Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under was a critically acclaimed and popular television drama produced by HBO. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season run in the USA on August 21, 2005.
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The show, created by Alan Ball, stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel ("Nate") Fisher, Jr., the son of a funeral director who reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. Hall. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose). Other regulars include mortician and family friend Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez), Nate's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), and David's boyfriend and eventual husband Keith Charles (Mathew St. Patrick).
The show revolves around the world of Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, a fictitious mortuary set in present day Los Angeles, California (2000–2005).
On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with such issues as relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. At the same time, it is a show that is distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death, which it explores on multiple levels (personal, religious, and philosophical), rather than treating it as a convenient impetus for the solution of a murder. Each episode begins with a death—anything from drowning or heart attack to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. In Season 5, the episode All Alone was the first ever to open without a death, focusing instead on a death revealed at the end of the previous episode. The only other episode that did not feature an opening death scene was the series finale, Everyone's Waiting, which instead began with a birth, and ended with the future death scenes of all of the main characters.
A recurring plot device consists in a character having an imaginary conversation with the person who died at the beginning of the episode. Sometimes, the conversation is with other recurring dead characters, notably Nathaniel Fisher Sr., and, more recently, Nate's late wife Lisa. They represent the living character's internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation. In the later seasons, another device is also used where a real conversation between two living characters slips into the imaginary and becomes unrealistic. The shift cannot be clearly distinguished from the normal flow of the scene until an abrupt cut brings us slightly back in time and reveals the imaginary nature of the past moment.The Fisher family in an earlier season.
In November 2004, series creator and executive producer Alan Ball announced that the fifth season would be the show's last. The producers and writers felt that after 63 episodes they had told their "story". The series concluded after five seasons, with the finale airing on August 21, 2005.
SettingThe Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in 2001.
Six Feet Under, being a show about death, is also a show about time; each episode is set in a particular month in a "contemporary universe" that spans the period from 2000–2005. Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. (played by Richard Jenkins) dies in the pilot, which begins on December 24, 2000. The next episode is set on January 8, 2001 . Some of the deaths in the series have occurred in other periods, such as the 1970s and the 1950s; in these cases, the story is brought up to date so that the plot revolves around the ramifications of the death, rather than the death itself.
The show devotes considerable attention to continuity. Sometimes six months passes between each episode; on other occasions, a day. In all cases, the story carries on from where it left off in the previous episode.
Cast & Characters
List of episodes
Guest Starring roles
Six Feet Under has had several guest star appearances by Hollywood actors either portraying themselves or playing a character on the series.
PromotionalsPromotional for the 2005 season, which features Claire driving her trademark lime green hearse into the sunset.
As Six Feet Under gradually became a topic in pop culture after Season 1, HBO came up with very stylish promotional ads to promote the anticipation of upcoming seasons. The promos often depicted the mood that may have occurred in previous episodes or foretold future scenarios. Music, according to creator Alan Ball, plays an integral role in the life of Six Feet Under, as it depicts the mood of the Fishers.
The following songs were played during the teaser trailers for the seasons following Season 1:
Two soundtrack albums, featuring music that had appeared in the series, were released:
In March 2005, HBO announced that the final season of Six Feet Under would be moved to Monday evenings starting June 6. The reason being to add an additional night of programming to the HBO lineup for their upcoming summer season which included Entourage and The Comeback. Much to the chagrin of loyal viewers since every episode prior had aired on a Sunday, it would be foolish to move the series during its final season. The Monday night experiment ultimately failed due to decreased ratings and complaints. Six Feet Under returned to its old timeslot on July 10, 2005 after having been in the new timeslot for only five episodes.
The following is a timeframe which features the year the particular episode is set in. Not to be confused with the actual year the episode originally aired.
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Not to be confused with the actual year the episode originally aired. Many followed, and as of 2005, the related titles are:. The following is a timeframe which features the year the particular episode is set in. After that, he was given his own series. Six Feet Under returned to its old timeslot on July 10, 2005 after having been in the new timeslot for only five episodes. Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15. The Monday night experiment ultimately failed due to decreased ratings and complaints. James, who is best known for his stint in the WWF as "Road Dogg".
Much to the chagrin of loyal viewers since every episode prior had aired on a Sunday, it would be foolish to move the series during its final season. He was played by a wrestler known as Brad Armstrong (who had previously been known as "The Candyman"), the son of the legendary wrestler, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong, and brother of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling wrestler, B.G. The reason being to add an additional night of programming to the HBO lineup for their upcoming summer season which included Entourage and The Comeback. Marvel got the character squashed. In March 2005, HBO announced that the final season of Six Feet Under would be moved to Monday evenings starting June 6. He used a web gun to shoot something like silly string during his entrances. Two soundtrack albums, featuring music that had appeared in the series, were released:. In the early to mid-1990s, the wrestling organization then owned by Ted Turner, World Championship Wrestling featured a wrestler known as "Arachnaman" who wore a costume like Spider-Man's except rather than being blue and red, it was yellow and purple.
The following songs were played during the teaser trailers for the seasons following Season 1:. See . Music, according to creator Alan Ball, plays an integral role in the life of Six Feet Under, as it depicts the mood of the Fishers. In the political sphere, David Chick used a Spider-Man outfit to obtain publicity for fathers' rights. The promos often depicted the mood that may have occurred in previous episodes or foretold future scenarios. children dressed up as Spider-Man, making it the year's most popular costume. As Six Feet Under gradually became a topic in pop culture after Season 1, HBO came up with very stylish promotional ads to promote the anticipation of upcoming seasons. On Halloween 2004, an estimated 2.15 million U.S.
Six Feet Under has had several guest star appearances by Hollywood actors either portraying themselves or playing a character on the series. It is a parody of the Billy Joel song "Piano Man", and recounts the events of the film. In all cases, the story carries on from where it left off in the previous episode. The 2003 "Weird Al" Yankovic album Poodle Hat has a track entitled "Ode to a Superhero". Sometimes six months passes between each episode; on other occasions, a day. For other versions, see: Spider-Man (1960s animation). The show devotes considerable attention to continuity. The 2002 movie features Jayce Bartok as a subway performer singing the classic song.
