It’s never too early to get into superheroes. Case in point: Marvel’s “Spidey and His Amazing Friends,” a cartoon series for kids. The computer-animated show made its debut on Disney Junior in August 2021 and immediately won over young viewers. Following the series premiere, it was renewed for a second season. The show wins points among kids for its fun and adventure. At the same time, parents like it for the educational elements — like teaching little ones about the importance of teamwork.
Whether young or old, all fans of “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” can agree: It’s good news that this show is coming back for a second season. Whether you’re already an avid watcher or completely new to the series, you clearly want to know more about the show if you’re reading this. We’ve got you covered.
The below guide provides essential information about “Spidey and His Amazing Friends,” including details about the producers, characters, and cast.
About Marvel’s “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” TV Series
“Spidey and His Amazing Friends” recounts the adventures of (who else) young Peter Parker, better known as Spider-Man. The show follows Spidey as he goes from solo web-slinger to learning how to work in a team. With his friend Gwen (also known as Ghost Spider) and Miles Morales, young Spidey can take on even more dangerous villains, including Green Goblin, Rhino, and Doc Ock. The young troupe also teams up with others throughout the series, including Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, and the Hulk.
If the show’s title sounds familiar, you’re on to something (and probably a bit of a Marvel buff). There was a 1981 television series called “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” that might cause confusion. The series ran from 1981 to 1983 and featured the “Spider-Friends” trio of Spider-Man, Iceman, and Firestar.
Beyond the similarity in the name, “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” and “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” don’t have much in common. For one thing, the 2021 series is geared specifically toward preschoolers — a first in Marvel programming. The new series also features a different core set of characters and unique storylines more appropriate for child audiences.
What Is the General Moral of “Spidey and His Amazing Friends”?
“Spidey and His Amazing Friends” is designed for kids and, as with most kids’ shows, strives to bury some educational nuggets in with humor and fun. Little ones can learn valuable life lessons from Spidey, such as the importance of cooperation and problem-solving. Since Spidey thrives against villains when he’s teamed up with his pals Ghost-Spider and Miles Morales, little ones also see the positive effects of teamwork upfront.
What Ages are Appropriate for “Spidey and His Amazing Friends”?
“Spidey and His Amazing Friends” is the first Marvel series made specifically for the Disney Junior channel. It’s also the first Marvel show with an intended preschool audience. In general, preschool age is considered ages 3 to 5. As such, you can expect “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” to deliver plenty of kid-friendly action minus potentially scary elements. Let’s put it this way: The supervillains you’ll find shouldn’t give your 3-year old nightmares!
Cast and Characters of Marvel’s “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” TV Show
One reason “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” makes for great family entertainment is the diversity of the cast. From superheroes to supervillains and everyday humans, there’s a character for everyone to love.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the spidey and his amazing friends characters you can expect to see (plus who voices them in parenthesis):
- Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Benjamin Valic): The original Marvel Spider Man, a web-slinging hero who gains his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
- Miles Morales/Spin (Jakari Fraser): Peter Parker’s best pal. He’s also a superhero and resembles Spidey.
- Gwen Stacy/Ghost-Spider (Lily Sanfelippo): A female superhero who completes the core Spidey team and Spin and Spider-Man.
- Green Goblin (JP Karliak): A criminal who emulates a goblin riding on a glider. His weapon of choice? Pumpkin-shaped bombs.
- Rhino (Justin Shenkarow): A supervillain with a rhinoceros theme.
- TRACE-E (Dee Bradley Baker): Spidey’s sidekick spider-bot.
- WEB-STER (Nicolas Roye): A supercomputer used by Spidey, Spin, and Ghost-Spider.
- Doc Ock (Kelly Ohanian): A female criminal who’s modeled after an octopus (hence the name “ock”). She has mechanical tentacles.
- Ms. Marvel (Sandra Saad): A superhero with the gift of being able to extend her limbs.
- Black Panther (Tru Valentino): The King of Wakanda.
- Hulk (Armen Taylor): A superhero powered by gamma.
- Aunt May (Melanie Minichino): Peter Parker’s aunt.
- Rio Morales (Gabrielle Ruiz): Miles Morales’ mother.
- Jeff Morales (Eugene Byrd): Miles Morales’ father.
As the animated series progresses, odds are we’ll see more recognizable Marvel names. Whether they’re heroes who the Spidey team joins forces with or villains they need to defeat to protect the spider-verse remains to be seen.
Who Made “Spidey and His Amazing Friends”?
If you look at the list of producers who are handling the creation of “Spidey and His Amazing Friends,” there’s no doubt the show is bound to be a success. Executive producers at the helm include Harrison Wilcox (previous work includes the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers Assemble” TV series) and Jennifer Twiner McCarron, who is known for her work on “Action Man,” “The Last Kids on Earth,” and “Molly of Denali,” among others.
Cort Lane is another highlight, appearing as a consulting producer. Lane has more than a decade of experience at Marvel/Disney and a long list of credits to his name in the family entertainment sector. He’s worked on series including “Avengers Assemble,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Iron Man: Armored Adventures,” “The Super Hero Squad Show,” and “Ultimate Spider-Man.” Suffice to say, Lane knows his stuff when it comes to Marvel in general and Spider-Man in particular.
Where Can You Watch Episodes of Marvel’s “Spidey and His Amazing Friends”?
So, where can you meet Spidey and his pals? The series was made for Disney Junior and can be found on the main Disney Channel programs, including Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Plus. If you’re not a Disney subscriber, you may still be able to gain access via other streaming platforms.
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Since “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” has just recently kicked off, there are still some unknowns around the show and what to expect from it. What other Marvel comics heroes will make cameos? Which villains can we expect? What other voice actors will come on board? BuddyTV is staying on top of all the latest updates, so you don’t have to. Check back here regularly to get the most up-to-date news on this series, ensuring you and your family don’t miss a minute of Spidey fun.