Cort Lane Talks About Bringing Spidey Animated Series to a Close After Four Thrilling Seasons

Over the weekend, “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” closed out a four season run with a two-parter that featured a de-powered Spider-Man using his smarts to not only regain his abilities, but also work with the likes of Norman Osborn to defeat Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Six. With his fellow heroes and the world in the balance, Peter Parker proved that, after all those years of training, he’d grown into the ultimate Spider-Man!

The “Graduation Day” finale episodes put a cap on an unexpected fourth season that lead to major moments like Doctor Octopus working with Arnim Zola and Hydra, the villain learning Spider-Man’s secret identity, a return to the Spider-Verse, a Carnage story and even run-ins with newly developed Spider Slayers!

We talked with Senior Vice President of Animation and Family Entertainment Cort Lane about developing a finale for one of the most recognizable characters in the world, paying off the themes of the series and the secret origin of how Carnage made another jump to the small screen!

The following interview contains huge spoilers for “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” season four including the finale, so consider yourself warned.

Marvel.com: Having watched both episodes of the finale, this felt like a very appropriate end cap to”Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man.”

Cort Lane: Thank you. I felt we were very aware of the fact that this was it after 104 episodes and we tried to get in a lot of moments of closure from even the very first episode. I was satisfied, but it was a challenge.

Marvel.com: How much of this ending did you have in mind back when you all were hashing out what this show would be?

Cort Lane: Well, that story was really developed by Harrison [Wilcox] and the story editors. As they began that process I said, “I want something that really connects us to the very first episode and shows his arc of becoming the ultimate Spider-Man. However you chose to get there, you guys have been managing the story now for a season, that’s up to you.” I was very pleased with what they did.

Marvel.com: With Doctor Octopus de-powering Spider-Man and making him realize his worth even without powers, the whole thing had a very classic Spidey feel while also feeling very much a part of this show.

Cort Lane: There are a lot of classic elements. Him against all odds and his enemies, which is a common story for him, but I don’t think we truly did it at that scale until this season. And then really capturing the Peter Parker of the story. We often in “Ultimate Spider-Man,” particularly as a show for kids, maybe leaned a bit more into the Spider-Man territory than the Peter Parker territory. This felt like an opportunity. Really connecting him to Aunt May in the final story and having him lose his powers. So it’s really just him as Peter Parker trying to figure it out and demonstrating that it’s not his powers that made him the ultimate Spider-Man and made him one of the greatest heroes in the world, but it’s that Peter Parker has grown up and leveled up and fought hard throughout 104 episodes.

Marvel.com: Along those same lines, you have Doctor Octopus unable to see how important the Peter Parker piece is to the whole equation. Was that one of the ideas from the get go?

Cort Lane: That was his fatal flaw. I did request that Doctor Octopus be a big part of the season [at the beginning of the process]. For me, Doctor Octopus has this tremendous arc through all four seasons in his own way as big and compelling as Peter’s. In episode one, he’s a whiny flunky who’s taken advantage of and abused. At the end he’s this world-beating villain on truly epic scale. I love what they did with him becoming a massive monster version of himself. He’s still failed to learn these critical lessons, but you do get the sense at the very end that he has learned and he does help Peter so even his arc comes full circle in the end, which I love.

Marvel.com: Earlier you mentioned that Peter gets to have a great moment where Aunt May encourages him in his life as Spider-Man. What went into that decision to let her in on the secret?

Cort Lane: We really had to play it out at the end of season three. In the interest of full disclosure, we really believed that season three was going to be our final season. We were excited to go beyond a second season and all signs at all levels within Marvel and Disney told us that season three would be as far as we would go. Not that the show wasn’t a great hit, it was, but for an action-adventure series, that’s a pretty long run. It really is these days. 78 episodes is a lot.

But as it turned out, season three was very successful. The ratings actually went up. The storytelling of the Spider-Verse storyline and Web Warriors and all that stuff really clicked. As we were finishing up season three they were like, “Yeah do one more.”

We’d decided in season three that Aunt May was going to find out that he’s Peter, they’d resolve all those emotional issues between the two of them and that was the end of it. In season four we needed to find a way to keep the personal stakes really intense between the two of them. Overall in season four we certainly have epic stakes with the Sinister Six and Arnim Zola — and Mark Hamill does such a fantastic job throughout the season as Arnim Zola — and Doctor Octopus and all their resources against him. But, the stakes stay very personal because we were able to start the season with the villains knowing that Aunt May is his aunt and that he has all these people that he is close to now and all of those people are at risk. It’s not just world-saving stakes, but really personal, emotional stakes for him. That’s the way we were able to amp it up in season four.

