Unexpected ‘Spider-Man: Freshman Year’ Animated Series Announced

Spider-Man: Freshman Year, an all-new animated series from Marvel Studios, has been announced for Disney+.
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Spider-Man: Freshman Year is an all-new animated series coming from Marvel Studios that was announced today as a part of the Disney+ day event.

This new animated series will take place before the character’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War. The series is expected to finally show Spider-Man’s origin in the MCU as he enters high school and comes to grips with becoming the web-crawling superhero we all know and love.

The series is said to have an animation style that will homage to Spider-Man’s early comic-book roots. It would be cool to see Marvel create something similar to the animation style that we saw in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse’s distinct style.

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Perhaps fans will finally get to see Uncle Ben make his way into the MCU after he was previously mentioned by Peter Parker in What If…? earlier this year. It will be interesting to see if they explore this part of Spider-Man’s origin and how they will make it different for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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As of now, we have no details on a potential cast or release for the series. Tom Holland did not reprise his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Marvel’s What If…?, an animated project similar to Spider-Man: Freshman Year. It is possible that Hudson Thames could voice the character again after playing the role in What If…?.

The rest of the cast is also up in the as none of them have appeared in non-Spidey projects except for Ned Leeds and Aunt May. Marvel owns the rights to animated Spider-Man projects, however, Sony still owns the rights to the films, so it’s likely there could be some weird rights issues with the cast.

What Does Spider-Man: Freshman Year Mean For The Spider-Man Franchise and the MCU?

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Spider-Man: Freshman Year’s inclusion in the Disney+ Day Event was a shock to many. Spider-Man: No Way Home is being treated as the end of the current franchise according to Holland, so to see a new project announced so soon was unexpected, to say the least.

Sony clearly has plans for Spider-Man after No Way Home’s release with a Venom crossover being heavily teased by many folks involved. However, it seems that Marvel Studios is also enacting their own plans for the character.


It will be interesting to see how Spider-Man: Freshman Year will interact with Sony’s plans if it will at all. The series takes place before any of the character’s other appearances in the MCU so this series could in theory be completely standalone from any future Spider-Man projects.

Other animated projects announced as a part of the Disney+ Day event include an X-Men: The Animated Series revival from Marvel Studios, Marvel Zombies a spin-off to What If…?, and a new look at I am Groot.

So far head writer, Jeff Trammel (Craig of the Creek), is the only person attached to the project. The series has no set release date.

Spider-Man: Freshman Year Officially Synopsis

“The animated series 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. Written by Executive Producer Jeff Trammel.”

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Bryce West is a writer/producer and a grad student at the University of Southern Indiana. West created his first television program at the age of 18 titled, The Film Reel. The Film Reel is a movie and TV talk show that has ran from 2019-present on News Channel 15 in Mt. Carmel, IL.