Hulu unveiled a four-series Marvel animated universe at their TCA presentation on Monday, with each series to be based on a popular Marvel Television character and a fifth series (The Offenders) to team them all up.
From Jordan Blum (American Dad!) and Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs), M.O.D.O.K. centers around an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family.
From Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory), Marvel’s Hit-Monkey tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld.
From Erica Rivinoja (South Park) and Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show is a story about two woke superheroes and best friends, Tigra and Dazzler, as they fight for recognition among powered people who make up the eight million stories in Los Angeles.
From Kevin Smith (Clerks) and Dave Willis (Squidbillies), Marvel’s Howard The Duck is trapped in a world he never made, but America’s favorite fighting fowl hopes to return home with the help of his unstoppable gal pal Beverly before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him the crispiest dish on the menu.
Hulu’s animated Marvel-verse arrives as Netflix’s live-action Marvel Television Universe has almost completely evaporated in anticipation of Disney+. Currently remaining from Netflix’s attempt at building its own version of the MCU are Punisher and Jessica Jones.
This will also be Hulu’s first major leap into animation. Previously the streamer produced three seasons of animated superhero comedy The Awesomes, co-created by Seth Meyers; two seasons of children’s show The Doozers; and one season of Canadian co-production Mother Up!. In terms of future animation, the Marvel-verse joins Hulu’s planned Animaniacs revival, an alien comedy from Rick & Morty‘s Justin Roiland called Solar Opposites, and medieval comedy Crossing Swords.