Disney XD and Marvel Animation had a big announcement for fans at New York Comic Con this year, the two companies will bring an all-new animated series called “Marvel’s Spider-Man” to Disney XD in 2017. Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, which currently airs on the network, will culminate in January 2017 with an exciting two-part finale arc called “Graduation Day”. That special event will see Spider-Man stop Doctor Octopus and the Superior Sinister Six from destroying all of the heroes in New York City.
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man tracked the evolution of a street-level hero who fights alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. and other iconic Marvel heroes to become the Ultimate Spidey. For 2016 to date, the series has reached 51 million Total Viewers across the U.S., generated close to 4 million consumer engagements via VOD/STB and ranks among the network’s top 5 animated series in key targeted boy demographics.
That leaves some pretty big Spidey-shoes to fill for the new series, which tells the story of an unsure (but courageous) teen who has to figure out how to be a Super Hero from the very beginning. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Thor”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”), Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Kevin Shinick (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Robot Chicken”) and Marsha Griffin (“Transformers Prime,” “The Life and Times of Juniper Lee”); consulting producers 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”); and supervising director Philip Pignotti (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”).
“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, SVP Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment.
“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.”
Lane broke the news that Marvel and Funko have collaborated to create three brand-new animated shorts that will be released later this year. The animated short Spellbound featuring Spider-Man and Iron Man facing off against the trickster Loki and his mind-controlling scepter, debuted to an enthusiastic crowd during the panel. The two other shorts include Chimichangas featuring Deadpool facing-off against Venom and Rescue where Rocket breaks into the Collector’s museum to try and set his buddy, Groot, free.
“We are beyond excited to bring our Pop! Vinyl to life by collaborating with Marvel,” said Mark Robben, Funko’s Director of Marketing. “We hope fans enjoy these short films as much as they do collecting Pop!, and hopefully we’ll be able to create many more.”
Fans can find more of Funko’s adorable Marvel creations on sites like Amazon.com.
Lane also shared the exciting news that fans will soon get to enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp together in the Ant-Man animated shorts coming next year to Disney XD! Created by Passion Pictures and directed by
French duo Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach, fans will see the pair like never seen them before. Ant-Man will be voiced by Josh Keaton (Voltron: Legendary Defender, Transformers Prime) and the Wasp will be voiced by Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory).
Additional breaking news came from the announcement that Marvel Animation will welcome Marvel’s very own Hayley Atwell back to the beloved role as SSR’s greatest asset as the voice of Agent Carter on
Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars. In the episode, past and present collide as Howard Stark and Peggy Carter team-up with Iron Man and Captain America to stop Kang the Conqueror!