June 28, 2013 9:00am PT by Philiana Ng
Disney Channel, Marvel Team for 'Phineas and Ferb' Crossover
Disney Channel is teaming up with Marvel for a special crossover episode.
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel will mark the first time Marvel characters will be featured in an original animated Disney Channel series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The episode is slated to premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. before it moves to Disney XD on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. (It will be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Microsoft Xbox beginning Saturday, Aug. 17.)
"The Marvel series and Phineas and Ferb both feature strong, memorable characters and compelling stories for kids and families alike, and we're excited to present their great match-up to Disney Channel and Disney XD viewers this summer," said Eric Coleman, senior vp original series at Disney Television Animation.
"This is a real Marvel Super Hero operation," said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. "It's an extraordinary opportunity for these two franchises to come together and create an adventure never before seen in the world of Marvel and Disney."
In the episode, Marvel superheroes Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk are rendered powerless after being struck by Dr. Doofenshmirtz's power-draining "inator." Once Marvel villains Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. find out that he's responsible for stripping the superheroes of their powers, they team up with him to cause even more trouble in Danville. Phineas and Ferb, meanwhile, attempt to restore the superheroes' powers before it is too late.
According to Disney, Phineas and Ferb co-creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh worked with Marvel's creative team in integrating the characters into the series' world.
As part of the lead-up to the episode, Disney will launch a new game with Phineas and Ferb and Marvel characters on July 26 on DisneyChannel.com/MissionMarvel, with a daily episodes of Phineas and Ferb airing as a strip the week of Aug. 12.
Disney XD currently airs a "Marvel Universe" block, which will welcome Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of SMASH to the schedule later this summer.