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The Wasp can't win in any universe....

There’s news being reported by fan sites and our own Spinoff Online that The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will not be making it past the current second season. You might not have seen the animated series, and that’s sadly understandable: It’s on at a weird time (Sunday-morning cartoons?) on a weird station (Disney XD), and it had a ridiculous theme song for the first season (we’re talking Star Trek: Enterprise bad). Cartoons are still more or less considered kids’ fare, so I can imagine someone eschewing these half-hour animated stories.

Now, I have no idea why they would want to, but I could see some factors involved in missing it, not getting around to it, or simply not having access to it.

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the most important cross-media ambassador we have to attract a new generation of comic fans that might still hold true to the original values the last age fell in love with. It’s a Herculean feat to transform classic comic storylines into fresh-faced continuity kids young and old can enjoy. Did you know Rocket Raccoon and Groot were in an episode? ROCKET RACCOON! GROOT! There are such deep wells of character development and introduction that I can honestly say The Avengers: EMH version of Carol Danvers is the one I know best. There are no gimmicks, no CGI or special power suits, just quality adaptations of quality stories, all wrapped up in a bow and left on a really far away doorstop at a really awkward time of day.

Years ago, when Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow debuted at Comic-Con International, there had been … very little enthusiasm on my part for Marvel’s direct-to-DVD market. The Ultimate Avengers didn’t do much for me in terms of making the source material relatable or new. The awkward Iron Man movie, the hilarious Doctor Strange one — I just had no hope going into that panel. My arms were folded, my eyeballs rolled; I was ready to finally nail that coffin down on Marvel Animation. And then we watched the movie. If you haven’t gotten around to Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, please do so. It’s fun and surprisingly complex for the target audience. The two guys in front of me turned out to be a couple of the animators, and they told me something I’ll never forget: that this movie was where they really got to cut loose and show how much they loved comics.

It’s a sentiment that would follow years later from The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes head writer Christopher Yost. While Talking with Tim, Yost said:

I love comics so much, I honestly try to put the love of them into every show I work on, hoping that kids will see these characters, these stories, and look to their parents and say ‘I want more.’

a recognizable cast from screen to page

The cynical among us might think the idea of a kid seeing something on television and then settling for something as low-tech as a comic book is a bit far-fetched. The truth is, that happens. In fact, some of you from a certain generation might remember an X-Men animated series from the 1990s and know exactly how much of an affect that kind of marketing can have on the rest of your life. I was in seventh grade when that show debuted, and it did indeed prompt me to go down to my local comic shop and buy a copy of X-Men #24. Despite it being a weird in-between story with no direct relation to the animated series, I knew who all the characters were, and their general motivations, and I picked up the next issue. And the one after that. And so on and so on …

If I could put a G.I. Joe-esque ad in the last 30 seconds of each episode, with an Avenger pushing comic books, I would. Because knowing about comic books is half the battle! Kids won’t know unless someone shows them.

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes loves comic books. The producers love the rich origins and backgrounds their characters have enough to bring the best adaptation of the Black Panther and Wakanda to the small screen. They love weird comic stories, from Incredible Hulk’s Gamma World storyline to Secret Invasion. They can show a dynamic between the Wasp and Hank Pym that leaves out the abuse, but still depicts them as troubled. They can add in S.W.O.R.D. and use them as a resource when leading up to a war between the Skrull and the Kree. There is so much comic-book love packed into each episode that it’s hard for me to understand why anyone would cancel the series.

Avengers Assemble

an idea of what the show would look like

Okay, that’s a bit overly dramatic. I do know why they would cancel the series, and it’s plain and simple numbers. With a movie grossing so much in the theaters, having a Sunday-morning cartoon — See? It’s just weird — aimed at kids should do phenomenally. The new show being hinted at (more to come in San Diego for sure) is called Avengers Assemble and the roster looks a lot more movie-friendly. This new series (and the upcoming Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.) could make for a bigger block in the Disney XD lineup, perhaps coaxing them out of Sunday-morning limbo and into a more accessible time slot, like Saturday evenings. Little is known right now, but maybe the same animation studio will be in charge, perhaps some of the same writers and concept designers? Maybe Mark Bagley will handle everything, and we’ll have a show that matches the current comics image for image. As a property and a marketing tool, this new series could reach a lot of new consumers and cross promote better with the live property on the shelves.

