|Created by:|| Stan Lee|
|Written by:|| Brian Michael Bendis|
Steven T. Seagle
|Voices of:|| Drake Bell|
Dee Bradley Baker
Caitlyn Taylor Love
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|About the Show|
|Networks:|| Disney XD - USA|
Ultimate Spider-Man is an American television series created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Disney XD. The show is based on the Spider-Man comics with some Ultimate Spider-Man comic elements. The third season was retitled as Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors and the fourth and final season as Ultimate Spider-Man vs The Sinister 6.
The series follows the life of the young teenager Peter Parker, who is the amazing hero Spider-Man to understand and reach his maximum potential powers by joining the agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and forming a team of super heroes to defeat the powerful supervillains. In his journey, he meets his most difficult challenges, while still maintaning his secret identity as Spider-Man.
Brian Michael Bendis and Paul Dini are serving as the writers and the producers on the show. They hired Man of Action, who are the creators of such shows as Ben 10 and Generator Rex as the supervising producers. Paul Dini has said this series will show the a "redefined" Peter Parker and will guest-starring with different characters, the series will be partially be based on Bendis' comics while the rest will be original material. 26 episodes for season 1 had been ordered.
Launch parties for the series were held in New York City and Los Angeles on March 31, 2012, the day before the series' broadcast television debut. On hand at the New York City party at Midtown Comics Downtown in Manhattan were Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, writer/producer Joe Kelly and Chris Eliopoulos, who wrote the first issue of the tie-in comic book, while the Los Angeles party at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood was attended by Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle, voice actors Clark Gregg and Misty Lee, and Creative Consultant Paul Dini, who wrote the series pilot.
In terms of design, the producers made sure that the animation team knew about the style and history of Spider-Man art. They wanted to make sure that the animation team took all of those ideas and put them into the animation of the Ultimate Spider-Man series.
Jeph Loeb recruited artists Ed McGuinness, Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, and Paolo Rivera to work on the art. The goal was to get the series to have the "tonal flavor" of the comics by using Marvel Comics artists and make the animation that it looks like it appears coming out of the screen.
As the series begins, Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for one year. He has saved lives and fought supervillains, but he is still in the process of learning how to be a superhero. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. offers Peter the chance to train to be a real superhero and become "The Ultimate Spider-Man". However, Peter will first have to learn how to work with a team of four fellow teenage superheroes: Nova, White Tiger, Iron Fist and Power Man. During the season, corrupt industrialist Norman Osborn targets Spider-Man in the shadows in hopes of collecting his DNA to make a spider-soldier army to sell to the government. To do this, he uses Doctor Octopus as his pawn, having him send numerous super villains after Spider-Man and use a sample of Spidey's blood to create the Venom symbiote, which ends up bonding with Norman's son and Peter's best friend, Harry Osborn. In the two-part season finale, Spider-Man learns that it was Norman who was the mastermind behind Doctor Octopus' schemes and Venom's creation, just in time to see Doctor Octopus get his revenge on Norman for the way he treated him by turning him into the Green Goblin.
In the second season, following the fight with the Green Goblin which resulted in the destruction of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Spider-Man's team ends up staying at Peter Parker's house. In the season premiere, after learning that Spider-Man got his powers from one of Oscorp's genetically altered spiders at the end of last season, Doctor Octopus creates a bunch of serums with animal DNA in hopes of re-creating the process, and S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist Dr. Curt Conners, still dealing with the aftermath of the Helicarrier's destruction after injuring his right arm and having it severed off, injects himself with one of these serums to become the Lizard. Later, Doctor Octopus forces Lizard to join him, Electro, Rhino, Kraven the Hunter and Beetle to form the Sinister Six. While Spider-Man and his team are able to defeat the Sinister Six, Lizard gets away, and Spider-Man swears to find and cure him. During the season, Spider-Man learns more about his teammates' origins (Ava Ayala having assumed he mantle of White Tiger after her father was killed by Kraven, Sam Alexander being the last member of the Nova Corps since former member Titus wiped the rest out trying to get another helmet and was recruited by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Danny Rand having assumed the mantle of Iron Fist after training in K'un-L'un and Luke Cage had received his powers from a S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the Super Soldier Formula developed by his parents.). Norman Osborn, who was the Green Goblin, was healed and reformed, becoming Iron Patriot to mend his mistakes in the past by helping Spider-Man and his team, but in the escape of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus turns Norman back into the Green Goblin and turns the Spider-Man team into monster goblins like him, but ended up fighting it by avoiding using a green gas on the old Helicarrier in spreading it to New York.
