Hulu is Building an Adult-Oriented Marvel Animated Universe, May Also Revive Live-Action Netflix Shows
With Disney’s streaming service set to launch later this year, you would think that Disney would be ending all of their streaming partnerships in order to bring all of their content under one roof. However, that is not entirely the case, even if their relationship with Netflix is clearly on the rocks (last year Netflix cancelled three of Marvel’s live-action shows and are expected to end Jessica Jones and The Punisher soon). For the time being, Disney is looking to keep their service squeaky clean and family-friendly, which is apparently why they are teaming up with Hulu to offload some of their more adult-oriented material. Case in point: a recently announced line-up of four somewhat edgy Marvel animated shows being shepherded by folks like Kevin Smith and Patton Oswalt. The shows are as follows:
- 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. Writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt will also executive produce.
- 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 in this darkly cinematic and brutally funny revenge saga. Writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck will executive produce.
- 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. Writers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler serve as executive producers.
- 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. Writers Kevin Smith and Dave Willis will also executive produce.
- The Offenders follows MODOK, Dazzler, Tigra, Hit Monkey and Howard the Duck as they are all forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the universe.
Obviously The Offenders team-up is a parody of The Defenders and it’s kind of a clever idea if you ask me. Adult-skewing cartoons like Rick and Morty, Archer and Bob’s Burgers continue to have healthy followings and this is another chance for Marvel to branch out and expand their audience. Hulu Senior VP of Originals Craig Erwich was also recently asked if they might revive some of the cancelled live-action Netflix shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage and he certainly seemed open to it, although it is unclear how the rights would work. Hulu also has the Marvel series The Runaways, which just released its second season in December. Are you looking forward to a shared Marvel animated universe on Hulu?