Marvel.com: When putting together a whole season that was a surprise did you all draw on ideas you hadn’t gotten around to in the previous ones or come up with all new stuff?

Cort Lane: There was a lot of both. I would say that we walked away from season three feeling like we told the big stories we wanted to tell, but we knew going into season four we could do more with the Sinister Six, that there was a big story there. We actually went in knowing we wanted to do something very cool with Arnim Zola played by Mark Hamill. We also knew that we hadn’t really told a Carnage story. That was a big opportunity so we knew we wanted to do that. What unraveled during the development of the season four for us is how we get there, how we put the Sinister Six together. There end up being some twists, turns and surprises. There’s a Sinister Seven and it turns out the Scarlet Spider is actually one of the Sinister Seven. Just bringing the Sinister Six together, that’s a couple of episodes, but turning it into a season-long storyline with lots of exciting turns, that’s what we got to work on throughout the season.

Marvel.com: I was a little surprised when I saw you guys tackling Carnage. Was there any apprehension about working with a character who’s so violent in the comics?

Cort Lane: I will give an exclusive to you on why we decided to do that. There was apprehension. There was concern from the consumer products and brand people. Carnage is, traditionally in publishing, a very creepy, scary, mass murdering, dark concept. We were doing some brand research on Spider-Man, it was really Disney’s research and I was able to sit in on it. We learned so much about what boys connect with when they engage with Spider-Man. Truly, for boys, he’s a character they connect with the most. I say across superheroes and action-adventure, he’s the character they have the most developed relationship with.

We were able to explore what it is they love so much about Spider-Man and asked lots and lots of questions. We found out that they, through Netflix, actually watched a lot of the 90s show. The Carnage storyline in the 90s show was something they referenced a lot and were very excited about. It was a big shock to us because we didn’t know that. He was one of their favorite villains, and he’s only been featured for a second in one of our earlier seasons. I was like, “We have to tell that Carnage story. This is too much of opportunity.” We could do it in a way that is a lot less unsettling than what was done in publishing but still capture what they find so thrilling about this threat.

Marvel.com: Back to the finale, you all gave Norman Osborn a really nice ending with him actually staying a good guy, even though he had a few opportunities to go back to being bad. What sets your Norman apart from the others?

Cort Lane: It’s tough with Norman because there are so many versions of him. He’s been extremely evil and just crazy evil and monstrously evil and reformed and maybe just a very cutthroat businessman. We had played with a lot of those versions of him. We decided in season three to close out his story and continue the thread of Doc Ock’s story. He really began as an underling of Norman, but at the end of this particular storyline we wanted to bring Norman back. We wanted to understand that he had learned a lot through all of these experiences and he’d grown into an ally of Peter Parker.

I know in publishing, there’s always that desire to see him as a villain again, but since we were finishing this story and this is the very end, we wanted to close it out with Norman too. Norman gets the end of his story as well and it’s a story where he is redeemed.

We still make it clear that he’s an arrogant jerk, but he’s an arrogant jerk who’s learned to be a better person. When telling stories to kids you have the added responsibility to show the better elements of human nature, that characters can grow and learn important lessons.

Marvel.com: One of the most visually striking moments from the last episode came when Doctor Octopus injected himself and morphed into that giant monster. Do you know what went into that design, it’s pretty gnarly in a great way!

Cort Lane: I was not at all. I can’t take any credit for how crazy-awesome that was. That falls to Alex Soto who was our supervising director through all four seasons and brings a strong design aesthetic. He created the mini Spidey characters you see in a lot of the cutaways and a lot of the other stylized characters that you see particularly in the Spider-Verse this season. I was particularly proud of the Web Beard pirate episode and the Sergio Leone cowboy-style episode. That stuff, visually, springs from his head while working with strong directors underneath him.

Marvel.com: Alex and his crew have designed a great deal of Marvel characters to fit into this animated universe. Even after four seasons, were there still any you’d hoped to fit in, but just couldn’t?

