Marvel Animation has announced at the MIPTV conference in that they will be launching an animated take on Ultimate Spider-Man for Disney XD beginning in 2011.
Marvel Animation president Eric S. Rollman told conference co-sponsor Worldscreen.com that “Ultimate Spider-Man will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never before seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth."
Ultimate Spider-Man was Brian Michael Bendis' breakout work at Marvel Comics in 2000, as he worked with seminal Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley. Their stories, which were characterized by naturalistic dialogue and long-form "decompressed" storytelling, focused on a teenage Peter Parker in a contemporary world. The series was relaunched last year as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, with David LaFuente heading art duties.
This new series comes after Sony gave up the rights to the animated series Spectacular Spider-Man in September of 2009. The series, which was spearheaded by Gargoyles's Greg Weisman, ran on Kids WB for two seasons. The scuttling of the project took place just after Disney purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion.