EPISODES - "DAMAGE"
#18 - Damage
Original Airdate - August 19th, 2012
When Spider-Man and his fellow teenage super heroes cause too much damage in a super villain fight, Nick Fury assigns them to work with the super clean up company, Damage Control, but Spidey's clean up duty uncovers a villainous mystery.
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.
"Damage" was written by Scott Mosier and Man of Action and directed by Jeff Allen.
Ultimate Spider-Man is produced by Marvel Animation and carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline.
Review by Royal Rubble
This episode introduces us to Damage Control, a group of normal humans who work together to repair any property damage caused by conflicts between superheroes and super villains. I liked how Nick Fury forced Spider-man and his teammates to join the repair crew, in order to teach them how to be more responsible. The idea for this episode was good, though the execution was pretty bad. After the recent string of decent or pretty good episodes, this episode doesn't really have anything to offer to make it stand out in any way. Once again the other main characters didn't really get to do too much, Nova was still annoying and J. Jonah Jameson still comes up excuses to make people think Spidey is a menace, despite evidence that he actually saved the day. The Wrecking Crew was probably the most logical choice for the villains of this episode, so I'm not really that surprised to see them again.
The only part I really liked about this episode was the tribute to the great late Dwayne McDuffie. And modeling the leader of the Damage Control crew to look like Mr. McDuffie was a nice touch. I liked how they used some pretty obscure characters he created for this episode. I remember Damage Control appearing on The Super Hero Squad Show, so this isn't they're first appearance in animation but I'm not really familiar with his contributions to the Marvel Universe (I know about most of his DC work though). I also liked the cameo of Captain Ultra but that was mostly because I was thinking about his pretty hilarious cameo back on Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes. Overall, this episode was all the more disappointing because the last couple of episodes kind of made me think the show was finally improving.
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