IGN.com has reported that Sony has relinquished the Spider-Man television rights, which includes animation.
What does this mean for a third season of Spectacular Spider-Man? Well, I encourage you to read the whole article as the reporter has spoken directly to Greg Weisman about the subject, but the long and the short of it is that the ball is now in Disney's court.
Marvel now has the option to continue Spectacular Spider-Man, and seeing that the show is currently airing on Disney XD, it may be more of a possibility. Here is a bit of what Weisman says in the article:
"A number of folks at Marvel have said kind things about the show in the past, but as you can imagine they have a LOT on their plates right now, so no one's talked to me about any potential pick-ups since the world turned a bit upside-down. What hasn't changed, I imagine, is that we're still waiting to hear whether Disney XD even WANTS a new season. If Disney XD decides they don't want any episodes, it's no longer likely that we'd shop the series around to XD's competitors. So any decision begins at XD, I would think. And before you ask, no, nobody at Disney has talked to me about the series."
Weisman also says that characters from outside the Spidey world would now be able to make appearances in the show, something that couldn't happen before since Sony only had the rights to Spider-Man and his rogues gallery and supporting cast.
This could also mean that Spider-Man could join the cast of The Super Hero Squad Show, maybe in the second season!
All in all, the Marvel/Disney merger could be a step in the right direction for Spectacular Spider-Man Season Three! I hope for the best.
In other Spectacular news, Sony has announced a fifth volume of the show on DVD. Following the same format as the previous four releases, Volume Five will contain a full story arc, this time the first arc of Season Two featuring the Master Planner! The DVD will be in stores November 17. I'll post cover art when I get it.