Hot off the announcement of their new Star Wars animated series, Disney has made the pilot episode for their new Marvel cartoon, Avengers Assemble, available early and for free. The series is set to premiere on May 26th with a two-parter on Disney XD, but only the first part has been made available early. All part of move to build some buzz for the series before its premiere, you can download it for free from iTunes.
Not gonna lie, I’m still holding a grudge about the cancellation of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, which only happened because they wanted an animated series more in line with the big screen version of the team. Something they couldn’t possibly have integrated into their already established show. Uh-huh. Yep. No way, they could have managed that.
Anyway, give it a watch and let us now what you think!
Though I’m still grieving the unfair cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this announcement of a new Disney/Lucasfilm animated series, Star Wars Rebels may be a damn good appeasement. Coming from many of the same talented folks who brought us The Clone Wars, like supervising director Dave Filoni, and new faces screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class,Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and executive producer Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Gargoyles), this series will be exploring the time period between Episodes III and IV. And while it’s not exactly what I asked for – personally, I’m dying for a series set between IV and V – it will involve much of the aesthetic of the original trilogy and that makes me giddy.
The most we know about Star Wars Rebels is it will focus on, “in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.” Other details are being kept completely under wraps. But, that bit about “hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights” gives me hope we may see the return of Anakin’s former padawan, Clone Wars breakout star, and general, all around ass kicker, Ahsoka Tano. She didn’t die at the end of Clone Wars like many of us thought she would so there’s a good chance she’d be one of those surviving Jedi. Hey, it’s something for them to think about, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only Clone Wars fan who’d like to see some connection between the two series.
Hit the jump for the full press release, but before that, check out this video of Filoni discussing what he can – very little – of Rebels,
Okay, how cool is it to hear they’re looking at Ralph McQuarrie‘s work for inspiration!? I hope we see some designs real soon. What are you thinking of Rebels? It’s schedule to premiere with a one hour special on Disney in the fall of 2014, with a full series to follow on Disney XD.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but TRON just isn’t as cool as it used to be. Or maybe it wasn’t ever. To wit, the ratings for the animated series prequel/sequel TRON: Uprising have kind of tanked sine the show premiered, and if there’s any hope at all for a season two, then it lies with you, the viewer, says producer Edward Kitsis.
Let’s go to the begging, already in progress:
“I don’t know what the future [of Tron: Uprising] is now. I know at the present, I can say we need more viewers. I’m so proud of that show and I love that show and anyone who watches it loves that show. The problem is, not enough people are watching it. And so I would love to sound the alarm, because I love the characters and the world and it’s really… It’s a shame that more people aren’t watching it, because I think they’re missing out.
At this point, I don’t believe its fate has been decided. So if people keep watching, then there’s still a chance. Please watch. Tell your friends!”
TRON: Uprising follows a young(?) program voiced by Elijah Wood who’s being trained by TRON to lead a rebellion. The story takes place between the original TRON and TRON Legacy. I haven’t seen the show, but even if it sucks only half as hard as TRONLegacy, that’s still twice as much suckage as I’m willing to tolerate.
How about you, Bastards. Are you going to let Kitsis’ begging persuade you to watch the show?
Marvel is basking in fan adulation of the big screen Avengers movie, but not all’s well in Marvel land. Some of you guys out there are apparently not so fond of the new Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. The series, which premiered on Disney XD earlier this year, is being pegged by some viewers as being too kid-friendly and silly. Here’s a sample of some of the criticism courtesy of Superhero Hype forums:
“My issue isn’t that this is a show which seeks to be lighter and sillier; my issue is that it does such a thing so poorly, while also attempting suspenseful bits alongside it which don’t match. If Two-Face wrote a sitcom, I can’t imagine it being more of a contrast with itself than this show seems to be. The skill that it takes to weave both humor and suspense alongside each other is a skill these writers and producers mostly lack on this project, to put it simply.”
Anyway, a Comic Book Movie user called strugler has been repeatedly trying to the a response out of Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. Recently, Quesada finally decided to take the bait and let ‘er rip on his Twitter page:
“As I said before, I respect your opinion on the matter, but Tweeting me every week isn’t really going to help your case. While you and a few other posters may like to complain about the show, there are many, many more fans who like it. We are well into working on season 2, so my suggestion at this point is if you don’t like the show, you shouldn’t be watching it. I hate to be this blunt about it, but I feel like you should devote your energies to other endeavors at this point other than watching a show you clearly hate and then complaining about it. Like I said, I respect your opinion, but I’m pretty sure that nothing we do at this point will make you happy.”
He’s not wrong. There’s been something like 600 Spider-Man animated series created over the years, so if you don’t like this one, there are other Spider-Man options out there.
Disney XD has posted the full first episode of its new animated series, Tron: Uprising. It begins by summarizing the events of original movie, and then proceeds to get into its own story with its own characters and stuff.
Our new protagonist is named Beck, and he’s voiced by Elijah Wood. Because that’s a great idea. (I have to point out the sarcasm for those of you who don’t speak it.)
