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Hulu Announces “4” New Marvel Animated Television Series

As previously reported, the Netflix collaboration with Marvel Television seems to be at an end as the shows for “Iron Fist”, “Luke Cage” and “Daredevil” have all been cancelled. You can see our posts about those happenings by clicking the highlighted text. This leaves the recently premiered second season of “The Punisher” and the upcoming third season of “Jessica Jones” the only shows left and I guess its safe to assume that they will follow the same path. Now onto the Hulu news. We recently renewed our subscription to the Hulu streaming service during a Black Friday sale where it was available for super cheap. I wanted to see Runaways and just the other day, the service announced that four brand-new Marvel Animated Series were in development. Since I couldn’t locate the exact press release from Hulu, I am re-purposing the announcement that the fine folks at Entertainment Weekly did. I’ll return at the close.

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As Reported By Entertainment Week:
“Following the recent cancellations of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, it seems like the storied Netflix/Marvel partnership is fading out. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be new Marvel TV adaptations to look forward to on streaming services. On Monday, Hulu announced a new partnership with Marvel Television that would produce four new animated shows based on obscure-but-beloved comic characters: M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck. These four original shows will then culminate in the team-up special Marvel’s The Offenders.

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. centers around the funniest-looking villain in the entire superhero canon. Though his name stands for Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing, the primary fact about M.O.D.O.K is that he has a really big head and a really small body. This new show will focus on M.O.D.O.K.’s struggle to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family. Marvel’s Hit-Monkey explores the story of a wronged Japanese snow monkey who is mentored by the ghost of an American assassin and uses his skills to cut a wide swath of revenge through the Tokyo underworld. Think of it like John Wick but as a monkey, and also there’s a ghost. 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.

Finally, Marvel’s Howard The Duck focuses on the travails of the talking duck character first created by Steve Gerber as a play on a classic “funny animal” character trapped in a world he never made. The character became such a counter-cultural icon in the ’70s that he received write-in votes for President in the 1976 campaign. His appearance in the end-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy teased a future in the MCU, but for now Howard will star in this animated show. With the hope of his “Gal pal” Beverly, Howard hopes to return home before he can be cooked by the evil Dr. Bong. Later, Howard will team up with MODOK, Dazzler, Tigra, and Hit-Monkey to “save the world and certain parts of the universe.”

Expect these shows to have a lot of humor, because some big comedy names are attached. Patton Oswalt is writing and producing M.O.D.O.K. alongside Jordan Blum and Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb, while Chelsea Handler is an executive producer and writer on Tigra & Dazzler alongside Loeb and Erica Rivinoja. Kevin Smith and Dave Willis are writer and producers on Howard the Duck, with Loeb. Marvel pioneered the concept of the inter-connected fictional universe that has come to dominate pop culture in recent years, but these line-ups suggest they’re amenable to parodying the ideas involved.

Hulu did not announce a release window for these shows.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I noted in my opening comments, its highly likely that both “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones” will follow in the path of the other three shows and leave us only with “Runaways” (which airs on this service) and “Cloak and Dagger” that is broadcast on Freeform. “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is still on ABC but I think that show is on its last legs as well. Now as far as these proposals go, I am willing to give them a whirl whenever they surface provided I am still a subscriber. “Howard The Duck” could be interesting and I’ve always liked both Dazzler and Tigra as characters. I’m not too sure about a show focused on M.O.D.O.K. and I’ve no idea at all what Hit-Monkey could be about. With no dates on the horizon for any of them I guess I don’t have to worry all that much at the moment. What do you readers think about these potentials? Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you the next time around.

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