But that wouldn’t be heart. That wouldn’t be the blatant and unabashed love this show puts on the screen for fans of all ages. It might make more money, though.

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I want the hacks who authorized the decision to cancel EMH fired. So bad. NOW.

I absolutely agree about the quality of this series. One can only hope that the new series will retain that same level of comic book faithfulness, perhaps how Justice League Unlimited (for me) managed to top Justice League.

I feel like we have time to make our voices heard! If we raise our voices loud enough…maybe they will listen!!

Ridiculous themesong for the first season? Don’t you mean “second?” Because the first season’s opening kicked butt, and the new one is just garbage…

“Our world’s about to break…”

RegularSyzedMike

June 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

“…hoping that kids will see these characters, these stories, and look to their parents and say ‘I want more.’”

Then they would have bought a few cape comics and stop reading them soon after because of how badly they’re written these days.

Just one point: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was also greenlit due to cynical, heartless marketing. It was designed to capitalize on the hype of the then-upcoming Avengers movie. You don’t know that this new show is going to be any less of a labor of love than EMH was.

@Brian
To do that, we have to literally UNITE the fan community. I think it’s time every fandom in the comics medium was brought together (outside comic conventions) to sit down, iron out their differences, show more focus on the commonalities, and then organize themselves to be the perfect response to counter decisions made by the companies that may harm the brand more than help.

@RegularSyzedMike
Or draw them to the tie-in comics based on the show, which tend to be fairly-well-written and enjoyable by both kids and adults.

I agree, and feel the same way about Spectacular Spider-Man. I haven’t seen the new Spidey, but I just don’t want Shield, Iron Fist and others as a regular staple in my web-spinning yarns.

Two Bed Two Bath

June 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

“It’s on at a weird time (Sunday-morning cartoons?) on a weird station (Disney XD), and it had a ridiculous theme song for the first season (we’re talking Star Trek: Enterprise bad). ”

When listing negatives, you forgot to mention the guy doing Iron Man’s voice sounds distractingly like Jack Black… :)

Seriously, though, it’s an extremely entertaining cartoon, and the closest Marvel has come to matching the quality of JLU. Hate to see it go.

Really concerned about the quality of the next show. I’d be less so if Spectacular Spider-Man hadn’t been cancelled to make way for the vastly inferior Ultimate series. Well I’ll enjoy EMH until it ends and give Assemble a few episodes to impress me. Hopefully they can get this one right.

This was the best comicbook show that I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
I’m sad to see it go.

It just…baffles me how Marvel sucks at keeping animated features on TV while DC excels at it…then it’s vice-versa when it comes to the movie adaptations…

Sorry about EMH…even though I’m more of an X-fan when it comes to Marvel…I did enjoy EMH. It was one of the better Marvel ensemble animations we’ve had in a while.

I’m still waiting for my X-men animated series…

I have a simple question that should prove that this is a good (with the potential to be great) show.
When was the last time you actually cared about the character of Hank Pym before EMH hit the air?

At least i still have Young justice which is (imo) a better animated show.

Also why didn’t they go with New Avengers way. The comic might be hit or miss but the concept might be as good as JLU. Also sad to see yet again Wasp and Ant-man getting shafted because they don’t have a movie.

I have to agree with yo go re: The first season theme song was great. Whenever I hear a writer make a bashing comment like that, I always ask: How good is your theme song for a cartoon show?

That’s like asking how good is your movie when someone says to you they don’t like a movie.

Funkygreenjerusalem

June 11, 2012 at 4:16 am

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the most important cross-media ambassador we have to attract a new generation of comic fans that might still hold true to the original values the last age fell in love with. It’s a Herculean feat to transform classic comic storylines into fresh-faced continuity kids young and old can enjoy. Did you know Rocket Raccoon and Groot were in an episode? ROCKET RACCOON! GROOT! There are such deep wells of character development and introduction that I can honestly say The Avengers: EMH version of Carol Danvers is the one I know best. There are no gimmicks, no CGI or special power suits, just quality adaptations of quality stories, all wrapped up in a bow and left on a really far away doorstop at a really awkward time of day.

