Exclusive: New 'Spider-Man' animated series coming in 2017

Spider-Man is getting back to his roots in a new animated TV series.

Marvel Comics' popular web-slinger superhero returns to his teenage years and his earliest days as a superhero in Marvel's Spider-Man, premiering next year on Disney XD.

"Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic character whose duality makes him both relatable and aspirational for the Disney XD audience," says Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, programming and general manager for Disney XD. He promises "a fresh take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense of comedy."

Headed up by story editor Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken) and supervising director Philip Pignotti (Marvel's Avengers Assemble), the new show focuses on insecure yet courageous teenager Peter Parker as he learns that with great power comes great responsibility — especially when you get the strange abilities of a spider.

"The simple title reflects a back-to-basics approach," says Cort Lane, senior vice president of Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment, adding that "it's just filled with heart and humor."

The current Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man animated series — which has focused on teaming Spidey with Nick Fury and other young heroes while aligned with S.H.I.E.L.D. — ends its four-season run in January. Its two-part "Graduation Day" season finale will feature Spider-Man taking on archenemy Doctor Octopus and the Superior Sinister Six to save New York City.

Next year is a big one for Spidey on the small and big screens. In addition to the upcoming animated series, there's also a cinematic reboot for the hero: British actor Tom Holland, who had a small role in this past summer's hit Captain America: Civil War, stars in Spider-Man: Homecoming, slated for release July 7.


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