Some of the deaths in the series have occurred in other periods, such as the 1970s and the 1950s; in these cases, the story is brought up to date so that the plot revolves around the ramifications of the death, rather than the death itself. The catchy original 1960s Spider-Man cartoon theme song has been covered and reinterpreted by numerous musical acts, including The Ramones, Moxy Fruvous (often miscredited as They Might Be Giants), and Tenacious D. The next episode is set on January 8, 2001 . Spider-Man imitators in real life include:. (played by Richard Jenkins) dies in the pilot, which begins on December 24, 2000. Spider-Man also appears as a boss in the video game Revenge of Shinobi. Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. As a popular franchise character, many games starring Spider-Man, based on both the comics and the movies, have been released for different platforms.
Six Feet Under, being a show about death, is also a show about time; each episode is set in a particular month in a "contemporary universe" that spans the period from 2000–2005. Main article: Spider-Man (games). The series concluded after five seasons, with the finale airing on August 21, 2005. In 2002, the company 2MA produced the first live-action Spider-Man stunt show, staged in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The producers and writers felt that after 63 episodes they had told their "story".
The shift cannot be clearly distinguished from the normal flow of the scene until an abrupt cut brings us slightly back in time and reveals the imaginary nature of the past moment. Spider-Man has been adapted to television numerous times, through a short-lived live-action television series and several animated cartoon series. In the later seasons, another device is also used where a real conversation between two living characters slips into the imaginary and becomes unrealistic. These include:. They represent the living character's internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation. Other characters are spin-offs and exist in alternate versions of the Marvel Universe. Sometimes, the conversation is with other recurring dead characters, notably Nathaniel Fisher Sr., and, more recently, Nate's late wife Lisa. Four of these actually exist in the Marvel Universe:.
A recurring plot device consists in a character having an imaginary conversation with the person who died at the beginning of the episode. In the comics, others have used the Spider-Man identity. The only other episode that did not feature an opening death scene was the series finale, Everyone's Waiting, which instead began with a birth, and ended with the future death scenes of all of the main characters. Like Spider-Man himself, a large percentage of these villains have their origins based in storylines featuring scientific accidents or the misuse of scientific technology. In Season 5, the episode All Alone was the first ever to open without a death, focusing instead on a death revealed at the end of the previous episode. His most famous enemies include the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Venom. Each episode begins with a death—anything from drowning or heart attack to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. Spider-Man has one of the best-known rogues galleries (list of enemies) in comics.
At the same time, it is a show that is distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death, which it explores on multiple levels (personal, religious, and philosophical), rather than treating it as a convenient impetus for the solution of a murder. Unfortunately, Spider-Man had never learned to drive a car, and crashed the car into the Hudson River soon after receiving it. On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with such issues as relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. In addition, the Human Torch once helped Spider-Man build a car called the Spider-Mobile which had a paint job and modifications that followed his spider motif. The show revolves around the world of Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, a fictitious mortuary set in present day Los Angeles, California (2000–2005). He typically uses it not only for a light source, but as a way of unnerving opponents and to call attention. Patrick). Finally, the belt contains a strong light called a Spider Signal that creates an image of his mask when activated.
Other regulars include mortician and family friend Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez), Nate's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), and David's boyfriend and eventual husband Keith Charles (Mathew St. The camera also has an automatic shutter mechanism linked to an internal motion detector so it will take a picture whenever Spider-Man moves in front of the camera lens. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose). It also carries his camera, which has an extended rear metal plate that allows him to use his web to position it without interfering with its functions. Hall. Spider-Man keeps his regular field equipment in a specially designed utility belt that contains his web fluid cartridges and his tracers. The show, created by Alan Ball, stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel ("Nate") Fisher, Jr., the son of a funeral director who reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. However, he eventually learned that he could tune the tracer signal frequency to his own spider-sense for more convenient use, but the receiver is still used as a back-up and long-range measure.
. Spider-Man originally used a small receiver device to follow the tracers. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season run in the USA on August 21, 2005. While he originally threw his tracers at a target in the hopes that at least one hits, he later developed a wrist launcher which ejects tracers above the wrist while the web is fired from below to allow for more precise and reliable applications of the tracers. Six Feet Under was a critically acclaimed and popular television drama produced by HBO. The outer casing is shaped like a spider and is designed to cling to a target without attracting attention. The series finale, Everyone's Waiting is the longest episode of the series clocking in at 75 minutes. Spider-Man has also developed small electronic "spider-tracers" which allow him to track objects or individuals.
Hall (David Fisher) in real life. Spider-Man is now able to produce webbing without the aid of his web-shooters. Amy Spanger who played Holly Duncan, (the death of the week's sister) in Static is the wife of Michael C. The transformation, however, seemed to give Spider-Man organic web glands in his wrists. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz), Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher), Peter Facinelli (Jimmy) and Eric Balfour (Gabriel Dimas) were all in the 1998 movie, Can't Hardly Wait. The end of the situation saw the Queen presumably dead and Spider-Man reverting back to human form. The Foot, The Dare. During this encounter, the Queen transformed Spider-Man into a human-sized spider.
Every episode written by writer and cartoonist, Bruce Eric Kaplan begins with the word "The" in the episode's title, e.g. Recently, Spider-Man and Captain America crossed paths with a villain called the Queen. Holmes did not get the job but was called back to read for George's daughter, Maggie. In some versions of the character (such as in the popular movie series), the character generates webs organically from his own altered spider-like biology, instead of mechanical web shooters. Tina Holmes (Maggie Sibley) originally auditioned for the minor role of "Marci", Bettina's daughter in The Black Forest. The web-shooters can also be used to expel other liquids, using interchangeable cartridges, but are seldom used to do this. Justina Machado (Vanessa Diaz) became a series regular in 2005 after being in a guest starring role since Episode 2 of the series. In addition, Parker can modify the fluid formulation to suit particular specialized needs when called for (this explains why the webbing sometimes conducts electricity, but can also be used as an insulator).
