Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ultimate Spider-Man - The Spider-Verse Part 4

Wrapping up the Spider-Verse saga (which was really just a thin excuse to showcase various alternate versions of the character), Spider-Man (Drake Bell) returns home to confront the Goblin (Steven Weber) who has successful extracted DNA from all the other Spideys. After the villain transforms himself into the new Spider-Goblin, Peter needs all the help he can get and decides to enlist the various Spider-Men from other worlds to fight the Spider-Goblin.

The Web-Warriors include Spider-Man, Miles Morales (Donald Glover), Spider-Ham (Ben Diskin), Spider-Man 2099 (Freddy Rodríguez), and the far less interesting Spider-Girl (Olivia Holt), Spider-Man Noir (Milo Ventimiglia), and Spider-Knyght (Christopher Daniel Barnes). Even with their combined might the Spideys are forced to free Electro in order to stop the Spider-Goblin. Then, of course, the Web Warriors have to deal with an out-of-control Electro (Barnes) as well.

"Part 4" offers a satisfying conclusion to an arc that was stretched at leas one episode too long. Yes it was great to see Spider-Ham and Miles Morales but did we really need Spider-Knyght and the rest? The conclusion of the story offers two boss fights for our heroes but also concludes that one super-powered Goblin is better than seven Spider-Men. I'm having some trouble with that math. Ending with Norman Osborne returned to normal and the other Spideys sent home the show can move on from this alternate dimension timeline (which somehow didn't include Ben Reilly) and get back to normal.

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