How Marvel’s Spider-Man Animated Series Connects to Guardians

Peter and Harry, BFFs.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was the first Spider-Man film in recent years to skip Peter Parker’s origin story. Disney XD’s upcoming animated series Marvel’s Spider-Man[2] will follow suit. Kind of.

Peter’s arachnid bite beginning unfolded in shorts released online ahead of the premiere episode on the network. By the time the audience encounters a 15-year-old Peter on Disney XD, he’s had his powers for bit, but he’s still in the early days of figuring out what he’s capable of doing — all while navigating the ins and outs Horizon High, where he was recently accepted. Check out an exclusive clip from Marvel’s Spider-Man below!

The newness of it all is part of Peter’s development in this iteration of Spider-Man. The voice of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, Robbie Daymond, told IGN, “Peter doesn’t settle into his powers for a little while in this. So when you watch some of the earlier clips and are like, ‘Why isn’t he…’ You’ll see he’s still learning and we stick with that a little bit longer in this series.”

Kind of like Homecoming, the animated Spider-Man is about putting the focus on Peter and his struggles. “It’s a very back to basics approach,” executive producer Cort Lane explained, “Peter Parker gets bit by the spider, what does that mean? How does he fly? How does he react?

How does he learn how to use his powers? How does he use his science smarts to supplement his powers? And what goes wrong in both funny and sad ways along that path?”

In that way, it’s different from Ultimate Spider-Man[3], the previous animated Spider-Man show that ended in early 2017. Ultimate Spider-Man was a more broad based Marvel Universe show with lots of guest stars teaming up with Peter, and those bigger picture ties meant Ultimate connected to the rest of Marvel’s animated series, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Assemble. Peter even joined the Avengers.

Marvel’s Spider-Man may not be as tied to other series on an episode-to-episode basis, but it will have other links to the rest of Marvel Animation. Lane said, “You will find connections. We’re not too bothered by that, that Ultimate Spider-Man had its own connections, particularly with our Avengers series.

You will actually find that this Spider-Man series has more connections with the Guardians series. Both have symbiote stories. The Guardians, they’ve been fighting the Symbiote War.

The symbiotes in our series are from the same place, and the stories will come together.” But even when the scope widens to include symbiotes, it’s still a personal story focused on Peter and his experiences, especially his friendship with Harry Osborn. “The relationship between Peter and Harry is the emotional center, I would say, of the series in terms of them starting off as the best of friends,” co-executive producer Marsha Griffin said, “Two people couldn’t be closer and through the course of the season, we literally take that relationship up to the brink. It’s the dynamics of that friendship and the emotional core of what happens between the two of them that sort of drives much of what goes on.”

Peter getting to know his powers and responsibilities will come at a price, and the series will focus on how his Spider-Man persona affects those around him. “The writers didn’t shy away from crafting real relationships and believable feelings based on small betrayals in high school — because we all know Pete’s biggest challenge in life is balancing Spider-Man and life,” Daymond said, “He’s not Tony Stark. He doesn’t have endless resources. He has to find a way to pay his tuition as he gets older.

That’s always been part of the Parker arc, and his relationship with Harry suffers because of that after he gets his powers.” And speaking of Tony Stark, the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist has been a guiding force for Peter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he’ll occasionally pop into Marvel’s Spider-Man. Griffin said Stark won’t appear on a regular basis to guide Peter but he’ll be around: “He [Peter] will have connections to Tony Stark and Iron Man.

He’s his hero; Tony Stark is Peter’s hero. It’s like meeting the most famous person you’ve ever met and you’ve been dying to meet your entire life. Tony, Iron Man, does offer him some advice, some experience along the way.

He’s not his consistent mentor, but we do have a variety of characters from the universe that will actually come in and out of the series.” Marvel’s Spider-Man will premiere on Disney XD on Saturday, August 19, at 7:00am ET/PT. Amy Ratcliffe is a writer for IGN.

Follow her on on Twitter at @amy_geek[4].

References

  1. ^ Amy Ratcliffe (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ Marvel’s Spider-Man (uk.ign.com)
  3. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man (uk.ign.com)
  4. ^ @amy_geek (twitter.com)

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