In the third season, Spider-Man officially joins the Avengers, but after a fight with Loki, Doctor Octopus and a group of Norse creatures bonded with the Venom symbiote, he chooses to resign and remain with S.H.I.E.L.D. After this, the symbiote permanently bonds with Flash Thompson to become Agent Venom, and Spider-Man is tasked by Nick Fury to recruit other young heroes to form the New Warriors. At the same time, Green Goblin hires Taskmaster to find the young heroes before Spidey does and form the Thunderbolts. Spider-Man manages to recruit Ka-Zar and his pet smilodon Zabu from the Savage Land, and Amadeus Cho in the Iron Spider armor, while Taskmaster recruits Cloak & Dagger and Vulture. When the Thunderbolts attempt to bust out Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Beetle and Scorpion, Spider-Man leads the New Warriors against the group, and is able to convince Cloak and Dagger to switch sides. The New Warriors ultimately defeat the villains, but Green Goblin gets away with the Siege Perilous, leading to a variation of the Spider-Verse storyline, in which he travels across the multiverse to collect DNA samples of Spider-Man's alternate counterparts to turn himself into the Spider-Goblin. Chasing after him, Spider-Man meets up with Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Spyder-Knight and Miles Morales, helping them each one by one with their problems, before teaming up with all of them to take down Spider-Goblin and a giant Helicarrier robot controlled by Electro. After both are defeated and the alternate Spider-Men return to their homes, Goblin reverts into Norman Osborn and ends up suffering amnesia, making him forget his time as the Goblin. Afterwards, Spider-Man and his team begin their education at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy located at the Triskelion while dealing with the reawakened Arnim Zola. Then Spider-Man gets involved in a contest between the Collector and the Grandmaster for the fate of Earth. During this time, Aunt May, Agent Venom, and Iron Spider learn of Spider-Man's identity.
As the fourth and final season begins, Doctor Octopus allies himself with Arnim Zola and HYDRA and begins to form a new iteration of the Sinister Six starting with Kraven the Hunter. When Doctor Octopus attempts to turn Norman Osborn back into Green Goblin, he finds that Osborn injected himself with an anti-Goblin serum to prevent further transformations. Doctor Octopus uses the Siege Perilous to summon the Green Goblin's demonic winged counterpart from Miles Morales's universe and after a brief battle recruits him instead. Then it is revealed that Rhino has become a spy for Doctor Octopus while operating as a student at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy in exchange for finding a cure for his condition (since he gained his powers by drinking one of Doctor Octopus's animal serums). When Spider-Man and his team accidentally release the water-made criminal Hydro-Man, Doctor Octopus spares no expense in recruiting him. Doctor Octopus then completes his lineup with Electro. Spider-Man fights evil with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his own new team consisting of Agent Venom, Iron Spider, Miles Morales (going by the name Kid Arachnid ever since ending up on Spider-Man's world), and the newly-introduced Scarlet Spider (who has no identity and is later named Ben by Aunt May). It was later revealed that Scarlet Spider was the real spy for Doctor Octopus, while Rhino only busted Doctor Octopus out of his cell for the cure and unmasks Spider-Man in front of Doctor Octopus, revealing his identity. Doctor Octopus reveals that he gave Scarlet Spider his powers with one purpose in mind, to gain Spider-Man's trust, then stab him in the back to show that his faith in others can be a weakness. This leads to Doctor Octopus leading up to his next plot that has him turning against Arnim Zola. Though Scarlet Spider has a change of heart at the last minute, he ends up sacrificing himself to save the city from Doctor Octopus.
