Release Dates and New Images for Marvel’s Upcoming Cartoon Series

After first announcing them over a year ago, Marvel has been relatively silent about their two upcoming cartoon series, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Well now all that has changed, as Marvel has just released voice cast lists, two new posters highlighting the shows’ visual styles and, most importantly, release dates for the series’ premieres on Disney XD this summer.

First up is Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s latest cartoon featuring the adventures of their premiere superhero team. With a cast featuring Iron Man (voiced by Adrian Pasdar of Heroes fame), the Hulk (Fred Tatasciore), Captain America (Roger Craig Smith), Thor (Travis Willingham), Hawkeye (Troy Baker), and Black Widow (Laura Bailey) and including Bumper Washington as The Falcon (who is set to appear in Captain America: Winter Soldier), Assemble is an effort to create a new Avengers show more in line with Marvel’s successful film series. Of course one of the big questions remaining is if Avengers Assemble will function as a successor series to the acclaimed Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (àla how Justice League Unlimited followed Justice League) or whether the new series will take place in its own continuity. But with villains like Doctor Doom, Attuma, and Dracula (yes, that Dracula) scheduled to appear, Avengers Assemble promises to be exciting either way.

A bit more intriguing is Marvel’s other soon-to-premiere cartoon: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Taking advantage of the Hulk’s breakout role in last summer’s The Avengers, Agents sees the green giant putting together his own team of irradiated heroes to take down threats too big for the rest of the Marvel Universe to handle. Fred Tatasciore will continue to voice the Hulk in this series as well, and will be joined by Eliza Dushku as She-Hulk, Clancy Brown as Red Hulk, Ben Diskin as Hulk’s son Skaar, and Seth Green as A-Bomb/Rick Jones. The series will feature plenty of giant-sized fights against foes like Ego the Living Planet while also showing our heroes struggling with family-style problems they can’t smash their way out of. Still no word as to what S.M.A.S.H. stand for though (Our best guess? Secret Monster-Attacking Smashing Heroes. It’s a rough draft…)

Avengers Assemble will have a special one-hour preview on Disney XD Sunday May 26th at 11 AM EST, followed by the series premiere on Sunday July 7th at 11 AM EST. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. will hit the airwaves Sunday August 11th, at 11 AM EST.

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