By Marc Strom
When your Friendly Neighborhood Wallcrawler swings into the Marvel Universe block on Disney XD with the premiere of “Ultimate Spider-Man,” he’ll bring a few of his super hero friends along for the ride.
All this week, Marvel.com will be revealing the four heroes co-starring in the upcoming animated series, but before we get to that we wanted to kick things off with a chat with Marvel CCO Joe Quesada.
|Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel CCO Joe Quesada|
Since the show’s inception, Quesada has helped shepherd the series along from idea to final animation, including participating in writers’ summits with its creators and helping to develop the look of a number of its characters.
Check out what Quesada has to say about “Ultimate Spider-Man,” and come back to Marvel.com every day this week beginning this afternoon to learn the identity of a new member of Spidey’s supporting cast from the series!
Marvel.com: Tell us about making a new "Ultimate Spider-Man" series.
Joe Quesada: Since 1967, there have been many wonderful Spider-Man animated shows, and everyone has their favorite. But, as a group, they all had one thing in common: They each told the very classic origin and story of Peter Parker/Spider-Man that we’ve all come to know and love. Since this was going to be the first Spider-Man animated show produced by Marvel creators, we wanted to take a different approach and amp up the stakes.
Marvel.com: Now, we've heard that Spidey isn't going to be the only Marvel hero to get this Ultimate treatment.
|"Ultimate Spider-Man" premieres on Disney XD on April 1|
Joe Quesada: We added a team of young and somewhat likeminded heroes into the mix, and Spidey is going to find himself having to deal with things he’s never encountered. We looked at the characters that would bring the most fun and unique power set into the team dynamic and the life of Peter Parker. In many ways, each of the characters has a trait that Spidey and/or Peter can immediately relate to. Don’t get me wrong, they also have big differences too, and that’s where all the fun starts!
Marvel.com: Any hints as to who is in the group?
Joe Quesada: Of the four team members, one has a youthfulness but internal maturity beyond his years; another is conscientious and an overachiever; the third has a tremendous earnestness and sense of responsibility; and the last is brash and boastful.
Marvel.com: Any parting words before we kick off this week of surprises and reveals about our supporting cast?
Joe Quesada: When it’s all said and done, I think fans of Spidey and the Marvel Universe are going to be blown away by what they see!
Come back to Marvel.com later this afternoon as we reveal the first super hero that will join Spider-Man in his upcoming animated series, premiering Sunday, April 1!