Switch ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ with ‘Batman The Brave And The Bold’, Rocket Racoon and Groot with Plastic Man and Woozy Winks, or Detective Chimp and Bwana Beast, or Superman And Prez, and replace Carol Danvers with Aquaman, and you’d be talking my language!
I never quite clicked with The Avenges cartoon, but it’s a shame it’s going – I know if I was a kid again it would have hit the spot. I’m shocked it’s going as well – I thought it was quite popular.

@Mike

Ultimate Spider-Man is worse than you can possibly imagine. It’s tragic that they dumped Spectacular Spider-Man for such garbage.

sandwich eater

June 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

While the first season theme song was not good, it was no where near as bad as the abomination that was Enterprise’s theme song (excluding the Mirror universe episodes’ theme song).

Literally breaks my heart. I love this show so much it even replaced Batman the Animated Series as my favorite. So faithful to the source material and characters but still put its own twist on things. I hope what they replace it with is marketed better AND isn’t set to die on a Sunday morning.

Hopefully Disney/MARVEL will put EMH out in a season 1 and 2 format opposed to the money grubbing $20 volumes.

I think the idea that it encourages kids to reads comics is kind-of tenuous. Yes, they’ll accept a comic book about their favorite characters if they’re cheap and available; but when they can watch their favorite episodes on Netflix it’s way less exciting. Plus, the market’s changed so much since 1993. If they watched X-Men and wanted more, the comics was all they had. The X-Men had very few appearances in animation before that, and you couldn’t watch cartoons literally everywhere you went like you can today.

I, personally, loved the stories they were telling but felt they dropped the ball on the animation stylings. I really couldn’t stand the “watching” aspect. I just listened to it while doing work in the other room.

Chuck Melville

June 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

For the most part, I have to agree. I’ve seldom been impressed with much of any of the animated Marvel shows, but THE AVENGERS: EMH just blows me away. I love the series (I watched it second-hand on DVD, since I don’t get cable) and am both puzzled and saddened that they would want to cancel the show in order to replace it with a more gimmicky version (the addition of CGI).

One point I have to disagree with though — what’s wrong with the first season’s theme? I loved it, and I’m still looking for a digital release I can add to my iPod tunes.

T Anthony Auld

June 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

yo go re: Agreed! Loved the theme, has a total old school “Saturday Morning” vibe to it, though I hated the Nick Fury narration for the second season.

I love Avengers: EMH. The new series might be great, I have no way of knowing, but I can’t watch the new show out of principle, who is to stop Marvel from pulling the new show if they want something shinier and newer, it makes it rather pointless to invest time in something. This is Spectacular Spider-Man all over again and I can’t support a show that, even if it is doing well, is under the fear of cancellation. Cutting my Marvel pull list as well, they put out to many redundant comics, and seriously, almost everyone in the Marvel Universe is a member of the Avengers, or the X-Men, or both. Ah Marvel, our love affair was long lasting but time to move on.

Okay, so, a number of my friends that like the show loved the opening theme from the first season. It is by no means on the same level of bad as that Enterprise theme and they all hated the Nick Fury monologue from the second because it felt forced and lifted directly from trailers and lead ups to the Avengers movie. Avengers EMH is being cancelled because of they want to make it more like Ultimate Spiderman. More cartoony and more like Teen Titans. The primary character is Falcon and it’s more of a “through his eyes” show. It won’t be faithful or draw from the comics as well as Avengers EMH has done in its run. It is a huge mistake to cancel this series in favor of Avengers Assemble. What they should do is test both against each other. Pilot out Assemble and run it against EMH then choose a winner and bring that back with the full support of the company. Put it on regular Disney or ABC on Saturday. Assemble won’t have any better numbers since it will take the place of EMH and still be on an odd time on an odd channel.

The theme song wasn’t that bad. That’s just fanboy whining to complain–it’s a CHILDREN’S TV SHOW.

Just a point of fact, EMH did in fact use CGI for different elements during its run. The Quinjet and Helicarrier being the more obvious examples.

Given that all the characters in the image for AA are in EMH except Falcon, it doesn’t make sense why they would cancel EMH. It’s the exact same characters. Plus, EMH even has characters update their costumes. Just put Hawkeye in the movie costume.

Black Widow is more of a recurring role, but she could have easily been added to the regular cast like Ms. Marvel was for Season 2. The rest of the movie cast are already in prominent roles on EMH. And as for the token black character, I’m guessing Falcon might be used in an upcoming movie, either Cap 2 or Avengers 2. Because otherwise, there’s no reason to ditch Black Panther, a superior character who adds more to the team and is just a better and more “classic” Avenger, for Falcon.

I watched this cartoon, it will be missed.

What? I loved the theme song in the first season. I’m sad to see EMH go.

One rumor I have heard is that Assembled is going to be in the style of Ultimate Spider-Man (which, while I don’t HATE it, I could do with out the Deadpool-esque “breaking the 4th wall” mess). If this is true, I will probably boycott it from the get-go. Spider-Man is understandable for this treatment, but the Avengers doing it make no sense what-so-ever.

I’ve been ok with the animation style with the exception of the Serpent Society. They all look “Hulked-Out” and I don’t care for it. The only members it would not look bad on are Anaconda and Puff Adder who really are big.

I’m sure Avengers Assemble will have the same quality as the new Spider-Man cartoon.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I liked Avengers : EMH because it was like a comic each episode told a part of a larger story and kept me coming back and the closeness to the source material helped a great deal. I am a comic book fan to this day because of shows like X-men and Batman the animated series. I have found that even my kids respond better to shows like Avengers : EMH then they do to shows like Ultimate Spider-man or even Superhero squad, They like those shows but they loved Avengers. And I should say that thanks to Avengers and the take of the FF that had a guess spot on that show i have to new Fantastic Four fans on my hands.

I truly don’t understand why Marvel felt they had to cancel this show, then again Wolverine and the X-men had high ratings and it met its end after one season so the logic is there for support of these types of shows.

And I’ll tell you this of any one at Marvel had a Brain in their head they would Continue Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on Direct to DVD movies and Revitalize that weak division. How Marvel can leave that much money on the table for the sake of corporate synergy is beyond my understanding.

You want someone to blame on the idiocy of cancelling this great show for a dumbed down ADD cartoon, blame Jeph Loeb

People at Comic Con seriously need to boo Loeb off the stage when he tells us how much we’re going to love “Avengers Assemble”

How does Jeph Loeb have any kind of job at Marvel even their animation division now? Ultimatum, his horrible Hulk run, Ultimates 3, and now canceling a good show just to what make way for another version? Um one that won’t be ready till closer to Avengers 2 is out but you trying make closer to first avengers movie?

The theme song was great, and so was the show. My only problems with it were the VAs for Stark and Fury, and how Maria Hill was just as much of an incompetent bitch in the show as she is in the comics.

Seems reasonable enough to end it if it wasn’t successful. Still doesn’t explain why they junked Spectacular Spider-Man, which was VERY successful.

I am not paying for disney XD channel just so I can see a few cartoons. I am also not paying for Hud channel just so I can watch Transformers prime. They may be great cartoons but its not worth my money when I can wait and watch it on netflix for free.

Another incompetent decision from Marvel . The websites all admit the new show will be VERY low quality in comparison . Someone fire Joe Quesada , finally !

kind of crazy to cancel the show when given how the movie did the show could have stayed and filled the fans fix that plus the fact with avengers emh in place already Disney could have saved them cost and time of making a new cartoon using the same characters . or just have the cast match the movie for a third season

The theme song was frick’n awesome.

It’s deja vu all over again. While in the case of The Spectacular Spider-Man (who also had a great theme song) it came down to rights and stuff, the cancellation of AA:EMH is IMHO short-sighted.

What I’ll write now is more or less what I wrote to the creative team of TSSM. Whether they see it or not, I hope they understand: YOU DID NOTHING WRONG.

And I’m gonna follow you to whatever project you get in the future because the love for the medium was indeed evident in each and every episode.

Just like I’m pleased to see the creative team of TSSM found a home in Young Justice, I know somebody is gonna appreciate the talent you guys bring to the table. Marvel’s loss is somebody else’s gain.

