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Spider-Man with Sesame Street's Sam the Robot.

SpiderMan-MuppetBabies

Muppet Babies, "Comic Capers"

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Spidey adorns an Electric Company poster in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil

Grover SpiderMonster

Grover as "Spider-Monster" in 2011

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Spider-Man (in the black suit) on the cover of a Muppet Babies comic book.

Spider-Man is a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics in 1962. Spider-Man is actually the superhero identity of the seemingly ordinary photographer Peter Parker. He received a bite from a radioactive spider, transforming him into an amazing superhero with web-spinning abilities and "Spider-sense" that warns him when danger is near. The comic book later spawned a live-action television series, multiple animated series, and most recently, a successful film franchise.

During most of the run of The Electric Company a live-action version of Spider-Man was featured in a regular segment.

In December 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment (the parent company of Marvel Comics), placing the Spider-Man character under the same ownership as The Muppets.

Appearances

  • The Marvel comic Spidey Super Stories tied in with The Electric Company and Spider-Man's appearances on the show. Issue #31, "Star Jaws," featured a Star Wars parody in which Sam the Robot made a special appearance, billed as "Sam, the Sesame Street Robot." Filling the roles of both C-3PO and R2-D2, Sam sought Spider-Man's assistance in an intergalactic war.
  • Spider-Man guest starred in the Muppet Babies episode "Comic Capers," produced by Marvel Productions (whose logo, seen at the end of each Muppet Babies episode, also featured a CGI Spider-Man). Baby Rowlf and Baby Skeeter entered the Spider-Man newspaper comic, and attempted to foil bank robbers. They only succeeded in irritating Stan Lee, in a live-action cameo, who pointed out there was only one Spider-Man. The closing gag featured Baby Animal and Baby Gonzo disguised as Spider-Man, with Animal on top wearing the mask, until they collide with a building and Gonzo falls from the bottom of the costume.

References

  • At the end of a 1974 episode of Sesame Street, Big Bird, caught in a series of string, remarks that he feels like Spider-Man.
  • The Big Bad Wolf quotes a motto made famous in Spider-Man comics of the 1960s in Sesame Street Episode 4044: "With great power comes great responsibility."
  • In Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet, an illustration of a Spider-Man comic book is seen, and Danvers' sister Chloe once posted a video of him wearing Spider-Man underwear.
  • A parody sketch from Sesame Street Episode 4273 features a spoof of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, where Grover portrays "Spider-Monster" and keeps falling on Mr. Johnson (a reference to the well-publicized stunt failures of the show's previews). Bono (a spoof of the play's co-composer) appears as a stage hand.

Muppet Mentions

  • In the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) shouts, "Hey, Big Bird!" to get the Vulture's (Michael Keaton) attention during a fight.
  • Speaking on the January 20, 2019 episode of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse writer/director Rodney Rothman compared Spider-Ham/Peter Porker to The Muppet Show’s resident comic: "It's like Fozzie Bear; when you have a character that's joke-joke-joke, it can get annoying real fast."[1]


