Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Marvel's Turn

In the 90's, DC animation was on fire. Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and the crew created some great cartoons. Batman the Animated Series is thought by many to be the definitive take on Batman. Batman was soon followed by Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Static Shock, Teen Titans, and Justice League Unlimited.

On the other hand Marvel wasn't quite so lucky. Sure we had X-Men and Spiderman but they weren't quite the same quality as what DC was creating. All of that is changing. Marvel has really stepped up their game recently with Spectacular Spider-man, Wolverine and the X-Men, and the direct to dvd Hulk Vs.

Spectacular Spider-Man - From the creator of Gargoyles, Greg Weisman, comes a back to basics approach Spider-man. The show takes Spider-man back to his high school years and shows him just coming into his powers. Spider-man is quite inexperienced and really has to use his brain to defeat his foes. Throw in all the problems that Peter has in his regular life and you have quite the show. Season one is available on DVD. Season two is going to start soon on Disney XD.

Wolverine and the X-men - The latest take on the x-men. I know some of you are sick of Wolverine but give the show a chance. The series sees Wolverine reforming the X-men after the X-men disbanded a year earlier. The group split was caused by an attack that took out Professor Xavier and Jean Grey. Xavier has contacted Wolverine from the future and warns that the Sentinels will rule the future unless Wolverine can reform the X-men and stop them. Wolverine and the X-men airs on NickToons.

Hulk Vs - Hulk Vs is a direct to dvd release from Marvel. The dvd features two movies. The first is Wolverine Vs the Hulk. This is one bloody fight. Broken bones and blood are par for the course. The fight is soon interupted by some unexpected guests. And then things get even more violent. Viewer discretion is advised.

The 2nd feature is Hulk Vs Thor. Basically Loki takes control of the Hulk and storms Asgard during Odin's annual slumber. Thor and all of Asgard take on the Hulk but can Loki really control the Hulk. And more importantly does Bruce Banner want to be saved. Fun stuff, check it out.

I'm looking forward to what Marvel has in store next.

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