Right now, it feels like Marvel is trying to have it both ways, trying to cater to new fans by remaking the MU in the MCU’s image, which means they’re also trying to cater to Disney — the massive entity that purchased the company because of it’s character library and has seen great success with it on the big screen. It’s also catering to hardcore comic book fans by publishing some of the most artistically inventive superhero comics on the shelves today. This is the company that gave us a nearly all LGBT team in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s “Young Avengers.” This is the company that let Fraction, David Aja and Annie Wu do “Hawkeye” on their own terms. Marvel Comics gave Dan Slott and Mike Allred “Silver Surfer” and said “Go nuts!” This is why these efforts to shoehorn elements from the films into the comics feel disheartening.
With all that went down in the last episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” it might be a little difficult to remember that “What We Become” was only a mid-season finale. Daisy Johnson! Terrigenesis! Inhumans! The episode just brimmed with revelations. Needless to say, many of the questions asked at this season’s opener have been answered. I’ve talked a little about how the show could use the Inhuman angle, but — with the Inhumans officially confirmed by name — where do we go from here? What happens on “AoS” now that their best-kept secret has been revealed?
Teased as far back as early May, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors animated series is a go, revealed Monday by USA Today. As previously speculated, Web Warriors is the third season of the popular Ultimate Spider-Man Disney XD cartoon, and will contain a four-episode animated analogue to the upcoming Spider-Verse Marvel Comics event.
“[The new season is] going to really show how important Spider-Man — and by extension Peter Parker — is to the entire universe we’ve built,” Marvel Television animation vice president (and former Spidey editor) Steve Wacker told USA Today, noting that early episodes of the season will lead up to “Spider-Verse.” “There’s a piece of the puzzle that’s given there and really eagle-eyed Marvel Universe fans will be able to pick it out right away. All these appearances are leading up to a big story late in the season. The kid who’s watching every single week is going to be rewarded with a story that really connects at the end.”
Among the Spider-Men showing up in Ultimate Spider-Man’s version of “Spider-Verse” are Iron Spider, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man 2099 (which will feature a completely different computer-generated design) and a new gender-swapped world featuring Petra Parker, the Amazing Spider-Girl, who works with newspaper editor J. Joan Jameson. The event also brings Miles Morales to animation for the first time in history. In fact, it’s the first time the character has been seen in any other form of media other than comics.
The only connection between this “Spider-Verse” and the comic event will be the name.