Jeph Loeb knows what the fans want. They want Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes taken off the air and replaced with something not quite to epic or faithful; they want their Spider-Man cartoon to have no consequences or danger, but constant overblown-anime-style mug shots; and most of all, they want Phineas and Ferb. Which is why the first real Disney/Marvel crossover since Disney bought Marvel will be when Spidey, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk get beamed into the Phineas and Ferb cartoon, along with Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and MODOK.
Look, I’m not really complaining about a Marvel/Phineas and Ferb crossover. Kids love P&F, and I’ve had many adults tell me it’s both nerdy and clever. That’s fine. Even if it were solely for kids, I’d understand — Marvel already has older fans with the comics, and they need to get kids interested. Hell, I know they’re doing Ultimate Spider-Man for the same reason, and while I personally don’t like the show, it seems to be working. They need to reach kids, and this is all a smart way to go about it. I’m just pissed that Marvel finally had its equivalent of the DC Animated Universe in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and they’re canceling it. You could have worked on EMH, Loeb. Given it a bigger budget, better animation. Promoted it better (or, indeed, at all). You could have grown it into an animated series that would have rivaled everything Bruce Timm did with DC. Maybe this new Avengers series will wrap in the kids, like your other cartoons. But you could have had greatness, Loeb. You had the beginning of it, just for a little while, and then you killed it.
…okay, so I’m a little bitter. Thanks to Evil Monlkey Pope for the P&F tip. (Via Wired)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.