In December, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse blew away the audiences with its sheer excellence and outrageous art. Not only did the fans go wild about this unique and stylised animation, but it also holds a 97% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and recently claimed a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Undoubtedly, the film’s greatest success is how it managed to make the two most popular Spider-Men, Miles Morales and Peter Parker, co-exist in an entertaining and exciting universe. For those looking for more time with Miles and Pete (along with Gwen Stacy), Marvel’s Spider-Man is a brand-spanking-new animated series that brings the Spider-Verse to life in all its glory.
The show had some serious shoes to fill, as it replaced the fan-favourite Ultimate Spider-Man (which is available to watch on Showmax). Rather than try to imitate the series before it, Marvel’s Spider-Man blazed its own trail, by embracing the core themes of the characters and reinvigorating the story for the 21st century. Of course, Pete and his friends learn about how with great power comes with great responsibility, but there’s a fresh energy to this new adaptation as its sharp and engaging storytelling makes it the perfect watch for both young and old to enjoy.
The show’s creator, Kevin Shinick, spoke to CBR about what separates it from the other incarnations. “What’s great about this story is you live it through each of the characters, as opposed to just one,” he said. “To me, a lot of this series is about relationships. If you look at kids that age, relationships are huge. It’s one of the things we focus on, because you’re leaving your family, and your friendships are really important.”
Additionally, Marvel’s Spider-Man brought in popular comic book writer Dan Slott, who had an epic run on The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series, as a consulting producer. It’s evident that Slott’s input made a difference, since he knows these characters inside and out and can provide more insight about what makes them tick. While characters such as Otto Octavius and Harry Osborn are different from the general expectation, there’s still a familiarity that makes them recognisable and relatable to long-time fans.
With a few months to go before Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s release in cinemas, now’s the right time to binge on the Web-Head’s adventures on the small screen. Developed by Emmy-winning creator Kevin Shinick, who’s best known for his work on Robot Chicken, Marvel’s Spider-Man features the voices of Robbie Daymond, Laura Bailey, and Nadji Jeter.