The series converted to HDTV (16:9 widescreen) during the third season (2003). The substance is formulated to dissolve after one hour which is generally sufficient time for Spider-Man's needs while ensuring the webs he makes do not cause undue litter. Only two episodes of the series have been co-written: Episode 30, Nobody Sleeps and Episode 49, The Black Forest, which is very odd for a series since many writers on other shows are paired up into writing teams. However, the default meshed spray generally allows for sufficient strength while being more versatile in its use and easier to remove when desired. Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) is only 12 years older than Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), despite playing his mother. In addition, when Spider-Man desires it, he can fire the web fluid as a straight liquid when he needs to use the substance's maximum adhesive strength. Nate and Lisa during the third season and Claire in the fourth and fifth seasons. He can also form crude objects with a heavy application.
David in the first two seasons. He can change the setting to a wide spray to ensnare criminals, and to form protective shields or nets. Each Fisher sibling has lived in the Fisher coach house during the duration of the series. Typical uses of his webs include creating long swing lines which he uses to travel through the chasms between the Manhattan high-rises. Caskets for the show are made by ABC Caskets in Los Angeles. The substance dries almost immediately into a strong material that can support very heavy loads: into the one-ton range. Rachel Griffiths' (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) second pregnancy in 2004 was written into the show. The default setting has the adhesive threaded through a special mesh to take on a spider web like design.
The show was cancelled after 11 episodes. The placement of the trigger and the finger pressure needed to activate it yield Spider-Man's distinctive hand gesture, with the two outer fingers extended, and the two inner fingers on the palm. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) had a recurring role on Alan Ball's ABC series, Oh, Grow Up! which aired in 1999, two years prior to Six Feet Under. The trigger rests high in the palm and requires a double tapping from the middle and ring fingers to activate, so Peter can't accidentally fire the shooter if he makes a fist or his hand hits the trigger. Kathy Bates who was a director during the first three seasons went on to pursue a recurring role on the series as Ruth's friend, Bettina. They are wrist mounted devices that fire a fibrous adhesive very similar to the material spiders use to construct webs. HBO renewed the series for a second season a week after the pilot aired. Spider-Man's web-shooters are one of the character's most distinguishing traits.
Alan Ball had 13 days to shoot the pilot. For example, he donned a padded suit to battle Electro, and used a very short-lived armored suit in Web of Spider-Man #100. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) appeared in 62 episodes, missing one episode 1.09 "Life's Too Short" due to Federico's storyline. Every so often he will concoct a special armor or web fluid for a specific threat. Patrick (Keith Charles) did not appear in three episodes of the series due to his Season 1 story arc. Although he is usually of limited financial means, Spider-Man has developed personal equipment that plays an important role in his superhero career. Mathew St. In comics, the activation of the spider-sense is often shown by wavy lines emanating from Peter's head, with his mask occasionally being half-drawn when he is out of costume as an additional cue.
Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) did not appear in four episodes of Season 3 due to her 2002 pregnancy. This ability is like a spider's, as spiders can see all around them. Hall (David Fisher), Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) and Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher) appeared in all 63 of the series' episodes.
The pilot episode features several spoof commercials for funeral homes and products. Octopus. Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) has a strong Australian accent in real life. In one issue of "What if...?", the Punisher successfully kills Spider-Man by hiding bombs in a mannequin made to look like Dr. Alan Ball considers Los Angeles the world capital of the denial of death. The fact that it is nonspecific has also been used directly against Spider-Man at times. in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, the actual location of The Filipino Federation of America. The ability to avoid Parker's spider-sense gives some supervillains an edge that Spider-Man often has trouble countering.
The Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home is located at 2302 West 25th St. Ben Reilly did not suffer from this problem as he never bonded with the symbiote. HBO entertainment president, Carolyn Strauss proposed the idea to Ball. For instance if Peter were to slap or punch himself his spider-sense would not perceive the act as a threat and would not activate. Alan Ball conceived the premise to create the show after the death of his sister and father. The spider-sense recognizes both as a part of Parker's physical body. Season 5: 2004 (2 episodes), 2005 (10 episodes). This is believed to have been caused by the Venom symbiote's bonding with Peter Parker.
Season 4: 2003,(4 episodes), 2004 (8 episodes). Additionally, the alien symbiote Venom and its offspring Carnage are not recognized by the spider-sense. Season 3: 2002 (1 episode), 2003 (12 episodes). For instance, the Green Goblin once secretly attacked him with a gas that temporarily suppressed this perceptive ability, allowing the supervillain to shadow him and learn his secret identity. Season 2: 2001 (8 episodes), 2002 (5 episodes). Although his spider-sense has saved his life innumerable times, Spider-Man has learned the hard way that it can be beaten. Season 1: 2000 (pilot), 2001 (12 episodes). When combined with his superhuman reflexes and agility, this makes him an extremely difficult target to shoot in combat and formidable in close quarters.
2: Everything Ends, 2005. Spider-Man also uses the spider-sense as a means to time his evasive maneuvers to the point where he can avoid multiple gunshots or machine gun fire. Six Feet Under, Vol. The spider-sense not only alerts Spider-Man to threats to his physical safety, but also warns him to threats to his privacy such as being observed while changing identities. Six Feet Under, 2002. While it cannot tell him of the exact nature of the threat, it is vaguely directional and Spider-Man can judge the severity of the threat by the intensity of the tingling. The song played during each episode recap is a 1995 single titled: Nothing Lies Still Long by Pell Mell. A form of clairvoyance or sixth sense, it unconsciously activates and alerts him to any threat to himself, manifesting as a tingling at the back of his skull.
