Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six debuted on Disney XD this past Sunday morning with, not one, but two episodes! “Hydra Attacks” (parts 1 & 2) aired this weekend and did it ever deliver on its promise. Let me start off by saying, though, if you’re a stickler for movies or TV shows following the source material to the “T” you might not want to watch, but for those of you that are open to deviations, this show really has its heart in the right place.
The episode starts off with Spider-Man marveling on how great his life is going: Aunt May knows that he’s a superhero and can’t be more proud of him, Nick Fury showers him with praise about how well he’s done recruiting members for S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and promotes him to instructor, and the Green Goblin has been “cured” and Norman and Harry Osborn are getting along better than ever. It’s the perfect day! The only loose end seems to be that Doc Ock is still at large… triggering the end to Mr. Parker’s perfect day!
After a quick skirmish with Octavius, and with a little help from Iron Spider (Amadeus Cho) and Agent Venom, Spider-Man and company are able to apprehend the eight-limbed villain. Upon returning Ock to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Tricarrier, it soon becomes clear that it was all a ruse, with Doc Ock playing the role of Trojan cephalopod. It’s revealed that Doc Ock is not only looking to rejoin the Sinister Six (as the season title would suggest) but is also now working with and getting funding from Hydra. Add to that the return of Armin Zola and the introduction of Ock’s Goblin Army (Hydra troops enhanced using DNA stolen from the now/currently reformed Norman Osborn, straying from the comics again) and it seems as if Spider-Man and his friends will be up against a formidable threat this season.
Spidey, Agent Venom and Iron Spider (now equipped with a digital Spider-Sense that Cho developed) seem to be handling things after some back and forth fighting with Hydra and Doc Ock, but eventually Doc Ock gets the upper-hand after an upgrade of his own (that makes him looks suspiciously like he did right before he took over Peter Parker’s body and became the Superior Spider-Man). Cut to Spidey sinking into the ocean wrapped up nice and tight in one of Ock’s dismembered mecha-arms.
And who should come to his rescue but the Scarlet Spider! But, who is this Scarlet Spider? His suit is the one used by Kaine Parker in the comics after the events of “Spider-Island,” but there hasn’t been any mention of clones in this TV series up to this point. Is it Ben Reilly? The only reference made to him was more of an Easter egg when Flash Thompson wore a costume that resembled Reilly’s classic/hated blue hoodie over red spandex look several seasons ago.
The newest season of Ultimate Spider-Man might not be for everyone. The show can tend to be a little silly and some people have complained about the little Chibi daydreams that Spidey has, among other things, but if you can open yourself up for some continuity-light, Sunday morning fun it can definitely fit the bill. If you’re done watching all of the old episodes of Spectacular Spider-Man for the fourth time through and you’re hankering for some animated wall-crawling, web-slinging fun give Ultimate Spider-Man a shot! New episodes air on Disney XD on Sunday mornings at 9/8a.