Oh, and the theme song from AA:EMH was AWESOME!

really gonna miss this show. but im not writing off the next one just yet. as much as i loved AEMH as a comics fan i had a hard time watching it as an animation fan. the art style eventually grew on me but there were times when the animation was borderline awful. always bugged me. always hated Film Roman as an animation studio. at the very least Ultimate Spider Man has great animation. and it really isnt that bad of a show actually. pretty sure they wont have the same tone. dont see Cap talking to a super deformed version of himself any time soon. lol. i dunno. just trying to be positive. still recovering from Thundercats getting cancelled. why?! lol

Wolverine and The X-Men, Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers… What two things do they all have in common? 1) They rocked and 2) they were cancelled…

Just because a show isn’t doing well on tv doesn’t mean it wont make money off DVD sales later on.

Who cares? They’re making another one. Hopefully this new one will have some decent animation.

I watched the Fantastic Four on Saturday mornings back in the mid-1960’s, and it motivated me to become a lifelong FF fan. But then, the story lines were taken straight from the old Stan and Jack issues – so how could it lose? (and it had better animation that the Marvel Superheroes that I rushed home to see – Cap on Monday, Hulk on Tuesday, Shellhead on Wednesday (little did I know that Tony Stark was voiced by Dean Wormer – you would think that putting the Mandarin on double-secret-probation would have been a clue!), Thor on Thursdays (Duh!) and Subby on Friday (Fish on Friday, you know). Those story lines were also taken directly from Tales to Astonish/Suspense, but the animation was so poor! Spider-Man’s animation n the Saturday morning show was little better – even as a kid I could see and resent the constant repetition of him swinging and climbing webs. But the FF – there were some stories. I was intriqued and confused by the fact that they referred to each other by their Christian names and not by their code names (who was Ben? why didn’t they call him the Thing?).

So, yes, the Sat. AM cartoons were the crack that got me hooked for life on the floppies.

Sorry to see this series get the axe. I could never figure out why the never slotted it in prime time. Watching this show integrate the Fantastic Four and Avengers characters make me wish it were so in the movies.

“Wolverine and The X-Men, Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers… What two things do they all have in common? 1) They rocked and 2) they were cancelled…

Just because a show isn’t doing well on tv doesn’t mean it wont make money off DVD sales later on.”

Actually none of those shows got cancelled for ratings OK I cant speak for Avengers but Wolverine and the X-Men got great ratings not to mention it was on a channel that was on fewer homes then Disney XD. Spectacular also did well on Kids WB. What killed them was rights issues and and behind the scenes politics. Pretty sure Avengers EMH got canned for the same reasons.

Sad to see it go – hopefully the replacement series keeps me interested.

And – the 1st season theme song was wicked awesome – by the time the season ended, my wife was singing along with the kids and I!! No idea why they dropped it for season 2, but it was the first thing we all noticed “Hey, what happened to the song?” Dumb voice over instead? Poor decision Disney.

Hi Iron Maiden – long time! Is the FF board still active?

Jim

FIRE LOEB and JOE Q!! Hire the guy that wrote Spectacular Spider-Man who is now doing Young Justice. This guy knows what fans want. Cartoons are not just for kids, they are for all ages. Ultimate Spider-Man sucks!!

I understand why they did this but I will never forgive them for it, (whether it was Disney or Marvel). I flat-out refuse to watch the show which will be replacing it.

If they start breaking the fourth wall and cut away to Family Guy jokes, I’m gonna go start breaking the teeth of the people responsible.

“Cartoons are not just for kids, they are for all ages.”

Not just for kids, but primarily for kids. It seems fans like us take so much ownership of our favorite characters that we forget kids are the primary audience for these companies’ and their characters. If kids don’t like it it’s a failure.

Groot!! Awesome!!

You’d think with the numbers the Avengers movie was doing they’d keep it going, but go figure…

Groot!! I’m waiting for Moomba!!!

cool show gets cancelled. write a petition. the fans matter. who do u think joss whedon made that movie 4?

Was it better than Ultimate Spider-Man? Honestly, except for the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons (and maybe X-Men Evolution?) Marvel has got nothing on DC in the animated department.

2 quick points.

1. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who enjoyed the first season opening theme song. That song, IMO, was very catchy.

2. I can’t help wondering how this show might have done if it had aired on NICKELODEON instead of on DISNEY XD.

It is stupid to blame the show for its numbers if it has a Sunday morning time slot. The show should be on afternoons when kids get home from school, which is when they normally watch TV or between 4 & 6 weekdays before dinner and getting ready for school tomorrow.

It is a brilliant show, on a suckish network. It would have done better on Disney Channel or Family again at a better time slot.

