Ultimate Spider-Man was renewed for a second season, which was met with mixed reactions by fans. Along with that official announcement came an unofficial one that Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes wouldn’t be picked up for a third season. That was met with pretty much universal outrage. Now Marvel’s executive vice president and head of television Jeph Loeb and chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada are making the rounds promoting Ultimate Spider-Man and the new cartoons Marvel are working on. TV Guide got a few words with the duo. Scattered throughout the article are promo banners that have leaked out for Avengers: Assemble.
After the obligatory pats on the back for season one of Ultimate Spider-Man, they teased season 2.
There will be more stories that feature those Avengers characters — Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, they’ll all be coming back in Season 2. But even more exciting to us is that we’re going to be able to explore the villain from this summer’s Amazing Spider-Man [movie]. Curt Connors has been playing a role throughout all of Season 1, and finally in Season 2, longtime Spidey fans and Marvel fans will get to see his transformation into the Lizard.
Quesada also said that we would get a better look at the supporting cast and may see origin stories for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Nova. Look out for characters you “might not expect to see in animation” as well.
There was also a brief comment about Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. The new cartoon will feature Hulk of course, Red Hulk, Skaar, She Hulk, and the relatively fresh faced A-Bomb. Other than the character list and the new image for the show, all we know is that Eliza Dushku will be voicing She-Hulk.
And the more controversial show, Avengers: Assemble, also got teased a little. Loeb commented on the show and how the movie shaped it:
The Avengers movie has been the ambassador to the world for the Marvel Universe so we want a show that has the feel and the tone and the incredible adventures like that movie. So the next project that we’re working on — and this is down in our lab, top secret, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents protecting us at all costs — is Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, which will be a brand new and really extraordinary looking animated series dealing with the Avengers in that same world.
Loeb said that the new show will “more closely echo the tone and the feel of the movie.” We also learned that Falcon will be the focus character for the audience. He will be younger than his comic version as well as the newest addition to the team.
In a very curious turn of events, it seems like those rumors about Avengers: Assemble being aired on CartoonNetwork may be true. The duo stated that it would be fantastic to be on Disney XD but revealed that they didn’t have a network partner lined up with the show. They stated “We feel comfortable we will have a home for this.”
All this news strikes me as a little odd. Disney and Marvel’s partnership is pretty widely known, but they aren’t locked in on all the new cartoons? With that and the cancellation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it doesn’t seem to sit well with this reporter. Loeb and Quesada aren’t particularly held in the highest regards by fans, and this only adds fuel to the dissenters’ fire. I think my views on the EMH’s cancellation are pretty well known, but I will give the new show a shot.
Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell