‘Spider-Man’, or ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ is an American animated superhero television series that airs on Disney XD and follows the adventures of its eponymous hero, Spider-Man. For those unaware, this isn’t the first animated show chronicling the adventures of Spider-Man – over the years, starting from 1967, the web-slinging superhero has made numerous appearances on the small screen. The last Spider-Man animated show to air was the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’, which aired on Disney XD from 2012 to 2017, and this show is meant to be a replacement for that. Interestingly, the release of the show coincided with the release of the 2017 movie, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
The show was first announced by Marvel Animation in October 2016, and the hero’s origin story, consisting of six episodes, was aired from June 28, 2017 to July 29, 2017. Subsequently, Season 1 of the show, consisting of 25 episodes, was broadcast from August 19, 2017 to February 18, 2018. Even before Season 1 finished airing, Disney XD announced in January 2018 that it had renewed ‘Spider-Man’ for a second season, which premiered on June 18, 2018. Now, fans of the show, as well as Spider-Man fans in general, are wondering will there be a a Spider-Man season 3. Here’s everything we know about it.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Cast: Who is in it?
Being an animated show that starts off with Spider-Man’s origin story and follows his adventures as he grows, the show has many characters who are voiced by voice actors.
Robbie Daymond voices Peter Parker / Spider-Man, while Laura Bailey voices Peter’s classmate, Gwen Stacy. Nadji Jeter, meanwhile, voices Miles Morales, who also gets bitten by a radioactive spider and looks up to Peter as a mentor.
Peter’s aunt, the ageless Aunt May, is voiced by Nancy Linari, while Melanie Minichino voices Anya Corazon / Spider-Girl, whose alter-ego is known to Gwen and Miles, but not to Peter. Norman Osborn’s son and Peter’s friend, Harry Osborn, is voiced by Max Mittelman, and Harry later assumes the identity of supervillain Hobgoblin. Further, Fred Tatasciore voices Max Modell, the headmaster of the school Peter is enrolled in, and Daily Bugle head J. Jonah Jameson is voiced by Bob Joles. This wraps up the list of the main cast members.
As far as major villains in the show are concerned, Josh Keaton voices Oscorp CEO Norman Osborn, who briefly assumes the identity of Hobgoblin. Scott Menville, meanwhile, voices Otto Octavius / Doctor Octavius, a scientific prodigy who initially teaches at Peter’s school but later assumes the identity of the supervillain Doctor Octavius following a catastrophic accident. Later in the show, Otto also assumes the identity of Superior Spider-Man, for reasons we are not giving away.
Finally, Josh DiMaggio voices Raymond Warren / Jackal, who is Gwen’s uncle. With the ability to transform into an animalistic, green-furred creature called “the Jackal”, Raymond starts stealing high-end, disruptive technologies for reasons unknown. Interestingly, Raymond is further revealed to be the creator of the radioactive spiders which give Peter and MIles their spider abilities.
We expect most of the aforementioned voice actors to make a comeback and reprise their roles in season 3.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Spider-Man’ is quite season-specific, but we’ll try and give you a general summary of what it’s all about.
The origin story of ‘Spider-Man’ focuses on…well…his origin story. In the six-episode origin shorts, Peter attends a field trip and gets bitten by a radioactive spider which grants him superpowers like super-strength, spider senses, the ability to swing around using super-strong web, etc. Of course, being the nerd that he is, Peter scientifically tries to figure out what’s happening to him, and soon realizes that he has superpowers. As he struggles to come to terms with his power, his life takes a tragic turn when his Uncle Ben is murdered in cold blood (this part of the show is very similar to the start of Tobey Maguire’s ‘Spider-Man’ movie from 2002).
The first season picks up at a time when Peter has come to terms with his personal loss and his superpowers. At the same time, Peter gets selected for Horizon High, a school for geniuses like Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, and Anya Corazon. Thus, Peter has to balance his life as a crime-fighting hero and a high school student. The first season sees him take on several major supervillains from the Spider-Man universe, including Vulture, Scorpion, Jackal, and Sandman, among others. The first season, interestingly, also sees appearances from several members of the Avengers, including Iron Man and the Hulk.
The second season picks up after the events of the first season, and portrays Peter Parker as a more experienced superhero, who is now in his sophomore year. More confident as a person, and more comfortable and in tune with his powers, Peter has to deal with much graver threats in the second season. His major encounters in the second season include a long-drawn fight with Doctor Octavius, Hobgoblin, and the Sinister Five.
In Season 3, Venom will return after his previous defeat in Season 2 and is expected to bring a new threat to humanity from his own planet.
As far as reception goes, ‘Spider-Man’ enjoys a rating of 6.3/10 on IMDb, which is decent considering the fact that it’s a show for kids that cannot be expected to have critical acclaim or over-the-top ratings. The show does not have a score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, so we don’t know what critics collectively think of it.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Season 3 Release Date: When will it the premiere?
‘Spider-Man’ season 2 premiered on June 18, 2018, and saw its finale air on August 13, 2018. As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. Disney has renewed the show for a third season. The show will be retitled Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venom for its third season and will have a Spring 2020 release.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Trailer:
While we wait for Disney to make an announcement on the future of the show, here is the trailer for Season 2 to give you a glimpse into Spidey’s adventures thus far. You can catch all the episodes of the previous season on Disney XD.
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