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Spider-Man is a 2000 action/adventure video game that was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision for the PlayStation. The game was later ported to the Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64.

Plot

While attending a scientific demonstration hosted by the supposedly reformed Dr. Otto Octavius, Peter Parker witnesses the appearance of a Spider-Man imposter who steals Doctor Octavius' experiment. Eddie Brock mistakes this for the real Spider-Man and tries to take pictures, but his camera is shattered by the Spider-Man imposter. Angry, Brock worries that J. Jonah Jameson will fire him from his new job at the Daily Bugle; all of his rage causes the Venom symbiote to surface, and he swears revenge. Everyone present at the demonstration believes that Spider-Man took the experiment, causing the police to begin a manhunt for Spider-Man.

Spider-Man is told by Black Cat that the Jade Syndicate is robbing a bank and have taken hostages. After foiling the bank robbery, Spider-Man fights Scorpion in order to keep him from killing J. Jonah Jameson. After defeating Scorpion, Spider-Man is forced to flee from the police. Spider-Man encounters Daredevil, who questions Spider-Man but is eventually convinced of his innocence, then states that he will spread the word about Spider-Man's innocence. Immediately after Daredevil leaves, Spider-Man is ambushed by a police chopper and is chased across the city. Upon ditching the helicopter, Spider-Man reunites with Black Cat, who alerts him to two new problems: Rhino is attacking a power plant and Venom has kidnapped Mary Jane Watson in order to lure Spider-Man. Spider-Man defeats Rhino at the power plant, but Black Cat is injured and kidnapped by unknown parties posing as paramedics.

Human Torch encounters him, but Spider-Man cannot locate Venom until the villain appears and leads Spider-Man on an elaborate chase into the sewer. Spider-Man comes across the imprisoned Lizard, who explains that Venom has locked him up and taken control of his lizard men, but points him in the direction of Venom's lair, where he is keeping Mary Jane. After battling Venom and rescuing Mary Jane, Spider-Man convinces Venom that someone has framed him and that they have deliberately been turned against each other. To make amends, Venom decides to aid Spider-Man in clearing his name, and they head for the Daily Bugle's office to search through Jameson's files for clues of the imposter's identity.

During the search, however, Venom senses the presence of Carnage, his symbiote offspring, and leaves to find him and keep him away from Spider-Man, who deals with an infestation of symbiotes thrughout the building. He finally locates the identity of the Spider-Man imposter: Mysterio. After being defeated by Spider-Man, Mysterio reveals that his bosses plan to infest New York with symbiotes, and that the fog that blankets the city acts as a beacon for the symbiotes that will prepare the citizens for symbiosis.

Mysterio's information leads Spider-Man to a warehouse that hides an enormous underground base in which the symbiotes that are cloned from Carnage's symbiote are being manufactured. Spider-Man learns that Mysterio was right when he runs into the Punisher at Warehouse 65. With the Punisher's hep, Spider-Man finds a path leading into an undersea base. After rescuing Black Cat, Spider-Man discovers that the mastermind behind the plan is actually Otto Octavius himself, aided by Carnage. Taking up his Doctor Octopus persona once again, he explains that he faked his reform and is planning to rule the new world by bonding everyone on Earth with a symbiote, and kill those who oppose him. As Venom appears and takes on Carnage, Spider-Man battles Doctor Octopus, who is protected behind a force field but still defeated, Carnage knocks Venom out cold, forcing Spider-Man to fight the symbiote himself. He manages to defeat Carnage with sonics, but the Carnage symbiote fuses with Doctor Octopus to produce an enormous, out-of-control monster, called "Monster Ock." After a long chase, Monster Ock accidentally destroys the base, and Spider-Man barley escapes to the surface with the unconscious Doctor Octopus, where he is rescued by Captain America, who was called by Black Cat and Venom, while the Carnage symbiote escapes.

