The Spectacular Spider-Manpremiered on March 8, 2008, during theKids' WBprogramming block ofThe CW. The series aired its second season on Marvel's sister networkDisney XDin the United States and ended its run on November 18, 2009. The entire series was broadcast in Canada onTeletoon. Although a third season was initially planned, the series was cancelled before production could begin due to legal problems betweenDisney(who purchased Marvel during the show's run) andSony Pictures Television(who created the series).
Despite the legal troubles and cancellation, the series received widespread universal acclaim from both critics and fans, with much of the praise being aimed at the faithfulness and fidelity to the classic Spider-Man comics, the fresh, unique yet faithful re-imagining of classic Spider-Man concepts and themes, the unique art style, character designs, voice acting, writing, along with Josh Keaton's portrayal of the titular character, and the balance of comedy, drama, action and the exploration of surprisingly mature themes and the realistic insight into the titular character's internal struggles with the burden and the problems of being a superhero. Many have praised the series as being, arguably, the best adaptation of Spider-Man to dat