A new rumour states that Marvel might be wiping its slate of ongoing animated TV shows clean. Disney XD is currently home to three successful cartoons released under the Marvel banner, namely Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy and the latest Spider-Man animated series, but the studio is apparently undergoing a rethink of its animated output.
The report comes from The Tomb of the Cartoon Monkey Skeleton blog, run by an ex-professional who worked in the animation industry for 40 years before retiring. Their report is also based on the word of several crew members of these shows, who claim that they’ve been laid off as the three series have been officially placed on hiatus. The outstanding work will be completed over the next few months.
Considering the news we learned last month, this rumour seems like it’s on the level. Back in December, a new animated movie titled Marvel Rising was announced, which looks to start a franchise based around a new generation of Marvel heroines like Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake and Ghost Spider (Spider-Gwen). The project should draw attention from fans, too, as it stars live-action actors reprising their roles, such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennett and New Warriors‘ Milana Vayntrub.
From the sounds of things, Marvel might be shutting down its animated TV shows so that the company can focus on its animated movies. This could be in an attempt to rival DC’s fan favourite ongoing series of animated straight-to-DVD efforts, which often adapt classic comic book storylines. Though Marvel’s cartoons have enjoyed a popular reception from the young Disney-viewing audience, most mature superhero fans would definitely prefer DC’s output. Perhaps Marvel is looking to attract more of this crowd in the future, then?
Avengers Assemble‘s return date has yet to be confirmed, but Spider-Man is set to resume airing on Disney XD on January 21st. Guardians of the Galaxy will then make a comeback on February 27th. As for what happens after that, we can’t say for sure, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as more updates arise.