Marvel shared a ton of exciting news at San Diego Comic Con both at the famed Hall H Marvel Studios panel and the Marvel Studios Animation panel. Part of what is so exciting about the animation side of Marvel Studios is how it is exploring storylines and characters that the live action corner can’t with X-Men ’97, Marvel Zombies, the second season of What If…?, and the highly anticipated Spider-Man Freshman Year.
Spider-Man Freshman Year will explore Peter Parker’s evolution in becoming Spider-Man, but in a different part of the multiverse. This means that Peter Parker will be surrounded by characters he didn’t interact with in the live action trilogy including numerous famed Spider-Man comic characters.
After the Marvel Studios Animation panel included character announcements and art for Spider-Man Freshman Year we here at The Illuminerdi did some digging and managed to uncover descriptions for a number of Spider-Man Freshman Year characters.
SPIDER-MAN FRESHMAN YEAR CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
For Aunt May Marvel is looking to cast a Caucasian woman in her 40s who sounds Marisa Tomei-esque. She is a loving aunt to Peter and is described as a fun loving jokester who is able to bring a smile to the face of everyone she meets, but with wisdom beyond her years.
Marvel is looking to cast a Caucasian man in his late 40s. He is described as an enigmatic and confident, but sometimes humorous mentor. He wants the best for those around him, but can be intense. Now, during the Marvel Studios Animation panel they announced that Norman Osborn was going to be a part of Spider-Man Freshman Year as a mentor for Peter, taking on the role Tony Stark did in the MCU films. This description definitely sounds like Norman Osborn.
Marvel is also looking to cast a Japanese teenage girl who is described as the snarky, but caring best friend. Her apathetic and goth aesthetic allows her to divert attention when things get too personal. She keeps things close to the vest when it comes to her past and doesn’t trust superheroes. It was announced during the Marvel Studios Animation panel that Peter Parker’s best friend in Spider-Man Freshman Year would be Nico Minoru which seems to fit this description perfectly. Marvel fans will know Nico from the Runaways series and comics as a teen superhero in her own right. It will be interesting to see how that could come into play in the animated series.
Marvel is also looking to cast a Korean male in his late teens. The character is described as the epitome of a “tech bro,” usually the smartest person in the room and never misses an opportunity to let everyone know it. Constantly showing off his intellect he loves being the center of attention to boost up his ego. They also announced Amadeus Cho would be a part of Spider-Man Freshman Year and this seems like this could potentially be him.
Marvel is looking to cast an African-American male in his teens to play the Captain of the Bales High School Football team. Described as hardworking, charming, humble, and impossible to hate. Mike has a kind heart and a good head on his shoulders, but a morally challenging journey ahead of him. During the Marvel Animation Studios it was announced that Lonnie Lincoln aka Tombstone would be amongst Peter’s friends. This character could be Lonnie Lincoln especially given the morally challenging path this character will face.
Marvel is also looking to cast a Filipina girl in her teens to play a character named “Shin.” She is a Junior at Bales High School and Varsity Swim team star. She is described as smart, comedic, and kind while also being very popular. She knows exactly who she is and has the confidence to match it.
Marvel is looking to cast African-American/Korean male in his teens to play a character named “Mel.” Described as an affluent and fashionable teenager who seems to have it all, but in reality lives an isolated and secluded lifestyle. A bit of a hipster and eager to find friends although he tries to play it cool in front of people.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is looking to cast an African girl in her teens, will speak with a South African accent, named “Liza.” Liza is not only a genius science prodigy exchange student she is the most cheerful and optimistic person one could ever meet. Usually one of the most intelligent people in any room she is still able to maintain a childlike wonder.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is also looking to cast a Caucasian teenage girl to play a character named “Raven.” A teenage genius who would rather be on her own than be surrounded by people. She’d rather sit silently on hew own than engage in meaningless small talk, but when she does speak up she comes off as blunt and straight forward. While not rude she does get straight to the point.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is also looking to cast a man in his early 20s of any ethnicity. An impulsive criminal whose biggest weakness is his own incompetence. With the energy of a social media influencer he believes himself to be the star of his own show. This could describe a number of the villains that were announced as part of the series at San Diego Comic Con.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is also going to include other Marvel favorites Daredevil, voiced by Charlie Cox, Doctor Strange, and countless Spider-Man villains including Doc Ock, The Rhino, and Scorpion. A number of the high schoolers who are likely to be part of Peter’s friend group could either be original characters or Marvel characters. Shin could be an adaptation of Liz Allan or Mary Jane.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is primed to be a fantastic adventure for the wall crawler. Spider-Man Freshman Year will follow Peter Parker as he becomes the famed wall crawler, but where he met Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War he’ll take a new path to his heroic destiny in the animated series. The series has the opportunity to explore stories that the live-action trilogy didn’t with classic Spider-Man villains, Daredevil, and Nico Minoru all coming into play.
Spider-Man Freshman Year is set to debut on Disney Plus in 2024 and has already been renewed for a second season. Are you excited for Spider-Man Freshman Year? Who do you think each of these characters could be? Which character are you most excited to see in the new series? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more MCU and Marvel Studios Animation.