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Marvel develops 'Planet Hulk' and 'Super Hero Squad' for animation

    February 19, 2008

Marvel has publicly posted their quarterly earnings report. As is always the case, the report has several Easter Eggs for Comics2Film fans.

Most interesting is the revelation of a 'Planet Hulk' direct-to-video animated feature, targeted for a February 2010 release from Lionsgate (Marvel's home video animation partner).

If you think this would replace the previously announced 'Hulk Smash' animated feature, you'd be mistaken. However, Marvel now lists that movie as 'Hulk Vs.', and it finds its way home next January.

There's nothing unexpected in Marvel's in-house movie lineup, except that 'Thor' is listed as "writer engaged". Last we heard, there was a writer and a director engaged, one Matthew Vaughn. Is this merely an oversight by the author of the report? Or has Vaughn ankled the project?

These are the movies listed

  • Iron Man - May 2, 2008
  • The Incredible Hulk - June 13, 2008
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America
  • Thor
  • The Avengers

Likewise, the line-up of characters licensed to other studios has no surprises:

  • 'Punisher: War Zone' -  September 12, 2008
  • 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' - May 1, 2009 release

As far as animated TV Fare, the one new project is something called 'Super Hero Squad'. If you're over the age of eight, you may not know that the Super Hero Squad is a collection of Marvel's character presented in cartoony, fun (think super-deformed) shapes for the very young Marvel Zombies out there.

  • Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes
  • Spectacular Spider-Man 
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Iron Man: The Animated Series
  • Hulk: The Animated Series
  • Super Hero Squad

And then the listing of Direct-to-DVD animated features:

  • Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow - August 2008
  • Hulk Vs. - January 2009
  • Thor: Son of Asgard - September 2009
  • Planet Hulk - February 2010


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