Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse includes a cameo from The Spectacular Spider-Man, adding closure to the popular show. The movie features hundreds of Spider-Man variants, and The Spectacular Spider-Man’s Captain Stacy is confirmed to have died after season 2, bringing a tragic element to the show’s ending. The inclusion of The Spectacular Spider-Man in Across the Spider-Verse acknowledges the events of the show and provides closure, even though the chances of a season 3 are low.
Tragic Ending of The Spectacular Spider-Man
The scene in Across the Spider-Verse that features The Spectacular Spider-Man makes the show’s ending even more tragic. While the previous movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, had only a few Spider-People, Across the Spider-Verse has a multitude of Spider-Man variants. Various Spider-Man properties are referenced, including comics, movies, video games, and animated shows like The Spectacular Spider-Man. Josh Keaton, who played Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man, returns to reprise his role in Across the Spider-Verse.
Across the Spider-Verse reveals that Captain Stacy, a character close to Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man, died after season 2. In a sequence that presents canon events across the multiverse, the death of Captain Stacy is shown through different versions from various media, including the original comic and a scene from The Amazing Spider-Man movie. The inclusion of The Spectacular Spider-Man in this sequence confirms that Captain Stacy’s death occurred after the show was canceled.
By featuring The Spectacular Spider-Man, Across the Spider-Verse provides closure to the show. The Spectacular Spider-Man’s season 2 was the last, as the series was canceled and replaced with Ultimate Spider-Man. The finale of The Spectacular Spider-Man left several storylines unresolved, and the chances of a season 3 happening are low. Therefore, the cameo in Across the Spider-Verse offers some continuation of The Spectacular Spider-Man’s story after its cancellation.
The inclusion of The Spectacular Spider-Man in Across the Spider-Verse brings some closure to the popular adaptation. It confirms that Spectacular Peter Parker continued to be Spider-Man after the show ended and that Captain Stacy eventually died saving someone. While these additions are small, they provide acknowledgement of The Spectacular Spider-Man’s events past season 2. Although the cameo is not the same as having a new season, it helps to provide some sort of closure for fans of this beloved Spider-Man adaptation.