After what appears to have been a premature announcement about the cancellation of Disney XD's The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Marvel has officially confirmed development of Avengers Assemble in a TV Guide interview with Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and Head of Television Jeph Loeb.
Although they discussed the previously announced Marvel Animation Studios series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Loeb offered few details about Avengers Assemble, saying, "We're still very early on in the process and we don't give away too much." In fact, the two didn't comment at all on the fate of the fan-favorite Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and when asked whether the new projects will find a home on Disney XD, Loeb replied, "I think the best answer for that would be, 'Wouldn't that be fantastic?'"
He did, however, confirm that Avengers Assemble is designed to reflect Marvel's billion-dollar blockbuster. "It's safe to say that we're looking at a show that more closely echoes the tone and the feel of the movie," he told the website.
The initial promo image shows the team lineup from the film -- Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye -- joined by comic-book mainstay the Falcon. "Falcon is going to be the eyes of the viewer," Quesada told the website. "He's a new member of the Avengers so he's walking through our stories wide-eyed and with wonder and amazed to be a part of it. He's a little younger than the rest of the cast and a little greener, so he adds an interesting dimension to the team that we think will play really well with the audience."
Announced at Comic-Con International, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. features the Hulk, Red Hulk, Skaar, She-Hulk and A-Bomb. Eliza Dushku will provide the voice of She-Hulk.
Marvel announced Monday that Ultimate Spider-Man, which was paired with The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD's new Marvel Universe programming block, has been renewed for a second season.