Veteran writer and producer Paul Dini is making his Marvel by joining the creative team for the "Ultimate Spider-Man" series, saddling up alongside a formidable crew that includes Brian Michael Bendis and the "Man of Action" collective of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle. Certainly, the stars are aligning for the animated future of "Spider-Man."
But that's just on the behind-the-scenes side of things, as the actual voice cast of "Ultimate Spider-Man" has yet to be announced. Announcements are certainly forthcoming, but in the meantime, it's fun to think about some of the high profile actors who could lend their voices to Peter Parker on the new show.
After the jump, we've listed a few of the actors we'd like to see hear as the star of the "Ultimate Spider-Man" TV series!
He may have missed out on playing Peter Parker on the big screen, but who's to say that "Journey to the Center of the Earth" star and former "Spider-Man" candidate Josh Hutcherson can't stay involved as the voice of the character's animated counterpart? Hutcherson certainly earned some fans with his widely praised screen test — perhaps joining "Ultimate Spider-Man" is an appropriate consolation prize for losing to Andrew Garfield.
It's no secret that "Dragonball Evolution" wasn't the most universally loved film of all time, but it had at least a few compelling components, including actor Justin Chatwin. The "Lost" actor has always struck me as a solid pick for Peter Parker, but with the role already claimed on the big screen, maybe Chatwin could swing into action by lending his voice to the small screen series.
If you're skeptical about Michael Cera's action hero chops, just wait until you see "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and all doubts will fade away. But with future "Scott Pilgrim" films unlikely, the "Arrested Development" star won't have an action franchise to call his own for much longer. As a nice way to stick with the genre without putting his face on a new character too quickly, Cera could instead opt to voice Peter Parker on "Ultimate Spider-Man," putting his comedy skills to good use.
Neil Patrick Harris
Spider-Man does whatever a spider can, and if the "Harold & Kumar" movies taught us anything, there's nothing that Neil Patrick Harris can't do. Already voicing your friendly neighborhood wallcrawler for the upcoming "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions" video game, NPH is an easy fit for Peter Parker's next television endeavor.
It wasn't a mistake to cast Topher Grace in a "Spider-Man" movie, but it was a mistake to cast him as anybody other than Peter Parker — with his slim physique, witty banter and emotional range, he would've been ideal for the title role. Grace can still pull off a perfect Parker by lending his voice to "Ultimate Spider-Man," even if his chances of ever playing the character on the big screen are slim to none.
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