Is your spider-sense tingling? If it is, it might be because of the arrival of Disney XD’s new Marvel Universe block. The lineup of the all-Marvel weekly event will feature new animated short-form series, the series return of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and more, but at its center is the premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man. The animated series represents something of a new take on the web-slinger’s legend, as Steven Weber, who voices Norman Osborn in the series, relates.
“Ultimate Spider-Man is the latest kind of incarnation of the Spider-Man ‘canon,’” Weber says. “There have been so many different versions of Spider-Man, from the stage, now, and movies, etc. This is geared toward teenagers, and is kind of using the adaptation that Spider-Man and his fellow superhero buddies are all kind of wisecracking teens.”
Peter Parker/Spider-Man is voiced in the series by teen idol Drake Bell, but Weber is more than content with his role as Osborn — with good reason. “My character, Norman Osborn, is key in the Spider-Man saga, because he’s the Green Goblin, who’s Spider-Man’s key nemesis, and also the father of Peter Parker’s best friend, Harry Osborn. So I’ve been lucky enough to play this role. Doing animation is tons of fun. It reaches an enormous audience.”
According to Weber, Ultimate Spider-Man’s animation is something new to watch out for, as well. “The animation is really amazing and fluid, and uses a new process,” he explains. It’s all part of what he feels is an extraordinary new chapter in the Spider-Man saga. “It’s actually been a real highlight of my year,” he says.
Ultimate Spider-Man debuts on Disney XD April 1 at 11am ET/PT.
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