Back in the summer, Disney XD announced that 'Ultimate Spider-Man' would be returning for a second season. Today, Disney revealed the details:
On Monday, January 21, 2013, Peter Parker (as voiced by Drake Bell) swings into action alongside a stellar cast of friends and foes for an hour-long special presentation. The series will return to its old Sunday timeslot following the special, at its usual half-hour length.
According to the press release for the special, Spider-Man will find himself up against two of his most iconic villains: The Lizard and Electro. This is fitting, as The Lizard was the antagonist in last summer's 'Amazing Spider-Man' feature film starring Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx was recently cast as Electro in the upcoming feature sequel. The two characters are quite timely on the screen, if not in the confusing Marvel comics.
"As Spidey and his team—Nova, White Tiger, Iron Fist and Power Man—battle these menacing super villains," the release continues, "a sinister force is secretly assembling to try and spell their defeat. "
The rest of the release is below:
"Season two of Marvel's "Ultimate Spider-Man" will follow Spidey and the young heroes as they encounter the ultimate battle between good and evil. But they’re not alone, as Spider-Man unites with the stars of the upcoming animated series "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"-- Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and, for the very first time, Hawkeye. For the first time, they will confront the most threatening assembly of super villains ever seen in animation, the Sinister Six -- uniquely comprised of Rhino, Kraven The Hunter, Lizard, Electro, Beetle and a secret sixth member. Our heroes will also face the return of Loki as he seeks revenge on the web-crawler after their previous unforgettable encounter. Spidey's limits will be tested in this inevitable collision course with his greatest foes, both old and new."
This shows an interesting synergy between the Marvel television properties and their feature film counterparts. No word yet on how Disney intends to fix the Spider-Man comic book line, which has removed Peter Parker and placed a familiar villainous face beneath the mask.
Please, Disney? Fix the comics, too?