"The Menace of Mysterio"
is the fifth episode from the 1990s animated Spider-Man
series first season, first broadcast February 25, 1995 by the Fox Broadcasting Company
on Fox Kids
. It was written by John Semper
, Marv Wolfman
, and Stan Berkowitz.
The episode introduces the character of Mysterio
, a villain created by Stan Lee
first introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man
issue #13. Moreover, the title and the majority of the episodes' plot elements are based on that particular issue.
The episode opens with Spider-Man apparently raiding a museum. This leads J. Jonah Jameson
and many others to believe that the wall crawler is a criminal. Peter thus decides to search for clues to prove that these robberies were caused by a Spider-Man
imposter. For example, the webs 'Spider-Man' used did not dissolve after an hour, like Spider-man's web usually does. He teams up with Detective Lt. Terry Lee in search for clues. Peter finds web left from the scene of the crime, and suggests to Terry that the webbing is fake as Spider-Man's would have dissolved by that time. Also, using the CCTV footage of the scene of the crime in which Spider-Man robbed the museum, they notice that the viewings of Spider-Man in the video aren't genuine. However, Spider-Man continues to apparently commit more crimes. It later unfolds that an expert in illusion, a villain named Mysterio
has been creating false images in order to frame the wall crawler. Peter also figures out... Read More