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Man of Action Jumps Into Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2

Man of Action Studios' Steven T. Seagle & Duncan Rouleau talk about Spidey's animated new season!

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By Marc Strom

"Ultimate Spider-Man" thwips into its second season this Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD, and as we get ready for the hour-long primetime special we got the scoop on Spidey's new adventures from Co-Executive Producers Man of Action Studios!

Made up of writers Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly, Man of Action helps to shape Spider-Man animated antic, pitting him against some of the toughest threats imaginable. After kicking things off in the first season, Man of Action's looking to up the stakes with Spidey's return, including new villains such as Lizard and Electro, as well as...well, that would be telling.

We spoke with Seagle and Rouleau about the upcoming season, and you can check out our full interview below. Then remember to tune in to the second season premiere of "Ultimate Spider-Man" in a special one-hour primetime special Monday, January 21 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET!

Electro makes his debut in the season premiere of "Ultimate Spider-Man"

Marvel.com: What was the process like behind including classic Spidey villains like Lizard and Electro into the second season of "Ultimate
Spider-Man"? Was there a certain criteria villains had to meet to be involved with this season?

Steven T. Seagle: All of Man of Action was excited to get the chance to play with some of the classic Spidey villains that we didn't get to use in the first season of "Ultimate Spider-Man." Our "ship captains," [Head of Marvel Television] Jeph Loeb and [Chief Creative Officer] Joe Quesada, have a very cool approach to their criteria for the villains on [the show]. We can play with them/update them/reimagine them, so long as they still retain the essence of the originals. It's what [writer Brian] Bendis has always done in the [Ultimate Spider-Man] comics--some you keep as is, some you update for this generation. And so you'll see some that feature more familiar characterizations, like Kraven, alongside others that have new alter egos, like Rhino, and still others that have new visual depictions, like Electro.

Duncan Rouleau: Another interesting aspect of introducing the classic Spidey villains into the second season instead of the first, was that it allowed us to construct a show and establish its rules before layering in the familiar rogues gallery. In doing that, we were able to look at those classic characters with a fresh eye and find stories that hadn't already been told.

Spidey meets the Lizard in the "Ultimate Spider-Man" season premiere

Marvel.com: How did you go about creating Electro for this series?

Steven T. Seagle: The Electro of our [show] is a lot different than the one in the comics in terms of looks and the way his powers work. The designers did a great job reimagining the costume. And this is animation, so we wanted his powers to pack a more kinetic visual punch. You'll see that in full effect in the episode! He also has a different kind of banter as you'll hear in his voice.

Duncan Rouleau: Electro was always one of my personal favorite Spider-Man villains. You will see the whole range of Electro in his episodes that harken back to his first appearances in the comics to his latest incarnation. Also, in keeping up with the spirit of the "Ultimate" Spider-Man, you'll get a chance to see Electro go where no other "living capacitor" has gone before.

Marvel.com: What do you feel are some of the core tenets of Lizard's characters that you absolutely had to keep in bringing them into "Ultimate Spider-Man"?

Steven T. Seagle: With Lizard especially, the bond between Peter Parker and Doc Connors is profound in the comics, and we kept that idea. They're both men of science. They both gain awesome powers from the unexpected impacts of science. And in our stories, they both think science is the key to their growth as people and as heroes. But Pete has an important difference: He knows the whole "with great power comes great responsibility" lesson which Connors doesn't fully get. And that's a problem for them both!

Spider-Man & Dr. Curt Connors in the season premiere of "Ultimate Spider-Man"

Duncan Rouleau: Lizard is one of the great tragic and yet terrifying characters that litter the Spider-Man comics.  We wanted to find ways to highlight Doc Connors and Spidey's relationship inside the context of this show. I think we have found that--giving special emphasis on the terrifying part.

Marvel.com: What was your favorite battle between the Lizard and Spidey from the comics? What about Spidey and Electro?

Steven T. Seagle: We're all partial to those initial [Steve] Ditko issues, [so] AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 for Electro, [and then] issue #44 for Lizard--we're always imagining those tunnels from that cover visually! ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #12, I think, had some cool Bendis takes on the Electro character. [Todd] McFarlane's Lizard was a cool freak show visually back in the day too.

Duncan Rouleau: For me, [the ones by] Ditko and [Stan] Lee.

Marvel.com: Between Lizard and Electro, who would reign victorious? Why?

Steven T. Seagle: We are not allowed to disclose that information because it may shed light on something upcoming in an episode. Watch and see!

Duncan Rouleau: ...Is that above or below New York?

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the other villains we have showing up in the next couple episodes? Could something "sinister" be looming on the horizon?

Steven T. Seagle: Marvel themselves keep teasing about sinister happenings. But why would they do that? Just because we're seeing FIVE classic villains in the first FIVE episodes and the return of a classic villain we have seen on the show in the SIXTH episode doesn't necessarily mean that we are going to see some kind of Sinister...SIX. Uh...uh-oh.

Duncan Rouleau: If by sinister you mean awesome? Then, yes.

Marvel.com: If you were confronted by the Lizard and Electro after this interview as one character from "Ultimate Spider-Man," who would it be, and why?

Steven T. Seagle: I'd definitely want to do a battle of ray blasts as Nova against Electro! First of all I could fly, which would be amazing, and second of all, I think the "power cosmic" would best the "power public utility" any day of the week!

Duncan Rouleau: Uh, trick question? Spider-Man.

Don't miss the hour-long season premiere of "Ultimate Spider-Man" Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD!

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