The Spectacular Spider-Man

Season 1 Episode 4

Market Forces

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2008 on Disney XD
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Episode Summary

Peter Parker has to choose between helping Aunt May pay the bills or buying a camera to further his career. Meanwhile, Montana (the Big Man's Enforcer) becomes the stunning Shocker to fulfill his responsibility: eliminating the Spectacular Spider-Man.

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  • The Shocker gets a makeover.

    Like I said in the summary the shocker has some changes.

    1.He is Montana not Herman Schultz.(But I'm OK with that)

    2.He has a Southern accent.(I'm OK with this to) When you get past that,it's an alright episode.

    OK,Plot picking time.

    Aunt May was some outstanding bills and Peter (Being a moron) has to decide whether to help aunt May or buy a new camera for his job at the Daily Bugle.(The Episode has a moral to it if you haven't guessed already.)

    It was nice to see Flint Marko and Alex O'Hirn again ,Plus did I hear some one say Mary Jane.

    Over all, It's a nice episode. Nothing epic or mind blowing, but satisfactory.moreless
  • Good start to another story arc.

    Peter should have showed some more enthusiasum concerning MJ's good personality. Who knows, they could marry each other some day.

    If only Flint and Alex didn't resort to crime, I could see them as this generation's Odd Couple.

    Definitely thought of Spider-Man 3 with the emo line from Eddie.

    In all seriousness, I found the choice to use Montana as The Shocker to be a good one. It certainly keeps the story interesting. Besides, if you want comic book accuracy to be 100%, you should just stick with the original comic.

    While we can agree that Norman isn't parent of the year, I found his advice to be a sound one indeed. Funny when you agree with the antagonist.moreless
  • Spidey faces off against a new foe while trying to keep his regular life under control.

    The classification is spot on in deeming this another great installment of the Spectacular Spider-man. The episode was very well written and contains foreshadowing in later establishing a relationship with Mary Jane Watson, the seething anger festering within Eddie Brock, battling an army of Supervillians funded by Oscorp and Norman Osborn on the road to becoming the Green Goblin.

    The Shocker proved himself to be a formidible adversary with good charsima and personality. Even though the traditional Shocker from the comics wasn't like the one portrayed in the series, he did a viable job of proving to be more than a match for Spidey. The battle scene was very entertaining and made Peter appear vulnerable as he couldn't find a way to keep Shocker off balance, but his genius intellect is what pulled the web head through to victory.

    Overall, this was a great episode and hopefully the great writing in this series continues to pleasantly surprise the viewers.moreless
  • New villian on the block the shocker!, Shocker Vs Spiderman who will win

    Peter Parker has to choose between helping Aunt May pay the bills or buying a camera to further his career. Meanwhile, Montana (the Big Man's Enforcer) becomes the stunning Shocker to fulfill his responsibility: eliminating the Spectacular Spider-Man. This episode was preety good. Eddy and Gwen are still kindoff pissed at peter for not helping them to heal Dr. Connors (when he actually did as spiderman)

    Eddy has kind of cooled off but Gwen is still ticked. Harry needs help in a school subject and peter always has other comitments and ends up bailing on him, Harry is pissed and also is angry at peter. Also the Shocker seems to have the uppper hand on beating up spiderman. He traps him and believes he has killed him but Spiderman is still alive and comes back to Kick his @$$ so he defeats the shocker and it is found out that Norman Osborn was the leader of all this and wants spiderman Gone! We might see the Green Goblin soon.moreless
  • So Spidey and shocker huh

    I have to admit the voices, the trash talk and the storyboard as well as the fight scenes are actually one to watch. Though the animation I must say is poor that what it was back on Fox Kids. But that's Kids WB, they butcher their stuff in the first season and fix it up in the second. But i do enjoy the series, there is a real storyboard going on there though I am also a sucker for good drawings and quality. I hope this series turns out well, it is nice to see of of his old villians return after ten years ago lol and yeah I will continue watching to see how this story develops.moreless
Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett


Guest Star

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Alex O'Hirn

Guest Star

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Betty Brant

Guest Star

Benjamin Diskin

Benjamin Diskin

Eddie Brock

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Shocker: (To Spider-Man) I do admire your spunk, son. Not enough to let you go, of course. That'd be bad for business.

