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AICN COMICS Q&@: Matt Adler & Johnny Destructo talk with Marvel’s Joe Quesada about THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Animated Series!!!

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Q’s by Johnny Destructo & Matt Adler!

@’s by Marvel Comics’ Joe Quesada!!!

Hey folks, Matt Adler here. At long last, here is the final part of our epic trilogy of interviews, conducted by Johnny Destructo and myself, with the people behind the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. This time up is Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, who discusses not just the animated series, but what it’s like working with Man of Action (the studio behind the series) as well as the wider workings of Marvel and Disney across all media.

JOHNNY DESTRUCTO (JD): Ok, so we're here with Joe Quesada….Qua-saahda..Quesoooda…

JOE QUESADA (JQ): Hey, you say Qua-saada, I say Quesada… but I'm right.

JD: Wellll….that's debatable. (laughs)

JQ: Well. It IS my last name. I may be wrong about other things, but I assure you… (laughs)

MATT ADLER (MA): Ok, my first question for you, Joe-- this is the first time that a Spider-Man animated series has been completely under Marvel's control, is that right?

JQ: Yeah, that's true.

MA: What does that mean for the series? How is this going to be different than other Spider-Man series?

JQ: What it means is that it's probably the truest to the "Marvel DNA". In the past, we've had other people interpreting what Marvel is, and some of these people may have been ex-Marvel writers or employees, or people that are Marvel fans, but ultimately, these are now current Marvel creators involved in the making of these shows. It's like I like to say, "If you're a fan of Marvel, the comics, the movies that we produce, this is the same thing with animation.” It's... you're getting Marvel straight from the tap. Pure, pure Marvel.

JD: I have to say that up until now my favorite [animated series] has been Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon. What is the reason for the transition to this show and are there any aspects that you're keeping from Spectacular?

JQ: No, we're not keeping anything from that, and the reason for the transition…that's all internal stuff that I don't get into, but this is really us taking control of our I.P. (Intellectual Property), and saying "Ok, now we're going to start making these shows, and we're going to make them the way that WE feel that they should be made." There was nothing wrong with Spectacular, it was a great show. There have been some great Spider-Man shows over the years and some NOT-so-great shows over the years. Right? We all remember the classic, with the great theme song?

JD: That was awesome, yeah.

JQ: But I think this show is very, very unique in that we start the show from the point of view of Peter Parker, and sort of riding on his shoulders, and almost being Peter Parker's best friend. It's very, very funny, there are some very unique episodes, there's a Hulk episode that I'm very fond of, which has a unique perspective on stuff, I don't want to ruin too much, but you guys will start to see these things start to roll out very, very soon.

JD: When you're talking about being with Peter as much as possible, is that the reasoning behind the approach of the Ferris Bueller-esque, 4th-wall smashing?

JQ: Yeah, absolutely. It's a funny story behind that, because as we were developing this show, I remember sending Jeph Loeb an email, saying "Listen, I have this idea. When we all read these Spider-Man series or the movie or the old cartoons, there's one thing that we get out of Peter Parker, we either feel that we could BE him, that he's very much like us, or we feel like we know someone just like him. So I was thinking why not just have Peter react with us and talk to us?" And almost simultaneously, as I was saying this, we were closing on the deal to get Paul Dini to be part of the team, and Paul had sent Jeph an email, saying almost the exact same idea, so it was something that was in the air. And we just added it to the show and it just seemed to flow naturally and quite frankly, I think that this particular idea that's going to blossom in the show is something that will probably morph its way into other aspects of the world of Spider-Man. Maybe even in the comic books.

MA: So, you mentioned that the comics people are in charge here, but what are the various roles? Because there are so many people involved—you, Paul Dini, Man of Action, Brian Bendis , Jeph Loeb. What are the roles? How does everyone work together on this?

JQ: You know, it's really no different than when we have our Marvel Creative Summits. We all sit in a room, only this is a T.V. writer's room, as opposed to a comic writer's room. So we all sit there and we start beating out the stories. Generally, in a publishing room, for example, someone who's writing Avengers will say "This is kind of what I have planned for Avengers" and then they throw ideas out, and then that person goes and writes Avengers. Like Brian Bendis. But in the TV writer's room, we sit there and pitch ideas for particular episodes. We also have a character sheet, like characters that we definitely want to have guest-starring roles in these episodes. And once we have the kernel of an idea for a story, we'll put those up on the wall, and then the group will beat out the story… so this is what will be happening in the first act, second act, third act, fourth act, and then those will then be assigned to writers who will write the outlines, the scripts and so on and so forth. But the group itself is responsible for creating the story.

MA: So there's, for lack of a better term, a higher level group that works out the broad strokes and then that's handed to the writers? Because I think they said there's something like 15 writers on the writing staff?

JQ: Yeah, about... Joe Kelly would have a better idea about how many people total are doing it. But I know that the Men Of Action themselves are writing episodes, Brian Bendis has written two episodes this season already, I've actually co-written an episode for next season. I wish I could write more, but I just don't have time. So yeah it's all writers in the pool, and it's a very, very collaborative process.

JD: When you were talking earlier about the Ferris Bueller-esque breaking the fourth wall, were there any other ideas you threw out that you hope they stick with?

JQ: You know, there's a lot of stuff... the spider-sense, the tech that Peter is going to be using... some of it may work well, some of it may not! 'Cause I know some people are like "What does Spider-Man need tech for?" But now that he's part of SHIELD, there's toys everywhere. And Peter is a scientific kid at heart. So he's going to want to play with things. And some of this stuff may work great, some of it may not, and that's always the fun about being Peter Parker. So there's a lot of different things that we're throwing into the show. There are Spidey's imaginative alter-ego's that will come in and out, and his conscience will show up every once in a while and try to steer him in one direction or another. 'Cause the thing about Spider-Man is, he's always learning on the job. So sometimes he may not give himself, or his conscience may not give him, always the best advice.

MA: He's kind of wracked with guilt a lot.

JQ: Yeah.

MA: Disney has been interested in Marvel animation even before Marvel became part of Disney; they’ve been running Marvel animated series on their channels for quite a while. So what role does Marvel animation plays in their goals and plans? How does it factor in for them?

JQ: Well, the way it factors in for them is that we're going to be creating more and more content. And I think the marriage of Marvel Universe animation and Disney XD is going to be a fantastic one. I think tomorrow is going to be a great kickoff. But they have been so encouraging. The guys at DXD have been fantastic to work with, because they come with all of this incredible experience. We have a lot of experience at Marvel; we know what our characters are supposed to be like, but they really know this world of kids' animation, kids' TV. So we're able to sort of tap into that, all their knowledge, all the research that they've done, and it's really helped us to hone these shows, so that not only is it quintessentially Marvel, but we're also going to be speaking to hopefully the audience that we want to get to, and we'll be able to reach out and grab them and bring them into Marvel. So it's been a really, really great marriage. I can't say enough about the guys at DXD, they've been fantastic to work with. And just Disney as a whole; they give us muscle that we never had.

MA: The distribution alone, right?

JQ: It's insane. We've gone from... you know, people perceived Marvel as being this big company before we were part of Disney, and yes, we were a large company, but not a mega...

MA: Not global.

JQ: Yeah. And now with Disney behind us, it changes our outlook completely, as with these last few weeks, we're starting to roll out everything... here comes the Marvel Universe on DXD, here comes the Avengers movie. I think it's become this Marvel media blitz that we've been holding onto for a little bit until things were ready, and now things are ready, here we go.

JD: With the future projects that you're going to be dipping into, is there going to be sort of the cross-pollination that went on with the movie franchises? Like, will we see crossovers between shows?

JQ: Currently, there aren't crossovers like that planned. You will see some characters appear in other shows, so we're trying to keep a consistency so that the Peter Parker you see in one show is the same Peter Parker you see in another show. But you won't really see things tying in with that sort of cross-continuity. It's difficult, in the episodic TV world for kids, to do those kinds of tie-ins, because you don't know when these episodes are going to air. So you try to keep them told-in-one as much as possible and try to keep the continuity clean as much as possible. But if you're watching all the shows, you'll understand that it is a shared universe, and that's the overall thing-- you want to feel like it's all Marvel.

MA: Because you can have Iron Man here in the Spider-Man cartoon.

JQ: Right.

MA: Do you ever think the movies will reach that point, where Spider-Man can be part of the Avengers?

