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Marvel Animation
Type Subsidiary
Industry Entertainment
Founded January 25, 2008
Headquarters Glendale, California
Key people Eric Radomski (SVP, Studios)[1]
Dan Buckley (president)[2]
Products Animation
Services Production
Parent Marvel Television[3]/Marvel Studios
(Marvel Entertainment)
Divisions Marvel Animation Studios[4][5]

Marvel Animation Inc.[6] is an American animation production company. The Marvel Studios subsidiary was incorporated on January 25, 2008 to direct Marvel's efforts in animation and home entertainment markets. Marvel Animation at incorporation included then ongoing animation efforts by Marvel Studios with Lionsgate and Nickelodeon.[7][8] Marvel Animation operates under the Marvel Television division of Marvel Studios.[3]


Marvel Comics Group first entered the animated field through licensing to Grantray-Lawrence Animation for The Marvel Super Heroes anthology series in the 1966. Marvel worked with Grantray-Lawrence, Hanna-Barbera and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises on other animated series until 1980. In 1980,[9] Cadence Industries would purchase the remainder of DePatie-Freleng Enterprises to form Marvel Productions.[10] Marvel Productions was merged into New World Entertainment's operations with the Marvel Entertainment Group's sale to Andrews Group, a Perlman corporation, in 1989.[11] Marvel Productions became New World Animation by 1993.[11][12][13][14] Marvel Entertainment Group then set up a division, Marvel Films, to work with New World Entertainment's New World Family Filmworks, Inc., both under Avi Arad as president.[12] Marvel Films Animation was set up and produced only a single show, Spider-Man in 1994. During this time, New World Animation and Saban Entertainment produced additional shows, with Saban eventually taking over production.[13][14] In August 1996, Marvel Entertainment Group decided to incorporate Marvel Films as Marvel Studios with the sale of New World Communications Group, Inc., Marvel's fellow Andrews Group subsidiary in film and television stations, funded with a sale of Toy Biz stock.[15][16]


Animated features[edit]

In 2004, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Comics' new parent corporation, struck a deal with Lions Gate Entertainment to produce a series of eight direct-to-video animated movies under the name of Marvel Animated Features[17] in conjunction with Marvel Studios, Marvel's direct film subsidiary. Eric Rollman was hired by Marvel as Executive Vice President, Home Entertainment & TV Production for Marvel Studios to oversee the deal with Lionsgate.[7]


Marvel Animation was incorporated in January 2008 to direct Marvel's efforts in animation and home entertainment markets including then animation efforts with Lionsgate and Nickelodeon. Marvel Entertainment named Eric Rollman as President of the company in April 2008.[7][8] In early 2009, a home distribution deal for The Super Hero Squad Show was inked with Shout! Factory. In April 2009, the Marvel Knights Animation series was announce to be under development with Shout! Factory to develop hybrid comic animation DVD series by converting existing material.[18] On December 31, 2009, The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Animation with parent company Marvel Studios as part of the Marvel Entertainment group for $4 billion.[19] Both Marvel and Disney have stated that the merger will not affect any preexisting deals with Lionsgate or other production companies for the time being, although Disney said they will consider distributing future Marvel Animation projects with their own studios once the current deals expire.[20][21] With the creation of the Marvel Television division in June 2010 within Marvel Studios, Marvel Animation will operate under Marvel TV's direction.[3] In July 2010, Marvel entered into Superhero Anime Partners with Madhouse and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan to develop and produce the Marvel Anime project that took famous Marvel characters and reintroduced them for a Japanese audience in four 12-part television series which aired on Animax in Japan and G4 in the United States.[22][23][24]

In 2012, Marvel established its Marvel Animation Studios based in Glendale, California under Senior Vice President Eric Radomski.[1][4] On April 1, Disney XD launched a block called Marvel Universe, with the premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man, followed by the returning The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The block is a result of Disney's 2009 Marvel acquisition.[25] In June, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced they were in development with Marvel to make a film of Big Hero 6.[26] At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel Television announced a second "season" of Marvel Knights Animation with Shout Factory and the involved titles.[27] Following up on early anime productions in the Superhero Anime Partners, Marvel has re-partnered with Madhouse and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan as SH DTV Partners for a direct to video anime feature film, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore.[28][29] Also in October, Marvel Animation Studios announced its first DTV production, a direct to video film, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, to be released in 2013.[5]

