Most of my focus on fall animation beginning in October has been on G.I. Joe: Renegades, for obvious reasons. However, another terrific looking animated series will be debuting on Disney XD nearly right alongside Renegades, starting around October 22nd.
At the recent Fan Expo in Toronto, Marvel was on hand and premiered two episodes from the animated series as well as revealing some interesting information via the Marvel.com Live Blog. Among announcements is the fact that on September 22nd, Marvel.com will start broadcasting five minute mini-webisodes with a focus on individual heroes and villains appearing in the upcoming series.
As I’ve said numerous times on these pages, I’m a Marvel comics junkie (though I haven’t even touched a comic in nearly 10 years). I love the characters and the history of the Marvel U, but honestly don’t have the money, the time nor the inclination to keep up to date on the morass of the 21st Century comic world. And this is exactly why I love the Marvel films and cartoons so much…I can keep up with these great characters without having to try and backtrack 3 years to figure out how they got where they are now.
There was a time when I was a devout comics fan and scoffed at the cartoon versions because they simply didn’t match up from a maturity level or depth level, but it seems like that’s changed. These days I prefer the simplicity of the animated universe, and the characters seem much more like the iconic versions that I remember, and not like the new “angsty” renditions that have crept into the limelight in recent years. So, I’m really looking forward to Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and like a Justice League International for the Marvel Universe, which is right up my alley. I’ll be honest, I know very little about the Avengers universe itself. While I love the characters of Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, etc… I’ve never been a huge fan of the whole Avengers team. This cartoon could certainly change that perpsective.
This cool ass new trailer doesn’t hurt at all either: