A new Spider-Man animated series will swing into Disney XD next year.
Announced this afternoon at New York Comic Con, "Marvel's Spider-Man" will take the wall-crawler back to his early days, as a teenage superhero, no doubt to capitalize on the July arrival of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in theaters.
"We've been secretly nurturing 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for years now, so we are thrilled to finally announce it," Cort Lane, senior vice president of Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment, said in a statement. "The simple title reflects a back-to-basics approach – the story of an ordinary teen, Peter Parker, who suddenly finds himself with strange new powers and overwhelming responsibility.
The current animated series, "Ultimate Spider-Man," will conclude its four-season run in January with the two-part finale "Graduation Day," which finds Peter Parker battling Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Six to save New York City.
Debuting in 2012 as part of Disney XD's Marvel Universe programming block, "Ultimate Spider-Man" began with the wall-crawler (voiced by Drake Bell) one year into his career, as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Chi McBride) offers him a chance to train alongside four other teenagers -- Nova, White Tiger, Iron Fist and Power Man -- to become a real superhero.
With the third season the series was retitled "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," with Spider-Man assigned by Fury to form the New Warriors. The name of the current fourth and final season, "Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. the Sinister 6," is pretty self-explanatory. The series has also featured such Marvel Comics characters as the Vulture, Squirrel Girl, Venom, Flash Thompson, Amadeus Cho, Green Goblin, MODOK, Kraven the Hunter, Spider-Gwen and, of course, Mary Jane Watson.
Philip Pignotti ("Marvel's Avengers Assemble") will be supervising director of "Marvel's Spider-Man," 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”).
There's no word yet whether "Ultimate Spider-Man's" lineup of writers, which included Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini and Man of Action (Steven T. Seagle, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey and Duncan Rouleau), will be involved with the new series.
Directed by Jon Watts, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine and a host of others. The film, from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, arrives in theaters on July 7, 2017.
(via USA Today)