Disney XD to launch 'Marvel Universe' programming blockby jmaloni
New animated series "Ultimate Spider-Man" to premiere
Disney XD will launch "Marvel Universe," a dedicated Marvel programming block, with the new series "Ultimate Spider-Man" as its centerpiece, on Sunday, April 1, it was announced this week by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. "Marvel Universe" on Disney XD will be the ultimate place for fans to find exclusive Marvel content, including new animated short-form series, live-action interstitials and the series return of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes." The block will be home to Marvel's biggest superstars, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and many more to introduce dynamic stories of action, adventure and heroism to a whole new generation.
Marsh said: "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."
Acting as the keystone of the "Marvel Universe" block, "Ultimate Spider-Man" features a teenage Peter Parker juggling the typical growing pains of high school with the not-so-typical growing pains of being a superhero. As the newest member of Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, Peter finds himself on a team with four other teenage superheroes.
Produced by Marvel Animation, the series' award-winning creative team includes Joe Quesada (Marvel's CCO), Paul Dini ("Batman: The Animated Series," "Lost"), the creative powerhouse Man of Action Studios (creators of "Ben 10" and "Generator Rex") - comprised of lauded creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle - and Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel's "Ultimate Spider-Man" comic series).
The voice cast includes Drake Bell ("Superhero," "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 ("Spider-Man") as Stan the Janitor, Clark Gregg ("Iron Man", "Thor," "The Avengers") as Agent Coulson and Steven Weber ("Wings") as Norman Osborn.