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Peter Parker and Spider-Man both must learn to own their choices when decisions made by Dr. Curt Connors transform Pete's mentor into the Lizard.

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Victor Cook (developed for television by), Greg Weisman (developed for television by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Keaton ... Peter Parker / Spider-Man (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Dr. Curt Connors / Lizard (voice)
Max Burkholder ... Billy Connors (voice)
Lacey Chabert ... Gwen Stacy (voice)
Ben Diskin ... Eddie Brock (voice)
Crispin Freeman ... Thug #1 (voice)
Andrew Kishino ... Kenny Kong (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Randy Robertson (voice)
Joshua LeBar ... Flash Thompson (voice)
Kath Soucie ... Martha Connors (voice)
Deborah Strang ... May Parker (voice)
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Peter does a great job arresting shop robbers, bus ruins his self-pictures. When Dr. Curt Connors injects himself with lizard DNA to regenerate his arm, that works. Actually, too well: he soon transforms into a dino-like monster, whose instinct spares nobody, except his son Billy. Peter's uncomfortable secret-identity-handicap now spills from bully-abuse at school to utter injustice in his lab job. Written by KGF Vissers

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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Quotes

Spider-Man: Now, if I were a 6'5'' lizard instead of a 5'6'' spider, where would I hide?
[pauses while looking]
Spider-Man: Duh. Underground.
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Edited into The Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard (2008) See more »

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Spectacular Spider-Man
Performed by The Tender Box
[Theme song]
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Wraps up the first arc in a satisfying way
19 March 2019 | by felicoorozcoSee all my reviews

The first arc of Spectacular Spider-Man has mostly been a reintroduction of sorts so all the familiar elements are set in stone and don't take up space later down the line or so they could be turn around but even then it has been a great ride full of conflicts in both of Peter's worlds.

Building off the last episode again, Dr Connors' finally gives himself in to his own investigation and injects lizard genus onto himself, giving birth to the Lizard.

Like the last episode, the way the show presents Connors' perspective is understandable. Him having no arm makes him really go obsessed with his own investigation and the moment where he pulls it off for a moment is really beautiful. His moments with his family, the really mature and releatable converstaions with his wife and the adorable interactions with his son makes the turn into the Lizard much more satisfying, even more taking into account it has been teased and built up from the last few episodes.

As for Peter, his money problems have made him really keen on getting a job, with a particular photo-taking job at that one newspaper being in his mind. The stakes are raised higher on a personal level for Peter when he realizes the conflict itself is connected to Dr Connors', leaving huge consequences that turns his life around, all while planting seeds for future events of the season.

With a trademark witty script, fantastic animation and a great understandable human conflict, it's one of the series' most effective closures to an arc. More stakes on the Spidey side of things would've made this episode a tad better, but that doesn't mean it isn't great on it's own.

7/10.


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