Cort Lane: By the end of four seasons, I can honestly say that there’s probably nobody we felt we missed out on. The one that I think was very hard to do — and I was very proud of how it came out — was Deadpool early on in the show. Getting the tone of Deadpool right within the context of a kid show was a very delicate balance. We actually completely recast the voice actor when the episode was deep into production to make sure we got it right. Delivering the comedy that still feels adult and kind of naughty, but actually make it through network standards and practices and that is not inappropriate is tough.

Marvel.com: Even with all the characters appearing in the series and the finale specifically, it’s interesting that, at the end of the day, it’s just him fighting Doctor Octopus and saving the day on his own. Is that the key component for him to become the ultimate Spider-Man?

Cort Lane: In telling really exciting story and introducing a lot of characters for him to play off of and team up with, he learned something through the experience or he had something to teach them. There was a lot of that in season three and four in particular, but we really wanted to isolate him and tell his final story in these final two episodes. We needed a great story reason to do that. It’s very easy to just have him team up with 27 of his super hero friends who are all there to support him because they believe in him, but separating him from all of them and separating him from his powers was a much harder way to tell that story but also really delivered on the message from the beginning about being the best hero. It’s not just about using the powers to stop the villain as he did in that first episode and causes a huge mess, but using them in the smartest, most heroic way possible. We wanted to make sure we had that Nick Fury moment at the very end which is a bookend to the opening Fury moment in the beginning of the first episode to show how far he’s come. Who knows how many kids actually saw that first episode, but it was important for us.

Marvel.com: You’ve come to the finish line on “Ultimate Spider-Man,” but there’s another series in the works. What can you tell us about “Marvel’s Spider-Man”?

Cort Lane: I can’t give away too much, but I will say is there’s a lot that worked about “Ultimate Spider-Man.” The ratings kept increasing in season three which caused us to continue the show. We’ve talked a lot to kids around the country about the show and how much they love it. The big question mark was, how do we make a show that’s different from show and ideally better than this show. That was a big challenge.

There were a lot of things we knew we could do and one of them was go back to his very first moment becoming Spider-Man and tell that story. It hadn’t been told in many, many years in animation. Another thing we could do is very directly focus on that experience of being a teenager and dealing with this really weird stuff. One thing we could also do more of was focus on his science smarts which boys have really told us is kind of its own super power. While there is certainly some of that [in “Ultimate”] and he actually solved the problems in the final episode through his science smarts, there was more to do with that from day one of him being a super hero. He’s creating his own tools and gear and what that feels like. And how does he get the resources to do that?

Another big element in this story is that it’s about friendship, new friendships and his friendship with his best friend Harry. We really hone in on that as well.

With “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”over, you can still look forward to new episode of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution.” Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more news about “Marvel’s Spider-Man” debuting Summer 2017 on Disney XD!

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Wilcox Talks About Guiding Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man to the Finish Line in 4th Season

When Disney XD’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” debuted back in 2012 on Disney XD, it immediately blazed a new trail for itself by putting young Peter Parker in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D. for some much-needed Super Hero training.

Over the next four season, he worked with a variety of teams including alternate reality versions of himself, but the end goal was always the same: the become the ultimate version of himself.

Now, with the series coming to a close this Saturday at 7:30 PM on Disney XD with a two-part episode called “Graduation Day,” it seemed like the perfect time to talk to Supervising Producer and Senior Director of Television Development and Production Harrison Wilcox about how he went from a guy working on his first animated series to the one in charge through a season that featured Arnim Zola, Hydra, Carnage, more alternate reality fun and a finale that finds Doctor Octopus leading a Sinister Six in a plot that threatens everything Peter’s built over these four seasons.

Marvel.com: You’ve worked on this show for four seasons and the finale hits this weekend. What’s it like for you to have it come to a close?

Harrison Wilcox: I have mixed emotions on it. I feel like we did the show proper service the way we wrapped it up. We not just wrapped up this season, but we had an opportunity, which you don’t always have in television, which was to wrap up the entire show. I think you see that a lot in the first episode of the two-part finale where each act we featured Spider-Man with one of his teams. We started with the S.H.I.EL.D. team, then the New Warriors and the Web-Warriors. I’m very grateful we were able to know where the track ended and do it service. With development, after five-and-half to six years, I’m happy to get off the Spider-Man train for a little bit. [laughs]

Marvel.com: What were your roles over the course of the show and how did they evolve?