In the epilogue, Spider-Man is shown playing cards with  Captain America, Daredevil and the Punisher, while Black Cat and the Human Torch are dancing. In prison, Mysterio, Rhino, Scorpion and a Jade Syndicate thug are also playing cards as Doctor Octopus is banging his head on the cell bars. Scorpion openly mocks them from failing to defeat Spider-Man despite all working together.

Alternative costumes

Various costumes can be used by putting in cheat codes and each suit has it's own unique ability.

  • Spider-Man 2099: Enhanced strength
  • Symbiote Spider-Man: Unlimited webbing
  • Captain Universe: Invulnerable, Enhanced strength, Unlimited webbing
  • Sidey Unlimited: Stealth
  • Amazing Bag Man: No Spidey Belt
  • Quick Change Spidey: No Spidey Bely
  • Peter Parker: No Spidey Belt

Cast

Actor Role
Rino Romano Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Bank Thug #1
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Doctor Octopus / Otto Octavius
Jennifer Hale Black Cat / Felicia Hardy
Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Dee Bradley Baker Carnage / Cletus Kasady
Rhino
J. Jonah Jameson
Daredevil
Lizard
Daran Norris Venom
Mysterio
Scorpion
Punisher
Human Torch
Captain America
Chad Findley Bank Thug #2
Eagle-One Pilot
Christopher Corey Smith Health Club Trainer
Hostage
Police Pilot
Sniper
Microchip
Stan Lee Narrator
Julie Bennett Old Woman
Kathryn Fiore Female Work Instructor
Young Woman Screaming
Female Police Pilot
David Koseruba Eddie Brock
Marcus Shirock Monster-Ock
Symbiotes
Police Pilot #1
Henchman #1
Lizard Men
Security Guard
Patrick Warburton Hostage
Lawrence Fishburne Uatu, the Watcher

Other characters

  • Ghost Rider: Ghost Rider can briefly be seen in What If? mode riding his motorcycle up the side of a building.
  • Thor: When Spider-Man asks Venom who he thinks could have stolen Otto Octavius' technology, Venom randomly says names trying to guess. One name Venom mentions is The Mighty Thor.
  • Galactus: Venom also mentions Galactus while trying to guess who stole Otto Octavius' technology.
  • Namor, the Sub-Mariner: In What If? mode Namor can be seen in the ocean while you fight Carnage.
  • Fantastic Four: The Baxter Building can briefly be seen at the start of the game.
  • Green Goblin: A trove of Green Goblin's weapons can be seen during the helicopter chase.
  • Uatu the Watcher: The Watcher hosts What If? mode, replacing Stan Lee as the narrator. He is voiced by Laurence Fishburne.
  • Silver Surfer: Appears briefly in What If? mode flying past a blimp.
  • Mole Man: When Spider-Man runs into the Human Torch, Human Torch tells Spider-Man that he can't help him stop Doctor Octopus because he and the Fantastic Four have to fight Mole Man.
  • Wolverine: A picture of Wolverine appears on a billboard.
  • Hulk: A picture of Hulk appears on a billboard.
  • Iron Man: During the Venom chase level Spider-Man swings past a building with the name Stark on it. This is a Stark Enterprise building which is lead by Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.
  • Hellfire Club: A sign for the Hellfire Club can be seen in an alley during the Venom chase level.
  • Chameleon: Spider-Man mentioned to Venom that the Spider-Man imposter either had to be Mysterio or Chameleon.
  • Microchip: Microchip could be heard talking to Punisher over a microphone but he never physically appears in the game.

Character gallery

Location gallery

Comic Collection

A number of classic Spider-Man comics book covers can be collected through the game.

