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On top of their massive movie output and their steadily increasing roster of television shows, Marvel’s also pushing their animated output into new territory. Following the release of Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United and the announcement of Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, it looks like Marvel’s animation department shows no sign of slowing down. The recently announced Black Widow & Punisher even demonstrates that no character is off limits when it comes to this line of animated films; high-profile Avengers can team up with grim-and-gritty comic book heroes.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with five more pairings that we want to see brought to life via Marvel Animation!
Since coordinating Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth’s jam-packed schedules for a live-action team-up film would be nearly impossible task, Marvel Animation should take on the challenge and give fans a version of this Cap/Thor/Iron Man adventure. This limited series from 2010 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis took Captain America and Iron Man on a trip to their old buddy Thor’s homeland, Asgard. This epic adventure pulled the Avengers’ powerful trinity closer together than ever, as they went up against Hela and her deathly forces.
Captain Marvel & Spider-Woman
The Carol Corps – and pretty much every Marvel fan – wants more Carol Danvers. While rumors of a solo film constantly run amok online, the Black Widow & Punisher trailer shows that she will appear in the animated movie. With a precedent for animated inclusion set, it would make sense for Marvel Animated to have her co-headline a feature alongside her frequent partner-in-dinosaur-punching, Spider-Woman. And while we’re not exactly sure where Jessica Drew’s live-action film rights lie since Sony owns Spider-Man’s, Marvel has retained animated rights to all of its characters, meaning that animation may be the perfect place for Spider-Woman to fly high.
Of all the big screen Avengers, ol’ Clint Barton’s gotten the least amount of screen time, causing many casual observers to dub Hawkeye the least important Avenger. Marvel Animated should fix this problem of prominence by putting the Avenging archer front and center in his own film, and there’s no better status quo to animate than the one currently set up in Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye. Portray Clint as the wise-cracking and down-on-his-luck protector of his Brooklyn apartment building, fending it off from heavily armed and tracksuit wearing gangsters. This being a team-up movie, the film would have to include his co-star in the comics, the fiercely independent and rebellious Kate Bishop.
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine
Due to head-scratching complicated legal issues, characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine will not be able to appear in Marvel Studios live-action films for the foreseeable future. But Marvel fans should not fear, for the characters are fair game when it comes to animation. With that being the case, Marvel Animation should turn their sites towards this pairing – and hopefully this specific limited series by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert. The wall-crawler and claw-slasher team up to stop a bank heist only to be pulled through the far reaches of time. Sure they have to fight off some bad guys, but the real conflict takes place between these two polar-opposite heroes.
Hill & Fury
The opening act of Marvel’s The Avengers only hinted at the totally bad-ass depths contained within S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill. Fans of Marvel’s superspy organization would flip out over an animated feature devoted to Hill and Director Nick Fury, one that could play with a lot more of the high concept Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko creations that are hard to pull off on live-action projects. Maria Hill’s early days with the organization would make great fodder for an animated film, perhaps if they focused on the mission that cemented her as Nick Fury’s right-hand agent.