Harrison Wilcox: This was my first animated series that I ever worked on. I came into the writer’s room at the time which was Cort Lane, Jeph Loeb, Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Man of Action, Paul Dini, Brian Bendis. I’m the low man on the pole in that room and it’s full of people have been my heroes in television and comics for most of my life, so it was a very surreal experience for the first two seasons. By the third season, as I had spent more time working in Marvel Television and we had new story editors come in — Henry Gilroy and Eugene Son and then Kevin Burke and Doc Wyatt — I was able to grow in my role and work my way up through the writer’s summits into a more collaborative role with our writers and our supervising director Alex Soto. As the show grew, I was able to grow with it and I couldn’t have asked for a better first animated show to work on.

Marvel.com: You mentioned some pretty heavy hitters in the world of storytelling. Do you feel like you learned about the art of creating a great story from them?

Harrison Wilcox: Absolutely. Those guys all have different personalities and attacks for how they break a story and the thing I took away more than anything was that there’s more than one right way to tell a story. We were able to demonstrate that over the course of the show.

Marvel.com: What was it like to have Cort and the others pass the reigns more fully to you for the fourth season?

Harrison Wilcox: To be honest, we did not go into this show planning past 52 [episodes], so having a third season was a nice surprise and then having a fourth season after the third season actually did better than the first two was an even bigger surprise. Cort and Steve Wacker threw the idea of a fourth season to me and they threw our story editors Kevin and Doc at me. Because there had been a couple months between the end of season three and season four, being the WHAT IF?! comic book fan I am, I always wondered could there be another story to tell. I felt like we’d wrapped up Goblin and Norman’s relationship with Peter, but we hadn’t really wrapped up Ock’s relationship with Peter. I had a couple ideas that I threw to Steve and Cort, they threw some other ideas back and me. Then I talked with the animation manager Kari Rosenberg. She and I met with Kevin and Doc and over the course of nine months we broke out the individual stories.

We had a master plan all along, but over the course of that year we broke out individual stories that filled in all those gaps. That was a really nice experience for Cort and Steve to trust me and the team that they’d put together to tell this story.

Marvel.com: What were some of the key characters and themes that you really wanted to hit on as the show closed out?

Harrison Wilcox: We wanted to always keep it half about Peter Park, half about Spider-Man. We never want to lose what makes Spider-Man special, which is Peter Parker. We wanted to keep the relationship with Aunt May alive and we wanted to bring more of Peter Parker into the show.

The show had certain requirements that got us farther away from Midtown High in season three, we established S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and more of Peter’s life was spent with S.H.I.E.L.D., so we were trying to figure out a way to bring Peter back to Midtown and actually decided to try something new. As Doc put it, it’s a unique opportunity to bring Midtown, in a way, to S.H.I.E.L.D. We had Harry Osborn, Mary Jane and Flash Thompson as well as Amadeus Cho all in some capacity have a relationship or join S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. In the Symbiote Saga arc Flash nicknamed them the Midtown Marauders. We actually those guys as a superhero team for an episode which is something I’d never seen before in comics or anything. It was a nice opportunity to do that while still staying true to who Peter Parker is as a character.

Marvel.com: The show has always done a great job of bringing characters into Peter’s life that he can learn from in a variety of ways. Were there any you were particularly interested in bringing in this season?

Harrison Wilcox: I have a soft spot in my heart for Flash Thompson as Agent Venom, but I was most excited about Scarlet Spider. I think he had a phenomenal arc and was a dark parallel to Peter. Scott Porter, who did the voice, did a fantastic job. Scarlet completed that team dynamic. He played off all the other characters really nicely and he and Peter had one of the most emotional relationships we’ve ever seen on the show.

Marvel.com: Earlier you mentioned having the set-up of the season figured out, but how much of the actual finale did you have nailed down beforehand?

Harrison Wilcox: Before we started with the first episode, we knew pretty well what the first half of the season was. We knew that arc between Peter and Scarlet, how that was going to play out. We knew that later in the season we wanted to do a return to Spider-Verse arc. We wanted to do a Maximum Carnage arc that developed into the Symbiote Saga.

We framed each of those arcs. The first half of the season was Peter and Scarlet and then each of those others featured Peter and another member of the Web-Warriors. The Symbiote Saga was about Peter and Flash and a little bit of Harry and MJ. The Return To Spider-Verse was Miles and Peter and the Spider Slayers was about Scarlet coming back and MJ coming into her own. We really wanted to have these mini arcs that focused on Peter and one other member of his Web-Warriors team.