    • O'Hirn: (About Spider-Man) Did I get him? Tell me I got him!
      Shocker: The only thing you got was on my nerves!

    • Shocker: Hold still son, so I can put you out of your misery!
      Spider-Man: How about you put me out of my mystery? Who are you?
      Shocker: Call me.. well, how's about... "Shocker"!
      Spider-Man: How's about toast?!

    • Spider-Man: (After webbing O'Hirn and Flint Marko's hands to the box of stolen photography items) And now that you troguadites have deduced that the rumors of my demise have been completely exaggerated... (O'Hirn and Flint Marko look at him confused by what he just said) I'm not dead... uh, never mind. Just tell Shocker I want a rematch. (To shopkeeper as he swings away) You can call the cops now.

    • J. Jonah Jameson: (Sniffs the air, a little grossed out) Whoo. Piece of advice, kid. (Gently pushes Peter away with one finger) Perfume doesn't cut it. Tomato juice: only thing after taking pictures at a dump.

    • J. Jonah Jameson: (Flipping through Peter's photos while throwing them over his shoulder) Garbage, garbage, literally garbage, gar... wait. (Grins at a photo of Shocker looking down at Spider-Man being crushed in the garbage compressor) Hoho!
      Peter Parker: Um, wouldn't you rather use one where Spider-Man's... winning?
      J. Jonah Jameson: Ha! Shows what you know. (Throws the rest of Peter's pictures on the floor while Peter picks them up) Nobody loves a winner. The people are our market and the people want their heroes to fail. Makes them feel good about themselves!

    • (After Harry Osborn storms in and throws his backpack at a vase, breaking it in the process)
      Norman Osborn: You seem troubled, son.
      Harry Osborn: Troubled? Gee, you think? I failed my calc test because Pete abandoned me! Flash and his crowd won't cut me a break...
      Norman Osborn: (Seriously) Enough. You're parked in a no whining zone. Take some responsibility. Peter's not the reason you failed. If you want to pass a test, study. If you want to be popular, be popular. Take control of your destiny, boy. Harry, life's pretty simple: you cowboy up and do what you have to do.

    • Alex O'Hirn: (While stealing from a photography store with Flint Marko) Something smells bad...
      Spider-Man: (Appears inside the truck) Ugh, still? I washed this costume five times!

    • Spider-Man: (After breaking himself out of the compacted garbage) Talk about your tight spots but, I'm alive... (Sniffs himself and shutters) Ugh, and I reek! (Jumps up to the roof and takes out his now destroyed paycheck from under his costume) And my paycheck's ruined. Perfect.

    • Spider-Man: Marko? How many times do I have to take you down? And where's your charming partner, O'Hirn? (Dodges and webs O'Hirn) Look, we gotta stop meeting like this! People are starting to talk, (Webs Marko to a car), mostly about what doofs you are.

    • J. Jonah Jameson: Did a caveman proof-read this piece? Where's my sport's editor? I want him in my office in fourteen seconds! And where's my coffee?!
      Peter Parker: Um, sir? I'm Peter...
      J. Jonah Jameson: I know who you are. You're the no-nothing that wasted forty one seconds of my time the other day. Well, I haven't got another forty one to spare. (Pushes Peter into the elevator)
      Peter Parker: But, but... (Elevator door closes in his face)
      J. Jonah Jameson: Brilliant comeback, kid. Now, where's that Parker guy? I e-mailed him seventy six minutes ago. Won't anyone get me my coffee?! (Betty Brant suddenly appears beside Mr. Jameson with a cup of coffee)
      Betty Brant: Coffee, decaf... (Hands him the mug) it's only been twenty minutes and I'm pretty sure you just kicked Peter Parker out.
      J. Jonah Jameson: Well, don't just stand there! Get him back!

