There’s a bunch of Marvel-based animated series on Disney XD including Avengers Assemble and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy show, but none take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. MCU crossovers have served Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. well, so why not do the same in the animated realm? Turns out, that’s exactly what Marvel’s VP of Animation Development and Production is thinking.
According to Newsarama (via /Film), here’s how Cort Lane responded when a fan asked if the animation team will make something that takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Emerald City Comic Con:
“I can’t announce anything, but things are in the works.”
On top of that, Lane also dubbed Daredevil on Netflix “a proof of concept for things that tie-in to the larger world.” Clearly the comments are brief, but they certainly suggest that this is something Marvel is considering.
Making an animated series that’s part of the MCU makes sense because, at this point, adding anything to the MCU is a likely win from a business standpoint, but I imagine it would create some conflict for what Marvel’s already established in the animation department. If Daredevil is the proof of concept, does that mean this possible MCU animated series would be a Netflix show? If that’s the case, perhaps it could live alongside Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones and the rest of the upcoming Netflix shows rather than muddle up what Disney XD already has going on.
However, there’s also no clarification on whether this project is a show or film. Lane’s Daredevil comparison certainly suggests that this is a small screen endeavor, but without more concrete details, we can’t be sure. But no matter where this project ends up, you’ve still got to wonder, is the MCU itself growing out of control? I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the seemingly impossible task of keeping all the details in line between the movies that have already hit theaters, the ones on the way and the shows as well.
It’s hard to predict what direction Marvel could be going in with this MCU animated project when we’ve got so little information on it, but I’m hoping they steer clear of the more well known characters and use the opportunity to dig deeper into elements that haven’t had much screen time yet, similar to what they’re doing with the upcoming Netflix shows.
What do you think? Would you watch an animated MCU show or film?