Ultimate Spider-Man
#8 - Back in Black

Original Airdate - May 13th, 2012
When the terrifying Venom returns, Spider-Man tries to stop the villain and save his best friend. Spidey must decide if he can trust his new teammates with the shocking truth about Venom before asking for their help.

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.

"Back in Black" was written by Man of Action and directed by Phil Pignotti.

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

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Review by RoyalRubble

Best part of this episode was the Super Friends-like fantasy sequence. Or at least that's the part I liked the most. It was just so unexpected, even for a show with a lot of cutway scenes and gags like this one. Other than this, the other gags didn't really work and I really didn't think the "You just had to tell everybody" scene had to be shown twice. Maybe if the second time they would have altered it with other instances or villains it would have been better, I don't know. Also, all the jokes surrounding Spidey's cold just weren't funny to me. Especially the often mentioned term of "Vampire Sneeze" they had the characters say throughout the episode.

Action scenes were good, except for some awkward cut-scenes mixed in with them which kind of ruined the mood. What I liked the most was that as in "Exclusive", Spidey was the only hero who got to fight in this episode. It makes more sense, seeing as Venom is one of his most powerful enemies. Having Harry Osborn as Venom was a pretty good idea but seeing as the character hasn't really been developed enough on the show, there isn't really any drama added to this episode. And hearing Venom speaking with Harry's voice didn't make him any more threatening.

Can't really understand why everyone in the city was so willing to trust Venom as a hero. Especially J. Jonah Jameson, who still considers Spidey a threat. That was pretty ridiculous. And the fact that Spidey is the only one on the "team" who notices he is the same villain they fought back in the episode "Venom" was just silly. All the other heroes saw back then that the symbiote could possess anyone, so I don't see why they couldn't accept the fact that this is a new Venom and not some new superhero. And I still don't get why Harry wanted to become a superhero in the first place.

Kind of interesting that Venom is still inside Harry at the end. Here's hoping that the next Venom episode will be executed a little better than this one, though I sincerely doubt it will be. Overall, it was a decent episode but whenever I hear Venom will appear in a Spider-man show I would normally expect more than what we got this time. And a story that would make at least some sense. I'll give this episode some extra points for including a cameo of Doop during Spidey's fantasy sequence.

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