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Ultimate Spider-Man (TV series)

Ultimate Spider-Man
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Genre Superhero
Action/Adventure
Science fiction
Comedy
Format Animated series
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
(characters)
Developed by Marvel Animation
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Paul Dini
Steven T. Seagle
Joe Kelly
Joe Casey
Duncan Rouleau
Voices of Drake Bell
Ogie Banks
Greg Cipes
Clark Gregg
Tom Kenny
Matt Lanter
Misty Lee
Caitlyn Taylor Love
Chi McBride
Logan Miller
J.K. Simmons
Tara Strong
Steven Weber
Composer(s) Kevin Manthei
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Brian Michael Bendis
Paul Dini
Production companies Marvel Animation Studios
Film Roman
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel Disney XD
Disney Channel
Original run 1 April 2012 (Disney XD)
5 October 2013 (Disney Channel) – present
External links
Website

Ultimate Spider-Man is an American animated television series based on the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, published by Marvel Comics, including some elements of Marvel's Ultimate line of books. The series is written by Brian Michael Bendis (who also writes the comic book series Ultimate Spider-Man), Paul Dini, and Man of Action (a group consisting of Steven T. Seagle, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, and Duncan Rouleau). It was first announced to air on Disney XD in early 2012,[1][2][3] and debuted alongside The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes's second season as part of the Marvel Universe programming block on April 1, 2012.

Production

Brian Michael Bendis and Paul Dini will be serving as writers and producers on the show.[4][5] Man of Action (a group consisting of Steven T. Seagle, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, and Duncan Rouleau), the creators of the animated series Ben 10 and Generator Rex, serve as supervising producers on the show.[6] Twenty-six episodes were ordered for the first season.[5] According to Paul Dini, this series will have a "redefined" Peter Parker. He further stated that the series will have Spider-Man guest-starring with different characters and will be partially based on Bendis' comics while the rest will be original material, such as the origins of some heroes and villains.[5] Actor J. K. Simmons has confirmed that he will reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Raimi's live-action Spider-Man film trilogy for the series.[7] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, actor Adrian Pasdar confirmed that he would be voicing Iron Man in the series; the character was also voiced by him in Madhouse's and Marvel's Iron Man anime.[8][9] In an interview with MTV, voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson announced that he would be voicing Robbie Robertson and Bulldozer in the series.[10]

According to Marvel and Disney, the series depicts Spider-Man becoming the newest member of S.H.I.E.L.D. under the leadership of Nick Fury, on a team with four other teenage superheroes. Villains such as Living Laser, Venom and Doctor Doom were seen in a trailer shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con.[11]

Ultimate Spider-Man premiered on April 1, 2012 on Disney XD in the United States, while the pilot episode was released on Xbox Live and PlayStation Store on April 2, 2012.[12] In the UK and Ireland the show premiered on Disney UK and Ireland on May 31, 2013. It premiered in Canada on June 22, 2012, on Teletoon.

Promotions and tie-ins

Writer/producer Joe Kelly (left) and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada (right) prepare a March 31, 2012 sneak preview of Part 1 of the series pilot for fans at Midtown Comics in Manhattan, the day before the series' broadcast TV debut. At right, an audience watches the episode.

Launch parties for the series were held in New York City and Los Angeles on March 31, 2012, the day before the series' broadcast television debut. On hand at the New York City party at Midtown Comics Downtown in Manhattan were Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, writer/producer Joe Kelly and Chris Eliopoulos, who wrote the first issue of the tie-in comic book, while the Los Angeles party at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood was attended by Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle, voice actors Clark Gregg and Misty Lee, and Creative Consultant Paul Dini, who wrote the series pilot.[13][14][15]

A comic book series that ties in with the show called Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures debuted on April 25, 2012.[16] Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures is an ongoing series and is being released alongside The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adventures. The comics was written by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton, while Nuno Plati provided artwork.[17]

Synopsis

Main article: List of Ultimate Spider-Man episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 April 1, 2012 October 28, 2012
2 26 January 21, 2013 November 10, 2013


Season One

As the series begins, Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for one year. He has saved lives and fought supervillains, but he is still in the process of learning how to be a superhero. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. offers Peter the chance to train to be a real superhero and become "The Ultimate Spider-Man". However, Peter will first have to learn how to work with a team of four fellow teenage superheroes.[18] The teen heroes Spider-Man will be teaming up with are Nova, White Tiger, Iron Fist, and Power Man.[19]

Season Two

Following the fight with the Green Goblin which resulted in the destruction of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Spider-Man's team ends up staying at Peter Parker's house. The first four episodes of the season feature the first appearances in this series of Lizard, Electro, Rhino, and Kraven the Hunter. Episode 5 features a team-up with the Avenger Hawkeye and Episode 6 the first appearance of the Sinister Six, which consists of Lizard, Electro, Rhino, Kraven the Hunter, Beetle, and Doctor Octopus.[20][21]

Season Three

Disney XD and Marvel officially announced Season Three on July 20, 2013 at San Diego Comic Con.[22] Season Three will include Spider-Man joining the Avengers (consisting of the line-up from Marvel's Avengers Assemble) and introducing characters such as Cloak and Dagger, Amadeus Cho, Ka-Zar, and Agent Venom.[22]

Cast

Main cast

Additional cast

Crew

Critical reception

Critical and fan reception of the series pilot was mixed. Brian Lowry of Variety criticized the series, suggesting that the source material was "strained through the juvenile, rapid-fire-joke filter of Family Guy", and called the show a "high-profile misfire" that didn't "bode well for Marvel's efforts to straddle the line of catering to kids without dumbing down venerable properties that plenty of adults know and love."[90] Eric Goldman of IGN gave the pilot an "Okay" rating of 6 out of 10, stating that while some of the humor was enjoyable, and that the show's target audience of children would love it, "this Spider-Man just doesn't feel like Spider-Man" and that it felt "off, mannered and forced." Goodman also felt that the animation was unimpressive, and that the breaking of the fourth wall was a more familiar signature trait of Deadpool's than of Spider-Man's. He summed up the show as "a missed opportunity for something that truly hit[s] home with Spider-Man fans of all ages."[91]

David Sims of The A.V. Club gave the pilot a "C" ranking, writing that the first episode "feels rather lame and perfunctory, with wackiness dialed up to 11 in an effort to distract from how fundamentally bland it is."[92] Sim subsequently gave a "C+" to the episode "Doomed"[93] and a "B+" to the episode "Back in Black."[94] Oliver Sava, also of the A.V. Club, gave the episode "Venom" a "B", stating that the title of the show should be changed to Synergy Spider-Man, because it goes beyond movie and Ultimate continuity to create an entry point for young viewers into the main line of Marvel titles.[95] Sava subsequently gave the episode "Field Trip" an "A-".[96]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show a 4 out of 5 stars, noting the abundance of action and humor afforded by the series' premise, and opining that the lessons that Parker learns about growth and responsibility under the guidance of his mentor and friends would make lasting impressions on young viewers.[97]

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Big Cartoon DataBase
  • TV.com

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