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Ultimate Spider-Man Bows April 1, Launching Marvel Universe Block

Disney XD announced today that the somewhat-delayed Ultimate Spider-Man animated series will premiere April 1, forming the centerpiece of a Marvel programming block that seems similar to Cartoon Network’s upcoming DC Nation.

Called Marvel Universe, the block also will include new short-form animated series, live-action interstitials and the return of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America will be among the characters featured.

“Iconic Marvel heroes and villains and stories with core values of accomplishment, discovery and growth make Marvel Universe a perfect complement to Disney XD and a destination for parents and kids to experience together,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide.

Announced in April 2010, Ultimate Spider-Man is inspired by the acclaimed Marvel comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, and boasts a creative team that includes Joe Quesada, Paul Dini, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle and Bendis himself.

The voice cast includes Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride (Boston Public, Pushing Daisies) as Nick Fury, JK Simmons (Spider-Man) as J. Jonah Jameson, Stan Lee as Stan the Janitor, Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers) as Agent Coulson and Steven Weber (Wings) as Norman Osborn.


  • Xaos

    Mainly excited to see new episodes of Avengers, though glad Agent Coulson continues to get work

  • Sebastian_Sandberg

    Why people choose that date to premiere a show is beyond me. XD

  • Chad

    Will it be available online or on netflix?  I know the Avengers cartoon has all of season one on netflix, and I don’t mind waiting for season 2 to get there…but I want to see Spidey asap.

  • Atzalan

    Great voice cast! Can´t wait for chapter one premier!!!

  • Jacob

    Was thinking the same thing.

  • Jacob

    Two series make a TV block? They should add F4 and X-Men series to it. Maybe a teen team series like New X-Men or Young Avengers. Maybe Runaways?

  • Jacob

    Will probably be available through iTunes and Amazon, but not Netflix until it’s over. I don’t think they do weekly releases.

  • Andrew Geczy

    Really? They couldn’t get Samuel L. Jackson to voice Nick Fury? I didn’t think anything was below him…

    I do like Chi Mcbride though. But for Nick Fury?

  • drhiphop85

    I thought they have shorts and other stuff ready to be placed on there.

  • Hypestyle the Hype Man

    They need to have several guest heroes:  Luke Cage, Falcon, Black Panther, Blade, Iceman, Firestar, Human Torch, Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Shang Chi…

  • Spideyrocksu

    Why in the world was there only two seasons of Spetacular Spider-Man.   That show was da bomb.  Great theme song, great writing, beautiful animation and a wonderful story line.  I rewatch them all the time. 

  • Demoncat4

    can not wait to check this out wonder who will voice aunt may and  the ultimate versions of gwen and mary jane

  • Devon Bishop

    Disney seems to add episodes of their shows to Netflix quickly, so I hope that will be the case here.

  • drhiphop85

    They will…actually its been stated that most of the Ultimate U will show up in some form or another given time.

  • AtomicShop

    So much for Miles Morales…

  • PaJ Design

    It’s my birthday…they did it for me. :)

  • therin

    Why can we not read them