I can’t wait to see the Rocket Raccoon episode, my kids and I are watching the show off the DVD’s …

A seriously stupid decision but who of us honestly aren’t going to watch the new show when it comes out? I’d rather this Avenger cartoon but if the other one is at least half as good … I’ll take what I can get. Though honestly Marvel, I’ll probably be buying the DVD’s for this version of the Avengers at the time.

Did they stop making Spectacular for Ultimate?
Spectacular Spider-Man was okay, but my sonstoopedd watching after the first season. I thought it ended a while ago.
We love watching Ultimate Spider-Man. but we’re both big Deadpool fans. The last episode had the best cartoon Wolverine version EVER. he was rude, short, anscaryey.
Their Hulk was nicely done as well.
It was a little odd that Spider-Man and Earths Mightiest Heroes shared a lot of the characters, but not quite the same versions of them.
Maybe this is to address that issue.
My son and I also love the Avengers show. characterizations, great guest stars, but really bad art and animation.
Couldn’t they keep this going until the new show is ready?
Or just change the art in the next season? The 90’s FF show did that.
I don’t understand why Disney put this on their channel with the least outlets, and doesn’t show it as often as they play 2 kings and Zack and Cody.

(corrected because my keyboard went spastic)

Did they stop making Spectacular for Ultimate?
Spectacular Spider-Man was okay, but my son stopped watching after the first season. I thought it ended a while ago.
We love watching Ultimate Spider-Man. but we’re both big Deadpool fans. The last episode had the best cartoon Wolverine version EVER. he was rude, short, and scary.
Their Hulk was nicely done as well.
It was a little odd that Spider-Man and Earths Mightiest Heroes shared a lot of the characters, but not quite the same versions of them.
Maybe this is to address that issue.
My son and I also love the Avengers show. characterizations, great guest stars, but really bad art and animation.
Couldn’t they keep this going until the new show is ready?
Or just change the art in the next season? The 90′s FF show did that.
I don’t understand why Disney put this on their channel with the least outlets, and doesn’t show it as often as they play 2 kings and Zack and Cody.

I prefer young-justice, but emh was good, and the plots were well written. the animation was choppy, and im sorry, NO ONE actually has a perfect square jawline. its only square if you have a metal armored chin-guard. thats the only problem I had with emh. other than that, I for one WON’T be watching the new show. tired of animated series getting canceled after two seasons, when live action, less interesting shows last well beyond seven seasons…..

Hi Professor Jim.

Yes, the FF board is still active! come visit sometime!

The EMH timing on the UK ‘Disney XD’ is just as odd – most of the time it seems to be stuck at 10 or 10.30 in the evening. Along with a number of other Marvel animations such as X-Men etc

Ended up buying the DVD set of Avengers as I could never keep up with the ordering of the series on the UK channel – often the same show was on repeatedly and then the next episode never seems to match the previous one. The other shows on the channel seem to be shown over and over, EMH (like the new Spider-man) hardly seems to be on.

Still, really enjoyed the EMH (theme song as well) and will miss Ant-man and the Wasp (hopefully they will find their way onto the new show). Really disappointed they are cancelling EMH

I’m so tired of all the whiny people bashing the Spider-Man cartoon–you people are in your 20s or older. It’s a show FOR KIDS. My 3 year old daughter loves it and when she comes with me to the comic store each Wednesday, half the time she asks for a Spider-Man comic BECAUSE of the show. There’s at least ONE new reader that wants in on the action. It’s a show FOR KIDS that all I see is a bunch of adults crying about. She loves the Avengers cartoon and we have season one on DVD (she tries to sing along with the theme song, too) and we watch Spider-Man reruns on the On Demand almost daily. Is it MY favorite? No. But I’m 33 and it’s NOT for ME. Again, it’s FOR KIDS. Get over it.

I greatly enjoy The Avengers: Earth Mightest series! I really hope Marvel reconsiders and leaves it on the air for a 3rd season!

I have enjoyed what little I’ve seen of AEMH, I almost agree with everything, save for one point:

I really enjoy that Doctor Strange movie. Sure it is not quite canon, but it’s fun and a nice introduction to Stephen.

