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Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series (Spider-Man TAS for short), is an American superhero animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The show ran on the Fox Kids Network from November 19, 1994 to January 31, 1998 and ran reruns on the Jetix block on Toon Disney and on Disney XD, with a total of five seasons and sixty-five episodes. The series was produced by Marvel Films Animation.

Censorship[]

Brazilian censorship[]

  • The characters War Machine (and Carnage appeared in two episodes of the series. In the first one, their names were translated into their Portuguese-language names in the comics ("Máquina de Combate" and "Carnificina", respectively). However, the dubbing staff thought the names were inappropriate for children and kept the names in English in the dubbing of the second episode so the children could not understand them.

USA censorship[]

Post-production censorship[]

Most of this kind of censorship was part of the notes issued from FOX executives to the show writer John Semper Jr, as at the time of production heavy censorship codes were in place, to deal with the censorship backlash of due to the violence on Batman: The Animated Series and Power Rangers, in order to make children shows seem politically correct.

  • Most realistic firearms would not be shown in the show. As such, these were replaced by laser guns (or net-shooting guns, in the case of Frank Castle/Punisher, instead of the firearms he wields in the comics). Exceptions to this rule were the Season 3 episode 36 "Tombstone", where it was part of an episode's story, in which Randy Robertson steals a handgun, and in the Season 2 episode 20 "Enter the Punisher", where in the flashback showing the Punisher's origins, in which his family was dead in the crossfire during a crime
  • Death could not be mentioned, so, the word "destroy" (as an instance, when a villain says "I will destroy you, Spider-Man!") was used instead of "kill" or some variation (such as Carnage saying “I'm gonna shred you to pieces” or Shocker saying "I will tear you limb from limb!").
  • Violence and references to death was toned down. Some deaths were replaced by interdimensional portals or also, when the death of a character is mentioned, it is said that they "disappeared" rather "died". Exceptions to this were Uncle Ben, Kingpin's Father, Hydro-Man and his clone, Mary Jane's clone and Mysterio, who either died or disappeared without being seen again.
  • As the censors could not allow to show true vampires on screen, Morbius was made to be "genetically altered" and he sucked blood through holes on his hands rather than with his fangs and mention to blood was replaced with "plasma".
  • Blade wielded a lightsaber-like weapon rather than the actual sword he brandished in the comics and other media he is featured.
  • According to Semper Jr's two favourite censorship notes, when Spider-Man landed on roofs, the animation staff had to make sure that no pigeon got hurt (to prevent any animal cruelty on screen) and that any villain could sent to jail, but not "get a bus ticket and sent to Florida" (possibly indicating that they could not escape).
Season 2[]
  • Episode 8 ("Duel of the Hunters")
    • Kraven the Hunter tracks Man-Spider to the World Trade Center (WTC) because of gunpowder residue in his webbing. He references a real-life bombing that occurred in 1993. However, after the September 11 attacks, when the WTC was destroyed, the reference was edited out of subsequent airings so that it is an anonymous parking garage.

Where to find it uncensored[]

Every other country has War Machine and Carnage's names translated or changed.

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