Most of you have heard about DC Entertainment’s plans to create the DC Nation block of programming on Cartoon Network. Cartoons such as Green Lantern and Young Justice, comic creator interviews, live action, shorts, anything DC.
You know that Marvel wouldn’t be far behind. Marvel’s highly publicised upcoming animated series Ultimate Spider-Man based on Brian Bendis’ comic of the same name, will debut in a new programming block on the basic cable channel Disney XD called Marvel Universe. The animated block of television will also contain:
“. . . exclusive Marvel content, including new animated short-form series, live-action interstitials and the series return of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The block will be home to Marvel’s biggest superstars, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and many more to introduce dynamic stories of action, adventure and heroism to a whole new generation.”
Ultimate Spider-Man will also have a few differences from the comic we know so well. For a start, the lead character is white.
“Ultimate Spider-Man features a teenage Peter Parker juggling the typical growing pains of high-school with the not-so-typical growing pains of being a Super Hero. As the newest member of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, Peter finds himself on a team with four other teenage Super Heroes.”
Credits across the shows include some of Marvel’s creative greats: Joe Quesada, Paul Dini, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle and Brian Bendis.
Hopefully this wil spark some creative juices on both sides of the Marvel/DC comic fence, driving improvments to both companies quality and quantity of animated series.