Ultimate Spider-Man

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 11:00 AM May 06, 2012 on Disney XD
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Episode Summary


Spider-Man agrees to an exclusive video interview with aspiring reporter Mary Jane in hopes that she will dispel to the public rumors that the web-slinger is evil, and Mary Jane gets a more exclusive story than she ever could have expected when the incredible Hulk arrives in town and engages in an all-out battle with Spider-Man, but the web-slinger soon realizes that the Hulk isn't the one to be fighting...

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  • "Hulk like Bugman!"

    If you have read any of my previous ramblings on Ultimate Spider-man, you can see my large and growing number of complaints and or frustrations with the show. It often varies episode to episode, examples being the complete misinterpretation of Spider-Man as a character or the lore in general, the constant tonal shifts to the sitcom level character development and extremely forced cutaway gags. However, like I said in my previous review, I always try to maintain an unbiased and open minded opinion with every installment. While previous episodes have all over the board in quality, I wouldn't consider any of them to be particularly or even remotely good.

    That is not the case this week.

    This episode presents us with a gimmick that has practically become it's own sub-genre, more specifically it chronicles MJ's attempt at entering a Daily Bugle contest, which propositions the public to bring them a scoop involving The Web Slinger. Naturally, MJ has decided to interview Spider-Man since he apparently goes to her school.

    Now while it is very hard to deny that the found footage aspect of the episode is gimmick, the show actually use it achieve a real sense of urgency and scale to the proceedings. It also gives us your first chance to really get to know this version of Mary Jane while she attempts to film the Hulk destroying New York. With this premise, a lot of the cutaway and sight gags are swept under the rug, which I argue is of great benefit to the episode. Although most of the substitute humor feel out of place and distracting. Also the script never really tries to explain some of the plot devises, namely "How did MJ get an interview with Spider-Man?" we can assume, but it is never specified.

    Tara Strong deserves some praise for carrying a majority of the episode with ease and being one of the few performances I actually wholehearted approve of.

    I'm hoping this episode is not an anomaly this season and that the trend continues, but I can't help worrying I'm wrong.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mary Jane Watson: We need help.
      Spider-Man: Help? Me? I'm Spider-Man! Just a minute. (whispers into communicator) Director Fury, it's Spider-Man. I need help. Send S.H.I.E.L.D. back-up.
      Nick Fury: Nice to hear you admit it. But we're all hands against a destroyer-class threat in Jersey.
      Spider-Man: You can't just let Jersey go?

    • Hulk: Hulk not fighting bugman. Bugman better get out of Hulk's way!
      Spider-Man: "Bugman?" Now that's just insulting! Spiders are not bugs!

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