Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Too cool for school

Marvel's "Super Hero Squad," a kid-friendly rendition of its core universe characters, dipped into some A-list fantasy and sci-fi talent to voice act in its new Cartoon Network series.

Coming out of Comic-Con, the cast for Marvel's latest cartoon venture added a roster of stars including familiar names from "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," stacking its list of credits with longtime stars like Mark Hamill and George Takei and more recently anointed fandom favorites like Tricia Helfer and Michelle Trachtenberg.

The characters they've been assigned may surprise you, with Takei taking on Galactus, and Mark Hamill stepping on for Captain America's former Nazi-allied nemesis the Red Skull.
“The talent that has signed on truly speaks to the strength of the Marvel brand as well as the uniqueness of this series," said Marvel’s President of Animation Eric Rollman. "This is the first time Marvel has produced an action-comedy show and the reaction from both broadcasters and celebrity talent indicates we have something very special in the making.”

Helfer will pick up Scarlett Johansson's "Iron Man 2" role as Black Widow for the series, with Trachtenberg taking on the part of Valkyrie. Other picks include "Nightmare on Elm Street" villain Robert Englund as Dr. Strange's perennial foe Dormammu and "Buffy" schemer James Marsters as Mr. Fantastic.
"Heroes" stars Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar will also be joining the cast well, with Marvel godfather Stan Lee in the recurring role of Mayor of Super Hero City.

Lee won't be the only comic book cred being pumped into the show, either, because Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada has the honor of executive producing. The cast and characters should be enough to at least catch the attention of longtime Marvel readers.
The series will pull off quite a feat in September if it can keep them and attract the younger audience it's being tailored for.

I gotta admit the Beast and I are eagerly awaiting this show.
Just look at all the voice talent they are using!
I think I just peed a little just thinking about it

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