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It's safe to say that many Spider-Man fans are asking for a film crossover with [The Avengers](movie:9040). Unfortunately, Sony is quite adamant about keeping the rights, so that is unlikely to happen any time soon.
On the other hand, we are getting a different Spider-Man crossover soon. The only problem is: it is a crossover with a tween sitcom that nobody outside of preschool is asking for.
Today, TV Guide reported that on Friday, October 10, cable network Disney XD will air a crossover special entitled: Jessie and Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. The special will cross the popular Ultimate Spider-Man show on Disney XD with the nausea-inducing tween girl sitcom Jessie on the Disney Channel.
Now, in the past, Disney has done a crossover with Phineas and Ferb and the Marvel universe with Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel. However, the humorous sci-fi/fantasy tone of Phineas and Ferb was a perfect fit for the Marvel universe.
Jessie, on the other hand, is a plastic tween sitcom about a girl living in New York city in a penthouse suite. The show is nothing but teen girls and kids wearing 15 pounds of makeup and telling horribly corny jokes to a non-existent audience of canned laughter. It has cheesy acting, unlikable characters, and even tasteless jokes. Plus, it has a character that is nothing more than a shallow Indian stereotype. It is the kind of Barbie-doll show that is a complete waste of airtime and contributes nothing to audiences.
Now, on what planet does a privileged girl living in a New York penthouse tie into the Marvel Universe? This would be like if Marvel did a crossover with Hannah Montana; there are little to no elements of fantasy on the show to mix with the escapist tone of the Marvel Universe. Plus, it is a cheap attempt to get the female audience to view the show on Disney XD. It's bad enough that Ultimate Spider-Man has been repeatedly criticized for being too childish, but this level of pandering is REALLY a stretch.
Hopefully, this special will be a one-shot deal, and there will be no future crossovers with the Marvel Universe. Perhaps the special will tank so badly, that Disney Channel COMPLETELY separates itself from the beloved Spider-Man franchise.