First announced at last year’s New York Comic Con, Marvel’s Spider-Man is a brand new animated television series debuting on Disney XD this year.
“Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic character whose duality makes him both relatable and aspirational for the Disney XD audience,” said Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Marvel in this new original series that offers a fresh take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense of comedy.”
“We’ve been secretly nurturing ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ for years now, so we are thrilled to finally announce it. 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. And thanks to story editor Kevin Shinick (‘Robot Chicken,’ ‘Mad’) and supervising director Philip Pignotti (‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble’), it’s just filled with heart and humor,” said Cort Lane, senior vice president of Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment.
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Peter Parker isn’t the only spider-powered superhero we can expect to see in Marvel’s Spider-Man, though, as early promotional pictures seemingly confirm that Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales and the fan-favorite Spider-Gwen will at least be swinging by to lend Spidey a hand. The images also reveal that longtime Spider-Man foe Venom will make an appearance on the show as well.
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It’s good that Spidey’s friends will be joining him in the new cartoon because, if the stories they have lined up for him are any indication, he’s going to need all the help he can get.
In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Marvel Animation Vice President reveals that the team behind Marvel’s Spider-Man is working on adapting at least two major recent storylines from the comics.
“Another story we have coming up on the Spidey side… we’ll get to Spider-Island at some point,” said Wacker. “That was a big Spider-Man story in publishing.” Spider-Island was a 2011 Spider-Man-centric comic book event that had the people of Manhattan suddenly gaining spider-powers. This major event also planted the seeds for another big contemporary Spider-Man story that Wacker and company will be working on adapting in Marvel’s Spider-Man – one that, without exaggeration, truly shook the core of the character.
“The big one for me would be Superior Spider-Man,” Wacker reveals. “That was the last big story I worked on in the comics side with Dan Slott. I’m not quite sure how we get there, but I’d love to see it.” Superior Spider-Man showed Doctor Octopus managing to cheat death by switching minds with Peter Parker, assuming the identity of Spider-Man for some time and trying to be a better, more brutal version of the friendly neighborhood hero, with the rest of the world unaware of his deception. This all but confirms that Doc Ock will also make an appearance on Marvel’s Spider-Man (which, to be honest, is hardly surprising).
Check out the teaser trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man below, which will hit Disney XD sometime in July 2017 (around the same time as the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters):