Hulu announced at the TCA Winter tour panel this morning that they are officially taking advantage of their upcoming Disney 60 percent ownership by producing four adult animation series around the characters: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K, Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show and Marvel’s Howard The Duck. The characters will then come together in a special called Marvel’s The Offenders.
No launch dates were announced but the shows will all be under the purview of executive vice president of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb.
Each series also had their core creative teams announced:
Writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt will executive produce Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. about an “egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family.”
Writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck will executive produce Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, “the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld.”
Writers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler serve as executive producers for Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, “about two woke superheroes and best friends, Tigra and Dazzler, as they fight for recognition among powered people who make up the eight million stories in Los Angeles.”
And last, but never least, writers Kevin Smith and Dave Williswill chart the destiny of Marvel’s Howard The Duck, as “America’s favorite fighting fowl hopes to return home with the help of his unstoppable gal pal, Beverly, before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him the crispiest dish on the menu.”
The pack of weirdos, including MODOK, Dazzler, Tigra, Hit Monkey and Howard the Duck, will then “team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the Universe” Marvel’s The Offenders. No creative team has been attached to that title yet.
The new Marvel TV series will join other already announced Hulu-ordered adult animation series Crossing Swords and Solar Opposites, and the all-ages reboot of Animaniacs, all slates to drop in 2020.
With most of The Defenders live-action Marvel Television series getting canceled at Netflix, the industry has speculated Disney’s impending streaming service, Disney+, would be the eventual repository for the majority of new Marvel TV offerings. But this reveal seems to bolster what Disney CEO Bob Iger said in his November 2018 earnings call that, “We aim to use the television production capabilities of the combined company to fuel Hulu with a lot more original programming, original programming that we feel will enable Hulu to compete even more aggressively in the marketplace.”
Handing the streamer their own exclusives that are part of Disney's ownership of the Marvel Entertainment library is an early reveal of programming choices already in the works for the soon completed deal.