Maybe it’s because there’s another Spider-Man out there with just an immense amount of style (it’s Miles Morales, obviously), but Peter Parker has been playing catch-up in the visuals department for a while. In the Marvel Animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios revealed a first look at Spider-Man Freshman Yearand literally everything about it is exceptionally cool-looking.
The animation takes inspiration from old Saturday morning cartoons and comic strips from the early years of Marvel. It’s got that half-tone screen look to it that makes everything feel just a little bit vintage. Although no footage was showcased at Comic-Con today, a litany of new designs for characters from the series were revealed to attendees looked like they could be taken out of a70s comic book. A press release provided after the panel by Disney re-iterated that Freshman Year “follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU,” as the show was first described as at Disney+ Day last year Which is very confusing, as what was shown felt very counter to what we know of the MCU Spider-Man.
The panel showed concept art of Peter Parker in a homemade suit with a backpack and goggle-style lensesas well as 5 separate other Spider-Suits—what is pretty much the Spider-Man: Homecoming suit, and then one looking close to the Future Foundation of the comics, another all black with underwing elements, another looking like a golden riff on Thor’s costume as a suit of armor, and one that is essentially just the uniform of comics villain The Beetle . More art showed some of Peter’s classmates at school, including comics characters Nico Minoru (the magical member of the Runaways) and the super-smart Amadeus Cho.
On the villainous side, art was show revealing classic takes on Doc Ock—with his comics green-and-yellow suit under a labcoat—as well as more contemporary, tech-y riffs on Unicorn, Chameleon, Scorpion, Speed Demon, Tarantula, Rhino, and Butane. But in a surprise twist, it was also revealed in further art that Norman Osborne would appear in the series: not as the Green Goblin, but Peter Parker’s mentor figure. Or hell, he could still be both, who can say?
But Spider-Man wouldn’t be Spider-Man without a few allies, and another slide showed Daredevil in his black suit and a very classically (ie goofy-looking) outfitted Doctor Strange. Mustache included. Daredevil at the very least would have a familiar voice, with the confirmation that Charlie Cox would voice the character in the series.
Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Freshman Year, will stream on Disney+ in 2024. A second season, Spider-Man: Sophomore Year, was also confirmed at the panel.
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