Ultimate Spider-Man, What Happened?

It wasn’t too long ago that I gave great praise to the first two episodes of the new Ultimate Spider-Man show. I was there, defending it when it was getting bashed by the public. Now we’re nine episodes in, I may have to rethink my position. The show has lost all its charm and turned into a series aimed at 10 and under. The jokes aren’t funny, they’re just plain juvenile. However, my main problem with the show is that Spider-Man is treated with no respect at all. He’s treated like a joke, in the last episode it ends with him shouting “Ow!” “Ow!”Ow!” after getting bit by a two-headed llama from Asgard. Let us compare this to what is by far the best Spidey show, The Animated Series.

Think about this for a second. In the 90’s, shows aimed at kids were Batman The Animated Series, Spider-Man The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, among others. These shows were story based and relied heavily on what was going on. Spider-Man TAS will always remain timeless thanks to its mature script and great storylines. What has happened to this generation to make a show like Ultimate Spider-Man exist? Is this what they think kids want to see? Apparently this generation doesn’t care about stories anymore. This show is lacking intelligent writing. But how do you really know when it’s bad? I’ve heard that that one of the actual writers doesn’t even like the series himself! Apparently the new head of the Marvel animation industry thinks this is what kids want to see.

There’s already one kiddie Marvel show (Superhero Squad) we don’t need another one. I’m not saying this show is ALL bad, it’s fun and still Spider-Man. But the awful jokes have got to go. Spider-Man is my favorite character, his portrayal here has been disappointing. He doesn’t take petty revenge by locking Flash in a locker, it’s not in him. Spider-Man used to be a well-respected character, nowadays he seems to diminish. I’m sure the upcoming film will change that, but this show isn’t doing him any favors. Ultimate Spider-Man COULD be a great show if it really wanted to be, unfortunately I don’t see it changing anytime soon.