Spider-Man fans have a lot to look forward to this year. Not only is Tom Holland returning to headline his own film as the wall-crawler in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Marvel Animation and Disney XD are also hard at work on a new animated series which is set to premiere in July. Replacing Ultimate Spider-Man, we don’t know a whole lot about it just yet, but in a recent interview with CBR, Marvel Animation Vice President Steve Wacker spilled some details.
“Another story we have coming up on the Spidey side… we’ll get to ‘Spider Island’ at some point,” he said. “That was a big Spider-Man story in publishing.”
For those who may not know, Spider-Island is an arc that saw “the inhabitants of Manhattan Island mysteriously gaining powers similar to Spider-Man,” only with some pretty nasty side effects. That’s not all, though, as Wacker also mentioned that he wants to bring Superior Spider-Man to life on the small screen.
“That was the last big story I worked on in the comics side with Dan Slott. I’m not quite sure how we get there, but I’d love to see it.”
Again, for those not up to date on all things Spidey, the arc that Wacker is speaking about here focuses on “a reformed Otto Octavius who has taken over Peter Parker’s body, and, having allowed Peter to die in Octavius’ body but being affected by Peter’s memories, is determined to be a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was, and a better man than Otto Octavius.”
Given that both Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Island were well received by fans, it’s certainly exciting to hear that the new animated series may adapt them. Aside from that though, we really don’t know too much about what to expect here, which is kind of surprising given that it premieres in July.
Apparently, the plan is to place the focus on the “insecure yet courageous teenager Peter Parker as he learns that with great power comes great responsibility – especially when you get the strange abilities of a spider.” Rumors also point to both Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen being involved, which would definitely be nice to see.
Now that we’re starting to get closer to the summer, we should start to learn more about the show soon. Until then, though, take to the comments section down below and let us know what you’d like to see from the new animated Spider-Man series!