After dominating the live-action movie industry, Marvel is set to re-ignite some more old memories and reintroduce us to some past and classic animated shows. For now, Disney Plus is waiting for its worldwide release on November 12!
Although fans know that DC is far superior in terms of animated shows, that doesn’t mean that Marvel has not done some commendable work in the Past.
Though Marvel’s shows cannot compete with the likes of Batman: The Animated Series, which in my opinion, is the most brilliant animated show ever produced. Still, there are shows which are worth talking about and that Marvel is bringing back into our lives, remastered in HD.
A female super-hero show in the late 1970s. Many won’t believe it, but before Spider-Man was climbing up walls and before the Fantastic Four or the X-Men saved the world, Spider-Woman was already out there shooting webs at the bad guys.
Though the show was short-lived, with only 12 episodes, it was fun and fresh. The animation too was ahead of its time when compared to the standard of 1979. Marvel adding it to Disney+ would come as a surprise to many.
This Spider-Man animated is series is lesser-known to people, but I find it rather original and more faithful to the original comics. The show also guests Captain America and Doctor Doom, which is pretty impressive.
The crossover with the other Marvel characters and the originality to the comics makes it worth watching, though it only aired for 24 episodes.
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. ( 1982)
This was the first Spider-Man cartoon that I watched. The teaming up of Spider-Man with his amazing friends Iceman and Firestar was excitement level 10 for me!
The show has a far more raw and authentic use of its characters and better animation than it’s time too. Moreover, the crossover episode with X-Men will surely lighten up your day.
The X-men show is better than the live-action movies and there is no disputing that. The show handled the story arcs much better, and the characters were truly well developed.
The show managed to elaborate the Human-Mutant conflict incredibly well and I would rate it higher than the confused X-Men live-action movies for sure.
We love Iron Man now, but back then he was not a famous or a likeable character. When he finally made what should have been a memorable appearance for the first time in 1994, it turned to instead be utterly forgettable.
The show has 24 episodes and has nothing that makes it stand out. Still, the animation and dynamics between characters are noteworthy, and it would interest the audience to see how Iron Man looked before we got RDJ.
Spiderman The Animated Series(1994)
This animated show ruled the Marvel’s 90’s and is one of the best Spider-Man shows ever. The story highlights a young Peter Parker, as usual, struggling with life.
The show also introduces Venom, the black symbiote and likes of Wolverine and Punisher appear in the show as well.
The show ran for 65 episodes spread across five seasons.
Fantastic Four ( 1994)
Fantastic Four is Marvel’s most legendary family, and unfortunately, it has not got a live-action movie, worthy of its status.
The show mainly focuses on the conflicts between Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom, who wants to absorb the power of Silver Surfer.
The show was not well received, ending with two seasons containing a total of 26 episodes, it was still better than the disastrous live-action attempts.
Incredible Hulk (1996)
The Hulk show was one of the more notable Hulk appearances and was well-received during the first season. The dark tone of the first season was appreciated, but things got worse in the second. The presence of She-Hulk and significant changes in the show led to its cancellation.
The show went on for two seasons with a total of 21 episodes. There are few more shows speculated, and we will update the list as soon as we get confirmation about them. Silver Surfer and Spider-Man unlimited are rumoured to appear too.
The addition of Marvel’s past animated shows into the Disney+ will surely give us a good flashback of its legacy and how things have changed.
DuckTales ( 1987-1990)
I am in love with all the Mickey Mouse related characters, and Donald Duck is one of them. The show is actually about his nephews and follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie as they travel the world solving and sorting out chaos.
The show aired for three years from 1987 to 1990, with a total of one hundred episodes ( which is a big total in the ’90s). Talking about the big total, the show was by far one of the best attempts by Disney to create high-quality animation shows. The show was show so successful that it paved the way for several spin-off series and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. This one will doubtlessly be streamed quite a bit!
Chip and Dale( 1988-1990)
Who doesn’t remember playing the Chip and Dale games? Chip and Dale is a show about two Chipmunks who have a knack for inviting trouble. Rescue- Rangers, a detective agency helps animals against the crimes which are too small to be noticed by police.
The gang frequently finds itself going up against two particular arch-villains: Mafia-style tabby cat Fat Cat and mad scientist Norton Nimnul. Rescue-Rangers try their best to help and sort out problems although unfortunately they sometimes invite more instead. The show aired for three seasons with a total of 65 episodes and it is an excellent addition to the list.
This one is controversial. So much so that two episodes were banned due to massive controversy. The show is about a pilot Baloo the Bear whose failing air cargo freight business is bought out by Rebecca Cunningham, and renamed ‘Higher for Hire’. An orphan boy and former Air Pirate, the ambitious Kit Cloudkicker, joins Baloo and becomes his navigator. He sometimes calls him ‘Papa Bear’.
Together, they are the crew of Higher for Hire’s only aircraft; a modified Conwing L-16 named the Sea Duck. Their adventures often involve encounters with a gang of Air Pirates led by Don Karnage. The exciting thing is that many characters are loosely based on Disney’s Jungle Book, like the main character Baloo and Sher Khan, who appears in several episodes. The show aired for one season with a total of 65 episodes.
The Adventures of Gummi Bear (1985-1991)
This series was another successful Disney classic. The series focusses on adventures of Gummi Bears, magical creatures who are living in secret due to the fear of humans. Now part of fairy tales and stories, the main cast include six bears who live in the vast subterranean warren of Gummi Glen in the medieval kingdom of Dunwyn. The Gummis regularly encounter evil humans and magical beings ranging from wizards to gods, all the while attempting to hide their existence from the world at large.
The show was a big hit, and Gummi Bears has the highest number of seasons of any Disney animated series. There are more shows on the list, and we will be updating the list as soon as more are confirmed to be streaming. Disney Studios seems to be bringing 90’s animated cartoons back in the modern world to make us nostalgic.
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