JQ: That would be great, right? But Spider-Man lives in the world of Sony, as X-Men lives in the world of Fox. We can only control what we control. So we have a great plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yes, I know a LOT of it, and I can't tell you ANY of it! Hey, you've got the Avengers to cross first! So there's a lot of stuff that we're working on, in our shared universe... but that's the scary thing. That's the place where people can fall down, if you get too mired in the shared universe. You have to understand that each one of these individual movies, individual cartoon shows, has to stand on their own. You can't be as intertwined as you get to be with the comics, because you will alienate a lot of people.

MA: So why do you think Marvel's approach has worked, where the Distinguished Competition has not had as much success in building that kind of a movie universe?

JQ: You know, I can't speak for the other guys; I can only speak for ourselves, and I think the reason it's worked for us is because we've kept it within Marvel. Kevin Feige, at Marvel Studios, is just a genius. He's absolutely brilliant at what he does. We have this small group that's called the Marvel Creative Committee, and we meet on every outline, every script, every draft of that particular script, for every one of our movies, to make sure that Marvel DNA is there, to make sure that we don't fall into the traps. We're very, very cognizant. A big job of that group is to say, "Stop, stop. Remember how this was a problem for that particular franchise?" And hopefully, knock on wood, if we do our jobs right, we'll continue having that kind of success. I think the Avengers is going to be a great testimonial to the creative committee, in terms of what Kevin's done, and what Joss Whedon has done, in the sense that hopefully, if you've never seen any of the other Marvel movies, you will walk into the Avengers, and you will feel perfectly fine, and perfectly welcome, like you're starting at the start, and you'll have the ride of your life.

MA: I love the movies because there are those Easter Eggs in them, where if you don't know the characters and their history, you won't notice those things, but if you do, you'll appreciate them.

JQ: And we're doing that in the animation world too... you'll notice, I think in the first half of the premiere episode, there's a moment in his bedroom where Peter's having a crisis of conscience, and he's sort of standing there, looking in the mirror...and if you guys remember that classic Spider-Man rock album cover, we do a little homage to that. And it's the kind of thing that you guys are gonna go "Oh yeah, yeah!" but to a six or eight-year old kid, it's not gonna matter. It's just Peter in his room. But we do a bunch of that stuff, a lot of winks to the audience, as much as we can without alienating the people we're trying to attract.

JD: You were talking about guest stars earlier... White Tiger, Power Man, Iron Fist... why these specific characters for a Spider-Man cartoon?

JQ: You know, they were the ones that really added the most to the cast. And they were characters that we also wanted to elevate. We have huge plans for Nova, we have huge plans for Iron Fist and Power Man, and White Tiger is a female character that we'd love to put some focus on.

MA: So did the decision to include these characters originate in that room you mentioned, where you and the other creative people plan the series out?

JQ: It happened in a smaller room... as we started to talk about this, we started to design the right kind of characters for the show. We can't just throw the Avengers into Spider-Man, because they have an Avengers show. So we had to make sure they're characters we wanted to elevate, and at the same time they're characters that are free and clear to be able to tell the adventures that we want to tell without messing up another show. So those are the dances that we have to dance, but I think it worked out really, really well. And I think as we start to try to elevate some of our other characters, it's always a great plan to do that by attaching them to some of our better-known characters. This is the success that we had with the Avengers franchise, when Bendis took over. People balked at the idea-- "Why are Spider-Man and Wolverine on that book?" Well, and here you go-- it became the #1 franchise. So there's always a plan behind these things, but behind that plan is also a lot of creativity. We do sit there, and for every idea that we accept, there are 30 ideas that we reject, because the first thing that comes to mind is "Will our fans accept this?" No? Okay, we move on. There've been a lot of those things where we're like "No, we can't, that is a bridge too far, that character doesn't fit, the storyline doesn't work at all."

MA: Let me ask you about the casting-- whose terrific idea was it to bring back J.K. Simmons?

JQ: You know, I think that was almost all of us! We throw out a lot of names, and then of course once you throw the name out, it's like "Well is it possible to get that person?" Alright, well, we'll try. And J.K. was first on the list.

MA: Everyone's excited about the new Spider-Man movie, but the one thing I keep hearing is, "What, no J.K. Simmons?!"

