Sunday, October 12, 2008

Marvel assembles cartoon "Avengers"

Marvel assembles cartoon "Avengers"
Wed Oct 8, 2008 2:40am EDT
By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The cry of "Avengers assemble" will soon be coming from the television.

Marvel Animation, the cartoon division of Marvel Entertainment, is beginning production on "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," which will be available for broadcast in 2011.

"Avengers," based on the long-running comic, features some of the company's most popular characters, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Giant Man, and the comely Wasp, who fight forces of evil that no single hero stands a chance against.

The series' broadcast debut will come in time for the theatrical release of Marvel's live-action movies "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "The Avengers." Marvel has released two direct-to-DVD animated features based on the Avengers characters: 2006's "Ultimate Avengers" and "Ultimate Avengers II."

Marvel Animation is in the midst of a big push in the toon sector. Its all-new series "Wolverine and the X-Men" and "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" debut on Nicktoons in 2009. Also coming is "Marvel Super Hero Squad and the Black Panther."

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