With Ultimate Spider-Man swinging onto Disney XD April 1st, Marvel has released a new clip to give fans a sneak-peek of its new Marvel Universe programming block.

Airing alongside the second season of  The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man will focus on a teenage Peter Parker who’s only been Spidey for a year.

The fledgling Spider-Man (voice of Drake Bell) has a few saves under his belt, and a growing list of super-villians itching to squash the spider, but has yet to reach his superhero potential. Enter Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. (voiced by Boston Public’s Chi McBride) – who will act as a mentor to young Peter by offering him the chance to step up his game and train to become “The Ultimate Spider-Man.” Fury’s training will pair Spider-Man with other teen superheroes from the Marvel Universe – Nova, Power Man, Iron Fist and White Tiger – in a good ol’ fashioned team-up.

Crafting the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is a creative super-team comprised of current Ultimate Spider-Man comic writer Brian Michael Bendis and Paul Dini of Batman: The Animated Series fame. Man of Action producer/writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, and Jeph Loeb (Ben 10) will round out the team – serving as supervising producers on the show.

Here’s a first look at Ultimate Spider-Man – featuring Nick Fury in all his badass-ness:

Other familiar voices joining Drake Bell and Chi McBride, are Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, who will voice Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steven Weber (Wings) as Norman Osborn, and (reprising their Marvel movie roles) Clark Gregg as the cartoon equivalent of Agent Coulson, and J.K. Simmons once again playing J. Jonah Jameson – the sourpuss editor of Daily Bugle (in the three Sam Raimi-led Spider-Man flicks).

The Ultimate Spider-Man animated series will bear some similarity to its popular Ultimate Spider-Man comic book counterpart, but will not follow the same story lines which, SPOILER ALERT, saw Ultimate Peter Parker get killed off and replaced by the current Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Instead, according to writer Paul Dini, this series will feature a “redefined” Peter Parker – something movie fans will get as well, in this summer’s blockbuster film The Amazing Spider-Man.

Ultimate Spider-Man premieres April 1 on Disney XD.

Source: Entertainment Weekly