JQ: Yeah, and we just asked if he wanted to do it. And it was the same with Clark Gregg; we were just like, "Wouldn't it be great, we'd love to have Agent Coulson in the story, we want to elevate Agent Coulson. And we asked, and he said yes!

JD: And I love that it looks like him.

JQ: That was another thing; could we get likeness approval? And we did.

MA: Is there a conscious effort to have some synergy between the animated series and the movies?

JQ: A little bit. But in the case of Agent Coulson, inside of Marvel, we just love Coulson, and he's one of the very few characters that I could think of that did not originate in the comic books that we loved so much that we wanted to bring in to the rest of the world of Marvel, right? I think H.E.R.B.I.E. was one of those...

JD: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

JQ: And we all embraced him! But there are very few characters like that...

MA: X-23!

JQ: X-23...

MA: Wasn't she first in an animated series?

JQ: No, she was an idea that Craig Kyle had, but she was always meant for the comics.

MA: Oh, ok, I thought...

JQ: Wait no, you're right, you're right... Craig developed her for X-Men Evolution, and he pitched me the character, and said "What do you think?" and I said "I love it. Can we premiere her in the comics first?" But again, X-23 originated from a comics guy... it was a comics guy working on one of our shows. But again, those types of things are very few and far between... but who doesn't love Agent Coulson?

MA: Oh, I just thought of another one from a Spider-Man cartoon... Firestar! Originated in Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends.

JQ: I guess so... that was before my time!

MA: Any chance she'll appear here?

JQ: Ah... season one? No. Not that I know of, and I know all the episodes, so...

JD: Talking about the actors... Chi McBride, and J.K. Simmons.... did they have to audition for these parts, or was it just like, "Ok, you've got it! Go!"?

JQ: Ah, no, they didn't have to audition for this. (laughs)

JD: Ok, so it was like "If we can get them, then yes."

JQ: Yeah. There's certain people you just know, if you ask, and they say yes... "Ok! We're done! Thanks!"

MA: Well, that's it for us.

JD: Thank you so much, Joe.

JQ: Thanks guys.

Watch for THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Animated Series now playing! And for those of you who don’t like all that readin’, check out this interview on YouTube below

Matt Adler is a writer/journalist, currently writing for AICN among other outlets. He’s been reading comics for 20 years, writing about them for 7, and spends way, way, too much time thinking about them, which means he really has no choice but to figure out how to make a living out of them. He welcomes all feedback.

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at, graphically designing/illustrating for a living, and Booking his Face off over here. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo. His talkback name is PopTard_JD. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

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  • May 14, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Shame it's utter shit.

    by TheMadTitan

    Trying too hard to be like the vastly superior Teen Titans.

  • May 14, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    i like it better than teen titans

    by la te ral us

  • May 14, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    The truest to the Marvel DNA?

    by NormanOsborne

    Not so much. It's too bad, I really wanted to like this.

  • May 14, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Spectacular Spiderman was the best Spidey cartoon ever

    by bluebottle

    And Quesada is probably one of the worst things to ever happen to Marvel. What a knob.

  • May 14, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    It's horrible.

    by Daremo

    Spectacular was the best Spider-Man cartoon to date, and this is a horrible travesty that it was replaced with Ultimate. Spider-Man and his Amazing friends was better then this... and that was BAD.

  • May 14, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    And if you read this, Joe...

    by Daremo

    Joe, you can suck my fat cock for ruining something with HUGE potential. Fuck off, I hope you get fired.

  • Just compare Young Justice to this, or whatever Marvel was doing 10 years ago (X-Men Evolution?) to Justice League/JLU. Spider-Man to B:TAS. If only they had the common sense to make a bright, high-octane action Superman movie, with a heart. Snyder might be good with the action (I think his slo-mo overkill ruins a lot of the action scenes), but Snyder's movies have no heart or soul.

  • May 14, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Sheesh their rebooting the cartoons too.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • May 14, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Wieghing in with the rest, Ultimate is pure shit

    by -Halfscan-

    Spectacular was perfect and it got cancelled for this drek. </p> </p> Has me very worried for what they have in mind with Avengers since they are cancelling Earth's Mightiest to 'reboot' it too.

  • I concur. However, I'm loving Avengers EMHs series. It's no JLU, but fun to watch way moreso than the Wacky Slapstick Adventures of Ultimate Spidey. Even the new Thundercats series is more compelling than this.

