A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork, communication, and perseverance are the big ones here as the Spidey team works together to nab villains and solve problems.
Positive Role Models
The Spidey team is diverse, including Miles as an Afro-Latinx kid,and incidental neighborhood characters are also from different backgrounds. Sometimes the Spideys bicker but they always come back together for the greater good (and ice cream treats from Aunt May!).
Violence & Scariness
While it's super-softened for the preschool crowd, characters are put in peril and there's lots of action. Villains throw things but no one gets hit or hurt. Villains get "webbed," wrapped in webs and incapacitated.
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Products & Purchases
Cynical viewers might see this as a way to get even younger kids interested in the vast Marvel franchise, which has a lot of merchandise to purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends is a preschool series about kid versions of three different Spider-People (Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, and Miles Morales -- aka Spidey, Ghost Spider, and Spin). Confused yet? Don't worry. It's really all about three friends gathering clues to solve crimes using both extra-special Spidey technology and non-superhero skills, like working together and developing patience. Villains are ever-present, like Doc Ock and Rhino, but the Spideys are lucky to have the help of some other Marvel Universe buddies like Black Panther (who shows up to bring vibranium to the local museum). While it's super-softened for the preschool crowd, characters are in peril, and there's lots of action. Villains throw things, but no one gets hit or hurt. Villains also get "webbed," wrapped in webs and incapacitated. The whole "Marvel Babies" concept may be a little odd for parents, and more cynical viewers might see the show as a way to get even younger kids interested in the vast, lucrative Marvel franchise. But overall the show is charming, well-paced, and a solid choice for younger siblings who aren't ready for the movies or more mature cartoons.
Is It Any Good?
This series aimed at preschoolers is cute, action-packed, and a little weird. Working from the multiverse concept set forth in the animated films starring Miles Morales, Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends posits that three versions of Spider-Men work together in the same timeline; also, they're little kids. Parents may scoff at the unexplained premise, but young viewers won't care as long as they get to see their favorite Marvel characters in a relatively age-appropriate vehicle. The messages aren't too bad, either (beyond the overarching issue of pushing Marvel characters to the youngest possible audience) -- Black Panther praises the Spideys for being a great team, and calls out the need for patience. Problem solving skills are promoted, and the team is always working toward the greater good, just like their grown-up counterparts.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.