If you A) are missing ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ and the cool interconnectedness of Marvel TV shows, B) are concerned that the announcement of impending proprietary streaming service Disney+ is going to kill your chance of seeing any Disney-owned content anywhere else ever, or C) love animated shows about D-list comic-book characters… then you are in luck, as Marvel/Disney and Hulu have confirmed that they are collaborating to create 4 new animated shows to air exclusively on the Hulu platform.
Here are run-downs of each of the four original shows and their crossover-culminating fifth shared series:
‘Marvel’s 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 along with Jeph Loeb.
‘Marvel’s 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 along with Jeph Loeb.
‘Marvel’s 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 along with Jeph Loeb.
‘Marvel’s 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 along with Jeph Loeb.
‘Marvel’s The Offenders,’ is a story in which nobody asked them to — and we’d be better off if they didn’t — but MODOK, Dazzler, Tigra, Hit Monkey and Howard the Duck are all forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the Universe. Jeph Loeb will executive produce.
Some well-known names are parts of the creative teams for several of the series. Comedian Patton Oswalt will assuredly bring his patented style of humor to an already-funny-looking character of M.O.D.O.K.; fellow comedian Chelsea Handler will likely harness her comedic influence to try and show audiences exactly what the heck “woke superheroes” are; and longtime pop-culture stalwart Kevin Smith takes a hand in creating the always-odd world of Howard the Duck. The common thread between all the shows is, of course, executive producer Jeph Loeb, likely assigned by Marvel to keep the continuity and comic-book relevance firmly on track.
In its press release, Hulu did not announce any dates for production or airing schedules for the shows.