The first episode is titled Beck’s Beginning, and y’all can check it out below:
It seems unthinkable in a world currently inundated with The Avengers but the rumor is their cartoon counterpart, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes might be getting axed upon completion of its second season. Apparently the show hasn’t been pulling in the ratings they’d like to see. Currently, EMH airs Sunday mornings on Disney XD in a block of Marvel toons including the new Ultimate Spider-Man. Hmm? Wonder where they got that idea, ::cough:: DC Nation. ::cough::
Comic Book Movie jumped on the news and quickly sought anything they could to confirm it but other than a few quotes from Jeff Loeb, now in charge of Marvel‘s television division, there isn’t much, but everything seems to lean towards EMH ending and new Avengers toon to take its place. I’ll admit Loeb’s attitude doesn’t bode well for EMH but I don’t want to vilify him just yet. Here’s some comments he made to Collider when promoting Ultimate Spider-Man,
That’s certainly something that we’re talking about. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has a tremendous following. One of the things that’s very unique about that show is that it was at a time prior to my coming in. It is a very serialized show, and there are a lot of characters. What we wanted to do with Spider-Man, and going forward, was to tell stories that are individualized. Obviously, we want everybody to watch the show every week, but we also know that people’s time is often taken. So, DVR the show, but if you’re not going to do that, the idea is that you will be able to catch up. I don’t ever want anybody to sit down on Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock and suddenly feel like, “Well, I lost the last three episodes, so I don’t really know what’s going on.” The only thing that is a two-parter is the pilot, which will actually be shown in its entirety on Sunday, April 1st.
So, the show was already happening before Loeb became involved, meaning he has no real attachment to the series and he doesn’t like its serialized nature as well as its large cast. Yeah, this doesn’t sound like good news for fans of EMH.
“TRON: Uprising” is headed for Disney XD in June and has just premired a sneak preview video.
The “TRON Uprising” story focuses on the time period between the two TRON movies. The voice cast includes Elijah Wood as Beck, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Mandy Moore as Mara, Nate Corddry as Zed, Lance Henriksen as Tesler, Paul Reubens as Pavel, Reginald VelJohnson as Able and Bruce Boxleitner reprising his role as Tron. Yep, you read that right, Bruce is back and none other than Pee-Wee is playing Pavel.
What do you think about that? Speak up TRON fans, does this get your nerdy juices flowing?
Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.
Hoping to capitalize on TRON: Legacy and spark interest in a third TRON film, Disney is releasing a new animated series set in The Grid for this summer called, TRON: Uprising. Even if Legacy underwhelmed you I suggest you check out this short promo for Uprising. You might be surprised at how excited you get.
Yeah, it’s short, the true definition of teaser but what you see looks awesome. The hybrid of traditional and computer generated animation is a perfect fit for the computer world. Here’s the basic premise for the series which is set between the original TRON and Legacy,
Beck is a young program who becomes the skillful leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever come to know. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting and light cycle skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but he will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful, strong leader. Destined to become the next Tron of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of General Tesler and his oppressive forces.
Uprising will feature Elijah Wood as Beck, Lance Henrikson as General Tesler, Fred Tatasciore as Kevin Flynn/Clu, and Bruce Boxleitner reprising Tron. Also contributing voices will be Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, and Reginald VelJohnson. I really like the sound of this cast. Uh, no pun intended.
Uprising airs on Disney XD this summer in June. I’m hoping it’s a success and I think it’ll fulfill what I’ve always wanted from the TRON series, more time in The Grid and less user/program drama with the Flynns. What do you think of Uprising?
Last year while everyone was waiting with baited breath for any news about The Avengers movie coming this summer, an animated show was making fans everywhere smile and change the settings on their DVR. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is a delightful cartoon with great animation, writing, and characterization of the greatest heroes on the planet.
The quality of the show has made it a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe block of programming on Disney XD. The trailer shows some great upcoming episodes. There’s some shots of Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four, Surtur – the bringer of Ragnarok, the Vision, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), the Kree Empire, it’s all there. It looks to be another great season.
Assemble!! Marvel’s The Avengers hits the big screen May 4… But in the meantime, get your hero fix with Marvel TV’s trailer for season 2 of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, premiering April 1 inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD! The Avengers have fought against some of the most powerful and dangerous super villains in the world. But just when the team thought they had things under control, new threats emerge… Caught in the crossfire between two warring alien empires – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must make a stand. But whom can they trust when they learn not everyone is who they seem to be?
Tune in for The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season two premiere, along with the series premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD April 1 beginning at 11am/10c.
A full-length trailer for the upcoming Disney XD show “Ultimate Spider-man” has hit the Internet, and it shows a Spider-Man a bit different than the classic or Ultimate for that matter, one we know and love.
Instead of retelling the Spider-Man origin story for a new generation, the cartoon focuses on the way Spidey’s life changes after he teams up with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s a lot of pretty cool bells and whistles in this trailer, Spidey’s Iron armour, Dr. Doom, SHIELD super spy stuff like the motorcycle.
What do you think about this move away from the traditional Spider-man to a Bond like agent of SHEILD? This NerdBastard is interested to see where they take this story. Remember that great “What If?” about Daredevil as an agent of SHIELD?
Take a look and let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think about this animated Ultimate Spider-man.
A news and entertainment blog for nerd pop culture. We are vulgar, debaucherous, and funny bastards that pilfer the internet (or interwebz, if you like) for the news you need so that you don't have to. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll often shake your fist in an angry fury but your time here is worth the price of admission (which is free for those of you not paying attention)