Kid-Friendly CARNAGE Debuts in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Animated
That's not exactly suitable material for Disney XD's current animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, yet an altered version of the character is making its debut this Sunday, in an episode appropriately titled "Carnage." Supervising producer Cort Lane told Newsarama that the Ultimate Spider-Man creative team wasn't especially concerned with the character's origins when adapting him into the series.
More than that, both Venom and Carnage have a strong appeal to kids, Lane said, which makes them natural choices to include in the series.
"Venom is a hugely popular villain among all kid superhero fans.," Lane said. "We get that information all the time. Both Venom and Carnage are incredibly cool visuals that play really well with kids today, just as they did when they were first introduced."
"What really drives this episode is this very sort of tragic arc between Harry and Norman, and we do continue to play that out in this season," Lane said. "The creation of Carnage is just one step along that path."
Though Carnage may be one of the more notably adjusted characters in Ultimate Spider-Man — though the character design and powers remain very recognizable — every character undergoes some degree of alteration in an other media adaptation, especially a kid friendly-show like this. Lane said that the changes are usually motivated by a specific reason.
"When we adjust a character, it's usually so that it connects more directly or more emotionally with Peter Parker," Lane said. "When we do major tweaks to a villain, it's so that personal relationship or animosity comes from our story. So many of the classic villains are really fascinating, and interesting visuals, but their personal connections to Peter are maybe more distant than we need to tell a story in this animated series format. With Norman [Osborn], it's so easy. With a guy like Kraven, not as much."
Beyond this episode, Lane said there's consideration to Carnage returning, but nothing definitive yet. The producer said he's been very pleased with the reception the second season of Ultimate Spider-Man has gotten so far ("Carnage" is episode eight), and that coming up viewers will see Man-Wolf, K'un L'un, an episode where Spider-Man and his team get stuck in the "Mini-Spidey" format of the cutaways due to magic, and an "adventure featuring major Marvel space-faring characters" — which he declined to confirm were 2014 live-action movie stars the Guardians of the Galaxy.More from Newsarama:
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