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The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Logo
Beginning date September 22, 2010 (United States)
End date June 28, 2012 (Australia)
Number of Episodes 52
Writers Christopher Yost
Producers Joshua Fine
Simon Philips
Eric S. Rollman
Ciro Nieli
Original Channel Disney XD
Previous Series Black Panther
Next Series Marvel Anime: Iron Man

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! is a Non MAU series. It is the second series to focus on the Avengers after The Avengers: United They Stand. For the first time since Spider-Man (1981) and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, the series will feature a main character, Iron Man, who also appears on another series currently airing, the other being Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

Story

When the worst criminals in the world are broken out of prison, Earth's greatest champions must ban together and become and unstoppable fighting force. The team includes Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Hulk, Wasp, Ant-Man, and their leader Iron Man. Together they'll face villains such as Loki, Kang the Conqueror, Ultron, Doctor Doom, Baron Zemo, Enchantress, Abomination, Crimson Dynamo, HYDRA, Serpent Society [1], and others. [2]

Continuity

Story Editor Christopher Yost confirmed in an online interview that this series took place in the same universe as Wolverine and the X-Men. On audio commentary, Yost said that Hulk vs Wolverine was a prequel to Wolverine, and Thor: Tales of Asgard is a prequel to Hulk vs Thor. Thus, this series is a continuation of the third Marvel animated universe.

Avengers takes place after Thor: Tales of Asgard and Hulk vs Wolverine but before Hulk vs Thor and Wolverine and the X-Men.

Cast

Actor[3] Role
Brian Bloom Captain America
Eric Loomis Iron Man
Rick D. Wasserman Thor
Absorbing Man
Wally Wingert Ant-Man
MODOC
Colleen O'Shaughnessey Wasp
Vapor
Fred Tatasciore Hulk
Graviton
Frost Giant
Mandrill
Thing
Volstagg
Fenris Wolf
Yon-Rogg
Gabriel Mann Bruce Banner
Alex Desert Nick Fury
Jack Fury
Vanessa Marshall Black Widow
Madame Hydra/Viper
Jennifer Hale Ms. Marvel
Chris Cox Hawkeye
Crimson Dynamo
Fandral
Phil LaMarr JARVIS
Wonder Man
James C. Mathis III T'Challa/Black Panther
Bulldozer
King Cobra
Hakeem Kae-Kazim T'Chaka/Black Panther
Elizabeth Daily Mockingbird
Dawn Olivieri Pepper Potts
Scott Menville Bucky
Kari Wahlgren Jane Foster
Enchantress
Karnilla
Bumper Robinson James Rhodes
Drake Bell Spider-Man
Nolan North Balder
Jimmy Woo
Scientist Supreme
Living Laser
Piledriver
Chemistro
Kari Wuhrer Maria Hill
Troy Baker Clay Quartermain
Blizzard
Grey Gargoyle
Whirlwind
Doctor Doom
Faradei
Ulik
John DiMaggio Eitri
Dum Dum Dugan
Madman
Peter Jessop Vision
Graham McTavish Loki
Jeffrey Combs Leader
Robin Atkin Downes Baron Zemo
Abomination
Mark Hamill Klaw
Jonathan Adams Kang
Steven Blum Red Skull
Howlett
Lance Henriksen[4] Grim Reaper
Jim Ward Baron Strucker
Grant Moninger Arnim Zola
Doughboy
Cam Clarke Constrictor
Doc Samson
Vector
Danny Mann Mad Thinker
Kevin Michael Richardson Man-Ape
N'Gassi
Cindy Robinson Ravonna
Jean-Benoît Blanc Heimdall
Wrecker
Black Knight
Frost Giant
Gary Anthony Williams Thunderball
Ymir
Clancy Brown Odin
Nika Futterman Sif
Hela
Keith Ferguson Thaddeus Ross
X-Ray
Roger Craig Smith Captain Marvel
Khary Payton Falcon
Wade Williams Bi-Beast
Tom Kane Ultron
Jasper Sitwell
Quinton Flynn Malekith
Kirsten Potter Lucia von Bardas[5]
Wade Williams Bi-Beast
Kirk Thornton[6] Adam Warlock
Kyle Hebert Unknown
Crispin Freeman Unknown

Fred Tatasciore, Alex Desert, Steven Blum, and Graham McTavish reprise their roles from Wolverine and the X-Men, Hulk vs Wolverine, and Hulk vs Thor. Tom Kane previously played Ultron on the unconnected Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

Matthew Wolf auditioned for the role of Thor, having played him on Hulk vs Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard, but the producers of the series wanted to go in a different direction.

Ultimate Spider-Man actor Drake Bell played Spider-Man, replacing The Spectacular Spider-Man actor Josh Keaton who had recorded for the role. This caused controversy among Spectacular fans who wanted Keaton to reprise the roll.

