Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 5 Episode 13

Spider Wars (2): Farewell, Spider-Man

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Jan 31, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When the chrysler building blew up, Madame Web chose to save Fisk, but for some reason left Smythe and the Green Goblin/Hobgoblin to die.

  • Quotes

    • Spider-Man : Excuse me, I'm looking for some guy named Stan Lee.
      Stan Lee: What? Spider-Man? (Picks up his phone) Pam, hold my calls for a while. I think I finally gone crazy.

    • Spider-Man: How did you know the Peter Parker downstairs wasn't me?
      Gwen Stacy: He's nutty as a fruitcake! A girlfriend notices little things like that.
      Spider-Man: You don't know the half of it.

    • Metal-Spidey: What's he doing? Why isn't he trying to save my girlfriend?
      Madam Web: Be quiet. He is using his head for once. Something you may never learn to do.

    • Stan Lee: Now how do I get down from here? I guess I could wait for the Fantastic Four to give me a lift.

    • Madame Web: Face front, true believer. We're going to find the real Mary Jane Watson. It's been a long, hard journey and I think you're finally entitled to some happiness.
      Spider-Man: Amen to that, dear lady. Amen to that.

    • Uncle Ben: Peter, do you remember what I told you about great power?
      Spider-Carnage: [tears in eyes] Yes. With great power must also come great responsibility.

  • Notes

    • Many episodes of the show were written, past 65, but only 65 could be animated. John Semper mentioned in a famous interview that had he continued on with the story, he would have had Spider Man finding Mary Jane in a Colonial England and they will fight with Carnage, who became Jack the Ripper.

    • At the end of the episode, Spidey says Stan Lee is quite a guy and Madame Web adds "I think he's truly special". Joan Lee who provides the voice of Madame Web is Stan Lee's wife in real life.

    • This series was the longest-running animated Spider-Man show.

    • At the time this episode was in production, the producers believed that they would be coming back for another season or two. Therefore, they left the ending open so they could deal with the search for Mary Jane in the next season. However, FOX decided to cancel the show since they wanted their future animation projects to only be done with SABAN Animation. Consequently, Marvel Films was shut down, and it was way too late to alter the ending of this episode so it wouldn't end without Peter finding Mary Jane.  

    • This episode marks the first time that Peter Parker's first love Gwen Stacy is used as a character in a Spider-Man series.

  • Allusions

    • Stan Lee: "And I said to Jack, what if his skin turns green?"
      This is an apparent reference to another of Stan Lee's creations, the Incredible Hulk. 'Jack' probably refers to Jack "The King" Kirby, a very famous comic writer and artist who worked with Stan Lee on a number of projects.

    • Stan Lee: I guess I can wait for The Fantastic Four to give me a lift.
      This is a reference to The Fantastic Four, who were seen earlier in this saga. Stan Lee also created The Fantastic Four.

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