Comic fans don’t need to wonder anymore what the first effort from Disney acquisition of Marvel will be. In 2011, Ultimate Spider-Man, the long-running comic series from writer Brian Michael Bendis, gets the animated treatment on Disney XD (Disney’s boy-centric cable channel).
If you’re curious if the series will directly adapt the individual story arcs from the series, the answer is probably not. “Ultimate Spider-Man will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never-before-seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth,” Marvel Animation president Eric Rollman told Worldscreen.
It’s the “never before seen” aspect that leads me to believe they’re cashing in on the Ultimate name, without looking to the source for storylines. That’s a bit of a shame — I’ve always wanted to see a television series directly adapt a comic. I do like the fact that every few years, there’s a brand new Spidey cartoon. I grew up on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, but I know there are others who still consider Fox’s Spider-Man cartoon to be the best. There’ll be a new generation of young fans that will latch on to Ultimate Spider-Man as the best Spider-Man cartoon ever made, and there’s something about Spider-Man’s perennial coolness that makes me a happy fan.