The second time may be the charm for the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. Formed as a kind of showcase of the publisher’s popular creations in the 1960’s, the Avengers initially consisted of the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the Wasp and Ant Man. The addition of Captain America, released from a 20 year hibernation, gave the book its identity and it has been a popular title ever since. Like all monthly comic books, the Avengers has seen variations in success but most recently they have proven to be a major hit with readers, spawning several spin-offs. In 2012, an Avengers feature film is expected to repeat history by combing the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor projects into one movie. This may be the reasoning behind not only releasing a new Avengers cartoon but a more traditional one as well.
Back in the 90’s, an Avengers series was produced featuring lesser known heroes led by Hank Pym, the Ant Man. The line-up of Wonder Man, the Vision, Tigra, the Wasp, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye is more similar to the West Coast team, but the heroes are all regarded by fans of the comic as favorites. Even so, less than impressive animation and poor scripts kept the series from being a success and aside from some interesting ideas it is mostly forgettable.
The new Avengers cartoon boasts the core team of heavy weight heroes and looks quite good in my opinion. Attendees of the 2010 San Diego Comic Con this week will get a sneak peek at the new series along with other promising projects.
(Via the Nerdage OK blog)
Marvel Animation has announced it will world-premiere episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Marvel Anime: Iron Man at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The following is the provided panel schedule for Marvel Animation:
FRIDAY JULY 23, 2010
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Marvel Animation Panel – Hosted by an all-star cast of Marvel Animation talent including Tom Kenny (SpongeBob) and Charlie Adler (Transformers), and featuring a special guest of legendary proportions, this interactive game-show panel will get you more than excited about Marvel’s new and continuing animated series. Here’s your chance to snag some sweet Marvel merchandise! Come be a part of the action, showcasing all new seasons of The Super Hero Squad Show and Iron Man Armored Adventures, as well as new footage from Marvel Knights Animation, Marvel Anime, and other upcoming Marvel Animation properties. Room 6BCF
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Super Hero Squad Cast Signing – All-star talent from The Super Squad Show will be signing items at the Marvel booth, including a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Marvel Super Hero Squad The Infinity Gauntlet poster for the all-new video game from THQ releasing November 16th, 2010. On hand for the signing will be Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Charlie Adler (Transformers 1&2), Steve Blum (Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men), and Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Fairly Odd Parents).
8:15 – 9:15 p.m. Iron Man: Anime Screening – Witness the dawn of Marvel Anime as we WORLD PREMIERE the highly anticipated, full-length pilot episode of Iron Man! In addition to the screening, we will be featuring an exclusive first look at upcoming designs produced by the world-renowned Japanese animation studio MADHOUSE, whose notable films include hits such as Ninja Scroll and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (to name a few). Room 6DE
SATURDAY JULY 24, 2010
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Marvel Animation: Avengers Panel – Enter the Avengers Mansion and become a part of the team! JARVIS (Phil LaMarr, MadTV, Futurama) will introduce you to top-secret Avengers files, including never-before-seen footage, imagery, and the WORLD PREMIERE of two full-length episodes from the all-new The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series premiering on Disney XD this fall! The road to the Avengers starts here! Room 6DE
I have written about the Marvel Anime adaptations of both Iron Man and Wolverine, but the Marvel Knights Animation is a new one to me. I wonder what it could mean?? Watch this space for more details.