The new Spider-Man series on Disney XD, coming after the end of Ultimate Spider-Man, decided to strip Peter Parker back to his most basic form: a young, nerdy high school teen who’s only just been awakened to his great powers. Except, apparently, the show’s also bringing along another three Spider-heroes just because.
Although we’ve known for a while that Spider-Man would be including Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, and Anya Corazon among its main cast, a new featurette from Marvel gives us our first look at them in action on the show—and even confirmation that at one point at least Miles is going to be suiting up in the series.
Aside from the strangeness of immediately bringing in these other characters—even if it’s just as Peter’s classmates for now, it’s clear from the footage they’re going to get involved in Spider-shenanigans pretty quickly—it’s cool to at least see an expanded cast of diverse characters from the comics make the jump over to this new series. Especially Anya, who despite being the main-reality Spider-Girl of Marvel’s comics-verse, doesn’t really get the spotlight in other ancillary material like this.
Still, it is weird to have done this as a “back to basics” Spider-Man cartoon, only to then instantly add another three potential Spider-heroes into the mix. If that recent concept art of Spidey swinging along with Gwen, Miles, and Anya in costume too ends up panning out, it seems like Spider-Man could get pretty hectic very fast.
Spider-Man hits Disney XD this weekend, on August 19.