The next Spider-Man: Year One The cartoon has been shrouded in secrecy since its initial reveal last year, but last weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, more information about the show was revealed. Initially, it seemed like the cartoon would tell the story of MCU Peter Parker in its heroic beginnings, but now the real plot of the series is…interesting, To say the least.
First year takes place before 2016 Captain America: Civil War, but with one notable key difference. Rather than going home to his apartment to see Tony Stark at home, it’s none other than Norman Osborn chatting with his Aunt May when he walks through the door. And much like how meeting Tony thrust Peter into a bigger spotlight than the child needed, Peter having Norman as a mentor “sends his life on an unexpected trajectory that bumps him into many unexpected characters in the world.” ‘Marvel Universe’, according to Brad, Marvel’s head of streaming. Winterbaum.
The big hook of the new show is, “What IF…Norman Osborn was Peter Parker’s surrogate father? and that puts Pete on a collision course with characters the MCU has yet to make firm claims to. SDCC footage showed Peter’s allies, from Norman’s son Harry to Amadeus Cho and Nico Minoru. Cho who shows up here is not too surprising: before becoming a member of the Hulk family, Disney’s Ultimate Spider-Man The cartoon portrays Cho as a scientific rival to Peter and ends up taking on the role of Iron Spider. Minoru, best associated with teenage band The Runaways, has no real connection to Spidey, but both heroes are included in the roster for 2K’s upcoming Marvel strategy game, midnight suns.
Marvel emphasizes the multiverse, both for Spidey specifically and the MCUs in general– but it is a mystery how First year fits into the larger scheme of the multiverse saga. Have some universes expand before 2025 Avengers: Secret Wars probably streamlining everything is definitely not a bad thing. But whether this new Spider-Man cartoon will do more than fill the checkbox of being another Spidey show and lead to a bigger MCU movie will have to wait until the first season of Spider-Man: Year One arrives on Disney+ in 2024.
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