We didn’t exactly know how those stories would break out or fit together or how that would lead to the finale. We knew we wanted to wrap up the whole season. We knew this season that Doc Ock was going to learn Spider-Man’s identity and that he would get waylaid over the course of other arcs and not get a chance to put his final plan into play until the very end. We knew we wanted to bookend that. We didn’t realize how many other things we wanted to bookend, you know Trapster waiting outside the cake shop. We had a joke that he’d been waiting there for four seasons. We wrapped up Harry and Norman really well in a way that I had not seen before and obviously the Nick Fury-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Spider-Man completing his training and no longer needing S.H.I.E.L.D. to do what he does best.

Marvel.com: You and the team have done some interesting things with this character that we don’t usually see like Aunt May knowing the identity and Norman’s ultimate arc. Was there ever any concern from higher up about those moves?

Harrison Wilcox: We’re not trying to do a page-by-page adaptation of any version from other media, we’re just trying to stay true to the core of who Spider-Man is. Everyone at Marvel is aware of what we’re doing and involved, but there is also a trust with the people we’ve hired to shepherd those characters properly and stay true to who they are. We are supposed to try and make things exciting and different. I think we did that.

In the case of Norman, we had the benefit of the show ending whereas in other mediums the story continues on. We saw it not so much as giving him a happy ending, but after all he, Peter and Harry had been through, especially in season three, it felt like it would take away from what Peter had gone through and the trials he’d been through to return Norman to villainous form. Norman says in the finale something like, “After all you did for me and my family and I realized you and Spider-Man are one in the same, I realized I should do better myself.” Spider-Man actually saved Norman as the Goblin, but Peter Parker saved Norman as the human and that was a really great moment in the finale.

Marvel.com: Kind of mirroring that is the relationship between Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man. How did you want to leave Doc Ock at the end of the show?

Harrison Wilcox: He has a chance, it’s up to him. It never feels like a complete win, at least for me, for Spider-Man to just lock up the villain. If Peter Parker can get through and redeem the villain, that, to me, is the true win. We saw that in various forms over the course of the show with Sandman, Rhino, Vulture and Scarlet. When those characters were on the fence, there’s some really interesting storytelling opportunities. When Rhino is on the side of the angels, that is very interesting. And that relationship that Rhino and Agent Venom have, we didn’t plan for that, it naturally grew out of that situation. It was really interesting for us. Putting these characters in challenging situations was very rewarding for us on this show.

Marvel.com: Were there any other relationships or beats that grew or developed in ways you didn’t expect?

Harrison Wilcox: We knew Scarlet and Peter would balance well because Peter’s always making quips and Scarlet hates the quips. They’re each the flipside of the coin. Scarlet and Agent Venom and Scarlet and Spider-Woman, those were both really interesting character dynamics that we did not plan for. Doc Ock and Dr. Morbius, that was really interesting. We didn’t plan for that. Of course, any time Arnim Zola, played by Mark Hamill came on screen, he was such a troll to Doc Ock, his partner at Hydra. Every time he showed up just to gloat or show how Ock had screwed up, we could not stop laughing every time that happened. That was so much fun.

Marvel.com: Doc takes a pretty interesting physical and visual turn in the finale. Was that something scripted or designed by the animators?

Harrison Wilcox: We work closely with Alex Soto, the supervising director and he works with Eric Radomski about what the design is going to look like. We make sure it doesn’t contradict the story, but we like giving the artists the freedom to do what’s best, not just to look great, but for how well it will animate in the situation. We’d seen over the course of the show, Ock turn all these other people into monsters or animal creatures, and the final Sinister Six was all animal-inspired with Ock, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, Lizard and Kraven as a kind of lion. Why doesn’t Ock do it to himself if that’s his last ditch effort to become the Ultimate Doc Ock? We threw out stuff and Alex Soto and company did something very creepy. I’m glad it wasn’t on screen too long because it’s really creepy.

His transformation over the course of the season was really interesting. You can piece it together by conversations between him and Zola and Hydra about how his look transformed and that was taken away. Maybe what he was promised by Hydra did not come through until he broke in during the Spider Slayers arc. You can really track his physical transformation this season. It was really a lot of fun to play with that.

Marvel.com: How key was Doctor Octopus learning Spider-Man’s true identity to how he came out the final plan of his seen in the last episodes?