Canceled after two seasons.SECRET INVASION…Gotta Love It!
RED HULK/General Ross ..Even_Better…Straight from the COMIC BOOKS
WHAT IF IT STARTED A DARK AVENGERS SEASON…
CAN ONLY DREAM OF IT NOW!

Fantastic article, and I couldn’t agree more. Spectacular Spiderman and A:EMH were the best two Marvel animated series ever by far, and now they’re both going to be gone. SS’s replacement is pretty bad, and since I read that AA will be done in the same style, I have no hope for that show, either. Maybe Marvel and Disney’s marketing department could have gotten their head’s out of their asses and use the success of the movie to promote the cartoon and drive viewers to their sunday morning block, even adding the Black Widow to the cast to make it more like the team from the film. But that would have been the smart, easy move.

I’m one of the people who thought that the show was just ok. It just wasn’t a must see for me. I just didn’t care for the animation or the voice acting. I caught an episode of Ultimate Spiderman, while I didn’t care for the writing it did have a much cleaner and more fluid animation style.

@redvector I’m in agreement with you.

Also, I hated that theme song. But hey, if the kids liked it, that’s all that matters.

@lordoracle That’s exactly how I saw it. Deadpool style Spider-man.

And I loved the theme song too. Wanted to buy an MP3 of it.

The beauty to me of EMH was that I could see the stories I grew up on in it, and talk about them with my Godkids. Heck I still have the first Captain America episode on DVD and watch it just for all the awesome moments. (Like Steve beating all the Avengers. Warms my heart.) :-)

Lester Romero

June 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

Personally I never felt the show was that great. It felt like the Avengers on speed. It never took its time to really build with depth. The first episode wedge two stories together that could have easily been its own episodes. They needed to slow it down a notch and even moments where it should excel in characterization (like rare quiet moments with Cap and Tony) it doesn’t devote enough time to do it justice. Maybe people are lamenting that fact that it was cancelled in general but in reality the show was simply ok.

And yes I’m glad that whiney new age rock music intro is gone forever.

This was such a great show. They are distilling classic storylines down to make them palatable for a new audience. Just put some marleting money into it, so people will find it and they will love it, and you will have a new audience who want to read more about the stories that spawned Michael Korvac or the Secret Invasion or the prison break that brought the (New) Avengers together. Plus, watching this show actually made it believeable for me for the first time that a character like Hawkeye can with the big boys in a fight.

I will be sad to see it go.

I will always thank this show’s theme song for teaching my 3 year old to sing. From the age of two he perked up whenever it was on and now he runs around the house singing it, pretending to be Cap or Iron man. That is your target audience, and if my kid is an example A:EMH hit the mark with Hawkeye accuracy.

I must also say that my adult Marvel fans regularly watched the show and in many ways enjoy it’s comic adaptations more than even the Movie. A:EMH was a faithful interpretation of Marvel’s comic universe updated for modern times. In many ways this show was better than the original comic stories because they were’nt as dated anymore.

Also, my son loves Ultimate Spidey, and my adult friends have started to get into it. The Throg and the Hulk episodes were great. I actually love the “Scott Pilgrim” feel the show has.

Ed (A Different One)

June 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

I too fear that we will have a repeat of the “Spectacular Spider-Man canceled to make way for the vastly inferior Ultimate Spider-Man” phenomenon here with the Avengers cartoons. Both SSM and AEMH showed lots and lots of comic book love with a respectful, though not strict, adherence to the original comic books storylines.

However, while I don’t know how the overall ratings for USM are doing compared to SSM, I have definitive proof that USM is speaking to a younger audience. My 7 year old daughter loves USM, and even sat through a three hour mini-marathon of it with me this past Sunday. I couldn’t get her to hardly sit through a full 1/2 hour epidsode of SSM when it was on.

USM ain’t starring the Spidey I grew up with (or even the one that Bendis is penning in the floppy books), but it apparently does speak to a younger audience, which to Disney is what balances the ledger sheet . . .

“It just…baffles me how Marvel sucks at keeping animated features on TV while DC excels at it…then it’s vice-versa when it comes to the movie adaptations…”

I’m also really baffled by this…

“Sorry about EMH…even though I’m more of an X-fan when it comes to Marvel…I did enjoy EMH. It was one of the better Marvel ensemble animations we’ve had in a while.”

