Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Avengers + Spider-Man + Tron = Must-See TV on Disney XD



Even though the latest live action film versions of the Avengers and Spider-Man won't be arriving in movie theaters until this summer, you can get your fill of both when they premiere on Disney XD this April. Furthermore, while Tron Uprising isn't scheduled to begin airing as a regular series on Disney XD until this summer, a preview "micro-series" will begin in a few weeks. Read on for a closer look at each of Disney's new offerings to superhero and sci-fi fans alike.

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes will begin its second season on April 4th. The second season will feature even more cameos from the Marvel universe, as well as new regular characters pulled from the Avengers' own comic book history. Expect to see the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, Ms. Marvel, The Vision, Falcon, and both the Kree and the Skrull during the new season. Check out the season 2 preview video below for more details.


Ultimate Spider-Man is scheduled to premiere on April 1st. After the abrupt cancellation of the excellent Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon, Disney appears to be sparing no expense to make Marvel's famous web-head a regular feature on its XD channel. Not only does the new Spider-Man series share the same name and some plot threads with the popular comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis, but it will also have Bendis serving as the show's producer along with superhero cartoon vet Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond). Ultimate Spider-Man will have some familiar names among its voice cast as well:

* J.K. Simmons will reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson, the same role he played in Sam Raimi's trilogy of live-action Spider-Man movies.

* Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson, the same role he played in the live-action Iron Man and Thor movies (as well as in the upcoming Avengers movie).

* Adrian Pasdar will be reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, the same role he voiced in the recent Iron Man anime series that aired on the G4 channel.

Here's the preview trailer, which provides a better idea of what to expect from the latest web-slinging TV show:


For those of you who are keeping score, Cartoon Network has Young Justice and Green Lantern, while Disney XD will have Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man. It appears that no matter which live-action superhero franchise makes the most money at the box office, fans of superhero cartoons will usually end up getting something worthwhile out of it.

Last but not least, Tron Uprising will make its debut TV appearance in April as a 10 episode micro-series, with each episode running at three minutes in length. Exactly when the micro-series episodes will air on Disney XD has yet to be announced, but the animation will be a mixture of traditional 2D animation and 3D CG animation. Judging from the preview clips available (such as the one below), the kind of geek-centric eye candy that Tron Uprising will provide will rival that of the CG animated Clone Wars. Game on!





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