In news that will surprise no one who participates in our weekly discussions of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!, it would appear that Marvel Animation has finally confirmed its cancellation with a brief note in a press release.
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! won’t be renewed for the 3rd Season. Marvel Animation will present their newly developed series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble in 2013.
What will reportedly replace the fan favorite show?
From the promo art above it would appear that the new show is going to hew closely to the world established in the Marvel Studios movie universe. At least from outward appearances. It’s hard to say for sure until we see some actual animation (or animation stills).
As I said at the top of this piece, the news of the death of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! should come as no surprise, we’ve been talking about it for a month now. As I said before, I had heard from someone who would know that Marvel Animation was ending The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! in favor of a new Avengers cartoon that would be fully under Marvel Animation’s control, just as Ultimate Spider-Man currently is. I did not hear from this person anything beyond that simple fact; nothing about the tone of the new Avengers cartoon, and nothing about the popular rumor that it will exist in the same world as Ultimate Spider-Man.
This is sad news for superhero animation fans. With The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!, we finally had a Marvel cartoon that could be stand alongside just about anything that Warner Bros. and DC had produced. It’s intricate plotting, stellar character work, and big action drew from all over the Marvel Universe and evoked a “classic Marvel” feel that has eluded the comic books for a while now.
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble has some mighty big boots to fill.