Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 5

The Menace Of Mysterio

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 25, 1995 on FOX

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  • One thing that should've been done with Mary Jane

    In this series, they should've had Mary Jane always know that Peter was Spider-Man. In the comics when Mary Jane agreed to marry Peter, Peter was about to tell her that he's Spider-Man but before he could say anything, she told him that she's known for years that he's Spider-Man. She had known ever since the night his Uncle Ben was murdered. She was at her Aunt Watson's house, she looked out the window and saw Peter talking to the police and then running into the house. Then about a minute or two later, she saw Spider-Man climb out of Peter's bedroom window. It was then that she realized that Peter must be Spider-Man. She tried to convince herself that it wasn't true but it was too difficult. She pretended not to know ever since but it wasn't easy.
  • mysterio returns

    mysterio is a best villlain in spiderman
  • Yet another villain is introduced, this time Mysterio, the villain with a fishbowl for a head!

    This episode introduces a new villain, Mysterio. An ex-expert in creating special effects for movies, Quentin Beck returns as Mysterio to get his revenge on Spidey, the guy who handed him to the police, thus "ruining" his career.
    The episode might not seem much, but thanks to the spectacular animation and the perfect voice effects they added to Mysterio's voice, this episode shinned.
    The story was a good old-fashioned Spidey story. Nothing colossal happened, no ultimate battle which he has to win, just a superhero vs. super villain fight.
    The character of Mysterio was really well presented in this episode, featuring his origin, a decent back story, and something other of Spidey's villains lacked during the series, motivation for what he does.
    Definitely, Mysterio was one of the coolest looking villains this show offered. It's just too bad he wasn't featured in more episodes. He would have worked wonders on the show.
    Of course, there's also the obligatory humorous moments, this time provided once again by J. Jonah Jameson. His character was great, adding great one-liners which could match Spidey's.
    On another note, this episode introduced a new recurring character, and an interesting one. Detective Terri Lee, one of the few people in the city that actually thought Spidey was a hero. She may have disagreed sometimes with him about how he goes around to save the city, but she was his friend. Overall a good episode, with great animation and a story which will entertain you.
  • The old Mysterio is back and updated for this series.

    Peter Parker's origin is finally revealed and pretty much faithful to the Stan Lee origin. The show seems almost desperate to have a happy feel to it. The episode feels a bit forced and the producers are still finding their way in the world of Spiderman. Peter gives up being spidey after the updated Mysterio frames him. He returns to the scene of action thanks to a convenient flashback reminding him of his responsibilities. Action sequences are decent and the pace is fast enough to keep our attention. In the comics, Lee never used Mysterio much and its obvious why. Mysterio can actually be a great villain if you focus on the darkness of it. Mysterio would work well as a Batman character but in Spiderman it feels misplaced.
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