Seasons 1 & 5 feature the original version of the song while Seasons 2, 3, 4 feature the Rae & Christian remix. Spider-Man's most subtle power is his spider-sense. Trailers for upcoming episodes feature the Six Feet Under theme. In the recent films, he maintains his superb intellect with a mastery of physics and a degree from Columbia University. Season 5: Breathe Me by Sia Furler . In the comics, he has a facility for chemistry and physics, and later pursues a graduate degree in biochemistry from Empire State University. Season 4: Feeling Good by Nina Simone . Apart from his physical abilities, Peter has prodigious aptitude in the physical sciences.
Season 3: A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay . The full extent of the change has not yet been revealed - it may turn out to be even more profound. Season 2: Heaven by Lamb . He is also much faster. Molly Parker - Rabbi Ari Hoffman (2 episodes). His spider-sense has improved dramatically - he can now see in the dark (or very low-light) and sense vibrations transmitted over his web lines. Harriet Sansom Harris - Catherine Collins (2 episodes). He now has stingers that can protrude from his wrists in periods of stress.
Lee Garlington - Fiona Kleinschmidt (2 episodes). He also gained a number of additional abilities. Illeana Douglas - Angela (2 episodes). Unfortunately, this seems to have been a one-time occurrence - he does not have the power to heal himself (as, for example, Wolverine does). Jenna Fischer - Sharon Kinney (2 episodes). Most dramatically, his body had regenerated all damaged tissue, including an eye he had lost in a battle with Morlun. Bobby Cannavale - Javier (3 episodes). When he finally experienced this period of dormancy, in the Spider-Man: The Other storyline, Spider-Man emerged with substantial changes.
Loretta Sibley (3 episodes). The symptoms manifested themselves because Parker was simply too stubborn to allow himself to hibernate; he finally did so as a result of a near-death experience. Janice Lynde - Woman In Turquoise/Mrs. Spider-Man's recent intermittent black outs and loss of superpowers were the result of the involuntary attempt of his body to enter this dormant state. Julie White- Mitzi Dalton-Huntley (4 episodes). It was revealed in the story arc "Evolve or Die" that Spider-Man enters a state of dormancy and sheds his skin and outer tissues, just like an actual Spider, at least once in his life time. Michelle Trachtenberg - Celeste (4 episodes). His myopia was corrected as a result of the spider bite.
Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Ramon Diaz (4 episodes). He can also recover from poisons, but he is not immune to natural diseases - he has once nearly lost a confrontation with Rhino because of a bad cold. Catherine O'Hara - Carol Ward (4 episodes). His recovery time from injury is somewhat faster than that of an ordinary human, although not nearly as fast as those with true healing factors. Steffani Brass - Michaela Woodworth (5 episodes). His bodily tissues are substantially more durable and resistant to impact or trauma than an ordinary human, making it more difficult to injure him, although he is certainly not invulnerable. Matt Malloy - Roger Pasquese (6 episodes). This allows him to outmaneuver foes and to dodge automatic gunfire.
Chris Messina - Ted Fairwell (6 episodes). Another aspect of his physical prowess is his superhuman agility and amplified reflexes. Anne Ramsay - Jackie Feldman (6 episodes). Now, according to the 2005 Spider-Man handbook, he can lift 15 tons (this is in part due to the transformation to a spider by the Queen in the Avengers Dissembled event) but has been known to lift more under duress, before he found the alien symbiote), and the muscles in his legs have developed to the point where he can jump the distance of several city blocks in a single bound, or multiple stories straight up. Patricia Clarkson - Sarah O'Connor (6 episodes). He is super-strong, allowing him to lift objects many times his own body weight (Spider-Man says that he could barely lift a VW Beetle, which is about 800 kg. Kellie Waymire - Melissa (6 episodes). This posited explanation became crucial in his fight against the villain Electro, who used his powers of electricity to nullify Spider-Man's "sticking power." However, at another time, it was implied that his "sticking power" was somehow based on his pores actually being the important element, and Spider-Man had been momentarily subdued using a gaseous fog that supposedly "plugged" his pores.
Jeff Yagher - Hoyt Woodworth (6 episodes). At one point in the comic series, it was suggested that his ability to adhere to surfaces was due to the fact that he could create a field of static electricity around his body. Julie Dretzin - Barb Woodworth (6 episodes). While the exact nature of this has never been pinned down in comics (and various attempts to explain it have contradicted one another), in the live-action movies Peter is shown to have barbed hairs or bristles similar to those of real spiders which extend or retract through his skin. Bernard Chenowith (6 episodes). It follows that he can grip an object with any part of his body with this talent. Robert Foxworth - Dr. With this, he is able to support something many times his own weight while clinging to a hard vertical surface such as the side of a building.
Mena Suvari - Edie (7 episodes). Spider-Man gained the ability to adhere to any smooth surface using any part of his body. - Hiram Gunderson (8 episodes). Peter Parker became Spider-Man when he was bitten by an irradiated spider, causing a variety of changes in his body which gave him his superpowers. Ed Begley, Jr. The suit is rumored to have a variety of optional extras as well. Idalis DeLeon - Sophia Morales (8 episodes). Recently, it has been revealed by Marvel Comics that, after the events of The Other, Iron Man is giving Spidey a new costume with a red and gold color scheme.
Justin Theroux - Joe (8 episodes). His costume was altered as well, incorporating aspects of the black costume (large spider chest symbol, and square patches on the gloves) with his classic red-and-blue costume. Melissa Marsala - Angelica Suarez (8 episodes). The House of M saga had Spider-Man become a famous celebrity (as Scarlet Witch used her reality warping powers to give Spider-Man the life he always wanted). Garrison Hershberger - Matthew Gilardi (8 episodes). He did however wear a non-living version of the black costume until the new occupant of the living costume, Venom, frightened Mary Jane so badly that she could no longer stand to see Peter in the non-living black costume. Peter Facinelli - Jimmy (9 episodes). Spider-Man rejected the symbiote after finding out it was alive and trying to merge with him.
