THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN Star Josh Keaton Learned He'd Been Replaced By Drake Bell While Watching TV

THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN Star Josh Keaton Learned He'd Been Replaced By Drake Bell While Watching TV

The Spectacular Spider-Man star Josh Keaton has revealed that he only found out he'd been replaced by Drake Bell after watching an episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes he'd recorded dialogue for!

By JoshWilding - Jun 09, 2023 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Spider-Man (Animated)
Source: Toonado.com

The Spectacular Spider-Man was supposed to run for at least five seasons, but when the show's second season moved from The CW's Kids' WB to Disney XD, it was swiftly cancelled. 

The decision was made shortly after Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, and it was later replaced by a new show, Ultimate Spider-Man. That had a much longer run than its predecessor and star Drake Bell was able to play the web-slinger in other animated shows as well, including Avengers: Assemble

Bell's debut as Peter Parker came in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but The Spectacular Spider-Man's Josh Keaton has now revealed he originally recorded those lines. 

"Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was going to be kind of like my sendoff, so I was like 'Alright, that's sweet! At least I get to play Spider-Man in this last thing. That's cool, that's awesome,'" the actor recalled during a recent live stream (via Toonado.com). "And then, the night that it aired, I was going to watch it."

"I watched it and I was like 'Wow, that's not my voice!' He's hitting all the same beats I am hitting as me because the animation was probably already all done so they had him just kind of listen and repeat to what I did and say 'Now, you do it.' Then when I looked at the credits, it said Drake Bell."

"That's around when they announced 'We are coming out with Ultimate Spider-Man!' and Drake Bell is going to play Ultimate Spider-Man," Keaton continued. "I was like 'That sucks! That sucks that they did that to me!' Like they could have at least called me so I wouldn't have gotten so excited."

It's easy enough to understand why Keaton was so disappointed, but he finally got to bid a proper farewell to The Spectacular Spider-Man with a brief cameo in this month's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The series is unlikely to ever be revived, but a new animated TV show is on the way to Disney+ called Spider-Man: Freshman Year. As of now, no cast members outside of Charlie Cox have been revealed. 

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DeadClunge
DeadClunge - 6/9/2023, 5:03 AM
🤕 ouch
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/9/2023, 5:03 AM
Disney really fumbled the animated bag with that Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers Assemble combo.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/9/2023, 5:13 AM
EMH got two of the best seasons of Marvel animation ever! And they cancel if for Avengers Assemble, which sucked in comparison, harrrd.. and they got what 7 seasons? Pour one out for EMH, Wolverine ATX, and Spectacular Spider-Man
bbting
bbting - 6/9/2023, 8:29 AM
@bobevanz - EMH, Wolverine ATX, and Spectacular Spider-Man rivaled what DC animation was doing in terms of storytelling
CoHost
CoHost - 6/9/2023, 5:34 AM
Keaton's the first POC to portray Spidey!
Superheromoviefan
Superheromoviefan - 6/9/2023, 6:48 AM
Spectacular Spider-Man was the best spiderman show. it had such potential
Origame
Origame - 6/9/2023, 10:28 AM
They did leave one line from him in there. It was clearly by accident, but at least there's the silver lining a piece of his final work remained in there.
Slotherin
Slotherin - 7/16/2023, 3:53 PM
Props to Across the Spider-Verse for honoring this show and Keaton.
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