A quick read of the internet proves that the public is overwhelmed with nostalgia for the Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy. With Tobey Maguire trending on all forms of social media, despite not being in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer – and the return of Alfred Molina as Doc Ock which led to that sizzle reel becoming the most watched trailer in a 24-hour period ever, the Spidey hype is reel. And for good reason: in front of a large audience, Maguire is Spider-Man and Molina is OK. But that doesn’t mean those movies were everyone’s first foray into the wallcrawler.
For a specific section of older millennials, our first swing with your friendly neighborhood was Spider-Man: Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which to this day still has arguably the best vocal performance of Peter Parker in a cartoon or otherwise (courtesy of Christopher Daniel Barnes). This writer can even recall running home from school at age seven to see what happens when Peter Parker tangles with the Insidious Six (the word “sinister” was apparently also, uh, sinister to the 90s censors at Fox Kids).
So of course it was only a matter of time before the internet de Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer featuring the mid-90s cartoon. Yes, it’s all here: Peter Parker and MJ get flirty during superhero downtime; Peter is arrested by the police; and even cameos from Doctor Strange and a lawyer believed to be Matt Murdock.
In the video below, it’s remarkable how easy it is to find footage that fits the chatter of Pete and Stephen Strange, or the rise of Doctor Octopus from the apparent abyss. There’s even the implied multiverse with multiple Spider-Mans from the Spider-Man: The Animated Series finale that, believe it or not, did the whole “Spider-Verse” thing for the comics or the great Miles Morales movie of 2018.
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