Connections

  • Brad Abrell puppeteered Doc Ock's animatronic tentacles in Spider-Man 2 (2004 film)
  • Chris Jai Alex provided additional voices for Spider-Man (2018 video game)
  • Edward Asner played J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1993-1998), Officer Barr in Spider-Man (TV, 2003), and Uncle Ben in an episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)
  • Luis Avalos played J. Jonah Jameson and others in the Electric Company album Spidey Super Stories (1977)
  • Dee Bradley Baker voiced the young version of Destroyer in Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1993-1998), Carnage, Rhino and J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man (2000 video game), Electro, The Lizard and Hammerhead in Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (2001 video game), Mysterio and others in Spider-Man 2 (2004 video game), Mac Gargan/The Scorpion in Spider-Man 3 (2007 video game), Curt Connors/The Lizard on The Spectacular Spider-Man (2009 animated series), and Curt Connors/The Lizard and Flint Marko/Sandman on Ultimate Spider-Man (2012 animated series)
  • Carl Banas played the Scorpion, Charles Cameo in "Double Identity," and other villains on Spider-Man (TV, 1967-1970)
  • Elizabeth Banks played Betty Brant in the films Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Jayce Bartok played a subway guitarist in Spider-Man (2002 film)
  • Eric Bauza provided additional voices for Spider-Man (2018 video game)
  • Bob Bergen played additional voices on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (TV, 1983) and Ned Leeds on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1997)
  • Gregg Berger voiced Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and others on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1997)
  • Sandra Bernhard played Sarah Baker in "Partners in Danger Chapter 5: Partners" in Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1997)
  • Jim Boyd played Spidey/Peter Parker in the Electric Company album Spidey Super Stories (1977)
  • Roscoe Lee Browne played Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin in Spider-Man (TV, 1993-1998)
  • Nell Carter played Glory Grant in Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1993, 1997)
  • Thomas Haden Church played Flint Marko/Sandman in Spider-Man 3 (2007 film)
  • Townsend Coleman played Young Silvermane and others on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1994-1998)
  • Jennifer Connelly voiced Karen/Suit Lady in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 film)
  • Chris Cooper played Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 film)
  • Alyson Court played Jubilee in two episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1993)
  • Terry Crews played Blade on Ultimate Spider-Man (TV, 2013)
  • James Cromwell played Captain Stacy in Spider-Man 3 (2007 film)
  • Tyne Daly played Anne Marie Hoag in Spider-Man Homecoming (2017 film)
  • Ted Danson played Major Collings in "The Chinese Web" episode of The Amazing Spider-Man (TV, 1979)
  • Ben Diskin provided additional voices for Spider-Man (2018 video game)
  • Cal Dodd played Wolverine in two episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1993)
  • Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 film)
  • Sally Field played Aunt May in the films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • Jamie Foxx played Electro/Max Dillon in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 film)
  • Morgan Freeman played the narrator and others in the Electric Company album Spidey Super Stories (1977)
  • Michael Giacchino scored Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Paul Giamatti played Aleksei Sytsevich in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 film)
  • Donald Glover played Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 film)
  • Barbara Goodson played Dr. Ashley Kafka on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1996-1998)
  • Judy Graubart played Aunt May and Queen Bee in the Electric Company album Spidey Super Stories (1977)
  • Clark Gregg played Agent Phil Coulson on Ultimate Spider-Man (2012-2013)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal played Quentin Beck/Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019 film)
  • Mark Hamill played the Hobgoblin on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1994-1998)
  • Nicholas Hammond played Peter Parker/Spider-Man on The Amazing Spider-Man (TV, 1978-1979)
  • Neil Patrick Harris played Spider-Man in the video game Spider-Man: Scattered Dimensions (2010)
  • Tom Harvey played Electro, the Sandman, Dr. Stillwell, and other voices on Spider-Man (TV, 1967-1970)
  • Gary Hecker was the foley supervisor on all three Spider-Man movies
  • Skip Hinnant played The Moleman, Mr. Measles, the Jester, and Fargo North, Decoder in the Electric Company album Spidey Super Stories (1977)
  • Skai Jackson voiced Zuri Ross in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Halloween Night at the Museum"
  • Michael Keaton played the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 film)
  • John Landis played an emergency room doctor in Spider-Man 2 (2004 film)
  • Denis Leary played Captain Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
  • Lisa Loeb voiced Mary Jane on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (TV, 2003)
  • Virginia Madsen played Silver Sable on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (TV, 2003)
  • Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the films Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Mona Marshall played Betty Brant on Spider-Man (TV, 1983-1984)
  • Joel McHale played Mr. Jacks in Spider-Man 2 (2004 film)
  • Richard Moll played the Scorpion on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1996-1998)
  • B. J. Novak played Alistair Smythe in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 film)
  • Laurie O'Brien played Genevieve in an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994)
  • Rob Paulsen played Morrie Bench/Hydroman on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1994, 1998)
  • Claude Rae played Charles Cameo in the Spider-Man episode "The Sinister Prime Minister" (1967)
  • Sara Ramirez played a cop at the carjacking in Spider-Man (2002 film)
  • Kevin Michael Richardson played L. Thompson Lincoln and others on The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV, 2008)
  • Rino Romano played Peter Parker/Spider-Man on Spider-Man Unlimited (TV, 1999) and two video games
  • Liev Schreiber played Wilson Fisk in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018 film)
  • Danny Seagren played a silent Spider-Man in sketches on CTW's non-Muppet series The Electric Company.
  • Martin Sheen played Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
  • J. K. Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson in the films Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and on Ultimate Spider-Man (TV, 2012-2015)
  • Jenny Slate played Dr. Dora Skirth in Venom (2018 film)
  • Octavia Spencer played the check-in girl at the wrestling match in Spider-Man (2002 film)
  • John Stephenson played Uncle Ben, Colossus, and Thunderbird in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (TV, 1983)
  • Emma Stone played Gwen Stacey in the films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • Tara Strong played Mary Jane Watson on Ultimate Spider-Man (TV, 2012-2017)
  • Cree Summer played Professor Williams on Spider-Man (TV, 2003) and Glory Grant on The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV, 2008-)
  • George Takei played Wong on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1995)
  • Kirk Thatcher played a punk on the street in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 film)
  • Marisa Tomei played May Parker in the films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
  • Lily Tomlin played May Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018 film)
  • Danny Trejo played Ox on The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV, 2009)
  • John Vernon played Dr. Strange on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1995)
  • David Warner played Professor Herbert Landon on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV, 1994, 1996-1998)
  • Frank Welker played Bobby Drake/Iceman, Flash Thompson, and Ms. Lion on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (TV, 1983-1985)
  • William Woodson played J. Jonah Jameson on Spider-Man and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (TV, 1983-1985)
  • Zendaya played Michelle Jones in the films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: far From Home (2019)

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