Ultimate Spider-Man 2 Seasons 2012

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Season 1
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Spider-Man joins S.H.I.E.L.D.

Starring:
Drake Bell, Ogie Banks
Runtime:
23 minutes
Original air date:
April 1, 2012

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Season 1

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Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
Director Tim Eldred, Philip Pignotti
Starring Drake Bell, Ogie Banks
Supporting actors Greg Cipes, Misty Lee, Clark Gregg, Tom Kenny, Matt Lanter, Stan Lee, Caitlyn Taylor Love, Chi McBride, Logan Miller, J.K. Simmons, Tara Strong, Steven Weber, Fred Tatasciore
Season year 2012
Network Disney XD
Executive Producer Brian Bendis
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Shultz on April 13, 2012
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Let me start by saying that this is not a BAD show. Unfortunately, a comparison between it and its immediate predecessor, the excellent and unfairly curtailed "Spectacular Spider-Man", makes it painfully clear that we've taken a step down in terms of quality.

"Ultimate"'s biggest failing is its lack of subtlety. With Spectacular, the interior monologue of Peter Parker - which I'll admit is a hallmark of the comics - was only heard and never seen. In Ultimate, we're repeatedly asked to suspend watching the story in order to watch Peter's often downright silly thought processes. The result is a surreal and frequently frenetic atmosphere which makes it difficult to take the show seriously. Another problem is the show's humor, which misses the mark far too often. Once again, Spectacular was subtle enough to be truly funny. The jokes in Ultimate are, for the most part, clumsily obvious and wind up detracting from the plot.

That being said, there are some good points which may bode well for the show's future. The voice acting is good, overall. Drake Bell takes some getting used to as Spidey, and he's certainly no Josh Keaton, but I'm gradually warming to him. The rest of the cast is superb. Characterization is already rather good, and will likely improve as more backstories are revealed. Clark Gregg is especially enjoyable as Agent/Principal Coulson. Futhermore, there are intriguing hints in the show's premiere about a fairly original-sounding story arc featuring Norman Osborn, as well as a glimpse of a familiar Spidey-archenemy which reveals an obviously atypical take on the character. In addition, future episode synopses promise team-ups and "reboots" of old villains such as Venom which may make up for the silliness.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By PenName1 on April 24, 2012
If you're a fan of the Spectacular Spider-man series, approach with caution. I never read the "ultimate" comic books, so my expectations may be misplaced to begin with, but this series seems to be aimed exclusively at the 7-11 year-old segment, whereas SSM was more like 7-50.

Ultimate Spiderman is loaded with trying-too-hard-to-be-funny wisecracks and random cut scenes (ala Family Guy) featuring cutesy caricature skits of Lil' Spidey which come off like a bad Teen Titans rip-off. Despite canceling what I felt was the best adaptation of Peter Parker/Spider-man in the Greg Weisman/Victor Cook series, I thought Marvel would produce something similar to the excellent Avengers EMH series. To my disappointment, it's not a show I'll continue to watch. It has the look of a teen-adult targeted series (e.g. the re-imagining of Doc Ock, etc), but the dialogue is painfully immature. I didn't like the supporting superhero cast (shovelware anyone?), the fact the heroes attend Peter's high-school, the integration with SHIELD (they're part of the faculty too?), or the voice acting. Each episode is followed by an embarrassing character profile voiced by Nick Fury (Chi McBride) detailing character abilities and why this particular hero is "perfect for the mission".

Don't get me wrong, the younger age group is a MUST for Marvel's growth... but I don't feel they leave anything for the "all ages" crowd here. Ultimate Spider-man feels like a Disney pre-teen comedy series, rather than something which can subtly operate on other levels (e.g. Pixar, Phineas & Ferb). Ofcourse, as a big 'Spectacular' fan, I must concede THAT show had many detractors (otherwise it'd still be on the air I suppose), so perhaps my unfavorable opinion is a minority voice and Ultimate Spidey will flourish (while I continue to enjoy Avengers & Young Justice).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix Fire on May 8, 2012
This series biggest sin is not following the framework of the amazing comic book series. There isn't a hint of Brian Michael Bendis in this. That is the worst decision. USM is Bendis. The second worst thing is that there is not enough Peter Parker. The third and final thing is why would you put Spiderman on a team of characters that aren't interesting in the least. I have loved USM from the beginning and this is a bastardization of that great idea. So much potential...waisted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By evani1997 on November 8, 2013
I was one of the hundreds of people who was upset with the idea that The Spectacular Spider-Man was over. It was a great show and very comic book accurate. When I heard that Disney was making a new show called Ultimate Spider-Man, though, I decided to give it a try.

Before I continue, I should make one thing clear: this show is NOT supposed to be the next Spectacular Spider-Man. It doesn't even try to be. This show's main goal is to be the next Teen Titans, a show geared towards kids that focuses on a teenage group of superheroes. In fact, one of the head guys who does this show is Alex Soto, who directed most of the Teen Titans episodes. But does it succeed?

I would say yes. Some people would think I'm crazy for saying that; even I would a year ago. But as I watched more of this show and more of Teen Titans, I began to realize something. First, Teen Titans wasn't nearly as good as I remember. Some episodes were good, and some were extremely awesome, but it's not as perfect as I remembered. Second, this show is a lot better than I remembered.

The thing is, once you get used to Spidey's fourth wall breaks and goofy lines, you can find out that this show is actually pretty good. The action is pretty great, the dialogue (though cheesy) can be at times quite funny, the Marvel character list is huge, the villains gallery is one of the best, and the animation is incredible.

Though this show displays the negative side of teenagers (such as cracking voices and bad puns), the characters are actually pretty good. I like how they fit all the popular Marvel characters in and that they even have Phil Coulson from the films. I also like how Spider-Man is a bit more teen-ish in this show.
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