Power Man Joins Spider-Man's "Ultimate" Friends

In a double whammy squad reveal, Marvel has unveiled designs and details for "Ultimate Spider-Man" character Power Man, following the info on White Tiger released earlier today. Power Man is the third squad member joining Spider-Man in his animated adventures with S.H.I.E.L.D. beginning April 1 on Disney XD.

"There are some people who are more familiar with my work, who are going to think that I shoehorned Luke Cage into yet another project," Consulting Producer Brian Michael Bendis told Marvel.com. "I completely understand why that may seem to be the case, but Luke was on the team before I was on the team. As far as this cartoon went, it was something that the guys had put together before I had joined on. But it is fun to write him as a teenager, and I do sort of write him with the knowledge of the man he's going to become. That's kind of the way I wrote the Peter Parker in 'Ultimate Spider-Man' [the comic series] for many years. You're writing the teenager who you know will one day become the Peter Parker we know and love. This is the Luke that will eventually become Luke Cage."

Also speaking to the motivations of Luke Cage's animated counterpart was Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, who called the character "a little more carefree" without the troubled past of the adult Cage.

"What we like about the 'Ultimate Spider-Man' Luke Cage is that he's still instilled with his fierce sense of loyalty and family," Loeb said. "It's an important theme to the new series and Luke embodies that well."

Power Man is the third of four heroes joining Spider-Man in Nick Fury's in-training S.H.I.E.L.D. squad for the animated outing. White Tiger and Iron Fist have already been revealed with Nova, the human rocket, as the final puzzle piece to fall into place.

"Ultimate Spider-Man" premieres April 1 on Disney XD.

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