The star and creators of the new animated series on what to expect and what their influences are.

With the show debuting this coming Saturday, Marvel, Disney XD and ASIFA/the International Animated Film Society hosted a special screening of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” this week, followed by a Q&A with Cort Lane (SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment), Marsha Griffin (VP, Animation Development & Production), Eric Radomski (SVP, Production), Kevin Shinick (Supervising Producer), and Robbie Daymond (Voice of Spider-Man).

Here’s what we learned about the new animated series!

Finding the New Spider-Man
When Daymond auditioned for “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” the series was using a code name and alternate character names. Daymond joked that when he got the call from his agent telling him that not only had he got the part, but in fact, “That was Spider-Man. You’re Spider-Man!” he promptly passed out.

Years ago, Daymond had in fact auditioned to play Spider-Man in “Ultimate Spider-Man” and nearly got the role. Lane mentioned that while they decided he wasn’t quite right for that particular version of Spider-Man, when they were casting “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “You were automatically going to come in, because we knew you were so close last time.”

Daymond said he’s always been a big Spider-Man fan and that he felt the character had elements that made him highly relatable, including, “Feeling like an outsider and struggling to make ends meet.”

Ongoing Storylines
Discussing how much the show will have continuing storylines, Shinick explained, “We have a lot of arcs. It is serialized in a way.” He added, “It’s a cliché to say, but no matter what you’re doing, it’s the relationships that are important.” The show will track the dynamic between Peter and those he’s close to.

Shinick said that on “Marvel’s Spider-Man” they weren’t spending much time on romantic relationships but rather on friendships and family bonds and how Peter’s double life as Spider-Man makes things tricky. For instance, Griffin explained, “Gwen and Anya have different relationships with Peter and Spider-Man. They [each] feel differently about one half.”

Homages to the Comics
Shinick said that the core of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” comes from the Stan Lee, Steve Ditko era, and that while updates can and should be made to the story, “We wanted those core values.”

Dan Slott is a consulting producer on the series, and his Spider-Man comic book inclusion of Horizon Labs was reconceived into a school, called Horizon, on the series. There will be elements from older stories used as well, along with many nods fans will appreciate. Radomski noted there are times they include, “At least an homage, without directly lifting [what happened in the comics],” saying, “Whenever we can, we have those moments.”

As for adapting bigger story arcs from the comics, Daymond mentioned that several times he’s read a script and asked if a particular story is being set up. He said the response he’ll typically get is a coy, “It might be!” and noted the show “Does a great job of blending all those arcs together.”

The Schools and the Science
As “Marvel’s Spider-Man” begins, Peter Parker has been accepted into the aforementioned school, Horizon. Said Shinick, “We’ve kind of tried to create a Hogwarts situation for science geeks. There’s the public school he’s always gone to [Midtown], but then there’s this magnet school for geniuses.”

Meanwhile, Norman Osborn is creating his own rival school to Horizon, the Osborn Academy, giving the series three different schools as ongoing elements. Shinick said the idea was to introduce “familiar characters as teachers or students.” In some cases, you might see someone start out in a more villainous role and change, while others might start out as seemingly heroic, only to go in a different direction.

Said Shinick, “For me, the intro to this series was science.  Peter’s entry point for everything was through science.” Lane remarked, “Peter’s science smarts is a power in and of itself,” and praised Shinick for focusing on the idea that, “Your intelligence is something you can use to make the world a better place.”

Miles and Gwen
Asked by an audience member if we might see supporting characters Gwen Stacy or Miles Morales become heroes in their own right, like in the comics, Shinick replied, “Would you like that? Because you might be very happy!”

Lane noted Miles and Gwen each have their own arcs, and that as far as them becoming heroes, “The idea is yes, but that takes time.” Lane also revealed, “Miles gets his powers much sooner,” but that things will get complicated for him. As we know, Peter learned a sad lesson about power and responsibility that helped forge him into a hero, but meanwhile, “Miles has a good heart, but he doesn’t have that grounded sense of responsibility that Peter has.”

