New Animated Marvel Shows Are Coming With Some Lesser-Known Characters

Joann Johnston
February 12, 2019

During the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, Hulu's SVP of Originals Craig Erwich presented the company's lineup of upcoming original programming - which includes a quartet of new adult-targeted animated series inspired by the less-traversed corners of the Marvel Universe.

Disney will own a majority stake in Hulu once it receives regulatory approval for its purchase of film and television businesses from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc, which is expected in the coming months.

File of fans of Marvel comic books march to Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, in Hollywood, California on December 28, 2018.

Big things are happening at Hulu today: in addition to the just-announced Devil In The White City adaptation from Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, the streaming network has also revealed they've partnered with Marvel for four (4) new animates series.

Much like Netflix's Defenders mini-series, these four animated shows will culminate in a team-up event called The Offenders, which will feature the characters from each previous series. Back in 1986, George Lucas made a live action remake of the tale. In the show, Howard will be trapped in a world he never made, but hopes to return home with the help of Beverly before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him into crispy duck. There is now no premiere date for any of Hulu's new Marvel shows, but late 2019 or 2020 is likely.

Not only that, but the heroes of Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K.

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Josh Gordon and Will Speck plus Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum are the respective driver's seats for Marvel's Hit-Monkey and Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.

Marvel's Hit-Monkey tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld in this darkly cinematic and brutally amusing revenge saga.

Marvel's Tigra & Dazzler Show focuses on the two title characters, who are "woke superheroes" (one of whom is a cat person, while the other is a light-powered pop singer) as they try to break big in Los Angeles.

Howard the Duck is one of four animated Marvel series ordered by Hulu, all of which have incredibly compelling creative teams. Jeph Loeb will executive produce.

There's lots of talent behind the shows, with Kevin Smith writing and co-producing Howard The Duck along with Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Dave Willis. Jeph Loeb will executive produce.

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