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The line of Super Villains determined to take down Spidey seems never ending. There's Venom, Electro, Dr. Octopus, Sandman and Rhino - just to name a few. These criminals are almost more than he can handle and the stress would be enough to send a lesser Super Hero over the edge, but it's all in a day's work for The Spectacular Spider-Man™
Runtime: 30 minutes
The Spectacular Spider-Man - The Invisible Hand (The Spectacular Spider-Man) - Netflix
“The Invisible Hand” is the sixth episode of the animated television series The Spectacular Spider-Man, which is based on the comic book character Spider-Man created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The episode follows Spider-Man as he faces the Rhino, who has an indestructible rhino-like suit and super strength. In his personal life, as his alter ego Peter Parker, Spider-Man tries to ask out Daily Bugle worker Betty Brant to the upcoming fall formal at his high school. “The Invisible Hand” was written by Matt Wayne and directed by Dave Bullock. Wayne had written one other episode for The Spectacular Spider-Man before, and Bullock had directed the direct-to-video superhero film Justice League: The New Frontier. Clancy Brown voiced Rhino for the episode and was cast because the creators felt he could gracefully transition between the character's personalities. It originally aired on April 12, 2008, on the Kids WB! block for the CW Network and received generally positive reviews from television critics.
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“The Invisible Hand” was written by Matt Wayne. Wayne had previously written the episode “Natural Selection” and went on to write “Persona”. Dave Bullock, who directed the animated feature film Justice League: The New Frontier, directed the episode. The title of the episode follows the “Education of Peter Parker” scheme Greg Weisman, a developer and producer for The Spectacular Spider-Man, created. The naming scheme for the second story arc of season one refers to economics. There was a scene cut from the episode after it was written, recorded, and storyboarded. The scene featured Rhino looking in a phone book for individuals named “Peter Parker” in the tri-state area. He storms into a “Peter James Parker” (Kevin Michael Richardson), a blind, elderly African-American bassoon player, accusing him of being the Peter Parker he is looking for. The man is outraged and asks him, “Do I look like I'm a photographer?” Rhino himself is furious as there are several Peter Parkers in the tri-state area. Weisman was upset that it was removed and called it “just hilarious”. Weisman and casting director Jamie Thomason each easily picked out Clancy Brown for the role of Rhino. Weisman explains, “We knew Rhino would require a voice with strength and menace, but Rhino also isn't the brightest bulb on the marquee, so we knew whoever we cast would also have to have the acting chops and comic timing to take the character beyond the usual dumb goon.” They each had worked with Brown previously and knew he would be able to “nail it”, as he is able to give a “tough, low voice” and “turn on a dime between dangerous and comedic characterizations.” Brown sought to reflect the Rhino's simplistic thinking style in his voice. He believes “the quintessential 'thug' was played by William Bendix in The Glass Key. The simpler the character, the simpler the thought process. That means Rhino's 'motivation' is never too complicated[...] he's very elemental. He's mad or happy or angry or sad or hungry or whatever. And it never gets beyond his appetites or ego.” Brown considers that Bendix's performance perfectly portrayed this type of character.
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