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Goddammit, Avengers: EMH Really Is Canceled

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Goddamit. From a goddamn print-only Marvel press release:

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes won’t be renewed for the 3rd Season. Marvel Animation will present their newly developed series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble in 2013.
Godfuckingdammit. The ratings might have been low (and I’m assured by my sources that they were, so you can’t totally blame new Marvel TV showrunner Jeph Loeb for this), but I don’t care. Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was perfect. It’s my favorite incarnation of the Avengers ever. It gave all the main Avengers their origins. It was packed with less famous Marvel heroes and villains, while never sacrificing story. It covered “Under Siege,” “Secret Invasion,” “The Korvac Saga,” the Surtur saga, and attacks by Ultron, Kang. Doctor Doom, and AIM, and made their threats seems genuinely threatening. It brought in the Fantastic Four, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and so many more. It included my favorite versions of Hulk, Hank Pym, Wasp, and gave us the quintessential versions of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and many, many more. It was outstanding, and now it’s being canceled for a show that will almost certainly be worse. That show will be Avengers Assemble, coming out in 2013.

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I wouldn’t get too excited by the art style, as I’m pretty sure this is just a mock-up of the movie-friendly roster. Unless this show reveals the Marvel-verse is a wide and awesome as Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and does the characters as correctly, and brings us all these classic Marvel stories, it’s going to be less good than Avengers: EMH — and there’s no way it can do any of these things, as it’s going to be beholden to the movie-verse. Avengers: EMH was perfect. Avengers Assemble will not be. Goddammit. Goddammit. (Via Nerd Bastards)

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