Following the conclusion of the popular 1994 animated series Spider-Man, Spider-Man Unlimited was born. The show follows Spider-Man on his journey to Counter-Earth, another earth on the opposite side of the sun, to rescue John Jameson, son of J. Jonah Jameson. The webhead learns of a struggle between a gang of freedom fighters and human-animal hybrids that are dominating the planet. Spider-Man stays off-world to aid in the fight.
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The show came about because of rights issues. When first conceived, Saban Entertainment wanted their series to be a mainstream Spider-Man storyline, but because Sony had already secured the rights to the character’s comic book characters and storylines to publish their own series, they wanted to follow the then-upcoming To tie in with Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” movie (according to comic book resources), the creative team had to find a way to use the character almost without his usual surroundings. To that end, after very brief consideration of a Spider-Man 2099 adaptation (an idea scrapped as it would have been too similar to Batman Beyond), it was decided to propel the webhead on an adventure unlike any other that had ever appeared before .
In an interview with Another Universe, Marvel’s then head of animated shows, Rick Ungar, commented that the reason the show was canceled was due to heavy split-slot competition with the far more popular “Pokémon.” As a result, Spider-Man Unlimited was canceled after just 13 episodes and ended on a cliffhanger.
Today it’s largely forgotten and those who remember it don’t look too highly at the series, as evidenced by the lazy 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Realistic aspects aside, however, the series is far more interesting than you might remember.