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Marvel cartoons coming to Netflix streaming

Marvel announced late last week that a bunch of their classic cartoons are being released for Netflix streaming. Actually, “a bunch” is an understatement. It’s just about everything:

Available Now

The Incredible Hulk (1996-97)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001)
Iron Man: Extremis – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Spider-Woman: Agent of the S.W.O.R.D. – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes (2006)
Silver Surfer (1998)
Black Panther – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 1 (2009)

Coming throughout the summer

Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man (1994-96)
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Season 1 (2010)
X-Men Evolution (2000-3)
X-Men (1992-7)
Spider-Man (1994-‘98)
Spider-Man (1967-‘68)
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1981)
Spider-Man (1981-‘82)

Coming this fall

Iron Man (1966)
Thor (1966)
Captain America (1966)
Hulk (1966)
Sub-Mariner (1966)

And they promise that there’s “much more” on the way.



AWESOME but….where’s the 90’s Ironman and FF4 cartoons? :(

@Kayel – The 90s Iron Man is up there as Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man. But the 90s FF is definitely missing… which is not necessarily a bad thing, per se.

I WISH the friggin’ X-Men stuff was up there a while back when I started this ridiculous X-Men TV show review marathon thing I’m doing. The Marvel site, while commendable for posting most of these on there, can sometimes be a nightmare to navigate.

Also, Marvel recently semi-removed Avengers: EMH from their site, which I discovered last weekend. Sometimes the vids can be found if you dig really hard, but the they pretty much wiped out all the normal paths to locate them. Kinda odd if you ask me.

I have already gotten through the Black Panther series and just started the Spider-Woman series. Those are easy to catch on the fly as they are only 10 minutes an episode.

Well, “they promise that there’s ‘much more’ on the way.” Presumably this includes the Marvel Action Hour Fantastic Four, in all its hilariously-atrocious-rap-number glory. Can’t wait!! :-D

I hope “much more” also includes some live-action stuff too. Not just the Hulk TV series, but Spidey (American and Japanese), Dr. Strange movie, Cap theatrical and TV movies of the 80s/90s, Hasslehoff as Nick Fury. Generation X.

Also, the 80s Spider-Woman, The Thing (“Thing Ring, do your thing”), FF with Herbie. And the MTV Spidey series. and the direct-to-video animated movies. Electric Company Spidey, too.

Then DC needs to spin-off their upcoming Cartoon Network block into a full-fledged animation and live-action channel.

That’s all I want.

Neither Extremis nor Astonishing X-Men worked on my Wii though. Stupid Wii.

Simon DelMonte

May 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

No season two of Spectacular Spider-Man? That is a shame.


I had a similar issue trying to play Black Panther, Hulk, and Silver Surfer through my Blu-Ray player. They didn’t even show up on the displayed queue for about 3-4 days even though they played fine on my desktop. There was a reviewer commenting about having a similar problem with Spider-Woman on his Xbox as well, so it doesn’t seem to be an isolated circumstance, but it is being addressed so you may want to try again.

Only thing I’m remotely interested in is Spectacular Spider-Man.

@MrMGU: YES!!! I wanna see that Doc Strange TV movie. And Gen X. I think they had the Fury movie streaming for a little bit, although I might be confusing that with the time I rented it from Netflix on DVD.

Andrew Collins

May 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

I notice the Spider-Woman cartoon from the late 70’s is missing. It’s worth it mainly for the episode where she meets Spider-Man and he’s written in the episode as being oddly misogynistic…

I also notice there’s no 80’s Hulk cartoon.

And very excited to see Amazing Friends on that list. I would love to see it on DVD but I’ll take this for now…

I haven’t been able to get any of them to work on my Wii, and i noticed last night that they’ve been removed from my queue (on the Wii only, they still show up and work fine on my laptop and via the Roku)

I certainly wish Streaming was worth a damn in my house.

This is awesome! I’m already enjoying the content they’ve put up and cannot wait for more!

Note that most, if not all, of the series listed in the article are ones that either Marvel has the direct rights to, or has access to via Disney (due to the 80s and early-mid-90s Marvel Productions catalog being sold during Marvel’s bankruptcy and eventually acquired by Disney). “Spider-Woman” and the 1978 FF series are possibilities, as they were produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which later became Marvel Productions, but the Thing cartoons from “Fred and Barney Meet the Thing” (as well as the 1967 FF cartoon) were a Hanna-Barbara production, so Marvel/Disney would have to work out a deal with current HB rights holder Time Warner before making them available for streaming.

So the Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man series has been added to Netflix Watch Instantly… but it’s not just Iron Man. It’s the entire Marvel Action Hour, meaning that the 90s Fantastic Four cartoon is also bundled with it. So each episode is Iron Man followed by FF. Plus Stan Lee does live-action intros before each IM and FF episode. It’s fun in a kitschy sort of way. And, as far as I know, this is first time Marvel’s ever released the Lee live-action intros that go with the episodes (other than when it first aired, of course).

I freakin love xmen:evolution, n was hungry for more xmen shows….but I haven’t been able to find a good substitute on Netflix. Very disappointed:( the avengers were pretty good, but still made me miss my xmen. Netflix needs to bring the new real-life superhero movies!!! They have Thor, but not the first ironman or that new avengers. Bring more marvel shows to netflix! :{D

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