UPDATE: Full Info And Character Designs For Disney XD's Marvel Universe Programming Block

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It’s not an April Fools Day joke, on Sunday morning April 1st Disney XD will launch a Marvel Universe block featuring Spider-Man, the Avengers, and many more heroes and villains.

Starting at 11am/10c the new series Ultimate Spider-Man (featuring Drake Bell as the voice of Spidey) will debut. The story puts a new spin on Spider-Man, recruited by Nick Fury to be trained as heroes along with the likes of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Nova, and White Tiger. The team on this cartoon features Paul Dini from Batman Beyond, Brian Michael Bends (yes, the comic book writer), and the production team from Man of Action (known for Ben 10 and Generator Rex).

There will be two episodes of Ultimate Spider-Man that Sunday, followed by the return of the phenomenal Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which will return to its regular 11:30am spot the following week (April 8). Entertainment Weekly has a short clip, unfortunately there is no embed so you can watch it by clicking here.

The programming block will also include shorts that spotlight Marvel superheroes. The official description of five in the series of shorts:

Fury Files: Top-secret access to S.H.I.E.L.D. video dossiers on key Marvel heroes, including Iron Fist, Power Man, Nova and White Tiger and the villains they face, are animated with mix of traditional animation and motion comic art.

Marvel Mash-Up: The Marvel Universe is turned upside down with these hilarious and unexpected takes on iconic Marvel heroes and villains, featuring classic animation edited with a comedic twist.

Animated Reality: Stunt and special effects experts showcase the epic moves of favorite Marvel superheroes including Captain America and Spider-Man.

What Would It Take? Get a glimpse into the science and modern technology required to create the heroes’ gadgets, abilities and tech in real life, ranging from Iron Man’s jet propulsion boots to Iron Fist’s power-packed punch.

Master Class: Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, explains the artistic vision behind Marvel’s greatest superheroes and shows how artists bring them to life.

UPDATE: Now Marvel has released an official press release for Marvel Universe. Here are just a few snippets about the Spider-Man episodes and some quotes Jeph Loeb and Stan Lee:

The premiere episode (11:00 a.m., EST/PST) is entitled “Great Power,” and the second episode is “Great Responsibility” (11:30 a.m., EST). The premiere episodes will be available on DisneyXD.com and Comcast platforms via VOD and XfinityTV.com directly following the Sunday, April 1 premiere on Disney XD. On April 2, they will be available on Disney XD Mobile VOD available via AT&T, MetroPCS, MobiTV, Sprint and Verizon; along with iTunes, Xbox Live and Sony Playstation.

“The Marvel Universe, which is exploding in theaters, comic books, games and online, bursts onto your TV with the top talent in comics and animation, and the premiere titles Spider-Man and The Avengers! We are bringing the fun, action and adventure known to Marvel fans and families alike. In addition, the never-before-seen animated and live action shorts round out your Sunday morning of can’t miss shows in the Mighty Marvel Manner!” exclaimed Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of TV.

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man (who also provides the voice of Stan the Janitor in “Ultimate Spider-Man”) said, “It’s a thrill to see that the highest standards in story telling are so perfectly exemplified by Spider-Man leaping from the pages of the comic book onto the screen to be enjoyed by a new generation.”

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Source : TV Guide