|Predecessor||Marvel Films Animation|
|Founded||January 25, 2008|
|Headquarters||Disney Grand Central Creative Campus,|
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company|
Marvel Animation, Inc. is an American animation production company. It was incorporated on January 25, 2008 to direct Marvel's efforts in animation and home entertainment markets. The incorporated Marvel Animation included then ongoing animation efforts by Marvel Studios with Lionsgate and Nickelodeon. Marvel Animation operates under Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of Disney Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company.
Marvel Comics Group first entered the animated field through licensing to Grantray-Lawrence Animation for The Marvel Super Heroes anthology series in 1966. Marvel worked with Grantray-Lawrence, Hanna-Barbera, and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises on other animated series until 1980.
In 1980, Cadence Industries would purchase the remainder of DePatie–Freleng Enterprises to form Marvel Productions. 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. Marvel Productions became New World Animation by 1993.
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. 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.
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. In July 1996, Fox Children's Network secured rights from Marvel Entertainment Group for Captain America, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, and additional characters to be developed into four series and 52 episodes over seven years.
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 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.
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, and reporting to Simon Philips, president of Marvel Entertainment International.
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 announced to be under development with Shout! Factory developing hybrid comic animation DVD series by converting existing material. 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. 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.
With the creation of the Marvel Television division in June 2010 within Marvel Studios, Marvel Animation will operate under Marvel TV's direction. 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.
In 2012, Marvel established its Marvel Animation Studios based in Glendale, California under Senior Vice President Eric Radomski. 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. In June, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced they were in development with Marvel to make a film of Big Hero 6.
At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel Television announced a second "season" of Marvel Knights Animation with Shout Factory and the involved titles. 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. 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.
Marvel announced in May 2013, that the new shows, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., would be shown on Disney XD as part of the Marvel Universe block and would be a part of the same fictional universe. In October, Marvel announced that Disney Japan was producing a new anime television show with Toei Animation called Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers to be aired on April 2, 2014 on TV Tokyo and other TXN stations.
A Guardians of the Galaxy animated series was officially announced in October 2014, with production set to begin for a 2015 release on Disney XD. In August 2015, Marvel Studios was integrated into the Walt Disney Studios, while Marvel Television and Animation were left under Marvel Entertainment and Perlmutter's control. Marvel announced a new anime television series titled, Marvel Future Avengers, that is set to be broadcast in mid-2017 on the Disney satellite channel, Dlife.
Marvel Entertainment announced a new pre-school franchise, Marvel Super Hero Adventures, in September 2017 consisting of a 10 short-form episodes animated series along with publishing and merchandise during "Marvel Mania" October. In the publishing field, Marvel Press issuing early reader chapter books in September, and of course, from Marvel Comics, a five-issue miniseries in April 2018. Super Hero Adventures has Spider-Man teaming with another Marvel hero. The animated episodes lasting 3-and-a-half minutes aired on Disney Channel's Disney Junior block followed by Disney Junior channel then Marvel HQ YouTube channel and DisneyNOW app.
On December 7, 2017, Marvel announced its Marvel Rising franchise focusing on new characters as youngsters starting with animation in 2018 with Ghost-Spider, a renamed Spider-Gwen, shorts and an animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
Marvel Animation's first full-length series for Disney Junior, Spidey and His Amazing Friends was announced at D23 Expo. This series primary stars Spider-Man, Ghost-Spider and Miles Morales, another Spider-Man and premiered in summer 2021; Marvel Studios Animation replaced the studio as main production company starting from season 2.
In October 2019, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was given the title of Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, and will oversee the creative direction of Marvel Television and Marvel Family Entertainment (animation), with both moving back under the Marvel Studios banner. With the December 2019 announcement of the closure of its parent unit, Marvel Television, also came news that TV and animation executives at vice president level and above would be let go. This announcement included Cort Lane, senior vice president of Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment. He would leave in January 2020, and be replaced. Marvel Studios Animation would be formed in 2021, making Marvel Animation effectively a second-rate studio.
In 2023, Marvel Animation released Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, its first collaboration with Disney Television Animation. The studio is also expected to work with Disney TVA on future Marvel adaptations.
