By Tavia Morra & Marc Strom
Spider-Man's adventure begins once again, but this time Drake Bell steps up to the plate as the voice of the Webslinger in "Ultimate Spider-Man," coming to Disney XD in 2012!
Spider-Man has seen many different kinds of worlds and powers, so you may wonder what this new Spider-Man has to bring to the plate. You wouldn't be alone since it was only last week, at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, that Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb introduced Bell as the new voice of Spider-Man. We spoke with Bell to ask him about what fans can expect from "Ultimate Spider-Man" and his experience with voicing Spidey!
|See Spidey in "Ultimate Spider-Man" coming in 2012!|
Marvel.com: Spider-Man’s had a number of animated incarnations over the years, but how would you describe the Peter Parker we meet in this series?
Drake Bell: I like that in this one, he's a little closer to the original...a total science geek. So instead of the webs coming out of his wrists like some of the more recent [versions of Spider-Man], he actually builds a mechanism to shoot webbing. He's really inventive.
Marvel.com: How familiar were you with Spider-Man before taking on this role?
Drake Bell: Very! I always loved comic books when I was growing up, and Spider-Man was definately a character I gravitated towards because I loved the story of an average teenager having super powers. Usually people my age were portrayed as the sidekick, but Spider-Man wasn't the sidekick--he was the hero!
Marvel.com: Were there any particular comic series or stories you read in preparation for this role?
Drake Bell: None specifically. I just went back and re-read a
Marvel.com: What have the recording sessions been like so far? What’s it been like collaborating with the rest of the cast and producers?
Drake Bell: The sessions have been amazing. I've been able to work with some incredible voice talent, most of whom I grew up hearing in my favorite cartoons. Working with the writers, director, and producers has been very helpful with bringing the cartoon to life when you're just standing in a vocal booth.
Marvel.com: What would you say is your favorite aspect of the series?
Drake Bell: I'm just incredibly excited about seeing all the voices put to picture.
Marvel.com: Which of Spider-Man’s powers would you most like to have in real life?
Drake Bell: Definitely super strength! It would be nice to not worry about going to the gym anymore!
"Ultimate Spider-Man" swings onto Disney XD in 2012. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more on the series in the coming months!