Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rapid Weekly Rewind - Animated Superhero TV Summer News

Welcome to the new Rapid Weekly Rewind! Superhero TV is expanding more and more each season I thought it would be a great idea to gather all the news and create a one stop weekly shop for it all. In addition to the news I will also do a recap of that weeks episodes of SupergirlThe FlashArrowDC's Legends of TomorrowGothamAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel  Netflix, and the animated series Vixen and the new Freedom Fighters: The Ray. This first week of articles will catch you up on everything from San Diego Comic Con 2016 to this year's Television Critics Association's Annual Summer Press Tour, and more for Animated Superhero TV.

 Marvel  Animation made a few announcements during San Diego Comic Con 2016, and even a non announcement. First up,  Marvel 's Avengers series new season will take on a new title Avengers: Secret Wars. When the current team of Avengers goes missing, Black Panther assembles a team of New Avengers that include Vision, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, the Wasp, Ant-Man, and Jane Foster Thor, the team will be lead by Black Panther "for a time."

Originally titled Avengers: Assemble when it launched in 2013, the current Avengers animated series began changing its name for each new season with last year's Avengers: Ultron Revolution. No debut date was announced for Avengers: Secret Wars.
Next up, Guardians of the Galaxy. Stephen Wacker, Marvel Animation VP  said that both the Avengers and an unnamed Marvel Cosmic character whom "fans have demanded the most" will be in the show's upcoming second season.

Finally was the non-announcement from the panel that was hinted at when moderator and  Marvel   Animation Senior VP Cort Lane was asked about the Spider-Gwen shirt he was wearing. The fan asked since the series is returning to the Spider-Verse for the new season, wouldn't it be interesting if he met Spider-Gwen....

Lane pondered the question with a highly exaggerated ‘my, wouldn’t that be interesting' fashion, before Steve Wacker VP - Current Animation at  Marvel  Entertainment deadpanned “Yes, it would be interesting," both of them stopping short of confirming it.

Spider-Gwen was absent from the Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors Spider-Verse arc, despite being one of the stand-out characters in the comic. That was because at the time the episodes were planned out Spider-Gwen had not yet debuted. Lane said Spider-characters that were not in the previous Spider-Verse arc would appear in the Return to the Spider-Verse arc.

 Marvel   Animation has officially announced that Spider-Gwen will be in the Ultimate Spider-Man: Vs Sinister Six Return To The Spider-Verse Arc. They also announced other characters and the voice cast.

Part 1 

  • Ben Diskin, who voiced Eddie Brock/Venom in The Spectacular Spider-Man & Spidey himself in Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled, will debut as Blood Spider.
  • Christopher Daniel Barnes, best known for his iconic portrayal of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the beloved Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is returning to the show after voicing Spider-Knight & Electro during last year's Spider Verse event. This time he'll be voicing Wolf Spider. 

Part 2:

  • Will Friedle, who played Eric Matthews for seven seasons on Boy Meets World & voiced Terry McGinnis on Batman Beyond, is also returning after previously voicing Deadpool in Season 2. He'll be voicing a pirate Spidey named Web Beard.
  • Troy Baker, who voiced the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins and Sam Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, will voice Webslinger, the Spider Cowboy.
  • This episode will also feature a few fun cameos from Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Trevor Devall, Cosmo, voiced by James Arnold Taylor, and Howard the Duck, voiced by Seth Green, who also voiced him in the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits sequence back in 2014.  

Part 3:
  • Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia will be reprising his role as Spider-Man Noir.
Part 4:
  • After generating quite a bit of fan support over the past couple of years, Spider-Gwen will finally make her long-awaited animated debut in the event's final installment. She'll be voiced by Descendents star Dove Cameron.
In season four of "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6," a confident Spider-Man feels like the ultimate hero after fighting alongside The Avengers and leading a team of heroes at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. However, when the wall-crawler discovers that his greatest enemies – Doctor Octopus, Hydra and the all-new Sinister 6 – are working together to destroy him and S.H.I.E.L.D., he teams up with a special new team of Spiders including Miles Morales, Agent Venom, Iron Spider and the mysterious new Scarlet Spider. Spider-Man and his new friends will need to use all of their power to overcome their greatest challenge yet.
 Ultimate Spider-Man: Vs Sinister Six Return To The Spider-Verse arc kicks off on Disney XD Saturday, August 27 at 8:00 PM ET!

Justice League Action will be a half hour show composed of two 15-minute episodes much like Teen Titans GO! Justice League Action will focus on the action each episode will thrust you in the middle of a mission or battle, and feature a vast array of DC characters. Nicole D'Andria reported on the New Justice League Action Cartoon with Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy! Then Kat was there at the SDCC 2016: Preview Night - Justice League Action Pilot ADVANCE Viewing and reviewed it!

Last year Vixen joined the boy’s club in an animated series via  The CW Seed , the network's online platform for original digital content. Vixen took the animated world by storm last season, and made the leap to live-action as she guest-starred on Arrow. This year her grandmother will handle the live-action world as Vixen on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, while Mari McCabe voiced by Megalyn Echikunwokeagain will be gearing up to team up with some of The CW's biggest heroes and take on some of their villains as well.

Last season The FlashGreen ArrowFelicity Smoak and Cisco Ramon guest-starred, this year expect even more with some of this year's guest stars listed below.

Vixen Season 2 Guest Stars:

  • Weather Wizard
  • The Flash
  • Firestorm
  • The Atom
  • Black Canary

Vixen Season 2 Will take place before Laurel Lance's death in Arrow Season 4 and will air in the fall.

The CW also announced their second DC Animated Series for their digital channel, CW Seed. Freedom Fighters: The Ray is inspired by Grant Morrison’s update of the classic character in The Multiversity and will feature the first gay super hero to headline a show.

Following on the success of last year’s Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray will tell the story of Raymond “Ray” Terrill, a reporter who gains light-based powers after he uncovers a plot by the government to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. Ray’s new abilities inspire him to go beyond just reporting against injustice, but to start taking action against it.

Look for Freedom Fighters: The Ray to debut on CW Seed in 2017.

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