Directed By: Patrick Archibald
Written By: Larry Brody & Robert Gregory-Browne
Starring: Rino Romano, Scott McNeil, John Payne ...
Running Time: 20 min
Air Date: 17/02/2001
I was a bit lost with this one as there seems to be an arc storyline going on which I didn't quite follow, not having seen the earlier episodes. But never mind.
The story seems to largely center around John Jameson, Man-Wolf's human counterpart, who while on a mission has crash-landed on the bizarre Counter-Earth and been lost. Spider-Man has gone to find him and bring him home, but also ends up getting stranded there and doing battle against the evil High Evolutionary. This is the episode where Spider-Man locates John Jameson only to discover that he has now become Man-Wolf, and changes into a vicious monster at various intervals. It seems like quite a good show, but primarily aimed at kids or comic book nerds. It's fast-paced and involves a lot of flying around, snappy dialogue and random things exploding. If you can follow what's going on throughout this episode then your observation skills clearly surpass mine.
The real question right now is whether or not the Man-Wolf character will feature in Spider-Man 4, if it does indeed get made. There were rumours about him appearing in the third movie, but those came to nothing. It would definitely be interesting to see what those special effects artists came up with for a "movie Man-Wolf".
In this version of the story, John Jameson has been injected with some serum or other by the "High Evolutionary", which now causes him to turn into Man-Wolf. It's a different origin story to most of this character's incarnations. He is not a conventional werewolf as usual, as there's no talk of silver bullets or full moons here. He's purely some kind of mutant thing. There are some pretty cool scenes where he jumps around doing battle with Spidey, and the design isn't bad at all. Fun fun.