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Ultimate Spider-Man animated series coming to Disney XD Fall 2011

Marvel & Bendis Confirm Ultimate Spidey Cartoon

For months, fans of Marvel Comics web-slinging wonder have been curious as to what the small screen potential would be for Spider-Man since Sony relinquished rights back to Marvel for animated and television adaptations of the iconic superhero. Would the Sony-produced "Spectacular Spider-Man" somehow get a third season? Would the character be rested while Marvel geared up their big "Avengers" push?

Today, the answer came in the form of "Ultimate Spider-Man" a new animated series produced by Marvel and set to debut in the fall of 2011 on cable channel Disney XD. Word first hit as part of the MIPTV conference currently being held for TV executives before Marvel made the show official by releasing a teaser image on their website.

"'Ultimate Spider-Man' will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never before seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth," Eric S. Rollman, the President of Marvel Animation explained in the release.

And for fans wondering how close this new series would hold to Brian Michael Bendis' long-running comic series of the same name, the writer held court in a series of posts on his Twitter page saying, "[I] don't have much usm cartoon news. not involved with it at the moment. working on powers tv and fire movie for universal and comics, but I do know the pitch and it sounds pretty, pretty , pretty cool.

"[If] you want to see some USM cartoon stuff with me and bagley's finger prints on them, check out the USM VG from a few years back."

In the image released by Marvel, several character familiar to the readers of Bendis' comic are visible including Ultimate Nick Fury, Nova (who may or may not be the Ultimate Rick Jones under that helmet), Iron Fist and the new super alter ego for Mary Jane Watson recently seen in "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man." Villains such as the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus are also visible.
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I'm bittersweet on the series. This puts an end to the highly enjoyable and very similar Spectacular Spider-Man. They also are using the very good at the start, very shitty now Ultimate Universe canon. Yes, Marvel has control of the character now for the animated world, so why don't they used a similar idea of what DC did with their animated universe? Either start a canon from scratch using the best of the established Marvel Universe, or just use the main Marvel Universe for storylines. Either way, the can do fan-friendly crossovers with other characters and teams.
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I'm on board for this, but disappointed that this means the end of Spectacular Spider-Man.
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jesus. this is what i hate about comic companies. they basically run a series for 2 to 3 years and then abandon it for another iteration of the same character. annoying as hell.
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I'm on board for this, but disappointed that this means the end of Spectacular Spider-Man.
Same here. SSM was excellent.
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jesus. this is what i hate about comic companies. they basically run a series for 2 to 3 years and then abandon it for another iteration of the same character. annoying as hell.
Because the primary target for them are 10 to 13-year old boys. Once the intended viewership matures and discovers girls, the network that buys the series would rather just start over.
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Because the primary target for them are 10 to 13-year old boys. Once the intended viewership matures and discovers girls, the network that buys the series would rather just start over.
obviously. that and they can sell new toys for the new shows each go around. still pisses me off that we don't get more adult comic cartoons.
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the 60s, 80s, and 90s Spider-man series were great, but i really could not stand SM Unlimited, the CGI SM, or SSM. Their writing was insipid and tired. I havent enjoyed an animated comic series since JLU ended.
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Paul Dini joins Ultimate Spider-Man

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Dini Joins 'Ultimate Spider-Man' Animated Series, Promises A 'Redefined' Peter Parker

Posted 8/4/10 4:59 pm ET by Rick Marshall in Hot Stuff, Marvel, News

Ultimate Spider-ManA few months ago, word broke that a new "Ultimate Spider-Man" animated series was headed to Disney XD next year, based on veteran writer Brian Bendis' celebrated comic book series.

Attendees at this year's Comic-Con were treated to a bit more news about the project, with "Ben 10" creators Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle (collectively known as "Man of Action") joining the "Ultimate Spider-Man" animated series alongside Bendis himself.

But the news doesn't stop there, folks.

I'm excited to bring you the exclusive news that the creative team for the "Ultimate Spider-Man" animated series will also include veteran writer and producer Paul Dini, known for his work on a long list of fan-favorite projects such as "Batman: The Animated Series," "Justice League," the ABC television series "Lost," and the "Batman: Arkham Asylum" video game.

