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Super Hero Squad
Marvel-super-hero-squad-tv
Beginning date September 14, 2009
End date October 14, 2011
Number of Episodes 52
Season One
Season One
Producers Stan Lee
Alan Fine
Simon Philips
Eric S. Rollman
Joe Quesada
Dan Buckley
Jeph Loeb
Dana C. Booton
Original Channel Cartoon Network
Previous Series Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Next Series Black Panther

The Super Hero Squad Show was an action-comedy series that ran from September 14th, 2009 and October 14th, 2011. It aired on Cartoon Network while it is syndicated on The Hub. It features super-styled versions of popular Marvel Comics characters.

"The talent that has signed on truly speaks to the strength of the Marvel brand as well as the uniqueness of this series," said Eric Rollman, Marvel's President of Animation. He continued, "This is the first time Marvel has produced an action-comedy show and the reaction from both broadcasters and celebrity talent indicates we have something very special in the making."

Premise

The world's greatest heroes team up to fight the world's greatest villains in the most family-friendly superhero team-up in television history. Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor, and Falcon protect Super Hero City from the wild, weird, and even wacky villainy of Villainville's infamous bad guys. The heroes shout "Hero Up!" as they fight to stop Doctor Doom from gathering pieces of the Infinity Sword, or else Doom will use the sword to rule the universe. The heroes are assisted by plenty of superhero guest stars to help them out as they deliver action with plenty of humor.

Background

The show was first previewed at Comic-Con in 2009. Cast members Tom Kenny, Steven Blum, and Charlie Adler appeared and did a live reading for the audience. The reading was about Doom's attack on Comic-Con 40 in search of a convention exclusive My Little Pony. Clips from two episodes were screened for the public. The video game was also previewed at a two different panels.

Steven Blum previously voiced Wolverine on Hulk vs Wolverine and Wolverine and the X-Men. Mark Hamill previously voiced Hobgoblin on Spider-Man, Maximus on Fantastic Four, and Gargoyle on The Incredible Hulk. George Takei previously voiced Wong on Spider-Man. Robert Englund previously voiced Vulture on The Spectacular Spider-Man. Tricia Helfer previously voiced Black Cat on The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Shawn Ashmore reprised his role from the X-Men film series.

While Sony Pictures Television did own the television rights to the character when the series first aired, Spider-Man was not included because the producers did not want to over saturate the character by having him appear on too many series and movies. However, when The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment Sony gave up the television rights to the character, and ended The Spectacular Spider-Man. It is currently unknown if the character will appear in later episodes. Though he did appear in the video game tie-in.

Following the conclusion of the series' second season, the status of the series became unknown.

Cast

Actor Role
Steven Blum Wolverine
Tom Kenny Iron Man
Captain America
M.O.D.O.K.
Grey DeLisle Ms. Marvel
Enchantress
Alimi Ballard Falcon
Charlie Adler Doctor Doom
Shawn Ashmore Iceman
LeVar Burton James Rhodes
Taye Diggs Black Panther
Robert Englund Dormammu
Greg Grunberg Ant-Man
Mark Hamill Red Skull
Lena Headey Black Widow
Tricia Helfer Black Cat
Sif
Cheryl Hines Stardust
Wayne Knight Egghead
James Marsters Mister Fantastic
Jennifer Morrison Wasp
Adrian Pasdar Hawkeye
Kevin Sorbo Ka-Zar
George Takei Galactus
Michelle Trachtenberg Valkyrie
Stan Lee Mayor
Jim Parsons Nightmare
Adam West Nighthawk
Jane Lynch Nebula
Ty Burrel Captain Marvel
Katee Sackhoff She Hulk

Eric Rollman commented, “The talent that has signed on truly speaks to the strength of the Marvel brand as well as the uniqueness of this series. This is the first time Marvel has produced an action-comedy show and the reaction from both broadcasters and celebrity talent indicates we have something very special in the making.”

Season two featured the addition of Scarlet Witch and H.E.R.B.I.E. to the team. [1]

Crew

Job Person
Supervising Producer Cort Lane
Matt Wayne
Supervising Director Mitch Shauer
Executive Producer Joe Quesada
Eric Rollman

Episodes

Each season has twenty-six episodes for a total of fifty-two episodes.

Marvel would include the characters Bucky, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Zeus in the second season. It would also move onto more cosmic levels. Marvel also teased the idea of characters appearing from alternate realities and different dimensions. [2]

Video Game

Marvel will release a squad based video game alongside the series. The game was released on October 20, 2009 and was produced by THQ.

Reception

Eric Goldman of IGN.com gave a review after viewing the first two episodes. He noted how the series aimed for a younger audience, but the references for older fans had mixed results. He said there was fun material with amusing visual gags. He did not like how low some of the jokes were. He noted that the flatulence of Mole Man was too much, saying that the transition between that and the older-skewing gags was not smooth. He noted that Batman: The Brave and the Bold does much of the same but with more wit and style, and The Spectacular Spider-Man is more successful for both older and younger viewers. He said that if he were five or six he would probably love it. He enjoyed the cameos of characters such as Luke Cage, Fantastic Four, and Shadowcat. He missed Spider-Man but since Sony relinquished the television rights to the character he may yet appear. He was amused to see silly takes on the characters, such as Thor's overly flowery dialogue and Silver Surfer talking like a stereotypical surfer. He also liked Steven Blum's different take on Wolverine. Though he pointed out that Ms. Marvel was more of a shrew than she should be and hopes she mellows out or the producers bring in a more appealing female character. He did praise the opening sequence including the catchy theme song. "As a lifelong Marvel fan, I wish this show had a bit more spark, but for now, it should go over well with its core audience of kids. And if you're like me, curiosity will keep you coming back, at least for select episodes." [3]

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