Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on August 20, 2017

Spider-Man is the new DisneyXD series, replacing Ultimate Spider-Man which was never particularly beloved by the fans, but I thought it was perfectly decent. Presumably they timed the reboot for the Homecoming movie. It’s high school Peter, more in the traditional setting and tone of Spider-Man stories (less joke-y than the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, more joke-y than Tobey Maguire). Instead of Midtown High, the action here takes place at a fancy school for geniuses, at which several traditional Spider-Man supporting characters study, but also Miles Morales and Anya Corazon, so there’s some ethnic diversity without racebending any of the old characters (at least so far). And the genius school means a lot of random scifi stuff. Robots made by students and whatnot.

The animation style is very anime-influenced. The characters and certain objects of note get all the attention, while the backgrounds have washed out colors and very little detail. Personally not a fan, because it makes the art just look unfinished, but that’s a minor quibble. The tone is right, and I think it basically wants to be Spectacular Spider-Man (best Marvel cartoon ever? probably) with more robots. It probably won’t compare to SSM, but I have to give them credit for trying, and it has a lot of potential, so I’ll definitely be following this.

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