Daymond said that when the series begins, Peter is still trying to get control over his powers, but later, “He gets to mentor Miles a little bit. That’s a really fun dynamic to play.”

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” will debut with a one-hour premiere on Saturday, August 19th (7:00-8:00 AM EDT), on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 AM EDT). Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on all of your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Plus, go behind-the-scenes of 'Marvel's Spider-Man' with Patton Oswalt!

Marvelites, the highly-anticipated new series “Marvel’s Spider-Man” debuts with a one-hour premiere this Saturday at 7:00 AM EDT on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 AM EDT)!

In the new animated series, we will see a fresh take on Spider-Man, as Peter Parker is learning the responsibility that comes along with being a new, super powered hero in New York City, just as he’s being accepted into Horizon High, a high school for brilliant young scientific minds. He struggles with the duality of his social life at school and hiding his secret identity from everyone. The cast of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” takes the audience through the new series – its storylines, themes, prevalent relationships, and more in the featurette above. Hear from Robbie Daymond (Spider-Man), Max Mittleman (Harry Osborn), Nadji Jeter (Miles Morales), Melanie Minichino (Anya Corazon), Fred Tatasciore (Max Modell), Laura Bailey (Gwen Stacy).

That’s not all! Marvel executives Cort Lane and Joe Quesada talk about why Patton Oswalt is perfect for the part for Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. Take a look at the video below, as we also hear from Patton what the role meant to him.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” will debut with a one-hour premiere on Saturday, August 19th (7:00-8:00 AM EDT), on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 AM EDT). Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on all of your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Cort Lane lets us in on all the secrets of 'Marvel’s Spider-Man' on Disney XD!

During the Marvel Animation panel at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment, Cort Lane and Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced the premiere date for “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” on Disney XD – Saturday, August 19.

In the new series, we’ll see Peter Parker (voiced by Robbie Daymond) learning the responsibility that comes along with being a new, super powered hero in New York City, just as he’s being accepted into Horizon High, a high school for brilliant young scientific minds. He struggles with the duality of his social life at school and hiding his secret identity from everyone including his best friend Harry Osborn (voiced by Max Mittleman) who attends the competing Osborn Academy for geniuses.

Marvel.com spoke with Cort Lane about where this new series takes Peter emotionally and how it may or may not fit into the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” universe.

Marvel.com: Tell us a little bit about this fresh new take on Spider-Man for Disney XD.

Cort Lane: Well there’s something very fresh about it and something very old school as well. This is Peter Parker as a teenager, literally just as he’s gotten his spider-powers. On one hand there’s something very classic about the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko stories that we’re capturing here, something extraordinary happens to him and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. He wants to get good grades, he’s trying to make friends, he’s dealing with very relatable teen stuff.

What’s fresh and new about it are a couple of things, the animation style is unlike anything we’ve ever done before, it’s a little more cartoony, very expressive. The other thing that’s really fresh about it is the setting and the things that he’s dealing with. Peter Parker is a scientific genius, so we wanted to create an environment where he could create all kinds of amazing tech. So he goes to Horizon High, which is based on Horizon Labs from the comic books. We really looked at that run in the comic books but with a teenager as the lead. The science of it all, the technology that he creates and he deals with, is really cool and futuristic, but relevant.

Marvel.com: What’s the difference between Horizon High and Osborn Academy?

Cort Lane: There’s really three schools in the series, he starts out at Midtown High but he has to make the choice to leave Midtown to go to Horizon High, which is this amazing school for scientific geniuses. But whenever you get around science of that order, there are people who will use it less ethically. And that’s a running theme through the storyline.

Marvel.com: Sort of making sure Harry doesn’t deviate…

Cort Lane: Yes! And Harry does a bit and other characters do deviate a lot from proper ethical use of their abilities—which speaks to Peter Parker’s manta— “With great power, comes great responsibility,” because their intelligence is a power in and of itself for a lot of characters. How they use that for good—or not—or for selfish reasons, is an ongoing theme throughout the season. At Osborn Academy, those ethics aren’t there because it comes from the top and Norman Osborn forms this academy and sort of drags Harry into that academy to be the star but not everybody at Osborn Academy is bad and not everyone at Horizon is good.

So you see the interplay between the three schools, you see characters cross over and interact with each other, and the characters at Midtown will still be part of the story as well.

Marvel.com So will there be other friends that are familiar to us that Peter interacts with in the series?

Cort Lane: Yes. When he goes to Horizon High, he takes a spot in the school that Harry is kicked out of. There he gets to know Gwen Stacy, Anya Corazon, and Miles Morales. Throughout the season, his friendship with Harry is really tight. They speak in shorthand with each other—they know each other so well—but it becomes very strained. Fortunately he has these new friendships. At Midtown, there’s Flash Thompson, Randy Robertson, and Liz Allen.

Marvel: In addition to the social aspects, what are some of the other challenges that Peter will face in addition to coming into being his own with his powers?

Cort Lane: One of the very simple things is, when you’re creating science stuff —tech for classes as assignments—and you have a need to use it as Spider-Man, it means you can’t turn it in for homework. The Spider-Man story is so often about sacrifice, yes he wins the battle with the villain but he has to give up something.

We have an early episode where he creates this great tracker system and he uses it to track Black Cat but because he does that, he misses turning it in for Doc Ock’s class and he gets an F. That’s hard to take, he spends all day trying to stop this villain and show how smart he is with this amazing thing he created, and in the end you get nothing. And that’s a Peter Parker story, and we make sure to tell a lot of those stories.

Marvel.com: It’s so lighthearted and fun but typically for a teenager, emotionally life is up and down.

Cort Lane: Right. So often when Spider-Man wins, Peter loses, or the reverse. It’s hard but I think heroism means so much more when you make those sacrifices.

Marvel: It was just announced that Patton Oswalt will be doing the voice of Uncle Ben, can you tell me a little bit more about the rest of the voice cast?

Cort Lane: Robbie Daymond plays Spider-Man for us. When you cast Spider-Man you cast the net very wide, so we listened to a ton of auditions. Robbie is really good, he’s also young and enthusiastic and loves the character.

Quite by accident the actor who we cast as Harry (who I think is the second most important role in the show) —Max Mittleman—they’re pretty much best friends. They hang out together all the time outside the show, they go to cons together and everything. That rapport that they have, it comes across in the booth.

Another one that we’re particularly excited about is Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales. Miles is a little younger, a little irresponsible, and he’s a little more hip than Peter. So him playing off of Robbie is really fun in the booth.

I also want to point out that we cast Fred Tatasciore as Max, the principal and founder of Horizon High. He’s a wonderful mentor figure which helps balance out the loss of Uncle Ben. Fred—even though he plays Hulk for us and he can do those really deep, scary, intense voices—is incredibly charming and warm, but he can also be tough on Peter. He’s just this wonderful mentor character and having Fred play him is such a treat for us.

Marvel: So, people are going to always ask but how does this show—or does it at all— fit in with the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” universe?

Cort Lane: They always ask that but there was no intentional copying of the film at all because frankly when we were developing this show we didn’t have much information of what was going on with the film. The animation cycle is very slow, we started developing this show three years ago.

I will say that Marvel as a company understood the direction that Peter Parker needed to go, which was a sort of back to basics approach of a relatable teenager, because that’s where he started in the comics. So that’s what we did as well.

Fortunately there’s a lot of synergy. He’s a teenager, he’s dealing with very relatable teen stuff, it’s about friendships and new friendships, and things that you have to give up to be a hero. It’s about high school life and those milestone moments, and ironically Vulture is the villain.

Marvel.com: That wasn’t planned?

Cort Lane: That was not planned! Vulture was his first villain in the comics and we were inspired that way, and it seems that the film folks were inspired that way too.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” will debut with a one-hour premiere on Saturday, August 9th (7:00-8:00 AM EDT), on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 AM EDT)

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Plus 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout' returning for a third season on Disney XD!

