Disney XD will launch Marvel Universe, a dedicated Marvel programming block, with the new series Ultimate Spider-Man as its centerpiece, on Sunday, April 1. Gary Marsh, president and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide made the announcement at today’s Television Critics Association Press Tour. Marvel Universe on Disney XD will be the place for fans to find 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 also be home to Marvel shows featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and many others iconic heroes.
“Iconic Marvel heroes and villains and stories with core values of accomplishment, discovery and growth make Marvel Universe a perfect complement to Disney XD and a destination for parents and kids to experience together,” noted Marsh.
The centerpiece of the Marvel Universe block will be 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.
Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes Joe Quesada (Marvel’s CCO), Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost), the creative powerhouse Man of Action Studios (creators of Ben 10 and Generator Rex) — comprised of lauded creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle — and Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man comic series).
The voice cast includes Drake Bell as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride as Nick Fury, JK Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, Stan Lee as Stan the Janitor, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and Steven Weber as Norman Osborn.