Harrison Wilcox: With Ock learning his identity, it seemed like the next logical step. Up until then, Ock just knew Spider-Man and would try to destroy Spider-Man. Now that he knows that his enemy is a high school boy, it’s not going to necessarily turn into, “I’m going to destroy Peter Parker, but I’m going to destroy Spider-Man and leave this boy with nothing except the humiliation he’s given me.”

Where he got to at the end of the two episodes is, he’s ready to be Peter Parker Spider-Man by himself. He doesn’t need S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore. Him being on his own again was a great way to guide him down the path we were trying to get to.

Marvel.com: As you mentioned before you’re feeling a mix of emotions about ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ending, but what other projects are keeping you busy these days?

Harrison Wilcox: I’m working AVENGERS: SECRET WARS, the fourth season. We’ve got some stuff I’m very excited about. We are taking a lot of inspiration from various versions of the Secret Wars over the years in publishing, but I think we found an interesting avenue for how we’re telling this particular version. We’re seeing a lot of the new Avengers we saw in season three. Black Panther and Captain Marvel are coming back with new and old Avengers mixing together in interesting ways. It all leads up to, probably, the biggest event arc we’ve done since I’ve been here at Marvel Animation. It’s this massive Battleworld Secret Wars arc where we’re seeing things mixed and matched together that you’ve never seen before. All I’ll say is dinosaurs and cowboys, just mash-ups you would not believe that would not fit anywhere else in any other story. We’re just doing weird and fun things that are “Wow I’ve never thought of that” or “Why haven’t I ever thought of that?” things.

I’m also working on the animated “Guardians of the Galaxy” series. We’re also trying to find that fun new take of stuff from publishing. There’s a lot of high profile cosmic characters showing up more and more. We’re finding fun new team dynamics for the core team and just listening to Rocket and Groot argue always makes me laugh.

The series finale of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” airs this Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on Disney XD! Watch a new clip above and stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Check Out the Two-Part Series Finale this Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on Disney XD!

“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” tracked the evolution of a street-level hero who fights alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. and other iconic Marvel heroes to become the Ultimate Spidey. The cast and crew for “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” reflect on the past four seasons of the show in an all-new featurette above.

The two-part finale arc “Graduation Day” will see Spider-Man stop Doctor Octopus and the Superior Sinister Six from destroying all of the heroes in New York City.

Check out the epic “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6” two-part series finale this Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on Disney XD! Watch the preview clip, previously debuted at NYCC, below.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Available for a Limited Time!

Grab some hot chocolate and swing over to YouTube to watch two full episodes of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man,” available for a limited time! And parents, your little web-slingers can also watch these on the YouTube Kids app, now through January 5, 2017.

Watch “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man Season 1, Ep. 17, above (and here), and “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six Season 3, Ep. 22, below (and here), now!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.

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Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider find an unlikely ally in the nefarious mad scientist!

Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider, with the unlikely ally of Doctor Octopus, have to infiltrate the sunken Hydra Island in a new clip from Part Two of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6: The Spider Slayers”! Check out the clip above and tune in to an all-new episode Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD!

When Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider discover a secret program designed to create evil duplicates of Spidey, they may finally find the truth of Scarlet Spider’s mysterious origins. But in the process, they awaken Arnim Zola, and have to stop the villain before he destroys New York. Witness their encounter with the Spider Slayers by watching the clip above!

Watch a brand-new “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” this Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Marvel Animation announces an all-new animated series premiering on Disney XD in 2017!

Marvel Animation announced today at New York Comic Con, an all-new animated series called “Marvel’s Spider-Man” will be premiering on Disney XD in 2017. “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” will culminate in January 2017 with an exciting two-part finale arc “Graduation Day” that will see Spider-Man stop Doctor Octopus and the Superior Sinister Six from destroying all of the heroes in New York City.  “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” tracked the evolution of a street-level hero who fights alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. and other iconic Marvel heroes to become the Ultimate Spidey. For 2016 to date, the series has reached 51 million Total Viewers across the U.S., generated close to 4 million consumer engagements via VOD/STB and ranks among the network’s top 5 animated series in key targeted boy demographics.

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. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Thor”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”), Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Kevin Shinick (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Robot Chicken”) and Marsha Griffin (“Transformers Prime,” “The Life and Times of Juniper Lee”); 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,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”). Watch the clip from “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. the Sinister 6.”