The highly-anticipated new animated series “Marvel’s Spider-Man” will debut with a one-hour premiere on Saturday, August 19 (7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. EDT) on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 a.m. EDT), it was announced today by Cort Lane, Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment and Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, during the Marvel Animation panel at D23 Expo in Anaheim. During the packed panel, news was also shared about the “Marvel’s Spider-Man” voice cast, season three of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout” and an all-new animated special from The LEGO Group and Marvel. Take a look at “Marvel’s Spider-Man” in the video above!

 

The “Marvel’s Spider-Man” voice cast includes: Robbie Daymond (“Bread Winners,” “Get Blake”) as Spider-Man, Max Mittleman as Harry Osborn (“One-Punch Man,” “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”), Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales (“Jessie,” “Kirby Buckets”), Melanie Minichino (“Blaze and the Monster Machine,” “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”) as Anya Corazon, Fred Tatasciore (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”) as Max Modell, Laura Bailey (“DragonBall Z,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) as Gwen Stacy, Nancy Linari (“The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest,” “The Addams Family”) as Aunt May, Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille,” “Pickle and Peanut”) as Uncle Ben, Scott Menville (“Teen Titans,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Doc Ock, John DiMaggio (“Clarence,” “Samurai Jack”) as The Jackal, Alastair Duncan (“The Batman,” “Final Fantasy XIV”) as Vulture, and Marvel’s very own Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, who is also executive producing the series, as the coffee shop owner Joe.

In the new series, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” we will see a fresh take on Spider-Man, as Peter Parker is learning the responsibility that comes along with being a new, super-powered hero in New York City, just as he’s being accepted into Horizon High, a high school for brilliant young scientific minds. He struggles with the duality of his social life at school and hiding his secret identity from everyone including his best friend Harry Osborn, who attends the competing Osborn Academy for geniuses. As Peter embraces his alter-ego and takes on super villains such as Vulture, Lizard, Doctor Octopus and Sandman, he watches his hero lifestyle come between his personal relationships and struggles to keep Harry from landing on the wrong side of the law.

The creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”), and Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Kevin Shinick (“Robot Chicken,” “Mad”) and Marsha Griffin (“Transformers Prime”); consulting producers Dan Slott (“Spider-Man: Big Time,” “The Superior Spider-Man”), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”); and supervising director Philip Pignotti (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”). Check out the link above for a new “Marvel’s Spider-Man” promo spot and voice cast images.

Series stars Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”), Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”), Vanessa Marshall (“Star Wars Rebels”), David Sobolov (“Transformers: Prime”) and Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”), along with Lane and Quesada, announced that the Guardians will return for a brand-new third season on Disney XD titled “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.” The third season will find the Guardians gaining fame and fortune, but quickly knocked back on their heels after being framed by the Collector. The Guardians will travel to new universes, stage a massive sting operation inside the Nova Corps, and expose a Secret Invasion years in the making. A little bad and a little good – all in a day’s work. Check out the link above for all-new artwork for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.”

The LEGO Group and Marvel will team-up once again for an all-new 22-minute animated special “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat.” When Thanos, Ronan, Nebula and the Ravagers seek to possess the Build Stone – a powerful and creative relic – the fate of the universe depends on the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect it. The platform and release timing details are forthcoming.

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Join Marvel Television at San Diego Comic-Con Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23!

Marvel Television makes its triumphant return to San Diego Comic-Con with an all-star lineup of highly anticipated new series! “Marvel’s Inhumans” will make their San Diego Comic-Con debut. Four worlds collide as “Marvel’s The Defenders” smash into Hall H for first ever panel. “The Gifted,” “Legion,” and the world premiere of Marvel Animation’s newest series, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” also headline the weekend. Visit the Marvel booth (#2329) for autograph signings, exclusive San Diego Comic-Con giveaways, livestream broadcasts from Marvel.com and more! Join us for must-see panels with exclusive footage, and star-studded autograph signing sessions, and some major surprises – all starting Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23. Follow the conversation using #MarvelSDCC.

Below is Marvel Television’s full schedule:

THURSDAY, JULY 20TH

LEGION

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in Ballroom 20

The fun launches at the Legion panel where cast and producers will have a lively discussion about Season 1 and what’s ahead for Season 2 of Legion!

