UPDATE: New Details For Disney XD's MARVEL UNIVERSE Programming Block

Some new info has been revealed for the upcoming Marvel-centered block (which begins airing on Disney XD next month), including air dates, shorts, and more. Details after the jump.

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By Paul Romano - 3/5/2012


TV Guide has some new info about Disney XD's upcoming programming block Marvel Universe, which includes the coming TV series Ultimate Spider-Man and the second season for Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The block also has a batch of shorts and other miscellaneous videos (akin to Cartoon Network's recently launched DC Nation). Check out all the details below:

Kicking off the block at April 1st, 11am/10c is the new series Ultimate Spider-Man, which depicts the Web Slinger being trained by Nick Fury to become a true superhero. The creative team includes Paul Dini (Batman Beyond), Brian Michael Bendis (the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series), the production team Man of Action (Ben 10), and Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel's TV division. Also on April 1st, a second episode of Ultimate Spider-Man will air at 11:30am/10:30c. This will be followed by the second season of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (which will move to its regular timeslot of 11:30am the following week, on April 8).



Below is a list of various character spotlights, shorts, etc:

Fury Files: Top-secret access to S.H.I.E.L.D. video dossiers on key Marvel heroes, including Iron Fist, Power Man, Nova and White Tiger and the villains they face, are animated with mix of traditional animation and motion comic art.

Marvel Mash-Up: The Marvel Universe is turned upside down with these hilarious and unexpected takes on iconic Marvel heroes and villains, featuring classic animation edited with a comedic twist.

Animated Reality: Stunt and special effects experts showcase the epic moves of favorite Marvel superheroes including Captain America and Spider-Man.

What Would It Take?: Get a glimpse into the science and modern technology required to create the heroes' gadgets, abilities and tech in real life, ranging from Iron Man's jet propulsion boots to Iron Fist's power-packed punch.

Master Class: Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, explains the artistic vision behind Marvel's greatest superheroes and shows how artists bring them to life.


Share your thoughts below in the usual place. Marvel Universe begins airing on Disney XD April 1st.

UPDATE: Below is the official press release from Marvel announcing the list of shorts, as well as a full cast for Ultimate Spider-Man.

The epic storytelling of Marvel -- full of action, adventure and humor, along with complex, courageous and aspirational characters – will be introduced to a new generation of kids and families through a dedicated programming block, Marvel Universe, premiering SUNDAY, APRIL 1 on Disney XD. The new series, Ultimate Spider-Man, is written and guided by the most star-studded creative team in Super Hero television history, including some of the most influential names in comic books and pop culture. The programming block will also feature the second season of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and new short-form series that take viewers behind the scenes to meet the creative teams and explore the many facets of the Marvel Universe.

"The Disney XD audience will be thrilled by the excitement and energy of the newest Marvel series. Our dedicated block showcases the relatable characters that have sparked the imaginations of so many people, young and old. The Marvel Universe block's new short-form programs are made with our audience in mind, and are designed to further explore the world of Marvel for fans of all ages. From learning how to draw Marvel heroes to seeing the real science behind the heroes’ cool gadgets, devoted Marvel fans and new fans alike will find the block to be a great destination," said David Levine, Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD.

"The Marvel Universe, which is exploding in theaters, comic books, games and online, bursts onto your TV with the top talent in comics and animation, and the premiere titles Spider-Man and The Avengers! We are bringing the fun, action and adventure known to Marvel fans and families alike. In addition, the never-before-seen animated and live action shorts round out your Sunday morning of can't miss shows in the Mighty Marvel Manner!" exclaimed Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of TV.

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man (who also provides the voice of Stan the Janitor in Ultimate Spider-Man) said, "It's a thrill to see that the highest standards in story telling are so perfectly exemplified by Spider-Man leaping from the pages of the comic book onto the screen to be enjoyed by a new generation."

The amazing team made up of Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, and Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, Supervising Producers/Writers Man of Action (Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle & Duncan Rouleau), Creative Consultant/Writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost), and Consulting Producer/Writer Brian Michael Bendis (Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man comic series), Ultimate Spider-Man marks firsts for one of Marvel's most popular characters the world over. In the storyline, a teenage Peter Parker (voiced by actor Drake Bell) juggles the relatable challenges of high school with the extraordinary challenges of being a Super Hero. Nick Fury (voiced by actor Chi McBride) invites Parker to train with his S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, where Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man, will join forces with four other teenage Super Heroes - Nova, White Tiger, Power Man and Iron Fist, on the greatest action and adventure ever as they work to become Ultimate Super Heroes!

The premiere episode (11:00 a.m., EST/PST) is entitled "Great Power," and the second episode is "Great Responsibility" (11:30 a.m., EST). The premiere episodes will be available on DisneyXD.com and Comcast platforms via VOD and XfinityTV.com directly following the Sunday, April 1 premiere on Disney XD. On April 2, they will be available on Disney XD Mobile VOD available via AT&T, MetroPCS, MobiTV, Sprint and Verizon; along with iTunes, Xbox Live and Sony Playstation.

Rounding out the Marvel Universe block are exciting new short-form series including (the last three series are hosted by Radio Disney's Morgan Tompkins):

-"Fury Files" - Top-secret access to S.H.I.E.L.D. video dossiers on key Marvel heroes, including Iron Fist, Power Man, Nova and White Tiger and the villains they face, are animated with mix of traditional animation and motion comic art.

-"Marvel Mash-Up"– The Marvel Universe is turned upside down with these hilarious and unexpected takes on iconic Marvel heroes and villains, featuring classic animation edited with a comedic twist.

