Spider-Man Freshman Year: Who’s Who – Daredevil, Doctor Strange

Spider-Man Freshman Year, A lot of well-known Marvel characters will show up in Peter Parker’s early stories.

The San Diego Comic-Con is back with a bang in 2022, which means that the future of the Marvel Multiverse is here. Before the big show on Saturday, the Marvel animation panel was held on July 22. We also got our first look at X-Men ’97, Marvel’s Zombies, and Spider-Man: Freshman Year, as well as the second season of Marvel’s What If…?

As a sort of prequel to Tom Holland’s first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Jeff Trammell’s cartoon plans to expand the story of the wall-crawling hero with a who’s who of Spider-Man favorites. It looks like Freshman Year takes place in one of the franchise’s alternate realities, like X-Men ’97 and Marvel’s Zombies. This means we can see anyone and everyone without messing with Holland’s real-life hero. In 2024, Spider-Man: Freshman Year will be available on Disney+.

Here’s a list of everyone who’s coming (so far).

Spider-Man Freshman Year Who's Who - Daredevil, Doctor Strange

Peter Parker

The Webhead is right in the middle. The story is about Peter Parker’s first year of high school, but he already seems to have a reputation as a costumed hero. It’s not clear yet who will voice the main character, but since Hudson Thames voiced Spidey in What… If?, he could do so again here.


Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil, is back as the Man Without Fear, making him one of the few confirmed voice actors so far. After he made a big appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, many people thought Matt Murdock would be back in the MCU in some way. It’s not quite the Daredevil Season 4 that has been talked about for a long time, but it’s a huge win for fans of Cox and Netflix’s show.

Harry Osborne

Harry Osborn, Peter’s best friend in the comics, will finally make his MCU debut in Spider-Man: Freshman Year. (Even though it doesn’t sound like they’ll be best friends in the cartoon…)

Norman Osborne

Willem Dafoe finally went back to the Spider-Verse in Spider-Man: No Way Home. When he was sent back to his original timeline, he might have gotten his happy ending. In Freshman Year, Osborn plays a role similar to Tony Stark’s in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He acts as a kind of mentor to the main character. Peter and Spider-Man will run into Osborn, but it’s still not clear if he’ll turn into the Green Goblin.

The Strange Doctor

Doctor Stephen Strange is back after messing with the Multiverse in No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Even though Benedict Cumberbatch hasn’t said if he’ll play the sorcerer again, the fact that the series takes place in some version of the MCU and that he voiced Strange in What If? makes it possible.

Aunt Mary

Back in the day, fans of Spider-Man: The Animated Series and other shows remember Aunt May’s white hair. In most of her live-action movie roles, she also played an older mother figure to Peter. All of that changed when Marisa Tomei played a younger version of the character, and from what we’ve seen of her, Aunt May will be back in Freshman Year after the twist in No Way Home.

Amadeus Cho

She-Hulk is the next part of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk’s story in the MCU, but now we have our first look at Bruce Banner’s possible replacement. In the same way that Riri Williams takes over for Iron Man, Cho will eventually take over for Banner as Brawn. Cho was first seen in 2005, and he came back for the World War Hulk arc. Since Cho is interested in science, we think he will work with Parker in the lab.

Nico Minoru

One of Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu might not have been as popular as, say, Daredevil, but one of the characters is coming to Freshman Year. Nico doesn’t let the fact that she is the daughter of two dark wizards stop her from doing what she wants. Nico Minoru has the chance to take Freshman Year beyond Peter’s high school drama as the real leader of the Runaways in the comics. In the show, she is said to be Peter’s best friend.

The Octopus Surgeon

Doctor Octopus is another well-known face from Spider-Gallery Man’s bad guys. Again, this version of Doc Ock looks a lot like Spider-Man: The Animated Series. His bowl haircut and goggles are also from the comics. In this show, there are enough bad guys to fill the Sinister Six (and more), and it looks like Otto will be in charge.

Wizard/Bentley Wittman

In the show “Freshman Year,” Paul F. Tompkins gives Bentley Wittman a voice. Will he also play the Wizard? Even though most people remember this supervillain as an enemy of the Human Torch, the Wizard has also fought Spider-Man many times. Wittman is known as a founding member of the Frightful Four. He has superhuman strength and a huge collection of strange weapons.

Scorpion/Mac Gargan

Michael Mando from Better Call Saul had a small part as Mac Gargan in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We never got to see him fully become Scorpion, but the character’s hint about the Sinister Six at the end of the movie has become something of a cliffhanger. In the Marvel animation panel for Freshman Year, there is a piece of concept art that shows Gargan in his classic Scorpion outfit, complete with green spandex and a tail that can be used as a weapon.

Dmitri Smerdyakov/Chameleon

Chameleon is a master of disguise who was once Spider-Man’s enemy. He has a long history in the comic book industry. Kraven Hunter’s half-brother is Dmitri Smerdyakov, and there are rumors that Fred Hechinger will play Chameleon in Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie. Dmitri was played by Numar Acar in Spider-Man: Far From Home, so the character has already been in the MCU.

Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino

Rhino is another main member of the Sinister Six. Paul Giamatti played the big Rhino in both The Animated Series and Insomniac’s Spider-Man games. He also did so in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In comic books, the Russian mobster’s story starts with an experiment that gives him super-hard skin. These days, he’s usually shown as a thug in a suit.

Speed Demon, James Sanders

In Freshman Year, James Sanders shows up as Speed Demon, which puts him in the lower tier of Spider-enemies. Man’s In the comics, the character was first called the Whizzer, but since leaving the Sinister Squadron, he now goes by the name Speed Demon. Sanders, as his name suggests, is another fast Marvel hero.

Milos Masaryk/Unicorn

Milos Masaryk was sent by Soviet intelligence to find Anton Vanko, who was the first Crimson Dynamo. Using Vanko’s technology, Masaryk turned into the Unicorn and shot radiation at his enemies with a horned helmet. The unicorn was then hit by radiation that caused mutations, which gave her superhuman strength. Since he’s usually linked to Iron Man, it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in here.

Tarantula/Anton Miguel Rodriquez

The last part of Spider-Man: Freshman is the spider-like Tarantula. New Year’s actor Anton Miguel Rodriguez was known as a terrorist in his home country of Delvadia. His government recruited him to be a fascist Captain America and gave him the name Tarantula. When he turned to crime in America, Spider-Man and the Punisher stopped him. The Jackal then helped him get out of prison. Again, keep an eye out for a young take on the character.

And those are the most important things we learned about characters at the Marvel animation panel. Whom are you most interested in seeing? Talk about it in the comments.


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