‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series Coming to Disney XD

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One thing that’s very clear about how Disney handles their big franchises is that they are looking for multiple platforms to increase brand recognition, exposing a wide number of people to their properties. Obviously, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the forthcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy are the priorities, but the studio has looked to the small screen for new opportunities as well.

Marvel is launching a new live-action series in the form of Agent Carter, which was teased at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Now, they’re adding to their animation branch with the announcement that a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is going to be making its debut on Disney XD (the same network that will air Star Wars Rebels).

Marvel Animation confirmed the project during their panel at Comic-Con this past weekend (hat tip to Deadline for the report). Rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon series have been around for several months now; between this news and the confirmation from Marvel Studios that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will arrive in 2017, it’s safe to say that Marvel is confident that the first Guardians movie will prove to be a box office success.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy film adaptation, of course, hits theaters this Friday and the IP is poised to become the next big series for the studio. After the trailers teased genre thrills, zany humor, and Star Wars-esque space opera, the anticipation and hype seems to be justified. Early reviews have stated that James Gunn’s outing in the Marvel Universe is quite special; on the whole, it’s fair to say that the Marvel company believes strongly in the project now.

With Guardians set to become a key priority for Marvel moving forward, it makes sense that they would look towards other avenues to raise awareness (the comic book is rather obscure, after all). An animated series will no doubt appeal to younger fans (i.e. children) who don’t necessarily fall into the film’s PG-13 demographic. Attracting a vital segment of the marketplace will not only lead to increased ticket sales, but also a higher level of interest in the merchandise (especially toys) that will showcase Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and space action.

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While there’s no air date for the Guardians animated show, it will become part of Marvel Animation’s ever-expanding roster of programming in the near future. That lineup currently includes Avengers Assemble and Hulk and Agents of S.M.A.S.H. which are both entering their second seasons on Disney XD this fall. Illustrating the synergy between platforms, that second season of S.M.A.S.H. will tie into characters from the Guardians movie, giving older Marvel fans reason to tune in with their little ones.

Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters August 1. We’ll keep you posted on the development of the animated series.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. Saw this one coming a mile away. I LOVE the MCU movies, but I ABSOLUTELY loathe and hate the current slate of Marvel animated programs and movies. I though it couldn’t get any worse than Ultimate Spider-Man, then I saw HULK: Agents of S.M.A.S.H. That has to be the silliest CBA show I’ve ever seen. I wish Disney/Marvel would fire Jeph Loeb, but that’s never going to happen.

    I’ve seen GotG and it IS as good as everyone says it is. Hits every beat perfectly. But I have a fear that the animated show is going to be more of the same silly crap that now passes for Marvel’s animated fare. And I lay the entire blame at Mr. Loeb’s feet.

    • The best thing Jeph Loeb ever wrote in my opinion is the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Commando. Love the hell out of that.

    • The cartoons definitely steer to a different audience. The cartoons these days are more focused to the younger, pre-teen audience, which would explain the silliness. Back in our day (or at least my day), it was more gritty. Batman: The Animated Series and the 90′s X-Men cartoon are perfect examples of this.

      For what they are, they are solid; fun and silly romps to draw kids to the Marvel product. You just can’t look at them as true comic book cartoons that are faithful to the original comics.

    • I agree with you on the two you mentioned, but I actually kind of like Avengers Assemble. Admittedly, it’s not as good as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but it’s still good.

  2. On the bright side, this can make other cosmic characters more popular for the younger generation tuning in and get them excited for future movies with Nova, Warlock, Quasar(s), the other Guardians and possibly put silver surfer back on the map.

  3. I would be excited if this was the same marvel animation that helped make spectacular spider man, wolverine and the xman and many other gems. But now I know this will be pure unadulterated crap that embodies everything wrong with animation. Pandering to the lost common denominator shoving in a bunch of unfunny jokes and using the tired old excuse of “its for kids”. But at the same time it ain’t like dc is at a better state seeing as how cartoon network hates action shows and the only dc animated show on right now is teen titans go. A show like young justice or earths mightiest heroes won’t grace tv for a long time.

