Disney XD Orders a Second Season of Marvel's #1 Animated Series 'Ultimate Spider-Man'

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June 11th, 2012

via press release:



A second season of Marvel's #1 animated series "Ultimate Spider-Man," the launch series of the Marvel Universe programming block, has been ordered by Disney XD, it was announced today by David Levine, Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD Worldwide. The debut series from Marvel Television premiered in April 2012 and to date, has more than doubled its delivery in Total Viewers, Boys 6-14, Boys 6-11 and Boys 2-11. Marvel's "Ultimate Spider-Man" follows the action packed adventures of New York's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man who joins S.H.I.E.L.D.'s exclusive training program alongside four other teens to learn what it takes to become the ultimate Super Heroes.


The TV series' success extends to online as well where "Ultimate Spider-Man" games have held the #1 spot since their launch on DisneyXD.com. The "Iron Spider" game reached #1 in its first week (March 18) and stayed there for five straight weeks until "Cyber-Sabotage" launched on April 19, taking over the #1 spot for the next four weeks.


In making the announcement, Levine said, "The Disney XD audience has connected with Spider-Man and his super-powered friends as they face challenges in school and with their S.H.I.E.L.D. training. As the anchor of our Marvel Universe block, 'Ultimate Spider-Man' season two will be back with more humor, villains and adventurous storylines that boys (and girls) will love."


"We are very excited about the return of 'Ultimate Spider-Man' inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD," said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television. "With season two, the series introduces popular Marvel heroes and villains you've never seen before on the small screen. With more action, more excitement, more humor, this is the ultimate Spider-Man for fans of all ages."


The acclaimed creative forces behind "Ultimate Spider-Man" come back for a second season. Man of Action return to the series as Co-Executive Producers alongside Creative Consultant Paul Dini. Fans can expect even more scripts from fan favorite Consulting Producer Brian Michael Bendis, who has written every issue of the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man since its best selling launch in 1999.


The second season of "Ultimate Spider-Man" has Spidey teaming up with some of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe, the Avengers – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk. While the stakes get higher, the villains become more menacing as the young heroes encounter classic Spider-Man villains such as the Lizard and other familiar faces. Fans will discover the secret origins of their favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. trainees, with more revealed about Nova, Iron Fist, Power Man and White Tiger.


The award-winning creative team consists of executive producers: Alan Fine ("The Avengers," "Iron Man," "Thor"), Dan Buckley ("The Avengers," "Iron Man"), Joe Quesada (Marvel's Chief Creative Officer) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Head of Television) ("Lost," "Heroes"); co-executive producers: Stan Lee ("Spider-Man"), Eric Radomski ("Batman Animated," "Spawn"), Man of Action (creators of "Ben 10" and "Generator Rex") Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, Dana Booton ("The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes") and Cort Lane ("The Super Hero Squad Show"); creative consultant: Paul Dini ("Batman: The Animated Series," "Lost"); and consulting producer: Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series).


Versus year-ago time period averages, "Ultimate Spider-Man" has more than doubled delivery in Total Viewers (+138% - 827,000 vs. 347,000), Boys 6-14 (+135% - 249,000 vs. 106,000), Boys 6-11 (131% - 187,000 vs. 81,000) and Boys 2-11 (+151% - 248,000 vs. 99,000), with solid double-digit percent gains in all other kid demos (+87% to +93%).*


"Ultimate Spider-Man" stars Drake Bell ("Drake & Josh") as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride ("Boston Public") as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg ("Iron Man," "Thor," "The Avengers") as Agent Coulson, JK Simmons ("Spider-Man") as J. Jonah Jameson, Steven Weber ("Wings") as Norman Osborn, Greg Cipes ("Teen Titans," "Ben 10") as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, Ogie Banks ("Fatherhood") as Luke Cage/Power Man, Caitlyn Taylor Love ("I'm In The Band") as Ava Ayala/White Tiger, Logan Miller ("I'm In The Band") as Sam Alexander/Nova, Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob SquarePants") as Doctor Octopus, Matt Lanter ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars") as Harry Osborn/Flash Thompson, Tara Strong ("The Fairly OddParents") as Mary-Jane Watson, Misty Lee ("Batman: Arkham City") as Aunt May, and recurring guest star Stan Lee ("Spider-Man") as Stan the Janitor.


New episodes of "Ultimate Spider-Man" air Sundays at 11:00 a.m., ET/PT on Marvel Universe on Disney XD.  The series is produced by Marvel Animation and carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline.

  • Robert

    My son likes this cartoon. But I find it kind of light. We prefer the Young Justice show and the Green Lantern cartoon…


  • Deadbeat

    This is the format Disney/Marvel wants for its cartoons now. Every episode be self contained, with no episode serialization. Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is being cancelled and replaced with another version of Avengers. This new cartoon won’t have 2 – 3 episode story arcs. Very sad, considering how good A:EMH is as far as Marvel cartoons go.

  • joanna

    I like Young Justice and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Though, if I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Young Justice.

    I have never watched Ultimate Spiderman. I don’t think I ever will. Stand alone stories tend to leave me bored but they are good with kids who these days, have microscopic attention spans.

  • Marcus

    Screw that. More Avengers.

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    It’s crazy that they are going to change the Avengers.

  • Nitish Singh

    I prefer Avengers: EMH, but while the serialized format can be rewarding for fans, it may limit new fans jumping aboard (see Fringe). also, Ultimate Spider-Man skews a bit young for me–i still watch it though.
    hopefully, they keep churning out more of those hilarious Marvel Mash-ups

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  • Just Some Bloke

    *groan* Apparently Disney XD is turning into some kiddie channel now. Honestly, they take off Avengers, Spectacular SM, but not that lazy, hardly credible Ultimate Spider-Man?! But like I was saying, it’s all about the kiddies who need bright visuals and loud, annoying voices (I hate you, Drake Bell.) to keep their attention. And evidently Ultimate is the only one that can do that completely. Now Marvel’s probably just gonna make their shows just as half-assed and campy as Ultimate.

    Well, there’s one continuity of Marvel I know I’m never coming back to…At least I still have the new Spidey movie to look forward to.

  • Russ

    I love how they call it a #1 show when the only thing that makes it number 1 is that the Spider-man GAMES (not the show) on the DXD WEBSITE are #1 against all the other crappy flash games. Really? The only thing that’s sadder is that a lot of people are too dumb to see that and see “oohh #1 spider-man it must be good!”

    Fortunately, those delusions disappear right away when one actually watches this garbage show.

    It’s also not hard to double ratings over Zeke and Luther reruns with a show that’s promoted out the ass.

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