Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 6

The Sting Of The Scorpion

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Mar 11, 1995 on FOX
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J. Jonah Jameson hires Dr. Farley Stillwell, who is a genius in genetic engineering, to make a superhero that can defeat Spider-Man. They take Mac Gargan and combine his DNA with a scorpions. However, when The Scorpion thinks he's been turned into a freak, he goes on a rampage. Spider-Man is then forced to step in to stop his created foe.moreless

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  • J. Jonah Jameson's character is developed in this episode, and the Scorpion is introduced.

    9.0
    This episode focuses mainly on J. Jonah Jameson. One of the most entertaining characters this show had (second only to Spidey, of course), his character is developed a lot here, as we find out why he hates Spidey so much. He's afraid and doesn't trust people who wear masks. His wife got killed by a man wearing a mask, and thus he treats Spidey as he is a menace, and thought all men in masks have no laws to abide by.

    His fear of Spidey motivates him to hire someone to get rid of Spidey, and so he hires Mac Gargan, a loser, to become his ultimate weapon against Spidey: The Scorpion! His origin is the same one from the comics, and that is a good thing.

    Dr. Stillwell's neogenic experiments help Mac Gargan become the Scorpion, by modifying his body, increasing his strength and agility to rival those of Spidey's. Unfortunately this affects his brain as well, as he easily looses control of his new found powers and becomes more and more of a monster. His first fight with Spidey proves he is indeed stronger than Spidey, but he soon looses control over his body and becomes what he hated the most: a monster. Blaming Jameson for what is happening to him, Scorpion decides to destroy the city with radioactivity.

    Jameson realizes what he has done and, as much as he hates it, he has to team up with Spidey to stop the Scorpion. He even admits that he now knows the Scorpion is a much bigger threat to the world than Spidey.

    In the end the Scorpion is defeated, but nothing changes between Spidey and Jameson.

    Overall a really good episode, with lots of character development, a great story and of course wonderful animation. Also continuity between episodes is present here, as the device that creates the Scorpion is the same one that helped create the Lizard, but most importantly Spidey himself.moreless
Michael Rye

Michael Rye

Dr. Farley Stillwell

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Mac Gargan/Scorpion

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Spider-Man: Trust me, it's always the red button.

    • Scorpion: I'm gonna crush you now!
      Spider-Man: Oh, yeah? Well, it just so happens, I like to start each day with a warm hug!

    • Aunt May: (on phone with Peter; Peter's voice was muffled because of his mask and this worries May) Oh, and Peter, Dear, please do take it easy. You sound like your catching a bug!
      Spider-Man: I sure hope so....
      Aunt May: What was that?
      Spider-Man: Err - nothing, Aunt May.

    • Peter Parker: He's got no use for me, he hates Spider-Man. I'll bet he can't even stand himself!

    • Spider-Man: (To the thieves) Well if it isn't the meeting of the diamond lovers of America!

    • Spider-Man: (to J. Jonah Jameson) I've got a message for you. If I catch that Peter Parker following me around, snapping his little pictures, I'm going to do this (makes a block out of web, then smashes it) to him, and that's if I'm in a good mood!

    • Spider-Man: Is this a private party or can any wall-crawler join?

    • Robbers: Get him! There's three of us and only one of him!
      Spider-Man: As far as I'm concerned, that means you're out numbered.

    • Spider-Man: Did I hear right? J. Jonna Jameson's on my side?

    • Spider-Man: A nuclear reactor!? Why don't villains ever pick bakeries to invade?

    • Robber: It's Spider-Man!
      Spider-Man: What? Spider-Man? Where? Where? Oh, I get so flustered when I meet a celebrity. I just don't know what to say.

    • J. Jonah Jameson: [to Spider-Man] I still won't rest until you've been unmasked and eliminated.
      Spider-Man: Fair enough, Pickle-Puss. And I won't rest until you shave that stupid mustache. So we're even. Oh, and Fuzz-Head thanks for saving my life.

    • Spider-Man Hey, Buster, I'm hurting more than you. I'm suffering from double fission. Get it? Double fission?
      Scorpion: I knew I never should have left Brooklyn.
      Spider-Man: Oh, never mind.

    • Spider-Man: [to webbed-up robber] It's not nice to rob jewelery stores in Mr. Spider-Man's neighborhood? Can you say, I'm going to jail?

  • NOTES (5)

    • This was adapted into comic book format in Spider-Man Adventures #2. It was later reprinted in Kellogg's Froot Loops Mini-Comics #2, Spectacular Spider-Man (UK Magazine) #25 and in the trade paperback Spider-Man Adventures.

    • This episode has the same title and same characters as the 60s episode that introduced Scorpion.

    • In The Amazing Spider-Man #20 (Scorpy's first appearance in the comics), Dr. Farley Stillwell, the guy paid to make the Scorpion, died trying to turn Scorpy back into a human.

    • Peter makes a comment about wearing glasses again; he had needed glasses until the spider bite.

    • This is one of the rare times where Spider-Man throws a punch, although it doesn't connect with the Scorpion. Instead, his fist gets batted away by the Scorpion's tail.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Spider-Man: If you're lookin' to join The Fantastic Four, you're in the wrong place.
      This is the second reference to The Fantastic Four in this series, they later appear in the "Secret Wars" saga, and are referenced again after that. The Fantastic Four are 4 superheroes who were astronauts that were affected by radiation that gave them their powers. They include Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm a.k.a. Human Torch, and Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing. They were created by Stan Lee, the person who created Spider-Man.

    • Spiderman: What are you made of... Adamantium!?
      This is an allusion to a strong metal distinct to the Marvel Universe. Adamantium is an indestructable form of metal and makes up the skeletal system of fellow Marvel superhero, Wolverine.

    • Spider-Man: Who do I look like? The Tick?
      Spidey's comment (saying that he's not stupid) is a reference to the other arachnid-inspired hero in cartoons at the time, the thick-headed Tick. Of course, he said this while fighting yet another arachnid superhuman, the Scorpion.

    • Peter Parker: I guess I simply glow on the subject of radiation. I don't know why... I guess it's in my blood.
      In this series, the spider was changed by "neogenics" - a non-radioactive method. Peter's comment is a reference to Spidey's original origin in the 60s, in which the spider had been irradiated. Of course, this was immortalized in the theme song to the old Spider-Man TV show, "...He's got radioactive blood..." Also in this series theme, it goes "...spider blood, spider blood, radioactive spider blood..."

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