Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995)

Strong in animation, wide-spanning in rogue/comic mythology, spectacular in characterization, and thoroughly understanding its titular hero with an immaculate visualization, SM:TAS is one of the definitive_animated_superhero_series._9.2/10.

A young man with spider-like abilities fights crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Review: Comic-book Spider-Man. That is what struck me when I first watched this show in childhood growing up in the ’90s, as well as re-watching it today as it’s still-relevant enduring legacy is today. Spider-Man: TAS is heralded amongst the pantheon of animated superhero series (albeit still well under Batman: TAS) due to its immaculate handling of Spider-lore and the overarching zeal of Spider-Man being one of, if not the definitive characterization of the wall-crawler besides the Raimi films to this day 24+ years later. From its funky theme opening, the animation is resplendent, look of Spider-Man and every single one of his rogues from Kingpin to Doc Ock to Hobgoblin to Venom to Sandman to Kraven The Hunter to Mysterio absolutely spot-on, voice acting superb, and tone great hitting that nice hint of lightness/quips that makes Spider-Man.. well, Spider-Man.. while also having a core seriousness that makes it hold up even when watching with more scrupulous and critical eyes as an adult. Phenomenal. The only major flaw with SM: TAS, despite some nitpicks, is it’s a little shaky in set-up early in the show foregoing most famous rogues for (admittedly) okay-handled arcs like Spider-Slayers and Flash being so stupid he can’t realize to take off an imposter costume when villains are targeting him thinking he’s Spidey (yeah.. not the best writing there). However, this is mostly forgiven by the time you get to S2 and beyond, and it is still a magnificent ode to childhood and one of the most iconic superheroes painting him in a (well-flattering) way. Strong in animation, wide-spanning in rogue/comic mythology, spectacular in characterization, and thoroughly understanding its titular hero with an immaculate visualization, SM: TAS is one of the definitive animated superhero series of All-Time.

Overall Score: 9.2/10

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