One of the many animated series currently in development for Disney+ is “Spider-Man: Freshman Year”, which follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, starting with his freshman year of high school, of course. Peter’s journey in the series will be unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.  The series was initially announced as taking place before the character’s introduction in “Captain America: Civil War”.

During last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios held a panel for their upcoming animated slate, where more details were revealed on the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, such as the series featuring a variety of well-known villains, including Doctor Octopus, Daredevil, and Norman Osborn.  All of which haven’t been established within the MCU during the time this series is set.

An image was also shown to attendees of Spider-Man in a variety of different suits, all of which haven’t been seen in the MCU before, but many of them have been established in the comic books.

Following the San Diego Comic-Con panel, there was some confusion about where and if this series fits within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was cleared up when Marvel Studios producer Brian Winderbaum spoke on‘s Phase Zero podcast, by explaining how the series connects to the events of “Civil War”, but then branches off into a different multiverse.

“Down to Peter getting the broken Blu-ray player from the trash and he walks into his apartment for the famous moment where Tony Stark is waiting for him to offer him the Stark internship and take him to Berlin. But because of things that happen in the multiverse because of new, random occurrences, it’s not Tony Stark who’s waiting for him there. It’s Norman Osborne and that sends his life in an unexpected trajectory that collides him with many unexpected characters in the Marvel universe.”

Keeping “Spider-Man: Freshman Year” within the early stages of the MCU was going to drastically reduce the freedom this series has, so shifting this animated series to being an alternative multiverse, gives the show much more room to move, introducing new characters and storylines.

“Spider-Man: Freshman Year” is scheduled to come to Disney+ in 2024.





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