Bendis to ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Viewers: 'It's For Kids'
The episode, titled "Freaky," is based directly on a 2004 two-part story which ran in Ultimate Spider-Man #66-#67.
"It's an adaptation of sorts of the 'Jump the Shark' story from the comic book, when Spider-Man and Wolverine inexplicably switch bodies," Bendis said in an interview with Newsarama. "It was originally an idea from editor Nick Lowe, who I strangle in the book because of it, and here I am writing it again."
"They showed it in Chicago, and it went over very well," Bendis said. "I didn't even know they were doing that. I started getting all these texts and emails, and I was like, 'What happened?' I showed it to my kids, and they liked it as well."announced as renewed for a second season. "We're doing really good in the ratings, and everyone's really happy," he said of the show's success. "I couldn't be more happy to hear that." Though it was hailed in the press release announcing the renewal as "Disney XD's No. 1 animated series," some observers have criticized the show for being too focused on appealing to younger audiences.
"I've had a couple of these people coming up to me on Facebook," Bendis said. "I don't know what to say — 'You know, you're watching Disney XD.' It's not on Showtime. I want you to like it too, but like it in the context of what it's for. It's for kids. We're thinking of them while we write it."Steven Seagle and Joe Kelly; the latter of which wrote the decidedly dark "Grim Hunt" story in Amazing Spider-Man in 2010.
"I know it's weird," Bendis said. "You see all of our names on the credits, and some of us have been responsible for very mature and involved storytelling, and then there's this other thing — which by the way takes just as much work — but is meant to spark the imagination of younger kids. "
"It has tremendous voice acting, as the characters have to be themselves in another body," Bendis said. "It's hopefully a lot of fun, it's certainly fun for nine-year-olds."
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