Spider-Man

Marvel's new Spider-Man cartoon puts emphasis on Horizon High's Peter Parker

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If you were exposed to Spider-Man as a kid, there’s a good chance it was by way of an animated series, which became a gateway into the comics and toys. For Baby Boomers, there was the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon based on the work of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, where Spidey was voiced by Paul Soles. Generation X had two to choose from: the early 1980’s show Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, where Peter Parker shared an apartment with Firestar and Iceman; and the mid-1990's Spider-Man: The Animated Series that ran on Fox Kids, and was one of the most popular animated series of all time. After two short-lived attempts in 1999 and 2003, Millennials got The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008-2009) and Ultimate Spider-Man (2012-2017).

Using Spider-Man: Homecoming as a springboard for the next great animated Spider-Man, Disney XD was quick to strike while the iron was hot to produce Marvel’s Spider-Man, which will premiere August 19 at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel's Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment, Cort Lane, their Story Editor, Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken), and the voice of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, Robbie Daymond, came by the SYFY WIRE interview studio to talk about their new take on Spider-Man, which puts an emphasis on Peter Parker and his life at Horizon High. The high school campus and also rival schools will serve as a main source of adversity for both Peter and Spider-Man.

Parker's love of science and technology will be a key element of the show, andSpider-Man will also feature both Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter) and Spider-Gwen (Laura Bailey) as series regulars. We talk about all of this, as well as how Spider-Man effectively teaches audiences of all ages about defeating great adversity. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think.

Fans can preview Marvel's Spider-Man through six animated shorts that have already been released on Disney XD’s YouTube channel, detailing the modernized origin. Notice the style in the art design, the speed of the "camera" and action, all noticeable upgrades over recent Marvel cartoons. This series has a lot of promise, and also features the voice talent of Fred Tatasciore, Steven Blum, Scott Menville, Patton Oswald, John DiMaggio, and yes, true believers, Stan Lee.