While Disney+ Day was a dud for Pixar and Star Wars fans, it proved to be whole lot of information for Marvel fans to process. The streaming platform plans to release a massive amount of Marvel Studios content, such as Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Ironheart, X-Men ’97, Secret Invasion, and one that was very unexpected: Spider-Man: Freshman Year.
In the official announcement on the Marvel website, “the animated series follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.”
The mention of celebrating the character’s comic book roots washes a wave of relief. It would be a nice change of pace with all the live-action representation we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
Currently, there has been no news about potential casting choices. Tom Holland didn’t reprise his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marvel’s first animated project What If…?, so it’s possible that Hudson Thames could voice the character again after playing the role in What If…?.
Tom Holland is in talks to sign-on for another three Spider-Man movies with Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, but there’s no confirmation on whether or not he will commit to lending his voice to Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the upcoming animated series.
To make things even more vague, there’s also no estimated release date. Based on what’s happening in Phase Four right now and what Marvel Studios already has planned for the Disney+ pipeline, it seems unlikely for Spider-Man: Freshman Year to premiere anytime before 2023.
While many fans loved the animation stylings of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and What If…?, it looks like Marvel Studios is taking a slightly different animation approach to this project. Unlike the iterations of Peter Parker that we’ve seen in the live-action movies and What If…?, we see a nerdier version of Parker with his iconic specs. There’s really no telling what Marvel has up their sleeves for this project, but our hopes are high for this one.
There’s still time to catch up on previous Spider-Man content while you wait for the new series. You may know about Into the Spider-Verse, now available on Netflix, but check out some other Spider-Man variations you might not. Also watch the trailer for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1) here.
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