Background

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Promotional image
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Much of the series is based on the various films. For example, Eric Loomis was chosen as Iron Man because he sounded like Robert Downey, Jr., who plays the character in various films, and J.A.R.V.I.S. is an artificial intelligence instead of a butler. [7]

Marvel confirmed that the team would consist of Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, Hulk, Thor, Wasp, and Ant-Man. They also confirmed that Hawkeye, Black Widow, Kang, Loki, and Hydra would appear. They also stated that the series would mostly consist of stories written in the last ten years. [8]

The first episode was screen at the 2010 Comic-Con in San Diego. [9]

The series is part of Marvel Entertainment's overall "Avengers Assemble" strategy that began with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. This is all to build up to the The Avengers film in 2012.

Some actors began recording lines for the assumed season two before the series began to first air. [10]

Matthew Wolf, voice of Thor on Hulk vs Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard, auditioned for the role once again. But the show's producers had a different idea than those of the animated features and he was not cast. [11]

A series was intended to be produced called Hulk: Gamma Corps. However, when this series went into production Gamma Corps was incorporated into this one as it was more inclusive. Eventually, a similar sounding series was announced called Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. It is unknown if Gamma Corps's fate is what befell the announced series Template:Thor.

Animation

The animation is done by Film Roman, who also worked on X-Men: Evolution and The Super Hero Squad Show. They had already begun production on twenty-six episodes when the series was announced on October 7, 2008. [12][13]

Seasons

Fifty-two episodes have been ordered, which is about two seasons worth. [14]

The series itself began airing October 20, 2010 on Disney XD in the United States and Teletoon in Canada. The series will also begin airing on Marvel.com, Marvelkids.com, and DisneyXD.com/Avengers. Beginning October 21 full episodes will air on iTunes, XBox Live, Sony Playstation, and Disney XD Mobile VOD. Beginning October 25 the series will be available on Disney XD on Demand on AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Cox. [15][16]

There are also twenty micro-episodes, roughly five minutes each, that introduce the characters and people of the universe. They air online on Marvel.com, MarvelKids.com, DisneyXD.com/Avengers and Disney XD Mobile. The micro-episodes began airing on September 22, 2010 and were released once a day. These episodes detail the adventures of each Avengers member before the formation of the team. On October 5 select micro-episodes will appear for free on iTunes. Starting October 11 and going till October 15, Disney XD will air four of the micro-episodes together. [17]

The second season is set to air in early 2012.

Comic Book

A comic book tie-in was released along with the series. The series was written by Christopher Yost, Scott Wegener, and Patrick Scherberger. It lasted four issues filling in space in between the episodes, mostly about catching other breakout criminals. [18]

Cancellation

On June 12th, 2012 it was announced that the series would not be picked up for a third season. Instead, Marvel Animation would produce Avengers Assemble. The series would be produced completely in-house along with Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., possibly in the same continuity. The line-up is to be the same from The Avengers film with the addition of Falcon. [19]

Head of Television Jeph Loeb compared the change to how one comic book line will change creative hands. It is currently unknown if this means Assemble is in the same continuity as Earth's Mightiest Heroes but will likely be in the same universe as Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

Trailer

Teaser

Trailer

Original Animation Test

References

  1. C2E2 2011: Liveblog Central at Marvel.com
  2. C2E2: MARVEL ANIMATION at Comics Continuum
  3. Earth's Mightiest Heroes at Disney XD Media Net
  4. Christopher Yost at Twitter
  5. Resume at Kirsten Potter's Website
  6. Resume at Kirk Thornton's Website
  7. Comic-Con 2010: Marvel Animation Also Assembles Avengers at UGO
  8. C2E2 2010: Marvel Animation Panel Liveblog at Marvel.com
  9. San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Animated Panel Liveblog at Marvel.com
  10. AVENGERS Animated Assembling w/ Phil Lamarr at Newsarama.com
  11. Toonzone Interviews Matthew Wolf on Voicing Thor in "Thor: Tales of Asgard" at Toonzone
  12. Announcing Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes at Marvel.com
  13. Marvel assembles cartoon 'Avengers' at The Hollywood Reporter
  14. New Avengers TV Series Debuting This Fall at IGN.com
  15. "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" October 2010 Disney XD Debuts at Marvel Animation Age
  16. "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" Scheduling, Videogame Updates at Marvel Animation Age
  17. Animated Avengers Assemble Oct. 20 at Marvel.com
  18. Marvel Announces "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" All-Ages Comic Title at Marvel Animation Age
  19. Exclusive: Marvel Assembles New Animated Series for the Hulk and Avengers at TV Guide

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