-"Animated Reality" - Stunt and special effects experts showcase the epic moves of favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Captain America and Spider-Man.

-"What Would It Take?" – Get a glimpse into the science and modern technology required to create the heroes' gadgets, abilities and tech in real life, ranging from Iron Man's jet propulsion boots to Iron Fist's power-packed punch.

-"Master Class" - Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, explains the artistic vision behind Marvel's greatest Super Heroes and shows how artists bring them to life.

Ultimate Spider-Man - Executive Producers: Alan Fine (The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor), Dan Buckley (The Avengers, Iron Man), Joe Quesada (Marvel's Chief Creative Officer), and Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Head of Television) (Smallville, Lost, Heroes, Teen Wolf and Commando); Co-Executive Producers: Stan Lee (Spider-Man) and Eric Radomski (Batman Animated, Spawn); Supervising Producers: Man of Action Studios' (creators of Ben 10 and Generator Rex) Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle; other Supervising Producers: Dana Booton (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes) and Cort Lane (The Super Hero Squad Show); Creative Consultant (who also wrote the pilot): Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost): Consulting Producer: Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man comic series). Ultimate Spider-Man is produced by Marvel Animation and carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline.

Ultimate Spider-Man stars Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride (Boston Public) as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg (Iron Man,Thor, The Avengers) as Agent Coulson, JK Simmons (Spider-Man) as J. Jonah Jameson, Steven Weber (Wings) as Norman Osborn , Greg Cipes (Teen Titans, Ben 10) as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, Ogie Banks as Luke Cage/Power Man, Caitlyn Taylor Love (I'm In The Band) as Ava Ayala/White Tiger, Logan Miller (I'm In The Band) as Sam Alexander/Nova, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Doctor Octopus, Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Harry Osborn/Flash Thompson, Tara Strong (The Fairly Odd Parents) as Mary-Jane Watson, Misty Lee (Batman: Arkham City) as Aunt May, and recurring guest star Stan Lee (Spider-Man) as Stan the Janitor.










Source: TV Guide
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Spidey91 - 3/5/2012, 11:04 AM
those short shows sounds pretty interesting
DudeGuyMan - 3/5/2012, 11:17 AM
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Mrcool210 - 3/5/2012, 11:20 AM
woah paul dini is involved with spider-man? im sold
MidKnight35 - 3/5/2012, 11:22 AM
@Pux, those are all characters being featured in the Ultimate Spiderman cartoon. Spidey will team up with all of those characters in the series, as Shield is training all of them.
marvel72 - 3/5/2012, 11:31 AM
looking forward to avengers more than ultimate spider-man but i will watch it especially nova,venom luke cage & iron fist episodes.

@ pux

some of these are key marvel characters.

power man aka luke cage (leader of the new avengers & thunderbolts)

iron fist (new avengers)

nova (pretty big name cosmic character,but its not rich rider)

white tiger (male version was a big name in 70s & 80s,don't know much about female version)
LazerLion18 - 3/5/2012, 11:33 AM
Why is all the good shows being put on saturday mornings? why not put them on primetime first?
SCURVYDOG619 - 3/5/2012, 11:37 AM
Dini on Spidey is a definite plus. Now if there were some way to pry Bruce Timm away from Warners...heh...
jimharvey - 3/5/2012, 11:38 AM
Here's the complete Marvel Universe on Disney XD press release:

http://marvel.toonzone.net/news.php?action=fullnews&id=770
Peteyparker - 3/5/2012, 11:40 AM
Ok so its clear they are competing with DC Nation. :/
sexfoodcomics - 3/5/2012, 11:41 AM
Paul dini is also involved in the hulk animated series marvel is doing. It's gonna be awesome. I think it's called the gamma squad.
RunDTC - 3/5/2012, 12:01 PM
Ultimate Spider-Man sounds like it might suck. those two "actors" from I'm in the Band have two incredibly annoying voices. and no, I don't watch that crap, I have siblings. :P
Niuhll - 3/5/2012, 12:08 PM
@Pux that is why they are being put in the show most likely, to boost their reputation. And i'm sure calling them key characters is to make people feel like they should know about them more than anything.
capMO - 3/5/2012, 12:12 PM
Looking forward to Avengers EMH season 2, they've been holding out on that one for too long now :)

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plasticman - 3/5/2012, 12:28 PM
What? No shorts on bullying?
soundwave129 - 3/5/2012, 1:00 PM
Joe Quesada will also be a doing a series of shorts on how to ruin a comic book.
gamecreatorjj - 3/5/2012, 1:55 PM
wait, when was this announced? can marvel come up with anything original...
Spidex3000 - 3/5/2012, 2:16 PM
They really should have put "Marvel: What the!" on the block with the shorts.
neonhero - 3/5/2012, 3:51 PM
Of course they call them key characters. Even if it was Paste Pot Pete and Frog Man they'd call them key characters. Now, I have nothing against White Tiger -- I'm actually a huge Daredevil fan, so I'm familiar with the character, and even bought her crappy limited series for the David Mack covers -- but I'm sure her appearance has more to do with diversity and who's behind the mask (a hispanic female) than adding a more recognizable character to the line-up. Not that there's anything wrong with that if it serves the story.
neonhero - 3/5/2012, 3:52 PM
Not that you can't have a minority character regardless.

Damn you, lack of EDIT button!
greenlanter13 - 3/5/2012, 6:10 PM
sounds great cant wait for this

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