Marvel's big names combine powers for animated TV 'Squad'


Marvel Animation is powering up the "Marvel Super Hero Squad."

The Marvel Entertainment division said it is producing 26 half-hour episodes of a new "super-stylized" animated series aimed at 6- to 8-year-olds. It will feature such well-known heroes as Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four and Captain America; all occupy a caricatured Super Hero City and are thrust into humorous adventures as they thwart the villainous plans of Doctor Doom, Magneto, Loki, the Abomination and others.

Marvel is in discussions with networks for the distribution of "Squad," expected to be available for broadcast in 2009.

"This initiative is part of an overall strategy to create new brands and maximize exposure for the characters in the Marvel universe," Marvel Entertainment president of animation Eric Rollman said.

Film Roman will provide production services for "Squad." (partialdiff)