  • May 14, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    The best Spider-Man cartoon series was...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... 1967, first season only. Everything after that... blah.

  • Piss poor dubbing and dialog over old school cartoons like Incredible Hulk and Spidey and his amazing friends does not work at all. Sorry, I have seen funnier dubs on you tube. i.e. "I'm the Juggernaut, Bitch"!

  • May 14, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Adler wearing a Hunger Games pin=FAIL

    by Stalkeye

  • May 14, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by Mikey Wood

    ...I tried. I did. REALLY don't like it. Thought SPECTACULAR was SO much better. Why they abandoned it is beyond me.

  • May 14, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I've never backed down from a Spider-man cartoon

    by zyuray2

    I've seen them all, but after a handful of episodes, I am passing on Ultimate Spider-man. It's horrible and immensely unfunny. I've already seen a GOOD super hero comedy team up show, and it was called Batman Brave and the Bold.

  • May 14, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by MattAdler

    That's JD. I have not seen or read the Hunger Games.

  • May 14, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I like it-easily the second best show after YOUNG JUSTICE

    by Jobacca

    Sorry you guys all seem to hate it,but I think its a fun show. This,YOUNG JUSTICE(which Holy Batcrap has been AMAZING this season)and Avengers EMH. Avengers has been...hit or miss for me. Wish they'd go ahead and wrap up the whole Skrull Secret Invasion storyline...but the stand alone episodes have been golden. I quite like the new,animated FUNNY Spider-Man.

  • May 14, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Producer Greg Weisman on Why SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN Was Cancelled

    by Matthew Clark

    Just wanted to share SSM producer Greg Weisman's candid explanation of the cancelation for anyone interested in that sorta thing. This came straight from the "Ask Greg" forum he runs on his GARGOYLES fan site: "Marvel DIDN'T cancel it. It's all very complicated, and we were certainly the recipients of bad corporate luck, but no single company cancelled the series. We just wound up with a situation where no single company could proceed with it. I'll try to break it all down: 1. Sony had originally produced SpecSpidey as part of their overall entertainment license of the Spidey property (which of course included the extremely lucrative live action films). 2. But in order to win some concession on those live action feature films, Sony returned the animation rights to the character back to Marvel . 3. So now only Marvel could produce a Spider-Man cartoon. Sony no longer could, which meant SpecSpidey couldn't continue at Sony . 4. I have no idea whether Marvel was interested in continuing Spectacular Spider-Man or not. But let's assume for the sake of argument that they would have liked to. 5. They couldn't. 6. Why? Because Sony owned all the specific elements (designs, storyline, etc.) to the SpecSpidey VERSION of Spider-Man . So Marvel would have had to license all that BACK from Sony . 7. You can imagine how unlikely THAT scenario was. Marvel finally gets the rights back to do an animated version of their marquee character, and then they have to pay Sony to do it instead of just starting from scratch. That was never going to happen. 8. Of course, all this was complicated by the fact that Disney purchased Marvel, and Disney and Sony are direct competitors. 9. And I'm sure Marvel was excited to put their own stamp on an animated Spider-Man. Who could blame them? 10. So that was it. We were toast through no fault of our own. The folks at Marvel, Sony and even Disney all seemed to like our show, but the corporate mess made it impossible for us to continue."

  • May 14, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Ultimate Spiderman needs to ditch the other heroes

    by sunwukong86

    I caught an episode that had teenage Powerman and Iron Fist, the Avengers episode that followed had adult Powerman and Iron Fist. kids will be confused

  • Turns out that one of the showrunners behind SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, the same Greg Weisman I quoted above, is also responsible for the very good YOUNG JUSTICE show. I'm currently in the habit of watching LEGEND OF KORRA and YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION on Saturdays and AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES and ULTIMATE SPIDEY on Sundays. As big a Marvel fan as I am (my comic boxes are probably 90% Marvel), I'm never as excited to watch the weekly Marvel block as I am YJ:I and LoK these days. AVENGERS is the best Marvel has going but man, USM is liking eating nasty vegetables - I only do it because I feel like I should. Now that I've made a point of thinking about it though I'm just gonna stop and spend those 20 minutes a week doing something better. Quesada nails it when he says <b> "So we're able to sort of tap into that, all their knowledge, all the research that they've done, and it's really helped us to hone these shows, so that not only is it quintessentially Marvel, but we're also going to be speaking to hopefully the audience that we want to get to, and we'll be able to reach out and grab them and bring them into Marvel." </b> USM doesn't feel like good storytelling so much as a product designed to fit what the people in charge think kids like. But hey, it's just a cartoon.

