Release Spider-Man: The Animated Series The Complete Series DVD
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What we are asking for is that the 1994 animated series Spider-Man, also called Spider-Man: The Animated Series, be given a complete series DVD release. In addition, we desire episode commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew of the series.
Spider-Man was an animated series that ran from 1994 to 1998 for five seasons and sixty-five episodes. It is the second longest running Marvel animated series behind its sister series X-Men (Ultimate Spider-Man eventually surpassing the episode number in fewer seasons). The series featured guest stars including the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Blade, Doctor Strange, Punisher and Captain America as well as villains such as Kingpin, Green Goblin, Lizard, Shocker, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Scorpion, Rhino, Vulture, Chameleon, Venom, Carnage, and Hobgoblin. Many characters appeared for the first time outside Marvel Comics on this series, and for some this was their only appearance. It tied in with several other concurrently airing series with voice actor appearances from X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man.
In addition to being the second longest running animated series from Marvel, it is also one of the most beloved. Many still argue that this is the best adaptation of the character. It often ranks highly among animated superhero shows and animated shows of the 90's. It was one of the first superhero animated shows to feature long complex story arcs spreading across multiple episodes, fairly common today but unheard of at the time. Fans often cite the actors as being the definitive version of the characters, mostly in regards to Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man and Ed Asner as J. Jonah Jameson. Many of these actors went on to appear in subsequent animated shows, video games, and merchandise due to the popularity of this series. The series introduced elements that influenced following shows and the comics, most notably portraying the Venom symbiote as making Peter darker and more aggressive. The Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy used several elements originating from this series, like Green Goblin and Norman Osborn being separate personalities who talk to each other, and even recreated scenes, like Spider-Man waking up upside down in the symbiote suit. The series plays an important part not only in Marvel's animation but in the history of Spider-Man.
The complete series was released on Region 2, but only five volumes of a total of twenty-two episodes of the sixty-five episode series has been released on Region 1. The only episodes that have been released tied in with live action films in the Sam Raimi trilogy and Daredevil. Seasons one and three have several episodes released, but neither is complete. Seasons two and four have a few but are largely unreleased. Season five has no episodes released. Other series from the time have already gotten a complete series DVD release: X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man. Bootleg DVDs are popular, but feature very low quality video. The only way to view the entire show is through streaming services, but these require subscription services and are subject to availability meaning they can be removed at any time.
The Walt Disney Company currently holds all the rights to make this happen. When Fox Kids was shut down, all their properties were bought by Disney. Spider-Man was previously distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, which is currently Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Some thinking at Marvel/Disney is to not do anything to promote competitor company films, but Sony Pictures Television relinquished the television rights to Spider-Man while the live action version can now appear in Marvel Studios films. There is no reason left stopping Disney/Marvel from releasing this beloved series completely on DVD. Not having this DVD only hurts those who love and cherish this series and who want to enjoy it for all time.
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