  4. Note that’s not gonna last….

  5. For moment i thought that title is xD(laughing)

  6. I will be following this animated series just for the hope of seeing a Richard Rider appearance or to see an Annihilation storyline played out over five episodes.

    • Don’t get your hopes up. With the way the new MAU (marvel animated universe) is handled you would be lucky to get a one hour special that neuters the hell out of storyline.

  7. I love cartoons, I really do. But in recent years Marvel (or Disney?) have cancelled two fantastic pieces of television in Spectacular Spiderman and Avengers: Earth’s mightiest heroes both of which had stellar voice acting, deep storylines and complex over arching plots.

    They replaced them with Ultimate Spiderman and Avengers Assemble. Which are both pure garbage and include such quality entertainment as Fart jokes and inconsistent stories. I wont lie the animation is great but they are just puerile. I am yet to watch Hulk because I hear its more of the same
    If the Gotg show is on this level I wont be watching.

    I understand why they would want to dumb it down and include childish humour, not that I agree with it, but I understand it. I dont see why its expected that kids would enjoy this type of show more than the 2 aforementioned cancelled series. I grew up in the 90s with X-Men, Spiderman and Batman cartoon series and they all have a depth lacking in most Holywood films. I turned out alright. We shouldnt encourage the dumbing down of children is all I’m saying

    wow that was a bit of a rant. If its good I’ll watch, if not no big loss. At least the current Turtles cartoon is good

  8. It seems like Marvel’s trying to cover the spread here. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was awesome, but Avengers Assemble is a little more kiddy, as is most of their other stuff. DC definitely owns the animated world.

  9. I don’t understand, I mean, I’m sure despite the pg-13 rating with movies these days “pre-teen” children will inevitably see them anyway. Not to sound like a completely ignorant person, but I’ve met kids who are “pre-teen” who have seen the Avengers numerous times. The movie markets all age demographics the same way its merchandises do.
    I’m 24 now and I grew up watching all the Marvel cartoons all the way to the Lionsgate-distributed animated movies; Spectacular Spider-Man being the last really good series that caters to old and young viewers.
    What’s puzzles me is that why the newer Marvel animated shows are dumbed down to cheesy dialogue, way too much “humor”, etc. when the producers know that not only kids watch them, but dedicated fans as well. The 90s Avengers/X-Men/Spider-Man cartoons were loosely based yet didn’t fail to deliver this gritty, comic-y, cohesive story, and solid dialogue (with some humor and corny jokes). As a kid growing up, I didn’t have problems comprehending the dialogue and banter between characters, and story then. I don’t see why that can’t be done now, good story/dialogue can develop thinking and following skills. Not just “oh-he’s-the-bad-guy-let’s-resolve-with-our-fists-first-and-say-irrelevant-jokes-over-and-over-until-we-beat-them”.
    I really don’t appreciate AT ALL that Disney/Man of Action is trying SO HARD to make Spider-Man the new Deadpool, no just NO.
    Avengers Assemble was “supposed” to feel like their movie counterpart yet it’s plagued with silliness the Ultimate Spider-Man/agents of smash shows have.
    I’m really hoping the Guardians show will be more geared towards the older audience. The team has some goofy moments but they shine on how unorthodox they can be some times and they’re a more hardcore space avengers. It is on Disney XD, a children’s network, but if the Avatar/Korra series are able to accomplish that (since it was aired on a children’s network too), I don’t see why Disney/Marvel can’t.

  10. Avengers Assemble is weak compared to Earth Mightiest Heroes. Hulk Smash is decent and Ultimate Spidey is really good this season. I look forward to Guardians.

  11. Well, we are definitely in the golden age of super hero content. That much is for sure. Its just crazy how much super hero related content is currently being developed. With so much content, I just hope people don’t get burned out.

  12. They should make a Howard the Duck live action show on Netflix or an animated series but aimed for adults.