Ultimate Spider-Man
#7 - Exclusive

Original Airdate - May 6th, 2012
Spider-Man finally agrees to a video interview with Mary Jane, and she gets the exclusive scoop when she records Spidey and Hulk in an all-out battle across Manhattan.

Ultimate Spider-Man stars Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride (Boston Public) as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers) as Agent Coulson, JK Simmons (Spider-Man) as J. Jonah Jameson, Steven Weber (Wings) as Norman Osborn, Greg Cipes (Teen Titans, Ben 10) as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, Ogie Banks as Luke Cage/Power Man, Caitlyn Taylor Love (I'm In The Band) as Ava Ayala/White Tiger, Logan Miller (I'm In The Band) as Sam Alexander/Nova, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Doctor Octopus, Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Harry Osborn/Flash Thompson, Tara Strong (The Fairly Odd Parents) as Mary-Jane Watson, Misty Lee (Batman: Arkham City) as Aunt May, and recurring guest star Stan Lee (Spider-Man) as Stan the Janitor.

Guest starring is Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) as Hulk.

"Exclusive" was written by Man of Action and Dani Wolff and directed by Alex Soto.

Ultimate Spider-Man is produced by Marvel Animation and carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline.

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Review by Kumori Myu-Jishan

Seven episodes into the show, and already we’ve established certain facts. Peter Parker is an arrogant little sod with about as much personality as a loincloth, and of equally many uses. Each and every member of his team is misrepresented and not done justice; Ava is an irritating chiqua that apparently has the power to push away entire scores of audiences away from the screen, Sam is a jerk just because being a jerk is…well, a jerky thing to do, Luke barely ever does anything worthwhile, and Danny can’t even get the screen time he deserves. We’ve also established that the actual supporting cast of Spidey is window-dressing at best.

Which is why the subplot of this episode was pleasant to look at. We have an MJ-centric twenty-something minutes of pure red-headed bravery and reporter-ish independence. We also have Spidey’s annoyance toned down to a minimum [thus far, and when compared to the first six]. And for at least three short moments the visual humor is actually funny [the highlight being the Stan Lee car moment].

Hulk was…well, not all that incredible. As powerful as Hulk usually is/supposed to be, this one felt like a limping duck hurling pebbles clumsily with its fractured beak. As awesome as it is to hear Fred Tatasciore hulking it up, this particular green giant had no charm nor charisma, not the Hulk-kind, anyway. The same can be said about the episode’s villain. Zzzax can only be about as interesting as watching toenails grow, so this author believes that giving him a whole episode was not the brightest of moves.

So, basically not much to add here. Some moments [mainly with MJ] were okay, some were a pain to watch. An overall 6 out of 10; again, I’m being generous.

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