Your Friendly Neighborhood, Spectacular, Ultimate, EX Alpha…

From marvel.com:

Hey, webheads!

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man begins a new saga starting Fall 2011 on Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man”!

The new series will chronicle the adventures of naive high-schooler Peter Parker as he comes to grips with his new powers.

Along with his new powers, the challenge for the young web-slinger in the new series is balancing his relationships with his friends and family and his super colleagues who can help him gain an understanding of his parent’s legacy and his destiny.

“Ultimate Spider-Man will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never before seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth,” said Eric S. Rollman, President of Marvel Animation.

Keep it locked to Marvel.com for more on “Ultimate Spider-Man” before it premieres on Disney XD!

Wha-whaaaaa?!

While the Ultimate comic line was what got me into the Spidey series in general, I must say that having yet another new Spider-Man animated series is just plain overkill.

But wait, what’s this? Apparently, inklings on the internet say that the announcement of Ultimate Spider-Man pretty much means the end of Spectacular Spider-Man… you know, the other new Spidey series that was doing a pretty good job of combining the best of all Spidey reincarnations into one new show before this new hotness suddenly walked in, leaving Spectacular on a somewhat cliffhanger ending.

Seriously, in the mere two seasons it ran in, each episode of Spectacular had me on the edge of my seat, with each scene making a big difference in future episodes whether the viewer was aware of such or not. As expected of anything Spidey-related, the dialogue was snappy and the stories were developed in a way that never spoke down to the audience, keeping a good balance between dialogue and complete silence to get the point across. In that sense, some may even go as far as saying that it’s the new generation’s Batman: TAS.


So why would anyone in their right mind cancel such an awesome show? Considering that the Toonami era of action cartoons has long gone, it couldn’t be that the series wasn’t holding up with similar shows airing at around the same time slot. I mean, off the top of my head, the only new action cartoons I can think of airing on TV in America are Naruto Shippuden, and the yet to be aired as of this blog Dragon Ball Z Kai.

If anything were to be blamed, I would go for the means the show was aired. For one, Disney XD ain’t your basic cable channel, hacking off a good percentage of potential viewers right there. Also keep in mind that the season 2 episodes of Spectacular were aired overseas before ever reaching the states—a pretty shoddy move, unless Disney and Marvel wanted more illegal episode downloads than TV viewers, that is.

But alas, what’s done is done. I’ll be missing you, Spectacular Spider-Man, and here’s to hoping…


As for this new series coming around the corner, at the least people should be somewhat pumped for it assuming (and I personally think that’s a pretty big “assuming”) that the series will be at least somewhat based on the Ultimate graphic novels. Though going off said assumption, and considering the edits that still go around these days, some details will have to be pretty watered down—not exactly the best thing to do if you’re aim is to accurately adapt a comic series that was made to revamp and grittify one of your bigger cash cows.

Then again, based on the official announcement, one could just as much assume that Ultimate is in response to DC’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold


… in which case I will hate Marvel even more than I hated them after watching the third Spidey movie.

Only time will tell, I guess. Though personally, I’m hoping that all this nonsense will end up being Spectacular seasons 3 and up since honestly, even for a somewhat new fan such as myself, I’ve gotten just about enough Spidey origin stories, thankyouverymuch.

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About daemoncorps
Gabe (daemoncorps) has been writing about anime and the like since 2005, but has been babysat by it for much longer. He primarily spends his days distracting himself on twitter or writing for Fandom Post until he realizes he has a weekly webcomic (tapastic.com/series/scramblebouquet) to work on. He also just finished writing his first full-length graphic novel about unemployment (https://tapastic.com/episode/293804).

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