During New York Comic Con 2014, Marvel Entertainment announced that Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic would be bringing us an all-new ‘Secret Wars’ storyline that would change the face of the Marvel Universe. But just like the 1980s version of the story, it would eventually expand beyond their comics and spread into all aspects of their brand including toys, merchandising, digital content, and more. And now we’ll see how it affects the House of Ideas’ flagship animated series, ‘Avengers Assemble’.
During their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Animation announced that the fourth season of the Disney XD series would be titled ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’. After Black Panther, Vision, Captain Marvel, and Ms. Marvel are introduced in the current season, they will be joined by the Wasp, Ant-Man, and Thor (Jane Foster) to form the New Avengers when the original team disappears. While there is no timetable for when that season will premiere on the network, the current season titled ‘Avengers: Ultron Revolution’ is still airing and will feature a ‘Civil War’ arc before the season finale.
In addition to ‘Secret Wars’, Disney XD will also air a series of shorts starring Guardians of the Galaxy team members/best friends Rocket Raccoon and Groot. The animated vignettes are inspired by the work of Eisner Award-winning comic book writer/artist Skottie Young and directed by Arnauld Delord, who is known for his Gorillaz music videos. Though no release date was shared at the time, the panel did unveil the following teaser for ‘Rocket & Groot’:
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Finally, the panel announced an all-new animated feature titled ‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’. Unlike the previously mentioned projects, this film will see the Jade Giant, Doctor Strange, and the Howling Commandos (the monsters, not Captain America’s soldiers) exploring some uncharted corners of the Marvel Universe. Word is that it will be more adult-oriented like DC Entertainment’s recent animated movies like ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’, ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’, and ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’.
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