In an interview with MTV News, Dini explained some of the team's plan for the series and how it will differ from recent and existing Spider-Man cartoons. He also dropped some hints about what the upcoming "redefinition" of Peter Parker will entail.

MTV NEWS: First off, I have to ask about the roles you and the rest of the "Ultimate Spider-Man" creative team will play in the series. This is an all-star team, after all...

PAUL DINI: We're really all just going to go off each other's energy. Brian's work is a great part of the inspiration for the series, and the Man Of Action writers are going to handle the bulk of the episode scripting. Everything is going to be produced under the watchful eye of Jeph Loeb. We had an early meeting last week with myself, Jeph, and a few of the directors and designers, and I think everybody's on the same page with what we want the show to look like and the feel of the show.

MTV: Given the title of teh series, everyone expects it to be an animated version of Brian's comic book series. Will it be an adaptation, or will it keep certain elements and go off in its own direction?

DINI: It's 50/50. There are elements that are going to come directly from the comics, and there are elements that are just going to take it into an entirely new and different direction — and yet, they're going to harken back to that particular iteration of Spider-Man.

MTV: How will it differ from recent and existing series, like "Spectacular Spider-Man"? Is there something that's going to distinguish the "Ultimate" adventures of Spidey from the "Spectacular" stories?

DINI: We're going to be pairing him up with new and different Marvel characters. There's going to be a lot of guest-star action, and there's going to be a redefinition of Peter Parker within the Spider-Man world. We're going to change a few things — nothing too dramatically, but you look at the Spider-Man concept from the early '60s and you take a look at where teens are now, and you realize you can't really go back and redo what was done so well in the comics. You have to ask, "What if this was all happening today? How do you redefine 'With great power comes great responsibility?' How do you redefine the villains of that world and the supporting characters?"

You also don't want to repeat the same old tropes. As much as I love elements of Spider-Man's past, I don't really want to go back in and retell the Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin story in animation just so I can do my take on it. I don't want to redo the first Spider Slayer story. I don't want to redo some of those classic Lee/Romita and Lee/Ditka stories just for the sake of seeing them rendered in animation. For now, I just want to approach Spider-Man with fresh eyes, taking a few things we know about him and just doing a new spin on the concept. I think old-time fans will find what we've done with the character to be pretty good and thoughtful, because we're not out to junk-up Spider-Man. That's not our intent.

MTV: You've said what you don't want to do, but what's the general approach toward "redefining" Peter Parker in "Ultimate Spider-Man?"

DINI: It's sort of like what Brian did with the whole 'Ultimate Spider-Man' idea. He just looked at it from a new perspective. There were things that made the fans sort of sit up and say, 'Hey, I never thought of that before, but it really does work with Spider-Man's universe.' That's the same thing we're doing here.

We're also taking a much different approach visually with the way we show how Spider-Man moves and works and acts within this new world. It's going to be a complete change as far as the visualization of what it's like to be Spider-Man.

MTV: So much of your career has focused on Batman and the DC heroes. What's the appeal of Spider-Man for you?

DINI: I love Spider-Man, and I've never worked with the character before. It's fun to try something new. There's a different energy to Spider-Man than there is to Batman. Batman is dark and moody and spooky, and in some cases, methodical. There's more of an element of a procedural around Batman, and there's all sorts of great things you can do within his world. In animation, when we first rendered Batman's world at Warner Bros., we were able to make it very dark and noir-ish and grim, which all takes its cues from Batman's character.

Spider-Man's world is more chaotic, more kinetic — it's almost like stream of consciousness. You have to really put yourself in that mindset to tackle Spider-Man effectively. If you're redefining the character that way, you want to redefine his world along those lines as well, and move things along and make it a lot faster. He's a character who makes mistakes and has to go back and set things right and then continue on. He's somebody who's constantly thinking on his feet and trying to figure this out, because he hasn't been doing it as long as Batman — it's all new to him. It really is "great responsibility." As cool as it is to be Spider-Man at times, there's also a price to pay for that — and he has to learn to balance things out.

MTV: As far as timing and stories go, how many episodes are you planning for the first season?

DINI: There's 26 episodes in front of us, and we're breaking it into two increments.
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woah. that's cool news.
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This could be good. Sorry, but SSM sucked.

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