Kathy Bates - Bettina (10 episodes). The costume turned out to be a living symbiotic creature, capable of generating its own webbing and improving most of Spider-Man's abilities. Sprague Grayden - Anita Miller (12 episodes). He appeared in an almost all-black costume, with a large white spider emblem on the chest and back, and with built-in webshooters on the back of his hands. Tina Holmes - Maggie Sibley (13 episodes). The most significant alteration to Spider-Man's costume came about in the mid-1980s, after his return from the Secret Wars. Rainn Wilson - Arthur Martin (13 episodes). The gloves had web-shooters on the outside, and the web design on the boots and gloves was partially replaced with dark blue.
Peter Macdissi - Olivier Castro-Staal (15 episodes). Instead of a large red spider on his back, the web pattern and spider emblem were repeated there. Ed O'Ross - Nikolai (18 episodes). He placed more emphasis on the spider on the chest, making it large enough to cover the entire torso. Richard Jenkins - Nathaniel Fisher (20 episodes). Several alterations occurred when Ben Reilly replaced Peter Parker in the role. Joanna Cassidy - Margaret Chenowith (20 episodes). He is sometimes depicted with "under-arm webbing" connecting his arms to his torso.
Ben Foster - Russell Corwin (22 episodes). The mask has large white eyes rimmed with black that allow him to see but hide his eyes. Lili Taylor - Lisa Kimmel Fisher (23 episodes). There is a large red spider outline on his back, and a smaller black spider emblem on his chest. Jeremy Sisto - Billy Chenowith (29 episodes). From the waist up, the fabric is the red-and-black web pattern, except for his back, sides, and insides of his upper arms, which are dark blue. Brenna and Bronwyn Tosh - Maya Fisher (37 episodes). From the waist down, it is dark blue (or sometimes even black, depending on the colorist), except for mid-calf boots with a black web pattern on a red background.
Susie Bright (Episode 57, The Rainbow of Her Reasons). The standard costume is a form-fitting fabric covering his entire body. Chris Harrison (Episode 52, A Coat of White Primer). Although the details and proportions have changed somewhat over the years, with a few notable exceptions, Spider-Man's costume has remained fairly consistent. Nicole Richie (Episode 51, Untitled). The last issue of "The Other" series revealed two of Spider-Man's new abilities including the ability to see in the dark and an ability to "feel" his environment as he can detect vibrations from his immediate surroundings due to his web and hairs on his arms. Ellen DeGeneres (Episode 42, Parallel Play). In a 2005 story arc spanning 12 parts, across several titles, Spider-Man finds himself cursed, killed, and eventually reborn in a metamorphic experience which "evolves" his powers, including the addition of new "stingers," as well as upgraded speed and spider-sense.
Leeza Gibbons (Episode 22, Someone Else's Eyes). Thanks to Spider-Man's membership in the latest incarnation of the Marvel Universe superhero team the Avengers, Peter, Mary Jane and Aunt May were able to move into Tony Stark's Stark Tower. List of Six Feet Under episodes. In 2004, an altercation with a former classmate turned superhuman, Charlie Weiderman, led to the destruction of both Peter's apartment and Aunt May's house. Currently, Parker works as a science teacher for his old high school while still moonlighting as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle. The plan was a success, and Peter battled Morlun again, and aided by the impurity in his blood, defeated the villain, which led to Morlun's apparent death at the hands of his own lackey.
After a fight between Peter and Morlun that spanned New York, wherein Morlun severely beat Peter—whose attacks had no effect on Morlun—Peter fell back onto his last plan: Morlun wanted only pure spider-blood, so Peter injected another dose of radiation into his bloodstream, attempting to 'poison' his powers. Morlun had come to New York for that reason: He feeds off the powers possessed by those connected to animal totems. Ezekiel suggested that the accident that gave Peter his abilities might not have been a fluke, and that he might have a deeper connection to a totemic spider spirit (not unlike DC's Animal Man, and his connection to "The Red"). Peter's life had begun to calm down in recent years, until a villain named Morlun, and an ally named Ezekiel (possessing the same powers as Peter) appeared.
This was called "clone deterioration", and was the final proof that Ben Reilly was the clone, and Peter was the original. Reilly was killed saving Peter's life, and shortly thereafter, his body crumbled into ashes. Norman Osborn (the original green goblin) was resurrected (in a controversial storyline itself) and revealed that he had manipulated the tests which indicated Reilly as the real Parker. For a brief stint, Ben Reilly was Spider-Man, and even defeated Venom singlehandedly.
When Ben Reilly came to New York to see Aunt May, it was revealed that he was the true Peter Parker. Miles Warren (aka the Jackal). It was revealed that the clone had survived the first "clone saga", involving Dr. In one of the most controversial stories of the 1990s, Marvel reintroduced a short-lived clone of Spider-Man, now calling himself Ben Reilly.
Ultimate Spider-Man. Television. Comics. Peter Parker/Spider-Man has many love interests in his life:.
Eventually, the two married, but the stresses of Parker's dual identity, combined with Mary Jane's tempestuous career, led to a separation, though the couple later reconciled. After years of single living, interspersed with several romantic relationships, including the cat burglar and sometime crimefighter Black Cat, Parker became serious with longtime girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, a fashion model and actress when she returned after a lengthy absence with a newly found maturity and revealing her knowledge of Peter's secret identity since the beginning of his career. He then enrolled in the fictional Empire State University where he befriended Harry Osborn—the son of his archenemy the Green Goblin—and Gwen Stacy, with whom he would have a lengthy romance before the Goblin killed her. He continued working as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle and living with his elderly and somewhat fragile Aunt May until he graduated from high school.
However, as with many characters published for many years and handled by multiple creators, Spider-Man's history is convoluted. As originally conceived by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Peter Parker was something of an Everyman character. Shortly after the second film, the Spider-Man of the comics was captured by a supervillain named Queen and during this incident gained some "upgrades" to his powers, including not only new, organic webbing, but a spider-sense made more sensitive in ways yet to be disclosed. The first exception to this was the movie version of the story, in which his famous webbing emanates naturally from his wrists (a concept first used for the title character of Marvel's futuristic semi-spinoff Spider-Man 2099).
