This American animated series features the much loved hero – Spider-Man, who was created by Marvel Comics. Marvel has been taking over the entertainment industry with many of its superhero characters being brought to life in the form of movies and television series. The show debuted alongside The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ Season 2 as part of the Marvel Universe programming block on 1st April 2012.
Who are the people behind the show?
The series was written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is also the writer behind the Spider-Man comic book series, Paul Dini and Man of Action. The last credited writer is actually a group of people that consist of Steven Seagle, Joe Casey, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Kelly. The first two also serve as producers of the show, while Man of Action who are credited with being creators of the animated series Ben 10 and Generator Rex act as supervising producers. J.K. Simmons comes back as J. Jonah Jameson while notable voice actors like Adrian Pasdar, who reprises the role of Iron Man, and Kevin Michael Richardson voicing the roles of Bulldozer and Robbie Robertson.
What can we expect from the show?
The series shows Spider Man becoming the newest addition to the S.H.I.E.L.D. family under the guidance and leadership of Nick Fury. Famous Villains like Doctor Doom, Living Laser and Venom were sown in a trailer in the San Diego Comic Con 2011. Season 3 had Spider Man joining the Avengers and facing new characters like Agent Venom, Amadeus Cho, Ka-Zara and Cloak and Dagger that were introduced in the show. The newest season, titled Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6 is the fourth series in this animated franchise and aired on 21st February 2016. To build up expectations, the DVD and Blu-ray release of Ant-Man showed a preview of what was to come in the fourth season.
The whole series begins with Peter Parker doing his usual superhero bit of saving lives and fighting villains, but he is offered a chance to become a real superhero by getting trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. and working with a team of other teenage superheroes who are White Tiger, Iron Fist, Power Man and Nova. He sees his best friend Harry Osborne being bonded with the Venom symbiote, and Norma Osborne being transformed into the Green Goblin.
Season 2 sees the S.H.I.E.L.D.’s helicarrier being destroyed by the Green Goblin, and S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist Dr. Curt Conners becomes the Lizard, who joins forces with Doctor Octopus, Beetle, Electro, Rhino and Kraven the Hunter to make the Sinister 6 team. Although Season 3 has Spidey joining the Avengers officially, he resigns and decided to stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. after a fight with Norse God Loki where the Venom symbiote is used with other Norse creatures. Spiderman forms the New Warriors team which fights against the Thunderbolts who are on the Green Goblin’s team.
The newest Season shows Dr. Octopus allying himself with Arnim Zola and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s enemy HYDRA to form a new Sinister 6. A new character, the Scarlet Spider is introduced and this show sees Spider Man fighting evil with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his own newly formed team.
How has the show been received?
The show has seen a mixed reception from both fans and critics alike. It was shot down by Brian Lowry of Variety who said “the show was 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
On the other hand, the show received 4/5 stars from Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media who said that the lessons learnt by Peter Parker on responsibility under his mentor’s guidance would leave a lasting impression on young viewers.
It has a 7.2/10 rating on IMDb and a 6.6/10 score on TV.com. You can catch the adventures of the animated crime fighter on Disney XD and the Disney Channel.