Soon after, Spider-Man discovers the reason behind Fury and Nova's disappearance; they were protecting Madame Web from HYDRA, but were ultimately discovered and Fury was held hostage by HYDRA and Crossbones. After Fury was rescued by Spider-Man, Web and Triton, Fury and Web went into hiding again to protect themselves from HYDRA, with Fury leaving Spider-Man in complete control of S.H.I.E.L.D. during his absence. Then Crossbones and Michael Morbius do some experiments with the Venom symbiote which leads to the revival of Carnage leading up to Carnage's explosion causing every civilian to turn into Carnage-like monsters. Spider-Man then joins forces with Captain America to battle against the Carnages. Harry awakens from his coma and reverts back into Anti-Venom, and begins to drain the Carnage symbiotes away from the civillians. After losing control, Peter reveals his identity to Harry, who reverts back to himself, before re-emerging with Anti-Venom to destroy the Carnage symbiotes. Afterwards, Harry learns that Flash Thompson is Agent Venom. The Carnage symbiote revealed itself to still be alive, however, and goes on a rampage throughout the city in direction of Midtown High to find Mary Jane Watson, who was overtaken by the Carnage symbiote to become the "Carnage Queen". They are attacked by Morbius, who became a living vampire due to the injection he received from Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man, Agent Venom and Harry Osborn ultimately save Mary Jane from the symbiote after revealing their identities to her, and she destroyed the symbiote herself. Unbeknownst to Spider-Man, a fragment of the Carnage symbiote is inside her body.
Later on, when Spider-Ham and Spyder-Knight appear in New York, Madame Web comes to the conclusion that the destruction of the Siege Perilous during the fight with Doctor Octopus and alternate Green Goblin has shattered the dimensional barriers between numerous worlds. Spider-Man and Miles Morales travel to alternate realities in order to collect the pieces of the Siege Perilous, but an evil version of Spider-Man named Wolf Spider seeks to reassemble the pieces in his plans to conquer the multiverse by draining the life force of all other spider-powered individuals, and becoming the most powerful of them all. During their adventure, they reunite with Spider-Man Noir and meet other spider-based characters like Blood Spider, Web Beard the Pirate, and Webslinger the Spider Cowboy as they work to get to the Siege Perilous shards before Wolf Spider does. They find the last piece in Miles' native dimension, where they learn that since he and the demonic Goblin left, crime got even higher, and the universe's native Aunt May, feeling that it needs a Spider, used leftover equipment from the universe's native Peter Parker (who died in a fight with the demonic Green Goblin) to turn one of his friends Gwen Stacy into a new spider-powered hero, Spider-Woman. Together with her, they repair the Siege Perilous, but Wolf Spider manages to swipe it and go forth with his plan. Luckily, Spider-Man manages to deceive his evil counterpart into absorbing too much power, causing him to explode, which sends the life force of the other spiders back to their native homes. Although they have the Siege Perilous, Miles, after seeing how well Spider-Woman has done with protecting his universe, decides to let her remain as the main spider-powered person of it, while he and his mother, Rio Morales, permanently settle in Spider-Man's native dimension.
