Marvel has brought Spider-Man to life in an exciting trilogy with classic villains and a beautiful coming of age story for Peter Parker where he learns the true cost of being a superhero. However, the MCU has never fully explored the web slinger’s origins. That will soon change with the highly anticipated animated series Spider-Man Freshman Year. While many fans know how Peter Parker became the famed crime fighter, the MCU introduced the character after he had already began protecting his neighborhood. Soon fans will get to see the origins of the MCU’s Spider-Man as he not only receives his powers, but grows into the hero that was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is “an animated series that follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.” If the series takes note not only from the comics, but Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse it could prove to be one of the most impressive new animated series coming out of Marvel Studios. However, we at The Illuminerdi have been doing some digging and learned some news that may put a bit of a damper on the series for fans.
IS SPIDER-MAN FRESHMAN YEAR LOOKING FOR A NEW PETER PARKER?
According to our sources it looks like Tom Holland may not be reprising his role as Peter Parker in the animated series, Spider-Man Freshman Year. This is not the first time that Tom Holland won’t be reprising his role as Spider-Man in animated form, nor is he the only MCU star not to make the jump to animation. In the first season of What If…? Iron Man, Black Widow, Spider-Man and Captain America were all voiced by actors other than their MCU originators.
Although Spider-Man Freshman Year is set within the MCU as a prequel to Spider-Man Homecoming this news isn’t necessarily a huge surprise. Given that Tom Holland reportedly still has not signed on for a live-action Spider-Man 4 film and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, is voiced by Hudson Thames in What If…? season 1.
Marvel Studios is diving fully into animation with not only Spider-Man Freshman Year, but X-Men ’97, Marvel Zombies, and season 2 of What If…? X-Men ’97 will continue where the beloved 90s X-Men animated series left off and will be the first foray into Mutants after Ms. Marvel officially brought the “mutation” idea into the MCU. While What If…? season 2 and Marvel Zombies will explore more of the multiverse that was introduced in the first season of What If…? Spider-Man Freshman Year is the only series to be confirmed as part of the MCU’s timeline as a prequel to the titular character’s trilogy.
Although not many details are known about the highly anticipated series it will be exciting to see more of the MCU’s Spider-Man, especially his early days before Tony Stark took an interest in him. And while it would be fun to see Tom Holland reprise the role, the animation medium gives Marvel Studios a bit of leeway especially after the success of recasting the wall crawler in What If…?
Hopefully more will be revealed during the Marvel Studios Animation panel at San Diego Comic Con. The panel will include exclusive looks at X-Men ’97, Marvel Zombies, What If…? season 2 and more. While Spider-Man Freshman Year hasn’t been explicitly listed in the panel’s description it is hard to imagine Marvel won’t have a bit of exciting news about this highly anticipated new series.
Spider-Man Freshman Year does not yet have a release date. The San Diego Comic Con Marvel Studios Animation Panel will take place Friday July 22 at 11:45. Are you looking forward to Spider-Man Freshman Year? What do you think about the news that Tom Holland likely isn’t returning fro the animated series? What Marvel news are you hoping comes out of San Diego Comic Con? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more MCU and SDCC news.