Marvel’s Jeph Loeb Talks ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Animated Series

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

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Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man is the comic book that revitalized Marvel Comics – due, in large part, to its modern take on Marvel’s most popular character and the various endearing, relatable, and colloquial characterizations, courtesy of Bendis.

Fans of the comic – though disappointed that the top-notch Spectacular Spider-Man animated series was canceled – were incredibly excited when they learned that Ultimate Spider-Man was being adapted as an animated series to air on Disney XD. In an issue of Disney 23 Magazine, Marvel Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb discussed his excitement for the upcoming show and what we have to look forward to.

Loeb talked about some of the writers who will be working on the show, including industry auteurs Brian Michael Bendis and Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series):

“The thing that I’m most immediately excited about, because it’s in production, is Ultimate Spider-Man. It’s the first Marvel-produced Spider-Man series. We have an incredible writing staff including Brian Michael Bendi, who has written every single issue of Ultimate Spider Man – more than 150 issues in 10 years – Paul Dini, and Man of Action.”

Man of Action, for those not previously aware, is a “development/production house dedicated to writing, conceptualizing, and developing work of exceptional quality, commercial viability, and explosive creativity.” And they created Ben Ten. So that’s a thing, I guess.

Art from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man courtesy of David Lafuente

Jeph Loeb also talked about Marvel’s ongoing philosophy with regard to animated shows:

“What we’re doing is putting together the coolest Spider-Man animated series that we can. This is a first step in what we want to define as Marvel animation and will capture the look and feel of the comics as the movies have captured the look and feel of the comics.”

Loeb even drew a connection between the animated series and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man film, which looks to be heavily inspired by the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series:

“Like the comic and the upcoming movie. We’re dealing with Peter Parker in high school, trying to balance his life between being a normal teenager and becoming the ultimate Spider-Man. This is the story of Spider-Man trying to become the best hero that he can. And work his way up to the major league guys like Captain American and Iron Man and The Avengers. Fans of Marvel will be very happy with what we’re putting together. And 2012 is when they’re going to get to see this incredibly awesome stuff that we’ve been working on.”

Check out the promo poster for the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, which gives us our first look at the visual style for the show (click to enlarge):

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At first glance, the image looks pretty stylistically generic, but that could just be due to the minimalistic nature of the promo image. There have been three main artists throughout the nearly 200-issue run of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic: Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen (Fear Itself), and David Lafuente. Of the three artists, the above image most resembles Lafuente, if not nearly as bombastic, colorful, and, in a word, awesome.


Ultimate Spider-Man debuts on Disney XD in 2012.

Source: Disney 23 Magazine [via IGN]

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  1. I’m still pretty angry that Spectacular Spider-Man is gone. :( I don’t think Marvel can hit the mark that well again.

    • As long as it’s better than that horrible MTV travesty.

  2. I can’t wait I loved spectacular spiderman ,just hope this is just as good if not better

  3. Can’t wait!

    I agree that Spectacular Spider-Man was great and got the short end of the stick. But I’m still hoping for a great Spidey show.

    Btw as great as Spectacular Spidey was, the animation style was too kiddy looking IMO. It already is looking like a step up from the pictures above.

  4. As an FYI shouldnt this be in the TV section?

    • NM hit the wrong button and got confuseded. :D

      • These things happen.

      • Well, there’s your problem. I have the automatic. I don’t even have to hit a button to get confused, it just happens.

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  5. I have always hated the versions of Spidey that were drawn with those overly huge eye coverings. They just looked silly and served no purpose than to over exaggerate them. Glad this series is going to follow the traditional look.

  6. hopefully they’ll actually bring any arcs loose ends together in USM instead of canceling it right after the second season finale like spectacular SM.

  7. This should be and sounds like it will be epic. HOPING!!! Spectacular Spiderman was great and like many other great shows got shafted early. TV execs just don’t what is good anymore and let crap shows run what seems like forever. I am glad Smallville somehow managed to make it 10 years if you go by the superhero genre.

  8. I love most Spider-Man toons, this one should be great, fingers crossed.

  9. I loved the Maxx. Hope its as good as that

  10. Okay, the cartoon isn’t good at all, should have went with a more older teen/adult version of the series.

  11. it feels like something one feared once disney got their paws on marvel XP
    Most disappointed :(

  12. make more episodes