Marvel Animation made the main voice cast official for its upcoming Marvel's Spider-Man animated series during its panel Friday evening at Disney's D23 Expo convention in Anaheim, along with the date of the show's series premiere.
Marvel's Spider-Man will debut with a one-hour episode at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 on Disney XD, and will be available on the Disney XD App and VOD that same day. The voice cast is headlined by veteran voice actor Robbie Daymond as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Justice League: Action's Max Mittelman as Harry Osborn and The Last of Us' Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales -- and the show will also feature some names very familiar to comic book fans in supporting roles.
Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, a superstar comics artist and the former Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, will play "Joe" on the series, the owner of the "Cup O' Joe" coffee shop -- named after Quesada's long-running "Cup O' Joe" panels at comic book conventions -- where Peter and Harry frequently meet.
"I had to dig deep, I had to find the true essence of the character and really go outside myself," Quesada told the panel. "Nah, I just read lines, that's all I did." Quesada then said that voice acting was the most "daunting" thing he's done thus far in his professional career. Quesada also serves as an executive producer on the show; current Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is a consulting producer.
Additionally, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt -- whose credits include his multifaceted performance on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." -- will play the show's Uncle Ben.
Rounding out the cast are Melanie Minichino as Anya Corazon (Araña and Spider-Girl in Marvel Comics), Fred Tatasciore as Max Modell (a character introduced in 2010 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos as the head of Horizon Labs, here the head of Horizon High), Laura Bailey as Gwen Stacy, Nancy Linari as Aunt May, Patton Oswalt, Scott Menville as Doctor Octopus, John DiMaggio as The Jackal and Alastair Duncan as Vulture, who -- fresh off the character's antagonist role in feature film Spider-Man: Homecoming, as played there by Michael Keaton -- appears in the first episode.
Marvel's Cort Lane (Senior Vice-President, Animation & Family Entertainment) announced during the panel that the symbiote story in Marvel's Spider-Man will connect with the symbiote plotline in Disney XD's Guardians of the Galaxy series, and the two "will come together one day."
Marvel Animation has also released a new spot for the animated series:
Here's the official description of the series: "In the new series, Marvel's Spider-Man, we will see a fresh take on Spider-Man, as Peter Parker is learning the responsibility that comes along with being a new, super-powered hero in New York City, just as he's being accepted into Horizon High, a high school for brilliant young scientific minds. He struggles with the duality of his social life at school and hiding his secret identity from everyone including his best friend Harry Osborn, who attends the competing Osborn Academy for geniuses. As Peter embraces his alter-ego and takes on super villains such as Vulture, Lizard, Doctor Octopus and Sandman, he watches his hero lifestyle come between his personal relationships and struggles to keep Harry from landing on the wrong side of the law."
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