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Marvel Animation details 2018 lineup


Marvel comic fans have a wealth of adaptations to choose from today. Their favourite heroes are almost everywhere: the theatre, ABC, Disney XD, Hulu, Netflix and of course YouTube. It used to be that that animation was the only way for these characters to leap off the screen. As a reminder of those days, the animation arm of the Disney-owned comics publisher has revealed its plans for 2018 in the world of cartoons.

Marvel on Disney XD

Kicking things off are Marvel’s animated television offerings. Marvel’s Spider-Man, which debuted on Disney XD on August 19, 2017, has been renewed for a second season. The season two creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (Marvel’s The Avengers), Joe Quesada (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), Dan Buckley (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), Cort Lane (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), and Eric Radomski (Spawn, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble); co-executive producers Stan Lee (Spider-Man) and Marsha Griffin (Transformers Prime); supervising producers Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man); consulting producer Dan Slott (Spider-Man: Big Time, The Superior Spider-Man); and supervising director Philip Pignotti (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble).

Here’s the official logline:

The second season of Marvel’s Spider-Man follows Peter Parker in his sophomore year as a more experienced Super Hero and a more confident student at what was once the intimidating Horizon High School. Picking up where season one left off – in an epic showdown against Doc Ock, the Sinister Five, and Hobgoblin – season two will offer much higher stakes for both Peter and his heroic alter-ego, Spider-Man. He’ll also learn how to navigate new responsibilities like working at his local newspaper The Daily Bugle while enduring Doc Ock’s series of obstacles in the villain’s attempt to get rid of Spider-Man once and for all. The action-packed season will continue to touch on Spidey’s relatable themes, including friendship, loyalty and heroism, while staying true to its signature sense of comedy.

The second season of the show will premiere alongside the third season of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (titled Mission Breakout) and the fifth season of Avengers Assemble (known as Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest) on Disney XD sometime this year.

Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD, said, “We’re proud of our partnership with Marvel Animation and look forward to premiering more adventure storytelling, through the lens of some of the world’s most prominent Super Heroes, for years to come.”

“We are tremendously proud of our animated series on Disney XD. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them including fresh new seasons of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest, and Marvel’s Spider-Man which will air through 2019,” said Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Entertainment.

Marvel Rising

Marvel’s bringing some of its more recent comic book heroes, like Squirrel Girl and Spider-Gwen, to life in the new Marvel Rising project. Consisting of a six-episode, four-minute-long animated web-series and the upcoming non-theatrical Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors animated film, the plans are for a launch later this year.

When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a ‘hero’ and ‘misfit’ is just in the name.

Marvel Super Hero Adventures

A second season of these pre-school aimed shorts has been confirmed. Marvel debuted the brand last fall and it has since encompassed web animation for YouTube, a line of published work, and an extensive array of merchandise from Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, Jay Franco and Mad Engine. The shorts are animated by Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, Canada.

Marvel’s also committing to produce more child-focused original content for its Marvel HQ YouTube channel. This includes more Funko Pop shorts and additional material.

The animated Marvel fun doesn’t just end with the work it produces. Shows like Marvel Future Avengers (just renewed for a second season) and the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse film are keeping the world of comics in the cartoon realm with outside parties. There’s even an upcoming LEGO special centred around Black Panther called Trouble in Wakanda.

With such a large slate of content, what are you looking forward to? Leave a comment down below!


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