“We’ve been secretly nurturing ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ for years now, so we are thrilled to finally announce it. The simple title reflects a back-to-basics approach – the story of an ordinary teen, Peter Parker, who suddenly finds himself with strange new powers and overwhelming responsibility. And thanks to Story Editor Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken, Mad) and Supervising Director Philip Pignotti (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) it’s just filled with heart and humor,” said Cort Lane, SVP Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment.

“Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic character whose duality makes him both relatable and aspirational for the Disney XD audience,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Marvel in this new original series that offers a fresh take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense of comedy.”

Lane broke the news that Marvel and Funko have collaborated to create three brand-new animated shorts that will be released later this year. The animated short “Spellbound” featuring Spider-Man and Iron Man facing off against the trickster Loki and his mind-controlling scepter, debuted to an enthusiastic crowd during the panel. The two other shorts include Chimichangas featuring Deadpool facing-off against Venom and Rescue where Rocket breaks into the Collector’s museum to try and set his buddy, Groot, free. A still image from Spellbound can be found in the gallery above.

“We are beyond excited to bring our Pop! Vinyl to life by collaborating with Marvel,” said Mark Robben, Funko’s Director of Marketing. “We hope fans enjoy these short films as much as they do collecting Pop!, and hopefully we’ll be able to create many more.”

Lane also shared the exciting news that fans will soon get to enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp together in the Ant-Man animated shorts coming next year to Disney XD! Created by Passion Pictures and directed by French duo Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach, fans will see the pair like never seen them before. Ant-Man will be voiced by Josh Keaton (Voltron: Legendary Defender, Transformers Prime) and the Wasp will be voiced by Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory).

Additional breaking news came from the announcement that Marvel Animation will welcome Marvel’s very own Hayley Atwell back to the beloved role as SSR’s greatest asset as the voice of Agent Carter on Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars. In the episode, past and present collide as Howard Stark and Peggy Carter team-up with Iron Man and Captain America to stop Kang the Conqueror!

Also during the panel, the audience was treated to an all-new episode from the second season of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring the Guardians teaming-up with the Avengers on a mission to protect Star-Lord’s home planet of Earth!

For fans of the Jade Giant, New York Comic Con will host the world premiere of the new, feature-length film Marvel’s Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell. Join Marvel for the premiere on Sunday, October 9th in the Javits Center Room 1A06 from 10:30AM – 12:00PM for. Don’t miss the film where Hulk teams-up with Doctor Strange to stop Nightmare from conquering the waking world. The all-new movie will be available on Digital HD October 21 and is available for pre-order today.

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Spider-Man must stop Wolf Spider in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6'

The fate of all reality hangs in the balance in the final part of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” Return to the Spider-Verse, airing this Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD!

In the final part of Return to the Spider-Verse, Spidey and Miles Morales return to Miles’ universe after collecting all the shards of the Siege Perilous. In this dimension, they run into Spider-Gwen, the Spider-Woman of this universe, who helps them confront Wolf Spider, who they discover is an Evil Peter Parker from another dimension! Watch the clip above from this weekend’s episode.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.

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Peter Parker and Miles Morales meet Spider-Gwen in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6'!

Spider-Gwen makes her animated debut in this Saturday’s new episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six,” airing at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD!

In the final part of “Return to the Spider-Verse,” Spidey and Miles Morales return to Miles’ universe after collecting all the shards of the Siege Perilous. In this dimension, they run into Spider-Gwen, the Spider-Woman of this universe, who helps them confront Wolf Spider!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.

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Spider-Man arrives in the Noir Universe to stop a gang war in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6'

Spider-Man and Kid Archnid arrive in the Noir Universe to stop a gang war while trying to prevent Mr. Negative from using the Siege Perilous to drain all life and color out of the world. However, Mr. Fixit Hulk doesn’t take kindly to anyone telling his gang what to do in this new clip above from “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6!”

Watch the clip above and tune in to Part Three of “Mavel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6: Return of the Spider-Verse” this Saaturday night at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.

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Web Beard’s ship has been commandeered in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6,' airing Saturday!

Ahoy thar ye land lubbers! It appears Web Beard the Spider-Pirate’s ship, The Groot, has been commandeered by Howard the First Mate in this new clip from “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6!”

Watch the clip above and tune in to Part Two of “Mavel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6: Return of the Spider-Verse” this Saaturday night at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.

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