New Marvel Studios copyright listings reveal that Spider-Man: Freshman Year may have cast Hudson Thames as Peter Parker in the MCU’s upcoming animated show. Spider-Man: Freshman Year explores a separate continuity from the MCU, with new versions of characters like Norman Osborn and Doctor Octopus, offering a fresh take on Spider-Man’s early years. Spider-Man: Freshman Year‘s self-contained nature allows for the exploration of new storylines and character development without directly impacting the overarching MCU storyline.

A new actor will take over Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in the MCU Spider-Man spinoff Spider-Man: Freshman Year. After six live-action appearances and one supporting role in Marvel‘s What If…?, Spider-Man will return in Marvel Studios’ animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which will explore Peter Parker’s early years as a hero. However, the MCU animated show will feature some major changes.

Recent copyright listings for upcoming MCU Phase 5 shows on the MCU’s Phase 5 slate reveal new details about their plot, release dates, and cast. Preregistered at the US Copyright Office (via The Cosmic Circus), Spider-Man: Freshman Year seems to have cast Hudson Thames as Peter Parker, replacing Tom Holland as the MCU’s wall-crawler in the animated show. Thames had previously voiced Spider-Man in What If…? episode 5 and is expected to be part of the MCU’s Marvel Zombies voice cast as well. See the details below:

While this update provides valuable information about Spider-Man: Freshman Year and other upcoming MCU projects, nothing is set in stone until the actors’ strike is officially over and Marvel Studios announces each movie and show’s cast officially. Until then, all new information available online remains unconfirmed. Also, Hudson Thames’ casting as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Freshman Year doesn’t forbid Tom Holland from reprising his Marvel role, as Holland will likely return as the MCU’s live-action Spider-Man in future big-screen Spider-Man sequels.

Although Spider-Man: Freshman Year follows Peter Parker’s time at high school shortly after getting his superpowers, the animated show isn’t a canon prequel to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man MCU journey. Spider-Man: Freshman Year introduces new versions of characters such as Norman Osborn, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, and Doctor Strange, which makes the series incompatible with the MCU’s main continuity. Instead, Spider-Man: Freshman Year offers an alternative take on Spider-Man’s previously unseen novice years with a brand-new supporting cast. For instance, Ned Leeds and MJ are absent, but other allies such as Nico Minoru and Amadeus Cho will take their place.

Still, Spider-Man: Freshman Year shares certain elements with the MCU. Norman Osborn is replacing Tony Stark as the powerful figure that kicks off Spider-Man’s superhero career, and live-action Daredevil actor Charlie Cox is reprising his role as Daredevil. Other plot points and characters may display similar parallels to the MCU, and Spider-Man: Freshman Year‘s continuity could be considered another universe in the MCU’s vast multiverse.

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Given Spider-Man: Freshman Year‘s self-contained nature, the events that take place in the show are unlikely to influence the MCU’s overarching storyline. This might be a breath of fresh air from closely interconnected storylines and may give future seasons the chance to include increasingly bolder differences to Tom Holland’s MCU appearances. Characters who haven’t had the chance to shine or have had a limited MCU screentime can be developed freely in Spider-Man: Freshman Year, and voice actors like Hudson Thames are also free to leave their own mark on the characters without interfering with the main MCU continuity.

US Copyright Office / The Cosmic Circus

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