Game covers

References to popular culture

  • If the demo screen is left running long enough, Spider-Man will be seen through a gun barrel like the beginning of the James Bond films and fire impact webbing toward the screen.
  • In What If? mode when you enter the bank's vault to take care of the bomb the words Hans Was Here are painted on the wall. This is a reference to Hans Gruber, the main villain of the first Die Hard movie.
  • When Venom tells Spider-Man "Spider-Wuss, come out and play" this a reference to a famous scene from the 1979 cult film The Warriors.
  • In one level where Spider-Man has to chase after Venom, Venom says "Watch that first step, Parker! It's a doozy!", when Spider-Man falls down a flight of stairs. This is a reference to the movie Groundhog Day.
  • In What If? mode, Scorpion yells "Here's Johnny!" after breaking down the door during his boss battle. This is a reference to the famous line from The Shining.
  • In the cutscene where Spider-Man meets with the Punisher and finds the secret location of Doc Ock's operation, after Punisher suggests they team up, Spider-Man says "No thanks, Mr. Death Wish." This references the movie Death Wish, which inspired The Punisher's character and concept.
  • In What If? Mode while Spider-Man is crawling up the side of a building he sees a billboard which says that Captain America will appear on the Jeffrey Swinger Show. After seeing this Spider-Man shouts Jeffrey over and over. This is a reference to The Jerry Springer Show.
  • In What if? mode, Spider-Man references The Matrix when he says "There is no spoon."
  • In What If? mode when Spider-Man fights a symbiote he says "Game over man, game over!" This is a quote from the 1986 movie, Aliens.
  • In What If? mode, in the warehouse if you open a crate you can find the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In What If? mode, when Spider-Man gets to the tunnel with the lasers there is a yellow submarine in the water. This is a reference to The Beatles song, The Yellow Submarine.
  • In What If? mode, when Spider-Man enters a room with a giant gear he mentions Scotty from the original Star Trek series.
  • In What If? mode, Doctor Octopus is a midget. Spider-Man then says "I shall call you Mini-Ock" while putting his pinkie to his mouth. This is a reference to Dr. Evil and Mini-Me from the Austin Powers movies.

Wat If? mode

In the game you can play What If? mode. It is the same story as the main game but includes several differences from the main game. What If? mode is named after the comic series of the same name. Bellow is a list of the differences.

