To the most casual fan of Marvel, all that exists would probably be the MCU film series. More dedicated followers would know about the comic books, and the “completion” sort would be aware of the books and TV shows. Speaking of which, there’s some important development regarding Marvel animated series.
Disney XD has been the primary network wherein animated shows based on Marvel Comics characters, especially as patterned after their depictions in the Marvel Studios films, are shown. Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of SMASH count among those produced by Marvel Animation alongside collaborating cartoon studios.
Well, word is out that Marvel Animation is abruptly pulling the plug on their currently-running animated series. This was released by an animation industry insider blog, Tomb of the Cartoon Monkey Skeleton, which elaborates that Marvel animators were told that their work is finished after completing their current episode projects.
At least three Marvel Animation series currently airing on Disney XD have been noted to be specifically ending: Avengers Assemble (4 seasons), Guardians of the Galaxy (3 seasons plus shorts) and the present Spider-Man series (1 season). Other series are being placed on indefinite hiatus after their last-ordered episode runs.
The Tomb of the Cartoon Monkey Skeleton’s article writer Steve Hulett goes on to say that already animation staff layoffs have started and that things regarding animated Marvel in general is now “up in the air.” No further information has been discovered on why the animation studio is “closing up.”
While the current crop of animated Marvel shown on Disney XD is well-watched enough, some critics decry that the storylines and character designs for these shows are a pale shadow of past Marvel Animation cartoons. Noted examples of this “golden era” include The Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
While two of the scheduled to end shows, Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy, have had a few seasons under its belt, the latest Spider-Man series only has one. That’s just as well to detractors who think these shows are but glorified commercials for toys and MCU film installments.