Spider-Man (2017 TV series)

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Marvel's Spider-Man
Marvel Spider-Man Title.png
GenreSuperhero fiction
Based onSpider-Man
by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Developed byKevin Shinick
Voices of
Theme music composerKevin Manthei
Composer(s)Kevin Manthei
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time21–22 mins
Production company(s)Marvel Animation
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney XD
Original releaseAugust 19, 2017 (2017-08-19) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byUltimate Spider-Man

Marvel's Spider-Man, or simply Spider-Man, is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is a replacement for the previous series, Ultimate Spider-Man, and premiered on August 19, 2017 on Disney XD.

The series was renewed for a second season in early 2018[1][2] which premiered on June 18, 2018.[3]

Plot[edit]

A gifted teenager named Peter Parker is given spider-like powers when he is bitten by a radioactive spider during a school field trip to Oscorp. After the death of his Uncle Ben at the hands of a burglar, Parker comes to his own terms of becoming a masked superhero named Spider-Man, learning to balance his crime-fighting career with his new enrollment at Horizon High, a school for students with genius-level intellect.[4]

In Season Two, Peter Parker will navigate his sophomore year and work at the Daily Bugle while contending with Doctor Octopus. This season will adopt plotlines from The Superior Spider-Man comics in which Doctor Octopus takes over Spider-Man's body while trapping his mind in Living Brain.[5]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Spider-Man / Peter Parker (voiced by Robbie Daymond)[6] - A teenager who was bitten by a genetically-modified spider during a field trip to Oscorp.
  • Gwen Stacy (voiced by Laura Bailey)[6] - A student at Horizon High. In this show, Gwen is the niece of Raymond Warren. She briefly takes on the alias of Spider-Gwen when the majority of New York was exposed to Jackal's chemicals, but is later cured in the climax of the Spider-Island incident.
  • Miles Morales (voiced by Nadji Jeter)[6] - A student of Horizon High who was bitten by the Electrolis Arachnatis spider created by Raymond Warren. Spider-Man became a mentor to Miles. In "Kraven's AMazing Hunt," he discovers Peter Parker is Spider-Man and promises not to tell anyone at school.
  • Aunt May Parker (voiced by Nancy Linari)[6] - The aunt of Peter Parker.
  • Spider-Girl / Anya Corazon (voiced by Melanie Minichino)[6] - A student at Horizon High. In Season 2, she takes on the alias of Spider-Girl, demonstrating Spider Powers of her own (just like during the Spider-Island incident). So far, Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales know that Anya Corazon is Spider-Girl, but Peter Parker has yet to learn of this.
  • Hobgoblin / Harry Osborn (voiced by Max Mittelman)[6] - The son of Norman Osborn and the best friend of Peter Parker. He later discovers Peter Parker is Spider-Man and receives the Hobgoblin armor from his father following the "Spider-Island" incident.
  • Max Modell (voiced by Fred Tatasciore)[6] - The headmaster of Horizon High.
  • J. Jonah Jameson (voiced by Bob Joles)[7] - The head of Daily Bugle Communications who criticizes Spider-Man.

Villains[edit]

  • Doctor Octopus / Otto Octavius / Superior Spider-Man (voiсed by Scott Menville)[6] - In this show, Otto Octavius is a scientific prodigy who graduated from school early and became a teacher at Horizon High. An accident by Crimson Dynamo caused Otto's harness with tentacle-like appendages to be fused to his body. He later starts a career as a criminal, renaming himself "Doctor Octopus". In Season 2, Otto's quarrel with Spider-Man had resulted in Otto comatose, but his mind ended up in robotic technology called "The Living Brain". Otto's mind is now currently in Spider-Man's body, whereas Peter Parker's is trapped inside the robotic body of the Living Brain.
  • Norman Osborn (voiced by Josh Keaton)[8] - Harry's father and the CEO of Oscorp. In the 2-part Season 1 Finale, Norman also takes the alias of the Hobgoblin upon wearing a copy of the Hobgoblin armor.
  • Jackal / Raymond Warren (voiсed by John DiMaggio)[6] - In this show, Raymond Warren is the uncle of Gwen Stacy who can turn into an animalistic, green-furred criminal called "The Jackal" trying to steal technology for unknown purposes. In his earlier life, Raymond was a former staff member at Empire State University who was dismissed for his genetic experiments. He was later revealed to have created the spiders that gave Peter and Miles their abilities and he fully intends to use them to create an entire army at his command.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In October 2016, the series was announced by Cort Lane, senior vice president of Marvel Animation, as a replacement for the series' predecessor, Ultimate Spider-Man, which ended its run in early January 2017. It premiered on August 19, 2017 on Disney XD.[4][9]

Crew[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The show premiered August 19 on Disney XD in the US, August 28 on Disney XD in India and a simulcast premiere October 14 on Disney Channel and Disney XD in Southeast Asia.

Reception[edit]

Amy Ratcliffe of IGN gave the first season's premiere a score of 7.4 out of 10, writing that the series "strikes a solid balance between the familiar and the new, emphasizing qualities and hallmarks Spider-Man is known for while skipping over well-trod territory like showing the origin story." She commented, Marvel's Spider-Man "has enough of a different approach to make it stand apart from other animated takes on the character."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marvel's Spider-Man Season 2 Coming in 2018". ScreenRant. 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  2. ^ Mueller, Matthew (2018-03-17). "'Avengers: Infinity War's Benedict Cumberbatch Broke A Marvel Rule To Learn The Film Is Mind-Blowingly Epic". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  3. ^ Trumbore, Dave (2018-05-26). "Marvel's Spider-Man Season 2 Release Date Confirmed". Collider. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  4. ^ a b Christian Holub (2017-06-28). "Revisit Spider-Man's origin in new animated short". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Mike Cecchini (2018-01-25). "Spider-Man Season 2 Will Follow the Superior Spider-Man Story". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Marvel's Spider-Man on Disney XD". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (2018-05-23). "'Marvel's Spider-Man' Returns to XD with Hour-Long Premiere in June". Animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  8. ^ Trumbore, Dave (August 18, 2017). "'Marvel's Spider-Man' Showrunner Kevin Shinick Focuses on "Science and Relationships"". Collider.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Exclusive: New 'Spider-Man' animated series coming in 2017". USA Today. 2016-10-08. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Ratcliffe, Amy (16 August 2017). "Marvel's Venom: Season 1 Premiere "Horizon High" Review". IGN. Retrieved 2 September 2017.

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