After reports that Disney was making plans to end their various animated offerings on Disney XD, news has dropped that Marvel’s Spider-Man will be getting a second season! The newest animated iteration of the wallcrawler took a never before seen look at the teen hero and his supporting cast by bringing almost the entirety of his characters under one roof in a science-infused high school. The series took some of the themes from the MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and married them with the high-tech world of Horizon Labs that we’ve seen over the last few years in Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run, bringing us a modern reimagining of Peter Parker and his classmates.
Disney XD released a brief synopsis of the second season:
“The second season of Marvel’s Spider-Man follows Peter Parker in his sophomore year as a more experienced Super Hero and a more confident student at what was once the intimidating Horizon High School. Picking up where season one left off – in an epic showdown against Doc Ock, the Sinister Five, and Hobgoblin – season two will offer much higher stakes for both Peter and his heroic alter-ego, Spider-Man. He’ll also learn how to navigate new responsibilities like working at his local newspaper The Daily Bugle while enduring Doc Ock’s series of obstacles in the villain’s attempt to get rid of Spider-Man once and for all. The action-packed season will continue to touch on Spidey’s relatable themes, including friendship, loyalty and heroism, while staying true to its signature sense of comedy.”
While the series itself has some detractors, mostly due to the difference in animation from previous series as well as some of the extreme liberties taken with classic characters to make them fit the new mold of Parker’s life, Disney XD has gone ahead with a new season for the series. This apparently crushes some of the rumors we heard previously that claimed creators were being prepared for layoffs from the Disney XD shows, which include Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Assemble, which are entering their third and fifth seasons, respectively. There is the possibility that each series will get one more season before the alleged shutdown occurs, which was rumored to be occurring due to the animated series not performing up to Disney’s hopes.
With the recent acquisition by Disney of multiple Fox properties, a clean slate of animated programming has been speculated about, so the company could make better use of some of their new animated licenses. For instance, while most of the Disney owned animated series have been restructured on Disney XD – The Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were infamously canceled and reworked to fall under the Disney banner as Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble – there has been an absence felt from other properties previously owned by other studios. Wolverine and the X-Men – which was canceled in 2009 after one season – was the last animated series we saw based on the X-Men, which had never been off the small screen long after the huge success of X-Men: The Animated Series in the ’90s. While some of the Marvel heroes have found life in Anime over the last few years, Disney and Marvel have restricted many of their animated offerings to coincide with their successful film universes, understandably.
Of course, now that character properties like the X-Men and Fantastic Four – whose last animated series bowed out in 2007 – have returned to the House of Ideas under the House of Mouse, chances are good we’ll be seeing a return to these comic properties sooner rather than later. In fact, we’ll probably see new Disney-owned versions of the X-Men in animated form much sooner than we will on the big screen in the MCU, especially if the upcoming seasons of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Guardians of the Galaxy do turn out to be their final seasons. With all those characters under the same roof, it seems like a clean slate and fresh beginning for the animated universe might be a good idea for Disney XD and their block of Marvel programming. A chance for the studio, which helped define the shared cinematic universe, to put a new mark in TV animation by replicating that success with a shared animated universe!
Maybe that’s hoping for too much. We’d settle for a new X-Men animated series at this point, especially after we were denied what looked to be an amazing second season of Wolverine and the X-Men.
What do you think? Will Disney wrap up their current animated series’ for a new start with their new lineup of characters? Which missing Marvel heroes are you desperate to see back on the small screen? Let us know in the comments section below and join the discussion on the GEEK FB page!
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