SDCC: Marvel Animation panel; X-men and Blade animes also announced


Yesterday, I sat in on the Marvel Animation panel at Comic Con, where they showed off both their American animation projects as well a few of their new anime projects with Madhouse. While the American shows were more of the same, and geared towards younger audiences, the animes show more a bit more promise. I was hoping to be able to cover everything, but it looks like Andres posted the Ironman trailer earlier. So, if you haven't already seen it, please check that out.

In the meantime, if you want to learn about all five titles that Madhouse and Marvel have in the works, as well as catch a glimpse of the Wolverine trailer, please join us after the jump.

After a brief presentation about their current projects, such as Wolverine and the X-men. Marvel showed off the trailer for the upcoming direct to DVD release, Planet Hulk, which is also produced by Madhouse. I'm not exactly a huge Hulk fan, and while this looks to be one of the better Hulk films, it doesn't really compare to the projects Madhouse has in the works right now.

After welcoming Madhouse studio head, Masao Maruyama, Marvel had prepared a few questions to ask him, but being the complete bad ass that he is, Maruyama didn't really know anything about Marvel, and wasn't afraid to show it. His job was to just make sure things look awesome, and judging by the trailers we saw, he's good at it. When asked who his favorite Marvel character was, he responded with "I like them all--I really liked Jubei from Ninja Scroll." The translator probably should have told him that it wasn't a Marvel property before translating the answer for everyone there, but everyone just kind of laughed it off.

Honestly, I think it's awesome that he really didn't put much effort into researching Marvel. That's why they have liaisons working with their creative teams, it'd be their jobs to care, not his.

They proceeded to show the pitch trailers for Wolverine and Ironman, both of which looked absolutely stunning. Ironman actually gave me goosebumps, and while I know that nothing we saw is part of the stories being crafted for the plots, they did the perfect job of conveying how both series will look. Marvel also announced two new shows that are currently in development, which include X-men and and Blade.

Blade apparently will take place in Southeast Asia, while Ironman will be set in Tokyo, and will deal with weapons design between both the US and Japan, as well the clash of cultures. Wolverine will take place during the 1980's Frank Miller story arcs. In order, Ironman will be released first, followed by Wolverine, the X-men, and finally Blade, all of which are currently slated to release sometime in 2010.

Check out the trailer for Wolverine below. While I'm not quite as excited about it as I am for Ironman, I think I'd still watch it, would you?

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