Spider-Man has starred in three different MCU movies, but despite this, we have never learned his origin story. Don’t worry, though, Marvel Studios is set to fill in the blanks in the new animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which will apparently explore the earliest days of the Wallcrawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That means we’ll be going back to before the events of Captain America: Civil War, to before Iron Man gave Peter Parker his fancy suit. Instead, we’ll see Peter soon after he received his powers and has learned the lesson that with great power must come great responsibility and donned Spidey’s iconic red and blue onesie.
So what can we expect from Spider-Man: Freshman Year? Well, don’t worry. We’ve scoured the web for all the information we could dig up about this upcoming Spider-Man prequel. We’ve broken down the villains Pete will be facing, what allies he’ll make, and even if this TV series is really set in the MCU. So here’s everything you need to know about the Spider-Man: Freshman Year release date.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year release date speculation
Spider-Man: Freshman Year will debut in 2024. The year of release was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, but they didn’t get any more specific. Spider-Man: Freshman Year was first announced on Disney Plus Day 2021.
Now there have been a few rumours going around that Freshman year is in danger of being cancelled, but these are totally unsubstantiated at the moment, so don’t worry too much.
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Spider-Man: Freshman Year plot speculation
Spider-Man: Freshman Year is an animated series that will fill us in on Spider-Man’s MCU origin and show us some of his earliest adventures while paying homage to his comicbook origins.
While nothing’s been explicitly stated, we imagine we’ll finally see how Peter got his powers as well as the death of Uncle Ben. He’ll also have some new friends, specifically, Nico Minoru, Amadeus Cho, and Harry Osborn.
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We know that the show will see Peter wearing multiple superhero suits and seemingly taking on multiple identities (comic fans will recognise the suits from the ill-fated Webspinners comics). Bizarrely, it seems that the Marvel villain Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, will be Peter’s mentor in the Marvel series instead of Tony Stark.
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We also know Peter will cross paths with some of the Marvel Universe’s most noble heroes but also some of the deadliest Spider-Man villains. According to a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, he’ll be battling Doctor Octopus, The Rhino, Tarantula, Scorpion, and Speed Demon. Don’t worry, though; Pete will have back-up in the form of Doctor Strange and Daredevil.
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Spider-Man: Freshman Year cast speculation
The full voice cast for Spider-Man: Freshman Year has not been announced yet, but we do have some bad news for you. Tom Holland will reportedly not be reprising the role of Peter Parker in the animated series. Instead, another unannounced actor will be lending their voice to the role.
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The only confirmed voice actor so far is Charlie Cox, who will be playing Matt Murdock (Before his Daredevil season 4 appearance)on the show. We’ll keep this section updated as more actors are announced in the run-up to release.
Is Spider-Man: Freshman Year set in the MCU?
Spider-Man: Freshman Year is sort of set in the MCU. It’s set in an alternate branch of the MCU’s multiverse, so it’s not really the origin of Tom Holland’s Wallcrawler,
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According to Marvel Studios producer Brad Winderbaum, this version of Peter Parker diverged from the one we know and love when Norman Osborn took him under his wing instead of Tony Stark.
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“Like we said, in the panel, it follows the pattern that you see in Civil War,” said Winderbaum to ComicBook.com. “Down to Peter getting the broken Blu-ray player from the trash, and he walks into his department for the famous moment where Tony Stark is waiting for him to offer him the Stark internship and take him to Berlin.”
“But because of things that happen in the multiverse because of new, random occurrences, it’s not Tony Stark who’s waiting for him there,” Winderbaum continued. “It’s Norman Osborn, and that sends his life in an unexpected trajectory that collides him with many unexpected characters in the Marvel Universe.”
Will Spider-Man: Freshman Year get a second season?
Spider-Man: Freshman Year has apparently already had a second season confirmed, titled Spider-Man: Sophomore year.
Where can I watch Spider-Man: Freshman Year?
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