Well folks its your friendly neighborhood blogger “H-Man” here to give you my brief review on (drum roll please) Marvel’s “Ultimate Spider-Man.” I know, yes I know what you are probably thinking, “what does an American cartoon has to do with Manga/Anime?” Well, although it is an American made series brought to us by Marvel Studios, I’ve found that the show has many elements of anime, such as the style of art, the movement of characters in action sequences, along with the occasional comic relief caricatures throughout each episode. Speaking of comic relief, I think it’s safe to classify this series as action/comedy, which has a lot of funny moments as well as intense, yet dynamic action/battle scenes.
As for the story,(I may spoil it a bit but..) it follows the Ultimate comic series which is different from the other Spider-Man adaptations like the Amazing, or Spectacular Spider-Man stories. In the Ultimate cartoon series, Spider-Man a.k.a Peter Parker is a high school student who is not just Spider-Man on the side, but is also a S.H.I.E.LD agent under the watch of Nick Fury. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, Spider-Man’s “employee benefit package” includes a cluster of special state of the art weapons which enhances his powerful abilities.(I won’t get into detail you will have to see,but the boy has toys like Batman) Even though Spider-Man has S.H.I.E.L.D’s resources at his disposal, he is still a kid that is known for catching petty criminals. The stakes are raised when Spider-Man takes on S.H.I.E.L.D assignments to track down, and to take out super villains like Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Beetle, Venom, Rhino, Doom, and the list goes on. There are many times when Spider-Man may steals these assignment against the wishes of Nick Fury,but manages to somehow pull each assignment off, which cause a “Love/Hate” relation between Spider-Man and Nick Fury.Oh and I almost forgot to mention Spider-Man doesn’t work alone, in fact he has a special team to lead who includes: Iron Fist, Power Man, White Tiger, and Nova who are also teenagers, and yes they also go to his high school.
Now before you start to think Power Rangers, No. The writers made it so that we don’t see the whole team together in every episode, unless they are fighting a very powerful villain. There are also cameo hero appearances by Wolverine, Hulk, Thor , Iron Man, and Captain America, who are viewed as celebrities in the eyes of Spider-Man and his team.
In closing I would go on to say that this is a perfect show for both parents and kids to watch and enjoy. I think adults would enjoy it even more because it’s a new revamped story telling of Spider-Man that cleverly pokes fun at the older versions of Spider-Man. This is my personal review and I hope it sparks an interest in you guys to check out the series.You can check it out on the Disney XD channel on Mondays.Signing off!
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