MARVEL’S INHUMANS

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM in Ballroom 20

Marvel’s Royal Family storms into San Diego.  Meet the cast and see exclusive footage from the show that will make television history, with the first two episodes premiering exclusively in IMAX® theatres for a two-week window beginning September 1. Then be sure to check out the full series starting September 29 on ABC.

FRIDAY, JULY 21TH

THE GIFTED

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM in Ballroom 20

Join cast and producers as they give fans an exclusive extended first-look at The Gifted, Fall’s most anticipated new family adventure series!

MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM in Hall H

Daredevil.  Jessica Jones.  Luke Cage.  Iron Fist.  Together for the first time.  Join Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones plus guest stars galore.  This is the one you’ve been waiting for!

SATURDAY, JULY 22ND

MARVEL ANIMATION

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in Room 6A

Marvel Animation returns for the always action-packed, news-breaking panel where you’ll get eyefuls of never-before-seen information and sneak peeks… plus…as always…some surprise guests that’ll reveal waaay too much! GET THERE!

SUNDAY, JULY 23RD

MARVEL ANIMATION – MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN!

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM in Room 6A

It’s time to roll out the “Web Carpet,” Spidey fans! Because you’re invited to the WORLD PREMIERE of Marvel Animation’s newest series, Marvel’s Spider-Man! Face it, Tigers…this is the ONLY screening you need to see at Comic-Con!

You’ll also have a chance to meet the stars of your favorite Marvel Animation series at signing events at the Marvel booth (#2329) throughout the weekend.

MARVEL TELEVISION AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE:

Please note that signings are ticketed events and passes will be available on a first-come, first-served lottery basis beginning at 9:15 AM on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at the Marvel Booth (#2329).

FRIDAY, JULY 21

Marvel’s Inhumans– Signing Event

10:00 AM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

Marvel’s The Punisher – Signing Event

3:30 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

SATURDAY, JULY 22

Marvel’s The Defenders – Signing Event

10:00 AM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

The Gifted – Signing Event

5:00 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

SUNDAY, JULY 23

Marvel’s Spider-Man – Signing Event

12:00 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for all the breaking news from Marvel Television at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Follow @Marvel on Twitter and “like” Marvel on Facebook for minute-by-minute updates on all things in the MCU. Join the conversation using #MarvelSDCC.

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'Marvel’s Spider-Man' series will be premiering on Disney XD later this summer

True Believers! If you can’t get enough of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, have no fear. We’ve got your back! Between “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hitting theaters July 7, PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ongoing series from Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert, and “Marvel’s Spider-Man” coming to PlayStation 4, don’t forget the “Marvel’s Spider-Man” animated TV series premiering later this summer on Disney XD!

Disney XD will be releasing a series of six animated shorts retelling Spider-Man’s origins ending in the loss of Peter’s Uncle Ben ahead of the summer series’ release. These animated shorts will launch one per day on Disney XD and Disney XD’s YouTube channel from July 24 to July 29. All shorts will be available on the Disney XD app on Sunday, July 24. Take a look at the first animated short above!

In the first short, Peter Parker is on a field trip to Oscorp Industries when he accidentally gets bitten by a spider. The creative team includes: executive producers Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski; co-executive producers Stan Lee, and Stephen Wacker; supervising producers Kevin Shinick and Marsha Griffin; consulting producers Dan Slott, Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt; and Supervising Director Philip Pignotti.

Tune in to Disney XD to catch episodes of your favorite Marvel animated series! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on all things Marvel.

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'Marvel’s Spider-Man' will be premiering on Disney XD later this summer.

True Believers, Peter Parker is heading back to TV screens once again! We’ve got a sneak peek on the upcoming “Marvel’s Spider-Man” animated series premiering later this summer on Disney XD above!

The new series, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” tells the story of an unsure (but courageous) teen who has to figure out how to be a Super Hero from the very beginning. It’s a back-to-basics approach to the web-slinger’s origin story. Take a look at the first look above where Spidey takes on Scorpion, and check out a look the latest Peter Parker/Spider-Man below.

 

Tune in to Disney XD to catch episodes of your favorite Marvel animated series! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on all things Marvel.

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