Spider-Man Strikes Back
Spider-Man Strikes Back
Directed by: Ron Satlof
Produced by: Robert Janes
Ron Satlof
Screenplay by: Robert Janes
Based on the
Characters by:
Stan Lee &
Steve Ditko
Starring: Nicholas Hammond
Robert Alda
Robert F. Simon
Joanna Cameron
Michael Pataki
Music by: Stu Phillips
Distributed by: Colombia Pictures
Release Date: 21 December, 1978
Preceeded by: The Amazing Spider-Man
Followed by: Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

Spider-Man Strikes Back is a 1978 made-for-television film directed by Ron Satlof and starring Nicholas Hammond as the tile character. It was a combination of the two-parter episode of the conteporary TV show The Amazing Spider-Man "Deadly Dust" first screened in 1978.


At the New York State University, one of Peter Parker's tutors has accidentally given three students all the materials they need to create an atomic bomb. The students use the plutonium to try build a bomb in order to illustrate the dangers of nuclear power. While Peter Parker tries to find out what's happened, the police suspect him of the crime, and Peter has to deal with an attractive journalist named Gale Hoffman, who is determined to get an interview with Spider-Man after his well publicized rescue of a jumper.

In order to make their point the students steal some plutonium from the lab. Spider-Man appears on the scene in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the theft. But Spider-Man is seen by security guards and, naturally, is blamed for the theft. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, villain Mr. White reads a newspaper report of the theft and deduces that it was the students rather than Spider-Man who stole the radioactive material. He plans to relieve the students of their ill gotten gains. He departs immediately for the United States with his monstrous henchman, Angel.

White has his henchmen steal the plutonium so that he can obtain his own version of the weapon. Spider-Man is forced defeat this scheming villain in order to stop him blowing up the World Trade Centre. White kidnaps Peter, in an effort to locate the plutonium. When one of the students involved in the theft is admitted to hospital with radiation poisoning, Peter changes to Spider-Man to track down the plutonium. But White and Angel get there first. In the ensuing fight, Spider-Man is hurled off a twelve story building and plunges, seemingly to his death. He saves himself from his death dive by forming a net with his webbing. But in the confusion, White and Angel escape with the plutonium.

J. Jonah Jameson, owner of The Daily Bugle, discovers that White has fled to Los Angeles and arranges for Peter Parker and Gale Hoffman to travel to the west coast in search of White. Mr. White demands $1,000,000,000 in return for not setting off the plutonium bomb in a heavily populated area. The authorities assume, wrongly, that he means New York. In fact, White plans to set off the bomb in Los Angeles at the time the President is giving a speech there.

Spider-Man finally tracks White to his lair and learns of White's plans. He locates the bomb and defuses it at the last second. But White escaped, and vowed that he and Spider-Man will meet again.


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