The instincts he learned from the spider that bit him combined with his bent for chemistry, enabled him to concoct a webslinging device that he wore on his wrists. Oddly enough, his most notable ability, that of generating webs, was not originally a superpower. His amazing abilities, combined with his natural intelligence and inclination towards science, have allowed him to emerge victorious against these odds on a great number of occasions. Spider-Man has amassed a slew of major enemies over the years, most taking a particular interest in harming the hero, and some even targeting Peter Parker himself.
This moral continues to serve as the major theme of Spider-Man's story. Although these problems have pushed him to the edge numerous times, he has always continued on as Spider-Man because of his strong belief that "with great power comes great responsibility", the immortal words which his Uncle Ben instilled in him when he was a youth. His relationships with his aunt, his co-workers, his best friends, and most importantly, his love interests, have always been hampered by his secret life as a masked super-hero. Frequently, his powers complicate his relationships (especially when he unknowingly gained the Captain Universe powers which made him irritable due to his advanced Spider-Sense, the mistakes he had made during his time as Captain Universe caused the world to hate him thus adding more pressure than he could handle), his responsibilities as a student (in the earlier stories) and his varied careers as a photographer for the Daily Bugle and as a teacher at his old high school.
Despite having amazing spider-like abilities, Spider-Man cannot solve his emotional and personal problems with his super powers. Ironically, Parker has spent much of his life working, off-and-on, as a freelance photographer for Jameson, selling photographs of himself as Spider-Man. Jonah Jameson, publisher of the Daily Bugle. He is often considered little more than a costumed menace himself, largely thanks to a smear campaign by J.
Spider-Man consistently tries to do the right thing, but is viewed with suspicion by many authority figures. Realizing that stopping the thief when he had the chance would have prevented his uncle's murder, Spider-Man devoted himself to fighting injustice, driven by the realization that "with great power there must also come great responsibility.". His legal guardian and beloved Uncle Ben was later killed by a thug that Peter had allowed to escape. In current Spider-Man continuity, he produces his webs from organic spinnerets in his wrists and no longer requires the mechanical web shooters, most likely to bring character recognition inline with fans who mainly know him from his movie incarnation.
In addition to his physical powers, Peter Parker successfully designed and utilized mechanical "web-shooters" of his own design to spin webs in a variety of ways. These powers included the ability to cling to walls and ceilings, super-human strength, and an extra-sensory "Spider Sense". The spider bite gave Parker an array of spider-like powers. When he was 15 years old, Parker attended a science exhibition where he was bitten by a spider which had been irradiated.
(Note: In virtually all retellings of his origin, Peter's eyesight really was poor and somehow got fixed by the spider bite, but this is not the case in the original comic book series.). When these glasses were broken in a schoolyard fight with Flash Thompson, he didn't bother to get new ones, since they were never really needed in the first place and only made him look awkward. In addition, Aunt May made him wear non-prescription glasses to protect his eyes, since she was worried that his constant reading would have a negative effect on his eyesight. He was often the target of jokes by more popular fellow students like Flash Thompson, the high school's star athlete, who ironically would later become Spider-Man's biggest fan and one of Peter's best friends.
The exceptionally bright Peter showed more interest in his studies, especially science, than in any kind of social life. Over time he grew to be a lonely, timid teenager. Though Peter was always loved by the aging couple, he was unpopular among those of his own age. The infant Peter Parker was left in the care of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May (Richard's older brother Benjamin Parker and his wife May Reilly Parker), who lived in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York.
Malik found out about their plans and arranged a plane-crash that resulted in their deaths, although this retconned backstory was not known at the time of the creation of Spider Man's character. Their last assignment was the infiltration of the criminal organization of Albert Malik, the third Red Skull. (a fictional secret agency). Peter Benjamin Parker was born to Richard Parker and his wife Mary Fitzpatrick-Parker, both of whom were agents of the CIA and later of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The three comics were sold without the Comics Code approval, but met with such critical acclaim that the industry's self-censorship was undercut. Norman Osborn), Spider-Man vanquished Norman by simply showing him his sick son. Most notably, Harry Osborn started taking pills and became so ill that, when Spider-Man fought the Green Goblin (a.k.a. However, The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98 (May–July 1971) featured a story arc that showed the negative effects of drug abuse (a storyline conceived at the request of government drug-prevention authorities).
Previously, it was forbidden to depict illegal drugs, even negatively. In 1971, Spider-Man was the first comic to challenge the rigid Comics Code. Although another issue of Amazing Fantasy was in production, he says, the title was cancelled to clear a space in the limited distribution schedule for another series. He speculated that Goodman's skepticism about the feature, and a possible attempt to revitalize Amazing Fantasy, led to Spider-Man appearing there.
Murray based this on the launch pattern of several Marvel characters at the time, including Thor (in Journey into Mystery), Ant-Man (in Tales to Astonish) and a solo Human Torch feature (in Strange Tales), as well as on the production numbers for individual stories. Will Murray in Comic Book Marketplace #44, suggested that Lee originally might have been considering Spider-Man's debut for the anthology Tales of Suspense rather than Amazing Fantasy. Goodman called for a regular series for the character. The story was published in issue #15, and months later, sales figures indicated that the cover story was unexpectedly popular.
When publisher Goodman was eventually presented with the concept, he was resistant to the unorthodox ideas of a teenage hero with a troubled personal life, but allowed the character to be used as a cover story for an anthology title, Amazing Fantasy, that was already scheduled to be canceled, so there was nothing to lose. I did costume, web gimmick on wrist & spider signal. GARY - Who originated Spider-Man?
Ditko's recollections in Comic Book Artist #3 (Winter 1999) were similar. . Ditko, on first seeing those pages, commented, 'This is Joe Simon's Fly.' Steve Ditko worked up his own version of the character's costume. [Later,] Stan handed the pages over to Steve Ditko.