I’m also more of an X-Men fan but A:EMH was a pretty darn good series and I’m aslo sorry to lose it

“I’m still waiting for my X-men animated series…”

ME TOO! Let’s hope that the rumors about a new X-Men series turn out to be true and we’ll get one sooner rather than later…

Story is Ultimate Spider-man is kicking butt with the age group Disney XD wants, same kids keeping “Kickin’ it” on the air (Much more than the Avengers) and Disney doesn’t care about the the over 18 crowd.

So out with the all ages shows, and in with the dumbed down ones.

I watch this show with my six year old daughter, admittedly we watch it via On Demand, but she loves the series. She’s too young for the movie, so I wonder what is the entry point for kids like this? Ultimate Spider-man? We tried to watch it and she hated it.

I just hope whatever replaces EMH, is as accessible and not unsufferably “hip” and dumbed down as USM.

“AEMH is watchable by both 4 year olds and 40 year olds. Thats why I love it, everyone in the house can sit down and watch the same program and glean enjoyment from it.”

This is a comment from the petition that some great guys are doing. AEMH is an awesome cartoon, have a great storyline and great characters adaptation.
Marvel is doing a huge step back cancelling it.

IMO, since every member of the movie team roster and the upcoming AVENGERS ASSEMBLE cartoon team roster have already appeared in the show, Marvel should have just continued A-EMH under the new “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” title and use the same team roster that is being shown in the AA promotional picture.

Why is it DC does a fantastic job on their cartoons and a mediocre job on their movies while Marvel does a great job on their movies and a lousy job on their cartoons? I think when it comes to the cartoons they talk down to their audience or at least they are directed to do so for marketing concerns. But when I went to a showing of Avengers there was a little kid coming out with his mom and he was talking avidly about who should be in the next movie and they were all characters from the cartoon because he was far too young for the comics. Now by destroying a successful cartoon to make it more like the movie they threaten to loose the energy and enthusiasm that that young mind might bring in the future. Not to mention the toy potential.
I’ve found the Ultimate Spiderman cartoon has been painful to watch.
And the How to draw and the how they do that sessions as well are agonizing as well. DC’s shorts to me at least have been 50/50 no make that 80/20 good to bad. At least even the bad ones get a chuckle out of me. For both I would have much rather had an extra minute or 2 of show.

Cartoons get cancelled all the time, so what’s the big deal? Deal with it and grow up!

EMH’s probablem was that it was only watched by overweight 49 year old dudes. This show didn’t attract kids, which are the targeted audience and all the references to comic book storylines flew over their heads.

The Movie is a hit Worldwide, so making a show similar to it makes sense and Disney will promote it heavily and even give it a huge budget, unlike EMH.

I too enjoyed A:EMH, and while I’m sad to see it go, I’ll pick up the DVD sets.

I think the reason to cancel is going to come back and haunt them. One of the greatest problems with superhero stuff is continuity and consistency. There decision is laced in a hybris, that they can somehow do better than EMH, while making it close to the movie. Where’s the guarantee of that? Gaining an audience, when they have plenty of other things they could be doing, isn’t easy.

I’m not a usual super hero viewer/buyer, who’s seasoned more in anime stuff like Avatar, but EMH hit a sweet spot, being entertaining while not pandering to its audience, like that terrible Ultimate Spiderman travesty. EMH could have done greater things if left alone, but I really think that its nothing but pure and simple greed and control, that motivates Disney/Marvel to cancel it. If the cancelation hurts enough, let them know your displeasure.

These kind of cancel/reboots, is why I cared little for Xmen after a while. One can only rewatched the same kind of stuff so much. Sure I’ll give AA a chance, but there’s an old saying. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. To break EMH deliberately, when its doing well is…..crazy.

Heres to animated series that can be watched by children and adults alike, for that is a more positive route for animation to be in. Guess I’ll be sticking with Young Justice and The Legend of Korra, then.

nathanfairbairn

June 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

My seven-year-old son almost cried when I told him they were cancelling this show. He loves it so much. The shows were what made him interested in reading the boxes of old Marvel comics I had in the basement.

Am I the only one who felt that EMH existed in Marvel’s cinematic universe?! The voice actor sure did his best to sound all RDJ?

How’s about this; Re-brand the show like Justice League/JLU? DC steals so many ideas from Marvel, why not return the favor?!

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