare is far from being over...

    Easily the best episode this saga had. The action just doesn't seem to stop, and still this episode managed to tie almost all the loose ends this second season started. You'll be amazed to see how much can actually happen in this 20 minutes long episode.

    Despite the fact that so many characters have already been introduced along the episodes, this episode re-introduces yet another character, Kraven the Hunter. He has previously appeared on the show as a villain, but here he is trying to help Spidey. This change in his character was good, and his character became even better.

    As the title implies, two hunters fight in this episode. The first one is the Punisher, who has just been introduced in the previous episode, who is convinced Spidey is responsible for Morbius' attacks, and is hunting him down to kill him. Having a supply of high-tech weapons at his disposal, the Punisher seems one of the cooler characters on the show.

    The second hunter is of course Kraven, who this time is on Spidey's side. He is trying to get to him in order to help him. At the same time, he is trying to protect Spidey from the Punisher. Having Kraven become Spidey's ally is a nice change of pace, and adds depth to his character.

    The best character in this episode is without a doubt, Spidey himself, transformed into the Man-Spider. Seeing him in this form was shocking. His fight scenes with both the Punisher and Kraven were simply breath taking. For a part of this episode, Spidey still retains his memory, even while in Man-Spider form. This is evident in two particular scenes: one, when he saves Debra Withman who was attacked by Morbius, and the second time when he tried to find Mary Jane. Peter as the Man-Spider wasn't completely mindless, but was almost powerless to control Man-Spider. A nice touch was having the Man-Spider not talk at all during the episode, in contrast to Spidey who never stops talking to himself in each of the other episodes.

    In the end, the Man-Spider is defeated and turned back into Spidey. He is still "ill", but at least he retains his human form... for now. A really good episode, arguably the peak of the entire Neogenic Nightmare Saga, with lots of interesting plot twists.moreless
Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod


Guest Star

John Beck

John Beck

Frank Castle/The Punisher

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


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the scene where Morbius attacks Debra Whitman, right before the Man-Spider gets there, Morbius's hair changes from blue to black back and forth 3 times.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kraven: (About Man-Spider) Do not hurt him!
      Punisher: I'm not gonna hurt him; I'm gonna disintergrate him. Won't be any nerve endings left to feel the pain!

    • Punisher: I looked the devil square in the eyes... and I blinked.

    • Kraven: 'A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.' Francis Bacon. Revenge is a foolish reason to hunt! Punisher: Maybe, but it works for me.

    • Kraven: Well, my little Calypso, you have done it again! Spider-Man: Calypso? Dr. Crawford: In Mythology, Calypso was a Goddess, who offered the gift of life to Odysseus. Spider-Man: Well, I guess you're my Calypso too.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first animated appearance of Man-Spider, from Marvel Fanfare #2. In the comic however, Peter did not change into this because of a mutation disease. Instead, he was zapped by a device created by the Brainchild that made him go through a de-evolutionary change. Peter was turned back to normal after Carl Lykos (Sauron) absorbed his now altered energy.

    • In comics, Kraven's last name was spelled "Kravinov," though here, it's spelled "Kravenoff."

    • In the unedited version of this episode, Kraven says to the Punisher "It smelt the gun powder from that bomb explosion years ago!" The "explosion" was the reference to when the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993, eight years before it met its ultimate fate. All references to the World Trade Center have been edited out in ABC Family rerun episodes. Man-spider was hiding in the WTC parking garage.


    • "It is written that a man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but cannot sit on it."

      Kraven's line is an approximation of a famous Boris Yeltzin quote usually translated as "You can build a throne out of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for very long."