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"I Am Spider-Man"
Season 1, Episode 21
Air date September 23, 2012
Written by Man of Action and Joe Fallon
Directed by Jeff Allen
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"I Am Spider-Man" is the twenty-first episode of the first season of the Ultimate Spider-Man television series.

Synopsis

In a flashforward, during a battle between Spider-Man and the Trapster, the Trapster attempts to take Mary Jane Watson hostage, but she kicks him. The Trapster retaliates by shooting glue at Spider-Man. When Spider-Man knocks the Trapster down, he looks to the audience and takes off his mask. In a theater, the audience gasp as Peter says, "My name is Peter Parker and I...am Spider-Man."

Flashing back to earlier that day, Peter is knocked down by herd of girls and then realizes that they are looking at a poster advertising a school production, "It's a Wild, Wild Web", with the main focus being Spider-Man, the director being Principal Coulson, and the scriptwriter being Mary Jane, much to Peter's disbelief.

Peter goes to the auditions, believing no one can be Spider-Man other than him, and then Flash Thompson comes on the stage and gains the role. Peter panics when he finds out that Sam gave Flash his costume. He follows Flash down the street after school and sees that everyone believes Flash to be him. Just as Flash arrives at a newscast to advertise the play, the Trapster appears to battle Flash, whom he believes to be the actual Spider-Man.

Peter is able to defeat Trapster before anyone is hurt, without either Trapster or Flash knowing. Flash, who is still believed to be the actual Spider-Man, walks around the city with Peter following him. Flash tries to sing one of the songs to Peter, but is terrible at doing so. The next day at school, both Sam and Coulson believe that Peter was the Spider-Man who defeated the Trapster, but he tells them that he was off-screen helping Flash. Peter learns that he is the sixth choice to play Spider-Man if Flash does not do it.

Later that night, Flash tells Peter that he cannot do it. Peter tells him that he can, and Peter leaves Flash's dressing room, but then he sees the Trapster entering the room. Peter puts on the other costume, the fake one, and battles the villain. They crash through the wall and onto the stage where the play is taking place. Spider-Man tells Coulson that it is the real Trapster and the real him. The battle continues, and then the episode cuts to the scene the show began with.

After defeating Trapster and singing the song that should have come at the end of the real fight scene, Spider-Man takes off the mask and says the line, "My name is Peter Parker...and I am Spider-Man," like he did in the beginning. The audience reacts by saying they would rather have Flash than Peter. Flash comes out and tells the audience that if it weren't Peter, then the show would have become a complete disaster. The audience then decide to clap for Peter. Peter asks Flash why he is doing something nice for him, and Flash apologies for his past mistreatment of Peter, which he accepts.

Afterward, Flash tells Peter to get off stage so that he can sing the ending song, but he is terrible. The Trapster pleads with Peter to make it stop. Peter replies with, "He's got five more verses, then I'll call the cops." The Trapster says, "And I thought the real Spider-Man was bad, but you kids. You're just mean." The episode ends with Peter saying, "And that, as they say, is curtain."

Voice Cast

Role(s) Voice Actor/Actress
Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Bully #2 Drake Bell
Luke Cage/Power Man, Bully #1 Ogie Banks
Daniel "Danny" Rand/Iron Fist, Midtown Kid, Excited Girl #2 Gregory Michael Cipes
Phillip "Phil" Coulson Clark Gregg
Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Harold "Harry" Osborn Matt Lanter
May Parker, Reporter Misty Lee
Ava Ayala/White Tiger Caitlyn Taylor Love
Samuel "Sam" Alexander/Nova Logan Miller
John Jonah Jameson Jr. J. K. Simmons
Mary Jane Watson, Excited Girl #1 Tara Strong
Peter Petruski/Trapster Steven Weber

Trivia

  • Matt Lanter is listed to have voiced Harry in the credits, despite the fact Harry did not make an appearance in the episode.
  • On Coulson's list of potential actors to play the role of Spider-Man, Miles Morales is seen just above Peter Parker. In the Ultimate universe, Miles Morales became Spider-Man after Peter Parker dies at the end of the "Death of Spider-Man" storyline.
  • The Spider-Man musical is a parody of the real-life musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
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