Comic-Con 2012: Marvel Television Presents

Jeph Loeb unveils “Avengers Assemble” and “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” in San Diego.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

At Comic-Con International, Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb took the stage to talk about the latest news regarding Marvel’s superheroes coming to the small screen.
While there wasn’t any new information about the long-gestating “Incredible Hulk” live action TV series for ABC, Loeb did state that “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” will be the next Marvel animated series which will debut in 2013. The series will portray Hulk as a hero while he works alongside Red Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb and Skaar, the Son of Hulk.
Loeb also played test footage from “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” that showed the various Hulks fighting insect monsters and other creatures.
Following the new “Hulk” animated series will be “Avengers Assemble.” And to the relief of “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” fans, Loeb indicated that the characters and continuity of the previous series will not scraped as the Avengers move over into their new cartoon. Loeb even compared it to the transition from one creative team to another in comics.
In the highlight of the panel, Loeb played early test footage from “Avengers Assemble” which depicted Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye fighting the classic Jack Kirby monster, Fin Fang Foom in New York. The Falcon and Black Widow will also be on the team when the series premieres. But an exact date for that premiere is not currently known.
Loeb also screened an upcoming episode of “Ultimate Spider-Man;” which features Loki as the villain and an usual problem for Peter Parker that may be familiar to fans if they remember the Spider-Ham comics.
Additionally, Loeb alluded to the "Phineas and Ferb" panel; where the announcement was made that the Disney original series will crossover with the Marvel Superheroes in  "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel” in the summer of 2013.
Finally, Loeb spoke about the Marvel Knights motion comics line and stated that upcoming titles will include Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's "Astonishing X-Men" and a lot of Wolverine titles including “Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk,” “Wolverine: Origin” and “Wolverine: Weapon X.” The “Eternals” revival by Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. was also slated for the Marvel Knights treatment.