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‘Iron Man’ Returning to TV With a New Cartoon?

Iron Man Cartoon 2012
Disney XD

Marvel animation has undergone something of a renaissance in the last few years.  Though never having quite reached the popularity or proficiency of DC’s animated universe, the pre- and post-arrival of ‘The Avengers‘ signaled a dramatic shift in the way Marvel tied in with its animation.  Several shows have fallen on the sword to make way for more ‘Avengers’ tied programs, but which one haven’t they told us about yet?

Though no official announcement has been made, it would seem that we can add an all-new ‘Iron Man‘ animated series to the already-impressive roster of heroes on Marvel’s animated development slate.  Several incarnations of the armored hero are already slated to be featured, including the (presumably) same character seen in ‘Ultimate Spider-Man‘ and ‘Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H,’ as well as the all- new ‘Avengers Assemble’ cartoon.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, President of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh alluded to a previously unheard of Iron Man solo series, saying:

Two months ago, we launched Marvel Universe on Disney XD, which became the exclusive home for new Marvel television content. We’ve developed ‘Ultimate Spider-Man.’ Subsequent to the success of the ‘Avengers’ movie, we’ve been developing a new ‘Avengers Assemble.’ We’re talking about a Hulk series and an Iron Man series, too.

They’re going to spend $150 million to $200 million to make these [movie] properties and then half of that to market them; I’m sitting here thinking, “Thank you, Lord, you’ve made me look good.

At this time, it remains unknown what a new Iron Man series would mean for Nickelodeon’s existing ‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures,’ though presumably it would spell doom just as ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ ended ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man’ and ‘Avengers Assemble’ ended ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.’  Former ‘Heroes’ star Adrian Pasdar voices Iron Man for both ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ and ‘Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,’ though it again remains to be seen who will take the role for the new ‘Avengers’ series, as well as this Iron Man.

Quite a lot to wrap around, no?  We’ll keep an eye out for any new details of an Iron Man series, but in the meantime, what say you?  Do you think Marvel is cornering the market on superhero animation from DC?  Tell us which show is your favorite in the comments!

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