    • Norman Osborn: Peter, good to see you! Here to help Harry, huh?
      Peter Parker: We help each other out, Mister O.
      Norman Osborn: Now, now, Peter. Modesty doesn't make men like us. Smart, driven, responsible, self-made...
      Peter Parker: Um, I'm more of a 'work in progress'...
      Norman Osborn: At least you're making progress. (Norman and Peter look at a saddened Harry Osborn)

    • Spider-Man: (While talking to Eddie Brock on his cell phone and swinging across the city) I so have to get me some hands-free...
      Eddie Brock: What?
      Spider-Man: Uh, nothing, bro. Just trying to do too much at once.
      Eddie Brock: You mean like selling pictures to the Bugle instead of helping your friends?
      Spider-Man: Look, straight up, I blew it. And I know you're ticked...
      Eddie Brock: Don't go emo on me, bro.

    • Montana: (Gives Hammerhead the suitcase) There you go, Hammerhead. Job's done. (Tries to put on his cowboy hat when Hammerhead stops him)
      Hammerhead: Forget the hat, (Opens the suitcase, revealing the Shocker suit) put on the suit. You still owe the Big Man one friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

    • Peter Parker: An e-vite to Midtown High's Fall Formal.
      Harry Osborn: Which would rock if either one of us had... what's the word? "Dates."

    • Jameson: Sorry about that, Parker. I was expecting someone who has, well, armpit hair.

    • Peter Parker: So, Betty, how do you work for a walking embolism like Jameson?
      Betty Brant: Mister Jameson's a decent man, down deep.
      Peter Parker: Are we talking about 'Marionas Trench' deep or 'Dante's Ninth Circle' deep?

    • Peter Parker: Do you know a Rand Robertson?
      Joe Robertson: Well, there is a kid by that name who lives in my house and eats all my food.

    • Shocker: It's not wise to make an angry man look foolish.
      Spider-Man: You don't need my help for that. Have you looked in a mirror recently?

    • Spider-Man: (Bowing on stage to a destroyed theatre) That's what you call bringing down the house.

    • Peter Parker: (Asking about Mary Jane) So, what's she like?
      Aunt May: Oh, she has a wonderful personality!
      (Peter winces and shrugs)

    • Spider-Man: (While fighting Shocker) Here Shocky, Shocky, Shocky!
      Shocker: Don't you mock me, boy!
      Spider-Man: I mock... I'm a mocker! (Pulling down the roof) Also a puller, a tugger and a yanker...

  • NOTES (4)

    • Disney XD Premiere Date:
      March 30, 2009 @ 7:30pm (ET)

    • This episode can be seen on "The Spectacular Spider-Man: Rise of the Supervillains!" DVD.

    • Keith David does not reprise his role of Big Man. Instead, Kevin Michael Richardson voices him for future episodes. This was because Keith David was in New York at the time portraying Oberon in Central Park.

    • The Shocker
      The Shocker first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #46, and was created by Stan Lee and John Romita. Sr. Herman Schultz was an inventor who devised a pair of air-pressure shock gauntlets and a protective suit to insulate himself from their vibrations. A mercenary at heart, Schultz hires out his services or commits robberies, rather then engages in elaborate revenge schemes. He has worked as a member of the Sinister Six, the Masters of Evil, and the Sinister Syndicate.


    • Eddie Brock: Don't go emo on me, bro.

      This was a reference to Peter Parker's actions and appearance from wearing the alien symbiote in 2007's live action film Spider-Man 3.

    • Norman Osborne's line "... do what you got to do." is a similar one from Spider-Man with Norman being portrayed by Willem Dafoe.