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Paul Dini Joins Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series

Veteran writer and producer Paul Dini has joined the creative team for the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, MTV’s Splash Page reports. He’ll work with such familiar names as Brian Michael Bendis, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle.

Officially announced in April, Ultimate Spider-Man will debut in fall 2011 on Disney XD. As the title suggests, the cartoon will have roots in the long-running comics series launched in 2000 by Bendis and Mark Bagley.

“It’s 50/50,” Dini, who worked on the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, tells Splash Page. “There are elements that are going to come directly from the comics, and there are elements that are just going to take it into an entirely new and different direction — and yet, they’re going to harken back to that particular iteration of Spider-Man.”

He also reveals the series will include “a lot of guest-star action,” and a redefinition of Peter Parker “within the Spider-Man world.”

“We’re going to change a few things — nothing too dramatically,” Dini says, “but you look at the Spider-Man concept from the early ’60s and you take a look at where teens are now, and you realize you can’t really go back and redo what was done so well in the comics. […] You also don’t want to repeat the same old tropes. As much as I love elements of Spider-Man’s past, I don’t really want to go back in and retell the Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin story in animation just so I can do my take on it. I don’t want to redo the first Spider Slayer story. I don’t want to redo some of those classic Lee/Romita and Lee/Ditko stories just for the sake of seeing them rendered in animation. For now, I just want to approach Spider-Man with fresh eyes, taking a few things we know about him and just doing a new spin on the concept.”

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  • John

    What happened to Spectacular Spider-Man?

  • VanGoghX

    It went bye-bye.

  • Lando

    huh, Paul Dini on a marvel project? I'm in.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    It was canceled after the second season.

  • Braunrodman

    “you take a look at where teens are now, and you realize you can’t really go back and redo what was done so well in the comics.”

    I love Paul Dini but I wonder if he watched Spectacular Spider-man because it routinely did exactly this

  • Billwalko

    “I love Paul Dini but I wonder if he watched Spectacular Spider-man because it routinely did exactly this”

    and did it quite brilliantly.

  • whosayswerewack

    Yeah, horray that Dini and Bendis, et. all are involved, but Spec. Spider-Man was basically Ultimate Spider-Man. I'd call that a 50/50 mix already.

  • Zach

    With all the talent on this, it's either gonna really rock or have way too many cooks.

  • Braunrodman

    yeah im really gonna miss the show, i was excited for the 3rd season

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  • Daredevil99

    Spectacular probably was cancelled by Disney…to create their own show

  • HeyLookMail

    Spectacular was by far the most clever, most true, and most well-done Spider-Man on celluloid. And I hate just about everything. (Don't get me started on the structural problems in The Incredibles, the problem character arcs in Dark Knight, or why every single animated movie effort from Marvel and DC in the last 5 years has royally sucked butt.) It's only weakness was the Electro costume w/the electric-tube nipples.

  • Gamma

    No, it was cancelled because sony lost the TV rights to spidey and they reverted back to Marvel. They couldn't continue even if they wanted to.

    Also Remember that the show jumped channels(From CW to XD). That probably didn't help either.

  • Lester

    Every single one? There were plenty of thouse animated movies that were good.

  • BATMANKIXASS

    you hated incredibles and DARK KNIGHT?! shame