Marvel Animation had been on a hot streak. New animated shows based on the X-Men, Spider-Man and The Avengers were all excellent, with an emphasis on storytelling and quality animation that matched the levels of the DCAU.
Alas all good things must come to an end, and for some reason the Disney owned Marvel Animation department is very keen on killing its good things before their time. First it was Wolverine & the X-Men which actually got a second season order before getting canned, then The Spectacular Spider-Man had it’s run cut short to make room for a new, less good series.
Now the best Marvel Animated show yet devised , Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, is inexplicably ending too. Like Spider-Man before it, EMH is making way for an all new Avengers series called Avengers Assembled. Which based on the early promo images features a team very similar to the mega successful movie.
This makes little sense and reeks of a bad move. It would be one thing if Earth’s Mightiest Heroes didn’t feature key elements of the movie-verse, but all of the established heroes all exist in the EMH‘s universe already, and with the rotating nature of the team in season two, it would have been very simple for the show creators to shape the show into the movie’s image.
But whats done is done, Earths Mightiest Heroes finishes its second run this year with Avengers Assemble beginning sometime in 2013.