Jack held onto the sketches and when Stan Lee asked Jack for new ideas, Jack brought the original Spider-Man pages to Marvel Comics. I gave the Silver Spider sketches to Jack Kirby and I changed the name again, this time to The Fly. In the late 1950s, Archie Comics asked me to create a new line of superheroes. Elsewhere, Simon gave additional details:.
2. Lastly, the Spider-Man logo was redone and a dashing hyphen added. .. In this life, he became high-school student Peter Parker, who gets his spider powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
and completely redesigned Spider-Man's costume and equipment. ignored Kirby's pages, tossed the character's magic ring, web-pistol and goggles .. He turned Spider-Man over to Steve Ditko, who .. ..
Kirby had had him turn into...Captain America with cobwebs. But when Kirby showed Lee the sample pages, it was Lee's turn to gripe, He had been expecting a skinny young kid who is transformed into a skinny young kid with spider powers. Kirby...using parts of an old rejected superhero named Night Fighter...revamped the old Silver Spider script, including revisions suggested by Lee. Stan Lee said, 'Perfect, just what I want.' [After obtaining permission from publisher Martin Goodman,] Lee told Kirby to pencil-up an origin story.
Kirby laid out the story to Lee about the kid who finds a ring in a spiderweb, gets his powers from the ring, and goes forth to fight crime armed with The Silver Spider's old web-spinning pistol. Jack brought in the Spider-Man logo that I had loaned to him before we changed the name to The Silver Spider. .. For instance, there was no Black Magic involved at all.
[T]here were a few holes in Jack's never-dependable memory. Simon, in his 1990 autobiography, disputes this account:. So the idea was already there when I talked to Stan".1. But Joe had already moved on.
and I said Spider-Man would be a fine character to start with. I had a lot of faith in the superhero character that they could be brought back .. I believe I said this could become a thing called Spider-Man, see, a superhero character. Black Magic folded with Crestwood [Simon & Kirby's 1950s comics company] and we were left with the script.
The Silver Spider was going into a magazine called Black Magic. We had a strip called the 'The Silver Spider'. It was the last thing Joe and I had discussed. "Spider-Man was discussed between Joe [Simon] and myself.
Kirby stated in a 1982 interview in Will Eisner's Spirit Magazine that Lee had minimal involvement in the creation of the character:. Lee turned to artist Steve Ditko, who found the concept particularly appealing and developed a visual motif Lee found satisfactory. When discussing this in documentaries, he often comments, "I've told this story so many times, it may actually be true." Originally, Lee assigned Jack Kirby to illustrate the story, but after seeing sample pages, decided Kirby's style was "too 'larger than life'" for what he wanted. In the Spider-Man movie DVD extras, Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels and elsewhere, Lee said he was inspired by seeing a fly climb up a wall.
One influence Lee has described for the character's name is the non-superpowered pulp magazine crimefighter The Spider. Speaking in the 1980s, Stan Lee said the idea for the series sprang out of the apparent increased teenage interest in the new Marvel comic books, and that he wanted to create a character that could cater to them. Various accounts of the character's creation have been given. .
Since his debut in the 1960s Silver Age of comic books, Peter Parker has grown from a shy high school student to a troubled college undergrad and graduate student, to a married man and a professional, but the core of the character has remained the same. Marvel has published multiple ongoing comic book series featuring the character, the flagship being The Amazing Spider-Man. Through the years, he has appeared in many media, including several animated series, a daily and Sunday comic strip, and two very successful films, with a third one debuting in 2007. Spider-Man is one of the most recognizable of all superheroes.
Since his creation, his popularity has led to many of the superheroes who predated him being reworked with more complex personas. Spider-Man expanded the dramatic potential of the fantasy and superhero subgenres by having a strong focus on a younger, more troubled character and his personal struggles. He has since become one of the world's most popular characters. He first appeared in the comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), with a cover drawn by Jack Kirby and Ditko.
Spider-Man is a fictional character, the alter ego of Peter Parker and a Marvel Comics superhero created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Set outside the regular Marvel continuity. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1— (Marvel Comics, December 2005—, sequel to Mary Jane and Mary Jane: Homecoming miniseries), written by Sean McKeever and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #1- (Marvel Comics/Marvel Adventures; May 2005—; continuation of Marvel Age Spider-Man), written by Sean McKeever, set during Spider-Man's high school years but not within regular Marvel continuity.
Ultimate Spider-Man #1— (Marvel Comics/Ultimate Marvel; October 2000—), written by Bendis and penciled by Mark Bagley, set in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. Part of Marvel UK's "Collector Edition" line, reprinting US stories from 2–3 years earlier. Astonishing Spider-Man #1— (Panini Comics/Marvel UK; Unknown month 1994—). This book is not one of the official Spider-Man titles but includes him as part of the current team line-up.
3), written by Brian Michael Bendis and penciled by David Finch. New Avengers #1— (Marvel Comics; January 2005—, continuation of Avengers Vol. 3 #1— (Marvel Comics; March 2004—), showcasing Spider-Man in stories by new writing talent. Spider-Man Unlimited Vol.
Currently written by Reginald Hudlin and penciled by Pat Lee. Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1— (Marvel Comics/Marvel Knights; June 2004—). Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1— (Marvel Comics; December 2005—), written by Peter David and penciled by Mike Wieringo. Michael Straczynski, and penciled by Michael Deodato.
Currently written by J. 2 #1–58, #500— (Marvel Comics; March 1963–November 1998, January 1999–December 2003, January 2004—). The Amazing Spider-Man #1–441, Vol. Peter's father is named Richard Parker for the same reason.
Parker. The surname Parker was chosen to honor Richard Parker, a childhood friend of Stan Lee and father to famed personal injury attorney Larry H. In May 2003, he was paid approximately $18,000 to climb the 312-foot Lloyd's of London building to promote the premiere of the movie Spider-Man on the British television channel Sky Movies. He sometimes wears a Spider-Man suit during his climbs.
