New Animated Marvel Shows Are Coming With Some Lesser-Known Characters
The duck is back.
While the future of Marvel's output on Netflix remains uncertain, the studio is still continuing to form relationships with other streaming services. It has been announced that Marvel Television is teaming up with Hulu to produce four new animated shows, all aimed at an adult audience.
The four upcoming shows are M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show, and Howard The Duck, and all arrive with some impressive creative names attached. The character of M.O.D.O.K. dates back to 1967 and is described by Hulu as "an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family." That show will be co-written by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt.
Hit-Monkey is written by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who are best known for directing movies such as Office Christmas Party and Blade of Glory. The character of Hit-Monkey first appeared in a 2010 issue of Deadpool, and is a "wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin."
Tigra & Dazzler Show focuses on "two woke superheroes and best friends who fight for recognition among powered people," and will be written by Erica Rivinoja (Girls Trip, Trolls) and comedian Chelsea Handler. As for Howard the Duck, this show sees director, writer, and comic book icon Kevin Smith attempt to what the 1986 movie could not--namely, produce a decent screen version Howard the Duck.
These four sets of heroes will also come together for a Hulu special titled The Offenders, in which these unlikely heroes are "forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the Universe." There is currently no premiere date for any of Hulu's new Marvel shows, but late 2019 or 2020 is likely.
In related news, Marvel will also be an important part of Disney's upcoming streaming platform, Disney+. A Loki show, starring Tom Hiddleston, has been confirmed, and it has been reported that a series focusing on Vision and Scarlet Witch is also in the works. In addition, an Avengers spin-off centered on Falcon and Winter Soldier has been rumored.