• John Semper Jr., the original head writer of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is open to considering a reboot if Marvel Studios asks.
  • X-Men ’97 being a continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series paves the way for a similar reboot with Spider-Man.
  • Spidey’s animated TV rights could allow Marvel Studios to create Spider-Man ’98 without Sony.



A Spider-Man: The Animated Series reboot could possibly happen at Marvel Studios, as the original series’ head writer reveals his interest. While Peter Parker has been reimagined in numerous live-action Spider-Man movies, the wall-crawler has also thrived on the small screen in the world of animation. One of the most iconic animated Spider-Man properties is Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which aired during the same era as other popular superhero cartoons, like Batman: The Animated Series.

On March 20, the X-Men ’97 TV show, which is happening under Marvel Animation as part of Marvel Studios, will be premiering on Disney+. With X-Men: The Animated Series making a comeback in the form of the sequel show, John Semper Jr., who worked as the head writer on Spider-Man: The Animated Series, was asked if he would ever consider doing Spider-Man ’98.

Semper Jr. made it clear that all Marvel Studios has to do is “call me,” as he is “here, and I’d certainly consider doing it.” At the time of this story’s publication, no Spider-Man ’98 project is officially in the works at Marvel Studios.


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X-Men ’97 Is The Continuation Of X-Men: The Animated Series

Even though Marvel Studios is doing Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man for Disney+, the idea of Spider-Man: The Animated Series coming back isn’t entirely unheard of, especially thanks to X-Men ’97. In the first X-Men ’97 trailer, a copy of The Daily Bugle can be seen, with Spider-Man being mentioned in one of the headlines. This acknowledges the fact that Spider-Man: The Animated Series and X-Men: The Animated Series existed in the same universe when they aired in the 1990s.

One of the best episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series was when Peter encounters the Marvel mutants. Storm would return later in Spider-Man: The Animated Series during the final season as part of the show’s Secret Wars storyline. Whether or not that version of Spider-Man can show up in X-Men ’97 remains to be seen, but that little Easter egg from the trailer definitely increases the hope.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series
, along with
X-Men: The Animated Series
, are both available to stream on Disney+.

Given the complexity of the Spider-Man TV rights, Spider-Man: The Animated Series may fall into a gray area that would allow it to get a sequel show made by Marvel Studios. Since Spider-Man: The Animated Series aired on Fox Kids Network, which would technically be part of Disney’s Fox acquisition in 2019, they could potentially make Spider-Man ’98 without Sony, although that remains to be seen. Hopefully, if X-Men ’97 is a success, Marvel Studios may find a way to bring Spider-Man: The Animated Series back.

Source: John Semper Jr./X

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