A new animated Ultimate Spider-Man series and the previously announced animated Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes series will air on the Disney XD television channel, according to Marvel, who made the announcement this weekend at the Marvel Animation Panel at the 2010 C2E2.
“It’s nice to be a part of Disney,” said Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada in reference to the first fruits of labor witnessed since his company was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in August 2009. [Read: Disney To Acquire Marvel Entertainment For $4 Billion]
The two new animated shows are just the first in what will likely be many more projects set to debut on the Disney XD network, which according to Quesada, was just one of the major benefits of the Disney deal.
The television programing currently offered by Disney skews toward a younger female demographic. So, programming that skews the opposite direction as Marvel’s does, makes sense, Quesada said.
Quesada remained glib on much of the details concerning the animated Ultimate Spider-Man show, which will begin airing in Fall 2011, but did say “it’s a little bit different than the usual Spider-Man.”
The company was much more candid about the animated Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — the other series that will air on Disney XD in Fall 2010.
Details of the Animated Avengers Series..
Marvel premiered what was seemingly the show’s opening theme video that featured each member of the team: Captain America, Hulk, Black Panther, Thor, Ant Man, Wasp, and (team leader) Iron Man — as well as a menacing glimpse of classic Avenger’s villain Loki who says “no one is ready for what comes next” at the very end of the clip.
“We wanted to keep it the classic team” and not a radically different version such as in the previous Avengers United series, said Marvel Animation Producer Josh Fine. “This is our chance to do a classic Avengers series using many of the stories from the entire history from the early Stan Lee days to modern day.”
Although the team roster is of the traditional line up, Fine said stories created at Marvel in the last 10 years will show up in some form over the course of the season. There will also be villainous appearances by Hawkeye, Black Widow, Kang, [much of] HYDRA, and Ultron.
We’ll update you when the video makes its way to the web, courtesy of Marvel.com.
[Check out our earlier post for information about Marvel’s preexisting animated shows getting renewed: C2E2 2010: More “˜Super Hero Squad Show’ & “˜Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ On The Way]