Disney Renews ‘Ultimate Spider-Man,’ Introduces New Amazing Friends
So much for the ol' Parker luck: Disney XD has announced that, just nine episodes into its run, the new Ultimate Spider-Man animated series has already been renewed for a second season of web-spinning, quip-sling and all-around super-heroing.According to Disney, the Marvel series has more than doubled Sunday morning audiences for Disney XD, with a 151 percent rise in the boys aged 2-11 demographic alone (boys 6-11 rose 131 percent, with boys 6-14 rising 135 percent, bolstering the traditionally weak male audience for the company). "The Disney XD audience has connected with Spider-Man and his super-powered friends as they face challenges in school and with their S.H.I.E.L.D. training," said Disney XD VP and General Manager David Levine about the news. "As the anchor of our Marvel Universe block, 'Ultimate Spider-Man' season two will be back with more humor, villains and adventurous storylines that boys (and girls) will love."
Marvel TV head honcho Jeph Loeb promised that "With season two, the series introduces popular Marvel heroes and villains you've never seen before on the small screen." Among those popular heroes, look for some extremely familiar faces: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk are rumored to be making appearances as the SHIELD-trained Spidey finds himself involved with the Avengers. Not that you'll have to wait that long to see the animated hero team up with a fellow Avenger; in the episode premiering this upcoming Sunday -- "Freaky," written by none other than Ultimate Spider-Man comic creator Brian Michael Bendis -- our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler finds himself swapping bodies with guest-star Wolverine a la his own comic book storyline.
Ultimate Spider-Man airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on Disney XD.