We're less than a month away from Disney+ launching, and the Walt Disney Company has released the full list of movies and shows that will be arriving on the streaming platform on day one. With some recent exceptions, nearly every one of Disney's feature films and Television shows will be on Disney+, including the large catalog of superhero shows that it has created and Marvel's backlog of shows from the 80s on. So, we decided to put together a list of the ten superhero shows that you should watch when Disney+ launches on November 12th.
10 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes
Though there have been other adaptations of the Fantastic Four in the past, they haven't aged quite as well as one hopes. This version of the Fantastic Four sees Marvel's first family in a more anime-inspired art style as they do battle against the likes of Dr. Doom, the Mole Man, and many more of their classic heroes.
While the animation is a bit stale compared to other anime-influenced shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, World's Greatest Heroes still retains it's titled heroes sharp personalities. It's a better way to introduce non-fans than any of the god-awful movies.
9 Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends is to Marvel what Super Friends was to DC—a cheesy 80s cartoon that was made to entertain the very young. The show has it's titular hero teaming up with both Ice Man and Firestar to take on the various baddies of the Marvel Universe.
Has it aged as well as most shows from the 80s? Pretty Much. Is it campy as all hell? Absolutely, and that's why you should watch it. It's so goofy and unabashedly silly that you can't help but get a kick out of it. Now, all we need is the '60s TV series to come to Disney+.
8 Avengers Assemble
While not Earth's most popular super team's best adaptation, Avengers Assemble is still a cut better than most of Marvel's animated escapades. Taking a much simpler approach to storytelling, Avengers Assemble has the heroes taking on the universe's greatest threats, like Thanos, Kang the Conqueror and many more. Featuring solid action sequences and fun writing, Avengers Assemble manages to appeal to both kids and adults.
7 Guardians of the Galaxy
Taking inspiration from the 2014 film, Guardians of the Galaxy follows the Guardians as they attempt to find various cosmic seeds before Thanos and his forces get their hands on them. While not a 100% accurate recreation of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy manages to re-capture the feel of the heroes' on-screen counterparts, thanks to some funny writing. It also even has a few classic 80s songs that will get you tapping your foot like Starlord.
6 Ultimate Spider-Man
When Ultimate Spider-Man was released, a lot of hardcore webheads took issue with the more comedic approach Marvel and Man of Action had taken with the beloved Marvel hero. While Spider-Man was always much more light-hearted, he wasn't constantly breaking the fourth wall like Marvel's other red-spandex trash talker.
Even so, Ultimate Spider-Man gained an appreciation over the years. While the earlier seasons humor can get a little cringy, the action is spectacular and features some unique twists on Spidey's rogue's gallery. It's not his best-animated adventure, but it's way better than Spider-Man Unlimited.
5 Darkwing Duck
One of the few non-Marvel properties on this list, Darkwing Duck has become one of the most popular characters of 90s pop culture. The show follows Darkwing's wacky adventures as he takes on the forces of evil, all so he can get the glory. While there have been plenty of self-absorbed heroes, none were able to capture the charisma and humor of Darkwing Duck.
Since the show's cancellation, Darkwing has made a few appearances on the recent Ducktales TV show. With kids already being introduced to DW, it's a smart move to check out where this beloved superhero came from.
4 Spider-Man: The Animated Series
To many, Spider-Man: The Animated Series was the gateway into the world of Marvel's most recognized hero. This 90s cartoon followed Spider-Man as he fought against some of his greatest foes. Unlike a lot of other Super Hero shows of the time, Spider-Man had numerous branching storylines and created its own continuity. The show even managed to have a cross-over with the X-Men TV series, as well as seeing Spider-Man teaming up with Iron Man, Captain America, and even The Punisher.
While the animation hasn't aged well as something like Batman: The Animated Series, and it was forced to bow before the censors, it's still a solid piece of animation that manages to capture what made Spider-Man so beloved.
3 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
During it's run, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was often called Marvel's answer to the Justice League tv series, and it shows. Like DC's animated adaption of their premier team, Earth's Mightiest Heroes had the same smart writing, excellent animation and well-defined characterization that made Justice League a hit and remains one of the best versions of Marvel's most popular Superhero group.
From adapting classic Avengers stories from the comics to borrowing elements from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this version of the Avengers was able to appeal and please both non-fans and hardcore audiences at the same time.
Gargoyles has become one of the most beloved cult tv shows of all time. Taking place in New York City, the show follows the titular characters as they defend humanity after they were turned to stones back one Millenia ago. At its time, Gargoyles was praised for its dark tone, complex characters, and Shakespearian storytelling. Even 25 years later, Gargoyles still holds up as one of the all-time greats and needs to be watched by anyone, be they interested in animation or not.
1 Every X-Men Show
While the Avengers, Spider-Man, and other Marvel superheroes have been responsible for some pretty lousy TV programs, the X-Men have never made a bad show. Whether it be the iconic 90s cartoon series, the Teen Drama inspired X-Men Evolution, or the short-lived Wolverine and the X-Men, each show has not only brought something new to the table but was also high-quality entertainment. With all three animated shows coming to Disney+, there's no reason why you shouldn't watch any of these excellent shows.