In a similarity to the Clone Saga, Spider-Man and Mary Jane soon discover the clone of Spider-Man called Kaine who tries to feed off them. The clone of Spider-Man eventually leads them to "Project Kaine" which involves combining the DNA of Spider-Man with the Synthezoids. Surprisingly, Mary Jane able to control the Carnage Symbiote inside her, thanks to Dr. Connors experiment and assumes the identity of Spider-Woman. It is discovered that Doctor Octopus and Arnim Zola had created Scarlet Spider as part of Weapon S which are Spider-Man/Synthezoid Spider-Slayers where he is to have been the leader of the Delta-Nine Synthezoids. When Scarlet Spider gets control of the Delta-Nine Synthezoids and Doctor Octopus reclaims his Nanotech that gives him a more mobile body, Spider-Man's group causes HYDRA Island to sink into the water again. Back to Triskelion, the other team of Spider-Man: Nova, Power Man, Iron Fist and Squirrel Girl attacks Scarlet Spider and the Delta-Nine Synthezoids, because they know Scarlet Spider worked for Doctor Octopus, not only knows Spider-Man's identity, but also endangered S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and Aunt May, being all against him. Kaine returns and draining the energies of it's inhabitants enough to leave them with coma-like symptoms, he targets the spider-based characters. Web Warrriors fight Kaine, but he´s gets control of the Delta-Nine Synthezoids, Spider-Man and the other spider-based characters must defeat Kaine even when he combines with the Delta-Nine Synthezoids to form a hybrid form called The Ultimate Spider-Slayer, until Agent Venom saved Scarlet and uses the energy transmitter to overload to explode.
Then the graduation day comes in which Doc Ock warns Peter Parker that he should never become Spider-Man and save his Aunt May from dying. Spider-Man quickly goes to the Triskelion and assembles all the Web-Warriors and New Warriors, and tells them about what happened in the morning. In the series' climax, Doctor Octopus along with his Superior Sinister Six captures Spider-Man and uses an antidote on him due to which he loses his spider powers but after working with Norman Osborn at Oscorp who now knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, Spider-Man is able to gain back his spider powers and uses the antidote to cure Vulture, Rhino, and a Lizard-mutated Crossbones and defeating Scorpion and Kraven. With the same antidote, Spider-Man also defeats Doctor Octopus in his mindless Octopus monster form, on which Octavius is eventually convinced that Spider-Man shows respect on him despite all difficulties and redeems himself by helping Spider-Man undo the force-field he projected to destroy Spider-Man's teammates and graduation attendants. In the epilogue, Doctor Octopus eventually surrenders as he is taken under custody by Iron Man, Spider-Man successfully graduates as Agent Venom and Scarlet Spider are named the new teachers in S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. After a conversation with his Aunt May (after moving to another home), Peter eventually takes on his old super hero life satisfied to have finally become what he trained in S.H.I.E.L.D. to be: The Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Brian Michael Bendis – Writer, Producer, Creative Producer
- Dana Booton – Supervising Producer
- Man of Action (Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle) - Writers, Supervising producers
- Dan Buckley – Executive Producer
- Paul Dini – Writer, Producer, Creative Consultant
- Alan Fine – Executive Producer
- Cort Lane – Supervising Producer
- Stan Lee – Co-Executive Producer
- Jeph Loeb – Executive Producer
- Leanne Moreau - Line Producer
- Eric Radomski – Co-Executive Producer
- Collette Sunderman – Casting and Voice Director
- Harrison Wilcox - Associate Producer
- Kevin Manthei - Composer
- Main article: List of Ultimate Spider-Man Episodes
|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||1 April, 2012||28 October, 2012|
|2||26||21 January, 2013||November 10, 2013|
|3||26||July 6, 2014||October 24, 2015|
|4||26||February 21, 2016||January 7, 2017|
Along with the animated series comes out a tie-in comic book called Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man. The comic book series was written by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton with art by Nuno Plati. Their goal was to have something for younger readers while exciting for older comic book fans. The first issue was released on April 25.
- The 4-part "Contest of Champions" arc was written with the knowledge that it would likely be the end of the show, so the creators tried to make it serve as a fitting conclusion to the series. Before it even aired, the show was unexpectedly picked up for one more season by Disney XD.
- This is the longest running Spider-Man series. It is also the first Spider-Man series to reach over one hundred episodes.
- Ultimate Spider-Man at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Ultimate Spider-Man at the Internet Movie Database
- Ultimate Spider-Man at TV.com