Alain Robert nicknamed Spiderman, rock and urban climber who has scaled more than 70 tall buildings using his hands and feet, without using additional devices. "Spider Dan" Goodwin, who in 1981 climbed the glass of the Chicago skyscrapers the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center using suction cups. . The studio has announced a theatrical release date of May 4, 2007.
Spider-Man 3 began production in 2005 under director Raimi. Spider-Man 2 was also the first motion picture released in the Sony Universal Media Disc format for the PlayStation Portable, being included for free with the first one million PSP systems released in the United States. The only higher single-day movie grosses were Shrek 2's $44.8 million in the first weekend of its May 2004 release and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith's $50 million on the first day of its May 2005 release. Its first-day gross ($40.5 million) surpassed its predecessor's $39.4 million record.
It premiered in more North American movie theaters (4,152) than any previous movie. Spider-Man 2 was 2004's second-most financially successful movie and 15th-most financially successful movie of all time. Spider-Man went on to become the sixth highest-grossing film in North American history and is ranked 11th worldwide with a total take of more than $821 million internationally. box offices, it was the highest-grossing movie of the year while also opening up at a record $114.8 million.
Earning more than $403 million at U.S. Although the film adaptation took a number of liberties with the character's history and powers, most notably giving him organic web-shooters rather than mechanical ones, it was essentially true to the character and was widely embraced by the viewing public. The film featured a number of impressive CGI effects used to bring Spider-Man to life. It was directed by Sam Raimi and stars actor Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.
Spider-Man: On May 3, 2002, the feature film Spider-Man was released. Spider-Boy of the Amalgam Universe is a merged character of the Ben Reilly Spider-Man and Superboy after all characters from Marvel Comics and DC Comics were merged due to the war between the two universes. Spider-Woman in an alternate reality, "Exiles: Legacy", issues #20–22. Mary-Jane Watson a.k.a.
Pavitr Prabhakar in the Indian adaptation of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: India. Spider-Ham, a pig in a funny animal version of the Marvel Universe. Peter Porker a.k.a. Peter Parquagh in the 1602 miniseries.
Takuya Yamashiro (山城拓也), the Spider-Man of Spider-Man (tokusatsu). Yu Komori (小森ユウ Komori Yū) in Spider-Man: The Manga. Miguel O'Hara, the Spider-Man of Marvel 2099. Spider-Girl, the daughter of Peter Parker, set in an alternate reality.
May "Mayday" Parker a.k.a. Blood Spider was an evil version of Spider-Man created by the Taskmaster and the Red Skull. She later became Spider-Woman for a time. Jonah Jameson, who assumed the role with a padded costume when Parker temporarily quit.
Mattie Franklin, the niece of J. Kraven the Hunter donned Spider-Man's costume for a short time in Kraven's Last Hunt. Ben Reilly, a clone of Parker, who also fought crime as the Scarlet Spider. This effectively makes Kitty his crimefighting partner.
This issue reveals that they spend much of their time hunting criminals to fight. Issue 66 of Ultimate X-Men showed Kitty and Spidey on a date. . Brian Michael Bendis, writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, plans to continue with Kitty as a supporting character in USM.
In Ultimate Spider-Man #87, Kitty and Peter are dating for the first time in the "real" comic. In the Ultimate Marvel continuity, Spider-Man's love interest is Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat of the X-Men after breaking up with MJ. This made MJ jealous. Later in the series, he fell in love with Indy, a girl who works for Empire 1, a news channel.
In the MTV's Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Peter's love interest was still MJ. Lady Vermin, one of the Knights of Wundagore, has feelings for Spider-Man but he does not reciprocate. Naoko Yamada Jones who reminds Peter a lot of MJ. In the Spider-Man Unlimited animated series, Peter's Counter-Earth love interest was Dr.
Spider-Man also has feelings for the Black Cat and most fans think that she was a better love-interest for Spidey than MJ. Later in the series, Peter married MJ and found out she was a clone made by Miles Warren for Morris Bench/Hydro-Man. She then returned in the series without explanation. MJ was thrown into a portal created by the Green Goblin.
In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Peter's love interest was Mary Jane Watson. The relationship between Spider-Man and Black Cat was short lived after Spider-Man learned that Felicia Hardy was only interested in him as Spider-Man and not Peter Parker. Black Cat. Another love interest of Spider-Man was Felicia Hardy a.k.a.
Later Peter and MJ gave birth to another child, a boy named Ben who is most likely named after Peter's Uncle Ben or Ben Reilly, Peter's clone. In the MC2 continuity, Peter and Mary Jane gave birth to their daughter, May Parker (Spider-Girl) who is named after Peter's Aunt May. After many years of dating, Peter and MJ finally got married. Like Peter, MJ lives with her aunt.
She works as an actress and a model. Before Peter, Mary Jane has also dated Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn. After Gwen Stacy, Peter's next and most well known girlfriend was Mary Jane Watson, who is also currently Peter's wife. In the House of M storyline, Gwen is still alive and married to Peter with a baby son.
Many years later, Gabriel and Sarah decided to kill Spider-Man in an attempt to seek revenge. When the twins were older, Norman told them that Spider-Man killed their mother. Gwen told Norman that she wanted Peter to be the father of the twins which was another reason why Green Goblin killed her so that he can have the twins for himself. She later gave birth to twins, Gabriel and Sarah.
The consensual encounter resulted in a pregnancy that she then hid from Peter with a trip to Europe. In the Sins Past saga, it was explained that Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy—in a moment of weakness for both—had a romantic tryst. Many years later, the Green Goblin killed Gwen by throwing her off a bridge. Peter's first real girlfriend was Gwen Stacy.
Later, Betty Brant married Daily Bugle reporter, Ned Leeds. They dated for sometime but in the end broke up. Peter's next love interest was Daily Bugle's secretary, Betty Brant. Instead Liz married Peter's friend, Harry Osborn.
The first love-interest of Peter was Liz Allen though they never got together.