A new SPIDER-MAN animated series is coming in 2017

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The great thing about Spider-Man is that just about everyone grew up with the webhead on TV in animated form. Maybe you’re old as f*** and remember Spider-Man’s earliest animated adventures on TV, or when he shared a room with some amazing friends. Maybe you remember the FOX series that had the most awesome of guitar riffs and some nonsense about neogenic experiments that birthed the hero.

Hell, maybe you wish you could forget the uncanny valley effect of that terrible MTV series, or you’re still tapping your foot whenever you hear somebody mention a certain spectacular incarnation of Spidey. Right now however, the current Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon on DisneyXD isn’t exactly amazing, sensational or spectacular.

That’s because it’s a show that is very, very much aimed at a young demographic, thus having no appeal for adults whatsoever. If you’re nine years old, great! But it’s not the kind of series that you’re likely to fondly remember in a few years time. Fortunately, that Spider-Man series is going to be replaced by something all new and different very soon. Just in time for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Convenient!

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Announced at the New York Comic Con, Disney XD will premiere Marvel’s Spider-Man in 2017, which will offer a “fresh take of the beloved classic” according to Disney XD vice president Marc Buhaj. “Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world,” Buhaj said to USA Today.

He is an iconic character whose duality makes him both relatable and aspirational for the Disney XD audience.

According to the report, Marvel’s Spider-Man will be a lot more comedic in tone, focusing on Peter Parker as he gets a grip on his new powers and slowly becomes Spider-Man, instead of the series already opening with him as an established and experienced New York menace (according to J Jonah Jameson. PARKER!). Kevin “Robot Chicken” Shinick will be in charge, with the series arriving sometime in 2017 once Ultimate Spider-Man ends in the season four finale “Graduation Day” as Spidey and his pals take on Doc Ock and the rest of the Sinister Six.

And honestly, I’m just hoping for a series that doesn’t feature a protagonist who is more Deadpool than Spider-Man. That rampant destruction of the fourth-wall has got to go. “The simple title reflects a back-to-basics approach,” senior vice president of Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment Cort Lane added.

It’s just filled with heart and humour.

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Last Updated: October 10, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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