5:20pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Ultimate Spider-Man' Renewed for Second Season on Disney XD (Exclusive)
Disney XD wants more of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
The cable network has renewed animated hit Ultimate Spider-Man for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The series, which was used to launch the network's Marvel Universe programming block, has been a constant performer for the youth-skewing cabler, posting gains in total viewers and across boys ages 6-14, 6-11 and 2-11.
The creative team behind the animated series, which includes co-executive producers Man of Action Studios as well as creative consultant Paul Dini, will return for Season 2. Ultimate Spider-Man scribe Brian Michael Bendis (Powers) also will return as consulting producer and pen additional installments of the series.
Season 2 will feature Spider-Man teaming with other heroes from the Marvel Universe including the Avengers as well as exploring the origin of S.H.I.E.L.D. trainees with more revealed about Nova, Iron Fist, Power Man and White Tiger.
"With Season 2, the series introduces popular Marvel heroes and villains you've never seen before on the small screen," head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said.
Added Disney XD vp and GM David Levine: "As the anchor of our Marvel Universe block, Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2 will be back with more humor, villains and adventurous storylines that boys (and girls) will love."
Exec producers include Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada and Loeb; Stan Lee, Eric Radomski, Man of Action's Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle as well as Dana Booton and Cort Lane co-exec produce. (Kelly's Superman vs. The Elite bows on DVD on June 12.)
Drake Bell, Chi McBride and Clark Gregg lead the voice cast.
Ultimate Spider-Man airs at 11 a.m. Sundays on Disney XD.