Ultimate Spider-Man, The Animated Series. Review
Ultimate Spider-Man is the latest Spider-Man animation series.
The show is loosely based on the Ultimate Spider-Man comic from Marvel Comics.
It is produced and written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is also the lead writer on the Ultimate Spider-Man comic.
The show starts one year after Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell) has become Spider-Man, up until this point he has been on his own and become J. Jonah Jameson (J.K Simmons has reprised the role from the Sam Raimi films) public enemy number one. After a battle with another masked villain and part of a block in downtown New York has been destroyed. Spider-Man is approached by Nick Fury head of SHIELD.
He is offering to teach Spider-Man to be a better fighter and become an Ultimate Spider-Man and maybe one day joins the ranks of the Avengers.
Spider-Man turns him down, but in case Spider-Man changes his mind Nick gives him an upgrade on his Web Shooters.
A little while later Peter decides to take up Nick Fury offer and boards the SHIELD Helicarrier. Here Fury informs Spider-Man that he will be training with other Teenage super heroes. These heroes are Power Man, Iron Fist, White Tiger and Nova.
Spidy not sure at first as he is use to working alone, but Fury explains that they have little experience in the field and he can teach them about it.
The shows format is a different enemy of the week; however with the exception of the new team Spider-Man is training with there will be a 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.
There is also a secondary story line running though each episode that will be episodic. This will most likely be the concluded in the final episode of the season.
The show has been ordered for 26 episodes.
Is the show any good?
In one word Yes! It is actually very good and my kids love it.
It has all the messages that should be there teaching kid about responsibility and team work. However there is one thing that bug me about the show and that is Parker is constantly breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. This is something that does not happen in any comic lines and not really in line with the character. This is something you would expect form DeadPool.
But apart from that it is enjoyable. I would say that it just not as good as the 1994 animated series. It does have the qualities to be a great show and well worth taking a look.
Here is a list of the cast and the characters they play.
Drake Bell – Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Ogie Banks – Power Man/Luke Cage
Greg Cipes – Iron Fist/Daniel “Danny” Rand
Caitlyn Taylor Love – White Tiger/Ava Ayala
Logan Miller – Nova/Sam Alexander
Matt Lanter – Harry Osborn, Eugene “Flash” Thompson, Klaw/Ulysses Klaw, Venom
Misty Lee – Aunt May Parker
Tara Strong – Mary Jane Watson, Thundra
J. K. Simmons – J. Jonah Jameson
Kevin Michael Richardson – Joseph “Robbie” Robertson, unnamed Wrecking Crew member
Tom Kenny – Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius, Wizard/Bentley Whittman
Chi McBride – Nick Fury, Principal
Clark Gregg – Agent/Principal Phil Coulson
Troy Baker – Loki
Steven Blum – Wolverine/James “Logan” Howlett
Clancy Brown – Taskmaster/Tony Masters
Stan Lee – Stan the Janitor
Maurice LaMarche – Doctor Doom/Victor Von Doom
Phil LaMarr – JARVIS
Peter Lurie – Sabretooth/Victor Creed
Adrian Pasdar – Iron Man/Anthony “Tony” Stark
Rob Paulsen – Batroc the Leaper/Georges Batroc
Dwight Schultz – Mesmero
Keith Szarabajka – Living Laser/Arthur Parks
Fred Tatasciore – The Hulk
Steven Weber – Norman Osborn, Trapster/Peter Petruski
Travis Willingham – Thor
Ultimate Spider-Man is currently airing on Disney XD.