While the big news out of Comic-Con International surrounding Marvel’s upcoming animated adaptation of its hit “Ultimate Spider-Man” series was the creative involvement of original comic writer Brian Michael Benids, yesterday the creative team of the show got shored up by even more talent known for comics and cartoons alike.
MTV reports that Paul Dini, best known for his work on “Batman: The Animated Series” and many subsequent Batman comics, will come aboard the “Ultimate Spider-Man” show set to debut on Disney XD in 2011. Dini joins Bendis and the “Man of Action” team of comics and animation creators Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle on the new series.
“Brian’s work is a great part of the inspiration for the series, and the Man Of Action writers are going to handle the bulk of the episode scripting,” Dini told MTV of the work division supervised by Marvel’s new head of TV Jeph Loeb.
The writer went on to describe the series outlook in comparison to the original “Ultimate” comic by Bendis and Mark Bagley, saying, “There are elements that are going to come directly from the comics, and there are elements that are just going to take it into an entirely new and different direction – and yet, they’re going to harken back to that particular iteration of Spider-Man…We’re going to be pairing him up with new and different Marvel characters. There’s going to be a lot of guest-star action, and there’s going to be a redefinition of Peter Parker within the Spider-Man world. We’re going to change a few things – nothing too dramatically, but you look at the Spider-Man concept from the early ’60s and you take a look at where teens are now, and you realize you can’t really go back and redo what was done so well in the comics. You have to ask, ‘What if this was all happening today?'”