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"Nightmare on Christmas" is the first Christmas-themed episode of the Disney XD animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, produced and aired in the show's third season (subtitled Web Warriors).

Synopsis

On Christmas Eve, Spider-Man is making a quick roundabout through New York City before running into the Shocker robbing a bank. The hero makes quick work of the criminal before making his way back to S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, where his teammates are waiting with plans to go Christmas shopping at the last minute. However, when he gets there, no one's around. When he finds Squirrel Girl, whose caught in hibernation throws, she doesn't give the web-slinger the full details about what to do. Dejected, Spidey heads to the roof to complain and feel horrible due to the fact that he got ditched on Christmas Eve. However, this gets caught off when a chunk of snow slams on top of him and sends him spiraling to the ground below, knocking him out.

When Spidey comes to, he finds himself facing the Enforcers, who are attempting to steal away Oscorp tech. Despite the web-slinger's best efforts, they get away and Spidey is forced to run away from an angry mob due to a lack of web fluid. He soon finds a video screen of J. Jonah Jameson decrying the Enforcers' victory and blaming Spider-Man for it. By this point, Spidey realizes that this moment, along with the different costume, is from his past - Christmas past, that is. However, he finds himself confronted by a good, guardian angel shoulder Spidey and a bad, devil shoulder Spidey. They decide to change things up and Spidey gets his web fluid refilled and he chases after them. He's able to snatch the Enforcers, but the truck goes out of control with his shoulder Spideys cause the truck to plunge off a bridge and into the water.

When Spidey comes to, he finds himself back in the present day, just before Shocker's brazen robbery. As he tries to figure things out, the devil Spidey taunts him by asking if he'll ever make a difference and that people will never appreciate him. Spider-Man once more stops the Shocker, only to have J. Jonah Jameson suddenly decry him as being a menace and the citizens drive him away again. Defeated, Peter dumps his Spider-Man costume in the trashcan and walks away. The shoulder Spideys decide to show Peter what life would be like without being Spider-Man and shoves him down a sewer.

When he comes to, he wakes up in his room, meeting a holographic Aunt May, who greets him "Happy day before Christmas" and tells him breakfast would be ready soon. Confused, he finds out that he's in Parker Tower and that, in the future, he's a beloved billionaire and owner of Parker Industries. Things are thrown off when Aunt May tells him that the Goblin King needs to reschedule an appointment before an older Nova and Hawkeye crash into his room, chased by Goblin-themed enforcers. Though Nova is happy to see Peter, Hawkeye calls him a traitor for quitting. When the two heroes are defeated and carted away, Peter makes the decision that he needs to be Spider-Man again, though the shoulder devil tries to tempt him otherwise. Spidey invades Oscorp and confronts the Goblin King, where he learns that, without Spider-Man around, the Goblin King defeated the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. Spidey is able to take down the Goblin King, only for the shoulder angel Spidey to warn him of something terrible before the shoulder devil Spidey, now humongous, eats the shoulder angel and takes his true form, the demon Nightmare. Nightmare tries to tempt Spider-Man with riches and power once more, but the hero declines, forcing Nightmare to try to destroy the webslinger. He sends him to a more nightmarish realm and attempts to overpower him. However, Spidey is able to overcome Nightmare and finally defeat him.

He comes to once more, to Nova slapping him in the face. Spidey finds out that the others did go shopping and got his Aunt May a gift for him and that, when he didn't answer their calls, they went looking for him. The next morning, Peter, Aunt May, Sam, Luke, Aya and Danny open presents. Aya finds out she got football tickets from Danny, only for Danny to realize they were meant for Luke and Luke ended up getting Aya's present, a tiara. Sam ends up with bunny slippers, which he dejectedly tosses away. Aunt May opens her gift, an antique clock and Peter gets his - a cowboy hat.

Trivia

  • The Christmas Past scenes resemble the art style of the Spider-Man comics of the late 60's-early 80's. As well, the web swinging scenes mimic those from the classic 1967 cartoon.
  • Parker Industries and the Goblin King hail from the Superior Spider-Man storyline.
  • Luke Cage wears the tiara the same way his comic book counterpart used to when he first appeared in the 1970s.

