Monday, June 11, 2012

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Officially Cancelled, Avengers Assemble Announced

Proving that Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb doesn't know good programming from a hole in the wall, Marvel today made several announcements related to their various TV shows.  Details after the jump.

It's been heavily rumored for quite some time that Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (my favorite cartoon in a long, long time) would be coming to an end after the currently-airing second season.  Jeph Loeb hasn't exactly hidden his disdain for continuous story arcs throughout a television show, instead preferring single-shot stories that are self contained to one episode (i.e. the Ultimate Spider-Man show).

Well in a press release today, Marvel had this to say:  "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes won't be renewed for the 3rd season.  Marvel Animation will present their newly developed series Marvel's Avengers Assemble in 2013."

So there you go.  One of the (arguably) best new cartoons in recent years gets axed in favor of something more Loeb-ized.  The sad thing is, the arc-driven story telling of Earth's Mightiest Heroes was exactly why it was so damn great, or at least it was a huge part.  That's also a big part of what people love about comic books, which obviously this show is based on.  To take out such a critical part of the currently successful formula seems pretty counter-productive.  And apparently Loeb has never heard the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

The press release also included this teaser image for the new show.  If that's what the animation is actually going to look like, I'll admit, I'm intrigued.  But if this series is going to focus on self-contained single episode story-arcs, all the pretty animation in the world won't make up for what it will lack in substance and story.  And I sincerely hope that Marvel doesn't take the slap-stick, ADD-riddled, ultra cheesy approach that they have with Ultimate Spider-Man.  This is just my opinion, but that show is a train wreck.  It's clearly only intended to appeal to kids, whereas A:EMH appealed to both kids and adults alike.

Speaking of that mess, Marvel also announced today that it's been picked up for a second season.

Somebody wake me up when cartoons get good again