  • The Watcher replaces Stan Lee as the game's narrator. At the beginning of the game, the Watcher explains what What If? mode is to the player.
  • At the start of the game Spider-Man goes to the top of the Baxter Building and talks to the Human Torch. Human Torch says that he cant help Spider-Man because he and the Fantastic Four have to fight Mole Man.
  • Inside the bank, Spider-Man goes to a certain area and the floor will light up different colors and music will start playing. Spider-Man will then start to breakdance.
  • When you enter the bank's vault to take care of the bomb the words Hans Was Here are painted on the wall. This is a reference to Hans Gruber, the main villain of the first Die Hard movie.
  • At the beginning of the Scorpion level, Ghost Rider briefly appears driving his flaming motor cycle down the side of a building.
  • While trying to get to Scorpion before he kills J. Jonah Jameson you can hear Scorpion say Marko and hear Jameson say Polo.
  • If you fail to reach Jameson before the Scorpion, Jameson will jump out of the Daily Bugle window and commit suicide. In the main game, Scorpion kills Jameson by throwing him out of the window.
  • Scorpion yells "Here's Johnny!" after breaking down the door during his boss battle. This is a reference to the famous line from The Shining.
  • In the helicopter chase level there are billboards with the Neversoft logo on them. Neversoft was the developer of the game. In the main game these billboards advertised Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, another game made by Neversoft.
  • During the helicopter chase level a police officer hums the Apocalypse Now theme song. The officer also says "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
  • A yellow and orange blimp is added to the helicopter chase level. When you jump on top of he blimp, Silver Surfer will fly by on his surfboard.
  • During the helicopter chase level, Spider-Man sees a billboard with Wolverine on it and says "I hope that all of Wolverine's bones are made of adamantium."
  • While Spider-Man is crawling up the side of a building he sees a billboard which says that Captain America will appear on the Jeffrey Swinger Show. After seeing this Spider-Man shouts Jeffrey over and over. This is a reference to The Jerry Springer Show.
  • In the Rhino level the Omnitek logo is replaced with the Neversoft logo.
  • When Spider-Man enters a building while chasing Venom, the dialogue is now replaced with a funnier soundtrack.
  • When Spider-Man enters the sewar one of the Lizardmen poops on the ground.
  • While Spider-Man fights the Lizardmen on top of a moving subway, Venom paraphrases a quote from Howard Payne, the main villain of the 1994 Keanu Reeves movie, Speed.
  • When you press a button to lower the water in the  sewar you see that there is a rubber duck in the water. There is also a duck sound.
  • In one part lava is shown flowing in the sewer instead of water.
  • Spider-Man references The Matrix when he says "There is no spoon."
  • If you return to the Lizard after he tells you how to find Venom and Mary Jane, he will tell you "Listen dude, I'm not telling you again."
  • When Mary Jane is being lowered into water by Venom, she will shout at Spider-Man "The switch you idiot, turn off the switch!"
  • When Spider-Man fights a symbiote he says "Game over man, game over!" This is a quote from the 1986 movie, Aliens.
  • If you accidentally fall into the printing press at the Daily Bugle, a giant Spider-Mans photo will be printed on all the newspapers.
  • There is another reference to The Matrix. When Spider-Man catches up to Mysterio, who is dressed as Spider-Man, they start to fight. Both of them freeze and the camera pans around them.
  • In the Mysterio level, a gold fish appears in Mysterio's glass helmet.
  • When Spider-Man is in the warehouse where the symbiotes are made you can see a wooden crate with the words "This envelope contains a genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize which you have just won!" The Marvel No-Prize was a fake award given out by Marvel Comics to readers that spotted continuity errors in their comics.
  • In the warehouse if you open a crate you can find the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • When Spider-Man is in the under water lair he says that he likes the detailing gumwood.
  • When Spider-Man gets to the tunnel with the lasers there is a yellow submarine in the water. This is a reference to The Beatles song, The Yellow Submarine.
  • Spider-Man and the yellow submarine will then race. If you beat the submarine, Captain Jennings will give you a cheat code for Big Head Mode.
  • In What If? mode, when Spider-Man enters a room with a giant gear he mentions Scotty from the original Star Trek series.
  • When you find Black Cat in the under water lair she is in a glass cage and she is dancing. Black Cat then tells Spider-Man that she cant stop dancing until Spider-Man frees her.
  • The lids to the six exhaust ports are bananas.
  • In the Doctor Octopus level the walls and floor are covered with bright pictures of flowers wearing sun glasses.
  • Doctor Octopus is a midget. Spider-Man then says "I shall call you Mini-Ock" while putting his pinkie to his mouth. This is a reference to Dr. Evil and Mini-Me from the Austin Powers movies.
  • Sub-Mariner and a shark can be seen in the ocean when Spider-Man fights Carnage.

Trivia

  • Rhino Romano previously voiced Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Unlimited. The costume, Spidey Unlimited, is based on Spider-Man's nano-tech costume in Spider-Man: Unlimited.
  • In the cheats menu, if you enter in curse words, Spider-Man will pop up and change the words into nice words.
  • Throughout the game, there are billboards on buildings advertising Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. Neversoft, this game's developer, also developed the Tony Hawk series. There's even one part in the helicopter chase level where if you climb the Tony Hawk billboard, Spider-Man will mention that he once skated with Tony Hawk. This is actually a reference to Spider-Man being a playable character in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2."
  • During the helicopter chase level there is billboard that advertises "Pork 'N' Donuts". This is a reference to Dunkin' Donuts. The Pork 'N' Donuts logo is even designed to look like the Dunkin' Donuts logo.
  • The reason why there is a "fog" below the buildings is because the developers did not have the technology or time to render an entire city.
  • In this game Doctor Octopus' mechanical arms have two claws instead of three.
  • A sequel called Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro was released in 2001.

Trailer

Spider-Man PS1 trailer

Spider-Man PS1 trailer