See also

The Walt Disney Company
Animated shorts
Empty SocksMickey's OrphansSanta's WorkshopMickey's Good DeedThe Night Before ChristmasToy TinkersPluto's Christmas TreeThe Small OneMickey's Christmas Carol • "Jingle Bells, Something Smells" • "The Nutcracker" • "Mickey's Mixed Nuts" • "Mickey's Christmas Chaos" • Operation: Secret Santa • "Oh, Christmas Tree!" • "Duck the Halls"
Movies
Animated The Nightmare Before ChristmasBeauty and the Beast: The Enchanted ChristmasMickey's Once Upon a ChristmasWinnie the Pooh: Seasons of GivingMickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of MouseRecess Christmas: Miracle on Third StreetA Very Merry Pooh YearMickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasMy Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas MovieA Christmas CarolMarvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
Live-action Babes in ToylandOne Magic ChristmasThe Christmas StarErnest Saves ChristmasA Mom For ChristmasIn the Nick of TimeThe Muppet Christmas CarolThe Santa ClauseThe Christmas TreeI'll Be Home For ChristmasSanta Who?The Ultimate Christmas Present 'Twas the NightThe Santa Clause 2Eloise at ChristmastimeThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseSanta BuddiesThe Search for Santa PawsGood Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Television specials and episodes
Animated
Television specials From All of Us to All of YouA Disney Christmas GiftA Disney Channel ChristmasWinnie the Pooh and Christmas TooA Goof Troop ChristmasPhineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!Prep & LandingMickey's Christmas SpecialPrep & Landing: Naughty vs. NiceToy Story That Time ForgotFrozen holiday special
Television episodes Disney Television Animation "Jolly Molly Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Doug's Secret Christmas" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" • "Don't Be Elfish" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "A Dog For All Seasons" • "The Worst Holiday Ever" • "Holiday Time" • "Seven Days of Kwanzaa" • "The Blight Before Christmas" • "Cheery Theerlap, Lloyd" • "Pete's Christmas Caper" • "Clarabelle's Christmas List" • "Happy Holidays, Mr. Gruff!" • "A Very Possible Christmas" • "Topper" • "On Whiskers, On Lola, On Cheryl and Meryl" • "Hairy Christmas" • "A Giftmas Story" • "Season's Beatings" • "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" • "Stitch and Santa" • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" • "A Cousin Kyle Christmas" • "Merry Fishmas, Milo" • "The Gift" • "Gingersnaps and Grumpy Snaps / Jollybells" • "Future-Worm and the 54 Days of Snordfest"
Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior "A Circus Town Christmas" • "Twinkle's Wish" • "The Christmas Wish " • "A Very Handy Holiday" • "The Wind-Up Toy Prince" • "Mickey Saves Santa" • "The Night Before Zipsmas / A Gift For Zooter" • "Flicker Saves Christmas" • "The Ayalas' Christmas Extravaganza" • "The Living Holiday Lights" • "It's a Winter Never Land!" • "A Very McStuffins Christmas" • "Holiday in Enchancia" • "Captain Scrooge" • "Winter's Gift" • "Toby's Christmas Critter / A Very Tricky Christmas"
Marvel Animation (post-2009) "Nightmare on Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Smash" • "Jingle Bell Rock" • "The Moon Knight Before Christmas"
Live-action
Television specials The Walt Disney Christmas ShowChristmas at Pooh CornerA Magic Kingdom Yuletide SpecialThe Disney Christmas SpecialMickey's NutcrackerDisney's Christmas Fantasy on IceA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaGood Luck Jessie: NYC ChristmasJessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker & JoeyDisney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday
Television episodes Walt Disney Television "Christmas at the Circus" • "Christmas in Wonderland" • "Refrigerator Day" • "A Roman Holiday" • "Fountain" • "Happy Holidays" • "Heck of a Hanukkah" • "Xtreme Xmas" • "Escape Claus" • "Christmas at the Tipton" • "Christmas Break" • "Killing Me Softly With His Height" • "Present Problem" • "Happy Ha-Ha Holidays" • "A So Random! Holiday Special" • "A London Carol" • "Bro Ho Ho" • "So Random! Episode 18" • "Pair of Santas" • "sANTa's Little Helpers" • "Christmas Story" • "Jingle It Up" • "A Little Elf Esteem" • "A Duncan Christmas" • "Bark! The Herald Angels Sing" • "Merry Merry It Up" • "Oh, Christmas Nuts!" • "Big Dreams & Big Apples" • "Nanny in Miami" • "Fa La La La-A-Rooney" • "Mix-Ups & Mistletoes" • "Twas the Mission Before Christmas" • "silANT night" • "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" • "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays" • "Stan Steals Christmas" • "Merry Miss Sis" • "Secret Santa" • "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" • "The Girls of Christmas Past" • "Santas & Surprises" • "Joy-to-a-Rooney" • "Single All the Way" • "Cali Christmas-A-Rooney" • "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" • "How the Griff Stole Christmas" • "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" • "The Christmas Curse"
Touchstone / ABC Studios "It's a Marginal Life" • "Yule Better Watch Out" • "I'm Scheming of a White Christmas" • "Santa's Little Helper" • "'Twas the Blight Before Christmas" • "Some Like It Hot Rod" • "'Twas the Night Before Chaos" • "'Twas the Flight Before Christmas" • "Easy Street" • "Bright Christmas" • "A Very Topanga Christmas" • "Home for the Holidays" • "An According to Jiminy Christmas" • "One Office Party Too Many" • "The Christmas Party" • "Secret Santa" • "Silent Night, Opening Night" • "Stalking Santa" • "Aru-Bah Humbug" • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" • "The Gift of Maggie" • "Christmas Time" • "Light the Lights" • "The Miracle Song" • "Fake Plastic Snow" • "The Nutcracker" • "Two for the Money" • "Holidaze" • "Boom Crunch" • "Cold Turkey" • "How the 'A' Stole Christmas"
Albums
A Family ChristmasDisney's Merry Christmas CarolsA Pooh ChristmasDisney's Christmas CollectionDisney's Christmas Collection IIDisney's Family Christmas CollectionDisney's Snowy ChristmasDisney's Princess Christmas AlbumDisney's Merry Little ChristmasA Green and Red ChristmasDisney's Holiday Celebration 2007Disney Channel HolidayDisney Holiday Magic 2009Disney Winter Wonderland 2010Phineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesMickey's Magical Holiday 2011Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
Other
Disney Parks Christmas Day ParadeThe Magic of Christmas at DisneylandThe Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney WorldFa-La-La-Lidays

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