On Monday, we reported (www.animationmagazine.net/article/8284) that Marvel Ent. was developing a number of feature films and television shows, including an animated series titled marvel Super Hero Squad. Now the studio has revealed that the program will feature such well-known Marvel characters as Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, the Fantastic Four and Captain America. Marvel is producing 26 half-hours of the series for a 2009 debut.
Film Roman will provide animation services for the ‘super stylized’ show, which will take place in a caricatured Super Hero City, where the heroes take on such villains as Doctor Doom, Magneto, Loki and the Abomination. The kid-friendly cartoon with a strong comedic element is shaping up to look like Marvel’s version of DC Comics’ The Super Friends, only goofier.
“The addition of Marvel Super Hero Squad to our ever-growing animation slate extends the life cycle of Marvel’s top properties, opening them up to a new demographic and helping maintain a longer presence in the marketplace,” says Eric Rollman, president of animation at Marvel Ent.
Marvel hasn’t yet nailed down a broadcaster for the show. The company has the animated adventure series Wolverine and the X-Men and Iron Man: Armored Adventures slated to debut on Nicktoons in 2009, and is also bringing The Black Panther to BET the same year.
Hasbro has already come aboard as the master toy licensee for Marvel Super Hero Squad. Other merchandising efforts will include a series of books and a direct-to-video animated feature set for release in 2010. The DVD may spawn a whole series of home video releases aimed at a younger audience than its PG-13 releases. Upcoming entries in that series include Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, which is being readied for release later this year, as well as Hulk Vs. in early 2009, Thor: Son of Asgard in late 2009 and Planet Hulk in early 2010.