Note: All Marvel Animated Features films that have been released or announced have been produced by MLG Productions, Marvel & Lionsgate's subsidiary group, and have been released direct-to-video by Lionsgate. The contract Marvel had with Lionsgate was for eight films, all of which have been released as of 2011.
|Series||First aired||Last aired||Production by||Network||Episodes|
|As a Marvel Entertainment subsidiary|
|Wolverine and the X-Men||January 24, 2009||November 29, 2009||
|Iron Man: Armored Adventures||April 24, 2009||July 3, 2012 (Australia)
July 25, 2012 (US)
|The Super Hero Squad Show||September 14, 2009||October 14, 2011||Film Roman||Cartoon Network||52|
|The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||September 22, 2010||November 11, 2012||Disney XD||52|
|Iron Man||October 1, 2010 (Japan)
July 29, 2011 (US)
|December 17, 2010 (Japan)
October 14, 2011 (US)
(Superhero Anime Partners)
|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)
|As a Marvel Television subsidiary|
|Ultimate Spider-Man||April 1, 2012||January 7, 2017||Film Roman
|Avengers Assemble||May 26, 2013||February 24, 2019||Man of Action Studios||Disney XD||126|
|Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||August 11, 2013||June 28, 2015||Film Roman||52|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||September 26, 2015||June 9, 2019||Marvel Animation||Disney XD||77|
|Rocket & Groot shorts||March 27, 2017 (Online)
April 10, 2017 (Disney XD)
|May 1, 2017||Passion Pictures||Disney XD||12|
|Ant-Man shorts||June 10, 2017||June 11, 2017||Disney XD||6|
|Spider-Man||August 19, 2017||October 25, 2020||Disney XD||58|
|Marvel Super Hero Adventures shorts||October 13, 2017||September 17, 2020||Atomic Cartoons||Disney Channel||40|
|Marvel Rising: Initiation shorts||August 13, 2018||August 13, 2018||Disney XD||6 (4 minutes)|
|Marvel Rising: Young Storytellers shorts||February 8, 2019||March 18, 2019||YouTube (Marvel)||7 |
|Marvel Rising: Ultimate Comics shorts||February 20, 2019||March 27, 2019||6|
|As a Marvel Studios subsidiary|
|Spidey and His Amazing Friends||August 6, 2021||present[a]||Atomic Cartoons||Disney Junior|
|Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur||February 10, 2023||present||Disney Television Animation
Cinema Gypsy Productions
|Marvel Animated Features|
|2006||Ultimate Avengers: The Movie||1||$9,714,891||555,067|||
|2006||Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther||2||$7,868,824||588,073|||
|2007||The Invincible Iron Man||3||$5,255,749||420,043|||
|2007||Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme||4||$3,930,948||258,528|||
|2008||Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow||5||$3,798,650||308,690|||
|2011||Thor: Tales of Asgard||8||$3,098,791||N/A|||
|2013||Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (Marvel Anime)|||
|2013||Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United||$206,695|||
|2014||Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (Marvel Anime)||$1,194,989|||
|2014||Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United||digital|||
|2015||Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!||digital|||
|2016||Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell||digital|||
|Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors||September 30, 2018||Disney Channel
|Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts||January 16, 2019||YouTube (Marvel HQ)||22|||
|Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron||March 31, 2019||44|||
|Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands||August 23, 2019||22|
|Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri||October 11, 2019||22|
|Marvel Rising: Playing with Fire||December 18, 2019||44|
Marvel Knights Animation is a hybrid comic-animation series. Episodes have been released on iTunes digitally and physically through Shout! Factory on DVD.
|Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.||June 14, 2011 (DVD)||5|
|Astonishing X-Men: Gifted||October 27, 2009 (iTunes) September 28, 2010 (DVD)||6|
|Iron Man: Extremis||April 16, 2010 (iTunes)||6|
|Black Panther||January 16, 2010 (TV, Australia)
June 23, 2010 (iTunes)
November 15, 2011 (TV BET, US)
|Thor / Loki: Blood Brothers||March 14, 2011 (iTunes)||4|
|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 (DVD)||7|
|Inhumans||April 23, 2013 (DVD)||12|
|Wolverine: Origin||July 9, 2013 (DVD)||6|
|Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk||September 10, 2013 (DVD)||6|
|Wolverine Versus Sabretooth||January 14, 2014 (DVD)||6|
|Wolverine: Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today||May 13, 2014 (DVD)||6|
|Eternals||September 16, 2014 (DVD)||10|
|Wolverine Versus Sabretooth: Reborn||March 24, 2015 (DVD)||4|
Rollman, who was executive vp, home entertainment & TV production at Marvel Studios, will oversee Marvel's animation slate as well as partnerships with key broadcasters and home entertainment studios. ... In television, Rollman is overseeing the "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" animated series and forged a deal with Nickelodeon to have both air on the Nicktoons Network.
The show was canceled and, as she had intended, the studio, Marvel Films Animation, went out of business.
Hence Bob discovered he was not only going to produce the first series from Marvel Films Animation, he was also going to have to build the studio from scratch!