Recently, at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel detailed some amazing new feats and projects they’re working on in comics, movies, and TV. Naturally, the bombardment of announcements made on the mcu and the multiverse saga took center stage and dominated fans’ attention.
However, first looks at some upcoming anime series have also been revealed. Marvel Zombies is a spin-off of What if…? and will be a continuation of the MCU. Spider-Man: Year One It was initially thought that was the case too, but the news they provided now makes it an independent series with a beautifully distinct style. To finish, X-Men ’97 will continue from where X-Men: The Animated Series concluded. All in all, these new shows are shaping up to be quite fun and could join the ranks of Marvel’s best animated series, which is currently ranked here.
ten Spiderman (1967-1970) – 7.3
As with all of the greatest comic book characters like Batman and Superman, Spider-Man has been the protagonist of many animated shows. That is why it is not surprising that the classic Spider Man series from the 1960s finds its place here. He’s justifiably best known for his theme song and the most recently parodied tally meme in Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
Although it is a classic, Spider Man was unfortunately very limited to be as good as it could have been. Season 1 featured several iconic villains like Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin, but budget issues later forced the series to favor generic creatures instead. In fact, some episodes were completely recycled from Robin Hood Rocket with Spider-Man replacing Robin Hood. Nevertheless, it still ranks in the top ten, beating over forty other titles.
9 Guardians of the Galaxy (2015-2019) – 7.3
2014 guardians of the galaxy did something remarkable compared to the rest of the MCU. While characters like Iron Man and Captain America weren’t as popular as Spider-Man or the X-Men, they were still much better known than the Guardians. The movie skyrocketed Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon, Gamora, Drax, and Groot into fan favorites, so it’s no surprise that Marvel was quick to develop its own animated series.
Although inspired by the film, guardians of the galaxy is not connected at all – but Seth Green as Howard the Duck as he does expertly in the MCU. It aired on Disney XD for three seasons and was part of a universe of its own, connected to other shows including Meeting vigilantes and Ultimate Spider-Man. The show featured storylines closer to the comics than in the MCU, such as Star-Lord being the Prince of Spartax and the origins of Rocket.
8 What if…? (2021-present) – 7.4
Marvel made the intriguing choice of using an animated spectacle in its early explorations of the multiverse. What if…? stars Jeffery Wright as the Watcher – along with many returning MCU actors – and shows important and defining moments in multiversal history. Although it may rank lower than the likes of Loki, Wanda Visionor more recently Ms. Marvel for many fans, What if…? is a pretty remarkable series.
Above all, What if…? marks Chadwick Boseman’s last performance as T’Challa and will be remembered for it. It was recently announced at Comic-Con that Season 2 will premiere as part of the MCU’s Phase Five next year. Some characters have already been revealed there are still others who also deserve their own episodewhether in Season 2 or beyond.
seven X-Men: Evolution (2000-2003) – 7.8
Fans have been eagerly waiting for mutants and the X-Men to finally come to the MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ms. Marvel both helped with their eventual arrival, but it will likely take some time. Until then, there are some great animated X-Men shows, includingX-Men: Evolution. The show ran for four seasons on Kids’ WB and established most of the X-Men as teenagers rather than adults as in the x-men movies.
There were the classic characters of Professor X, Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Rogue, but they were also joined by Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Spyke and many more. X-Men: Evolution really focuses on not just mutant but teenage characters, giving equal attention to high school struggles in addition to the systemic issues present in the comics.
6 Hit-Monkey – 7.8
Recently, Marvel made two animated series for Hulu, MODOK and Hit-Monkey. MODOK has unfortunately been cancelled, and although no confirmation has been made, it seems likely that Hit-Monkey will be too. Nevertheless, it is still considered one of the best Marvel TV shows. The show is quite violent in a way that has yet to be seen in the MCU as Hit-Monkey is an assassin taking on the criminal underworld of Tokyo.
The show brings together stellar voice talent with Fred Tatsaciore in the lead role, alongside Olivia Munn, Jason Sudeikis, George Takei, Ally Maki and Nobi Nakanishi. Maybe interest will grow to allow the show to return for a season 2 in the future, or maybe the MCU will see an opportunity available. They’ve already made a grumpy raccoon a fan favorite – they can probably do the same for an assassin Japanese macaque.
5 Wolverine and the X-Men (2008-2009) – 8.0
Wolverine and the X-Men was another anime show that didn’t make it to a season 2, but still finds itself highly rated and loved. As is natural with their source material, the X-Men shows have some serious nuance, but Wolverine and the X-Men approaches it in a unique way. This show reunites with the team after a horrific accident, so the characters deal with trauma and regret on their own.
The main roster is also changed – swapping Emma Frost for Jean Gray and relegating Professor X to a future timeline. It follows multiple characters individually while showing unique perspectives on team dynamics. While it only lasted one season and could set up a deserving second, it still ends fairly succinctly and is enjoyable to enjoy as it is.
4 The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008-2009) – 8.3
Due to legal issues over Spider-Man’s rights, many of his shows over the past two decades have been unable to reach their full and eventual potential. It’s the case for The spectacular Spider-Man which only lasted two seasons before being cancelled. Despite this, it was universally praised by critics and fans alike for blending the mature elements inherent in Spider-Man stories with a style aimed at young audiences.
Above all, over the two seasons, many iconic Spider-Man villains have been introduced, including several are still missing from the MCU, such as Black Cat, Chameleon and Rhino. Its last episode aired in 2009, but it’s still rated as one of the best anime series of all time, hence the high rating on IMDb and the high placement here.
3 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010-2012) – 8.3
Like Spider-Man and the X-Men, the Avengers have had a lot of representation in animation. The most recent series is Meeting vigilantesbut their highest rating is The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. They consisted of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Giant-Man, and Wasp and were eventually joined by Vision and Ms. Marvel.
They encountered many classic Avenger villains like Loki, Hydra, and Doctor Doom. The show drew on sources beyond the comics for design and story elements – even from the MCU – and was also part of an interconnected universe with Ultimate Spider-Man. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was conventionally canceled before it could reach its intended conclusion, but what it was able to accomplish was still quite impressive.
2 Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-1998) – 8.4
Frankly, the 1990s really were the best time for comedy animated shows. From DC there was Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series and Marvel has helped the cause with Spider-Man: The Animated Series and X-Men: The Animated Series. In this case, the first takes the money.
Over the course of five seasons, the series was able to feature many popular Spider-Man storylines, including his black symbiote suit, his relationships with Mary Jane Watson and Black Cat, and even teaming up with the X-Men. This naturally impacted every subsequent depiction of the hero in animation and live action. A new series, Spider-Man: Year One, is in development and will feature an MCU-adjacent origin and year one story. Anyone can guess if he will be successful enough to take Spider-Man: The Animated Series‘ current crown.
1 X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997) – 8.5
Take first place and rightly so X-Men: The Animated Series. It’s still the definitive X-Men show – though it’s actually the second after a failed pilot for X-Men: Pryde from the X-Men a few years earlier. Since it was able to run its course to the end, it lasted a glorious five seasons and devotedly adapted some of the X-Men’s best storylines.
Currently, there is a resurgence in the appreciation of the show, which is a pleasure to participate in. The memorable theme song has already been used a few times throughout the MCU to signal the arrival of a mutant like Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Additionally, the series will get a revival on Disney+ next year. X-Men ’97 reunites much of the surviving voice after 25 years of absence to carry on where X-Men: The Animated Series leave behind.
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