The wall-crawler’s origin is retold in a new short promoting Marvel’s Spider-Man animated series.
Released by Disney XD, the four-minute short — it can be viewed at Entertainment Weekly — depicts Spider-Man swinging through the streets of New York City and coming across Oscorp Industries. That triggers a flashback to a field trip where we meet supporting characters Harry Osborn and Liz Allan, along with future foes Mr. Smythe and his son Alister.
After Peter Parker finds a peculiar-looking blue-and-red spider crawling on a wall, a siren goes off and a guard alerts everyone to a group of spiders breaking out of their containment units. Then the one thing that can unsettle a scientist comes into play: chance. Right when it looks as if Harry and his partner Alister will get to examine a new robot, Harry decides to let Peter and Liz go first. Of course, the spider bites Peter, and the short ends with the nauseated teen inadvertently using his newfound super-strength to knock down a restroom door.
Marvel’s Spider-Man will premiere later this summer on Disney XD. However, ahead of the launch the cable network will a new animated short each day, from July 24 to July 29, on television and on its YouTube Channel.
Although there’s been no confirmation by either Marvel Television or Disney XD, merchandise recently surfaced suggesting that Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen will have prominent roles on the series; Venom is also depicted. Both Miles Morales and Spider-Woman (aka Spider-Gwen) appeared on Ultimate Spider-Man, which premiered in 2012 as part of Disney XD’s Marvel Universe programming block.
No casting announcements have been made for Marvel’s Spider-Man. Philip Pignotti (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) is the supervising director, with Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken) serving as story editor. Consulting producers are Dan Slott (Spider-Man: Big Time, The Superior Spider-Man), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man).
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