New Threats Underway In Maximum Venom
There is also a great villain tease at the end of Maximum Venom‘s first episode. After talking to Grady, one Dr. Curt Connors (Yuri Lowenthal) takes a phone call with an unknown recipient. We have no idea who he’s giving information to, but it’s clear that he’s going to play a big part going forward in Season 3. We’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for him to gain the scales and tail of his villainous Lizard persona from the comics.
As episode 2 starts, Modell makes it clear that he doesn’t understand how important Peter’s secret identity is to him. He even namedrops heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Vision to make his point, but Peter reminds him that none of them are high school kids either. With scenes like these, the series does a nice job of balancing who knows Peter is Spider-Man. The general public doesn’t suspect anything, but there are enough people that know for Peter to kind of express it to and not have it completely bottled up inside.
After Peter stops a Stark industries arc-reactor-powered train from crashing, Dr. Connors gets suspicious of what he and Modell are up to. His role in the series becomes much clearer, and turns out to be a fun break from tradition. I just hope they don’t kill him off too early, because his classic alter ego has plenty of potential.
Once Venom’s evil plan, it’s not even surprising that this plan turns out to involve both sky beams and taking over the world. But the good news is that, considering it’s a show for kids, they still find a way to make it exciting.
The episode is absolutely jam-packed with everything Marvel and Spider-Man imaginable. I love that it goes so deep into the science of how the suit works and shows how brilliant this version of Peter Parker is. His intelligence has been portrayed at so many different levels through his movie and tv show appearances, but it’s great to see they aren’t nerfing anything this time.
The show is also just full-force, 100 miles-per-hour crazy action the entire time. The quips, the fights, the webbing, and the insanity are absolutely bonkers – which it makes for a very enjoyable watch, even for older fans of the webslinger. The voice acting is also absolutely on-point, highlighted by Robbie Daymond, who embodies the perfect high-school kid through his performance as Peter Parker.
Another exciting season of Marvel’s Spider-Man seems to be dead ahead on Disney XD!