Marvel announced in May 2013, that the new shows, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., would shown on Disney XD as part of the Marvel Universe block and would be a part of the same fictional universe.[30] In October, Marvel announced that Disney Japan was producing a new anime TV show with Toei Animation called Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers to be air starting in April 2, 2014 on TV Tokyo and other TXN stations.[31][32]


  • Marvel Animation Studios (2012–present)[4]
  • MLG Productions 1, Inc. - MLG Productions 8, Inc. (2006–2011) Marvel Animated Features joint venture with Lionsgate
All Marvel Animated Features[17] films that have been released or announced have been produced by MLG Productions, Marvel & Lionsgate's subsidiary group,[33][34] and have been released direct-to-video by Lionsgate. Currently the contract Marvel has with Lionsgate is for eight films,[17] all of which have been released as of 2011.

Production library[edit]

Animated series[edit]

Series Series Premiere Series End Production by Network Episodes
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes September 2, 2006 February 10, 2010 Moonscoop Cartoon Network 26
Wolverine and the X-Men January 24, 2009 November 29, 2009 First Serve International
Toonz Entertainment[36]
Nicktoons[37] 26
Iron Man: Armored Adventures April 24, 2009 July 3, 2012 (Australia)
July 25, 2012 (US)
Method Films[36]
Nicktoons[37] 52
The Super Hero Squad Show September 14, 2009 October 14, 2011 Film Roman Cartoon Network 52
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes October 20, 2010[38] June 28, 2012 (Australia)
May 5, 2013 (US)
Film Roman Disney XD[38] 52
Ultimate Spider-Man April 1, 2012[39] TBA Film Roman Disney XD[39] 52 ordered
Avengers Assemble May 26, 2013[40] TBA Man of Action Studios[30] Disney XD[40]
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. August 11, 2013 TBA Disney XD[40]
Marvel Anime
Iron Man October 1, 2010 (Japan)
July 29, 2011 (US)
December 17, 2010 (Japan)
October 14, 2011 (US)
Superhero Anime Partners
Animax (Japan)
G4 (US)
Wolverine January 7, 2011 (Japan)
July 29, 2011 (US)
March 25, 2011 (Japan)
October 14, 2011 (US)
X-Men April 1, 2011 (Japan)
October 21, 2011 (US)
June 24, 2011 (Japan)
January 6, 2012 (US)
Blade July 1, 2011 (Japan)
January 13, 2012 (US)
September 16, 2011 (Japan)
April 2, 2012 (US)

Direct to video[edit]

Film Number Gross
(US sales)
(US sales)
Marvel Animated Features
2006 Ultimate Avengers 1 $6,713,941 554,913 [41]
2006 Ultimate Avengers 2 2 $7,866,932 587,730 [42]
2007 The Invincible Iron Man 3 $5,255,593 420,016 [43]
2007 Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme 4 $3,930,566 258,462 [44]
2008 Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow 5 $3,765,837 304,243 [45]
2009 Hulk Vs 6 $7,523,162 509,206 [46]
2010 Planet Hulk 7 $5,579,067 404,614 [47]
2011 Thor: Tales of Asgard 8 $2,300,286 159,875 [48]
Totals: $42,935,384 3,199,059
2013 Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (Marvel Anime) [28]
2013 Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United [5][49]
2014 Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (Marvel Anime) [50]
2014 Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United [51]

Marvel Knights Animation[edit]

Marvel Knights Animation is a hybrid comic-animation series created by various comic artists. Episodes have been released on iTunes digitally and physically through Shout! Factory on DVD.[18]

Series Series Premiere Episodes
Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. August 19, 2009 (iTunes) 5
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted October 27, 2009 (iTunes) 6[52]
Iron Man: Extremis April 16, 2010 (iTunes) 6[52]
Black Panther January 16, 2010 (TV, Australia)
June 23, 2010 (iTunes)
November 15, 2011 (TV BET, US)
6 (original)
12 weekly[53]
Thor / Loki: Blood Brothers March 14, 2011 (iTunes) 4[54]
Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous April 10, 2012 (DVD) 6
Astonishing X-Men: Torn August 14, 2012 (DVD) 6
Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable November 13, 2012 6
Second Season[27]
Inhumans April 23, 2013 12
Wolverine: Origin July 9, 2013 6
Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk September 10, 2013 6
Wolverine Versus Sabretooth January 7, 2014 6
Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today May 13, 2014

See also[edit]


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