  • May 14, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Scary that this is "all marvel"...

    by scott white

    Cause the show is complete crap. I have seen every Spider-man show ever made....including the Live action 70's show and this Ultimate show is by far the worst. Unfunny, corny and worst of all they have created a Peter Parker I couldn't give a s%*& about. This show is off the air after one season.

  • May 14, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    but WHY is it so bad?

    by nicky

    Sure it panders to younger viewers and toy makers, but lots of better shows have done that - think about Batman getting cancelled for Batman Beyond which sounded like the dumbest sellout idea anyone ever heard of until we saw it and it was so good elements of it became comicbook canon. Paul Dini and some of the best names in comics and animation make USM and yet, as stated above it sucks pretty hard. The animation and writing is slick but "ultimately," you just don't like this Spider-man or Peter Parker. It feels like its being written by a room full of too clever hipsters trying to outdo each other breaking the 4th wall without a grown up around to put up the first 3. Spectacular was by no means perfect but it had a lot more heart & soul and yes, "Marvel DNA." The sad thing is it would have shared an hour nicely with the decent Avengers show.

  • May 14, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by don

    You're so much closer to the answer than you'll ever realize.

  • May 14, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Didn't JD used to write for Marvel?

    by Pink Skrull

  • Typical Joe Q bullshit in that interview.

  • I hope Mephisto fucks it violently up the arse for you and everyone involved, Quesada.

  • May 15, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    hmm.. Quesada looks like he had one too many Quesadilias.

    by Stalkeye

    jus sayin.

  • May 15, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    USM is my lowest rankest of my weekend toons but...

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    it has its bright spots. The introduction of Curt Connors was genius! Do I wish Spectacular was still on instead? Hell yeah! Do I think of this more as a Ben 10 show? Yep. Why is MJ a reporter?Yeah, this show has its issues but it's got a light touch- nice spins on Aunt May and Agent Coulson (he's getting way into being school principal) and last week had a nice running gag that referenced Civil War. It's definitely more of a breather show, closer to the original YJ comics or even Aunt May's stint as Galactus' herald.

  • May 15, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    my 15 cents....

    by kaijuturtle

    re spiderman: weak, feeble anime bandwagon-jumping; Warner TV anim: Young Justice is SO good, Green Lantern also Avengers cartoon: really grows on you but WHY WHY CUT THE OPENING CREDITS THEME SONG IN 2ND SEASON?!!! That opening theme song is 3/4 of the reason I watch!!!!

  • The new intro is soo fucking lame as in a bad Saturday Morning Cartoon kinda way. Narration during an opening sequence? Puh-leassee..!! Too bad the song isn't released on iTunes due to a despute between marvel and the band that peformed the song; Bad City. I heard that it stms from Marvel taking complete ownership rights of the song.

  • May 15, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    They keep beating this drum...

    by The Garbage Man

    ...that USM has the most "Marvel DNA" and it's the first time Marvel is in complete control of an animated series and that de facto makes it great. Ironic, then, that Ultimate Spider-Man deviates more from the source material than any other Marvel show to date (with the possible exception of Spider-Man Unlimited). The USM comics, at least in the first few years I read, were NOTHING like the goofball chibi bullshit on the animated series, and he sure as hell wasn't on a teen superhero team.

  • May 18, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Yup, that's me rocking the Hunger Games pin....

    by Poptard_JD

    I'm enjoying the series, though I haven't gotten to the third book yet.

  • May 18, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Pink_Skrull...I helped with one of the Marvel Encyclopedias once.

    by Poptard_JD

  • May 18, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I dunno..I'm watching the 3rd eppy now...

    by Poptard_JD

    and there are some funny bits.. "I just webbed my shorts" the Doom-Bot, lamenting "3. Days. Till. Retirement." before exploding? not bad. It IS clearly for kids, and it seems to be pretty appropriate for them. SpecSpidey rode the line better though, that's for sure.