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, it was announced today by Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California. Marvel Universe on Disney XD will be the ultimate 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 be home to Marvel’s biggest superstars, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and many more to introduce dynamic stories of action, adventure and heroism to a whole new generation.

Marsh said, “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.”

“Marvel Universe block is an incredible animated ride filled with fantastic action and adventure,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television. “The spectacular team of writers and animators capture stories with all the dynamic fun you can imagine. Disney XD is the perfect place for families and Marvel fans of all ages to come together every Sunday.”

Acting as the keystone of the Marvel Universe block, “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 (“Superhero,” “Drake & Josh”) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride (“Boston Public,” “Pushing Daisies”) as Nick Fury, JK Simmons (“Spider-Man”) as J. Jonah Jameson, Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”) as Stan the Janitor, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man”, “Thor,” “The Avengers”) as Agent Coulson and Steven Weber (“Wings”) as Norman Osborn.

Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for Kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. Disney XD branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 78 million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. For more information visit http://www.DisneyXD.com/

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit http://www.marvel.com/

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  1. Rob
    January 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm — Reply

    I think this is great. Anything to get kids back in to comics. :)

  2. websnap
    January 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    Unfortunate move using peter instead of miles. It may be because they don’t have enough issues under their belt to back a season but it’s unfortunate the specifically went with a brand that doesn’t play well with the book on the shelves. The lack of combined effort between medias is troubling because they don’t support one another.

  3. January 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    I was looking forward to this until Comcast moved Disney XD off the cable package we had.

    Looks like I’ll be awaiting the DVDs for this one.

  4. January 10, 2012 at 4:40 am — Reply

    Sounds like a good line-up (even if I have some complaints about Man of Action’s animation work, there’s no denying they’re hitmakers in the field), and I’m curious who the other heroes will be. I also like that they got JK Simmons to reprise JJJ, since he fit that role to a “T”. I’ll have to check this out when it debuts and see if it can fill that Brave & the Bold-shaped void in my life (Young Justice’s carnival of jerks & “let’s make Kirby’s work ‘make sense’ for modern morons” approach will NEVER do it).

  5. Manuel Carmona
    January 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    Why isn’t Disney using Miles Morales, THE ACTUAL ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN!!!! This is non-sense! Althout I like Peter Parker, he’s already going to be in the Avengers cartoon, why not introduce to our kids the new Ultimate Spider-Man and let them grow alongside our young hero Miles Morales? C’mon Disney, I have faith in you!!!

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