Marvel may have their Cinematic Universe making millions at the box office, but over on television, they're also cultivating their own Animated Universe, featuring Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ultimate Spider-Man. The joy of an animated universe is being able to portray death-defying stunts and unique concepts without breaking the budget. The MCAU are taking full advantage of this — they're tackling storylines and introducing characters that have never been broached on-screen before.
One example of this is Season Four of Ultimate Spider-Man, titled Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister Six. The season will head towards a finale with a four-part arc, that will introduce one the newest Spider-Man additions...
The arc, entitled 'Return to the Spider-Verse', will see Spider-Man joined by Miles Morales and other counterparts from alternate realities. As well as Spider-Gwen, we'll see Spider-Man Noir and new versions like a cowboy (Web Slinger), a pirate (Web Beard), Wolf-Spider, Blood-Spider and more.
In the Spider-Verse comic saga, we saw all versions of Spider-Man in the multiverse being attacked — including Earth-65, where a teenager was bitten by a radioactive spider on a field trip. But it wasn't Peter Parker, it was Gwen Stacey!
Spider-Gwen quickly became a fan favorite and it wasn't long before she headlined her own Spider-Gwen comic book, created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, starting in February 2015.
The character has even made her way into merchandise, with Funko recently releasing Pop! Vinyls of the character.
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When Spider-Gwen makes her debut on Ultimate Spider-Man, she will be voiced by current Disney star Dove Cameron. For those of you who don't know Cameron, the actress has been carving out quite a name for herself in Disney & YA television, starring in Liv and Maddie, Descendants and the upcoming Hairspray Live!
Cameron will be joining these fellow actors who are also voicing characters on Ultimate Spider-Man:
Drake was the star of the Nickelodeon show Drake and Josh, but has been voicing Peter Parker/Spider-Man on multiple projects including video games since 2012 on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
He played J. Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man trilogy, and now J.K. Simmons has returned to voice him in Ultimate Spider-Man. He also brings the surly publisher to life on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H and Avengers Assemble.
You might not know what she looks like in real life, but it's almost certain that you've heard Strong's voice. With over 450 acting credits to her name, she has voiced characters on Batman, Injustice: The Video Game, the new Justice League Action animated series, The Care Bears Family, the Beetlejuice animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Rugrats, Rugrats: All Grown Up!, Teen Titans and so, so, so many more!
Clark Gregg has played Phil Coulson in multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He now headlines his own show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and also voices Agent Coulson on Ultimate Spider-Man.
You may have heard the name Mark Hamill — he was in this little film called Star Wars. Aside from voicing Arnim Zola in Ultimate Spider-Man, Hamill also voiced The Joker on multiple occasions including the recently released, Batman: The Killing Joke and starred in the both the old and new The Flash TV series as The Trickster.
A superhero veteran with roles in Heroes and Gotham, Ventimiglia lends his voice to Spider-Man Noir, who will also return for the third episode in this four-part Spider-Verse finale.
Known for her roles in Scream and Charmed plus a brief relationship with Marilyn Manson, Rose McGowan recently joined the Ultimate Spider-Man team when she played Queen of the Inhumans, Medusa.
Ogie Banks has lent his voice to both video games and animation such as Naruto Shippuden, Superman vs. The Elite, Disney Infinity 3.0, Fallout 4 and Rugrats: All Grown Up!
While he usually voices Luke Cage, this year Banks has also taken on the role of Miles Morales, who was previously voiced by Donald Glover.
Also worthing mentioning are fellow voice talents Stan Lee, Chi McBride, Matt Lanter, Steven Weber, Dee Bradley Baker, Kevin Michael Richardson, Phil LaMarr, Scott Porter, Clancy Brown, Diedrich Bader, James Marsters, Robert Patrick, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, George Takei, Michael Clarke Duncan, Greg Grunberg, Eliza Dushku and many, many more!
Will you be tuning in to see Spider-Gwen make her appearance? What do you think of Ultimate Spider-Man? Comment below.
The first part of the season finale of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister Six will air on September 17th.