The Super Hero Squad Show

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The Super Hero Squad Show
Super Hero Squad Show.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Action-Adventure
Comedy
Science fantasy
Format Animated
Created by Stan Lee
Voices of Charlie Adler
Alimi Ballard
Steven Blum
Dave Boat
Jim Cummings
Grey DeLisle
Mikey Kelley
Tom Kenny
Stan Lee
Tara Strong
Travis Willingham
Theme music composer Parry Gripp &
David Ari Leon
Opening theme "The Super Hero Squad Show" Theme
Ending theme "The Super Hero Squad Show" Theme (instrumental)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Stan Lee
Alan Fine
Simon Philips
Eric S. Rollman
Joe Quesada
Dan Buckley
Jeph Loeb
Producer(s) Dana C. Booton
Running time 22–24 Minutes
Production company(s) Film Roman
Ingenious Media
Marvel Animation
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14) – October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
External links
Website

The Super Hero Squad Show is an American cartoon series by Marvel Animation. It is based on the Marvel Super Hero Squad action figure line from Hasbro, which portray the Avengers, the X-Men, and various other characters of the Marvel Universe in a cartoonish super-deformed-style. It is also a self-aware parody of the Marvel characters, with influences taken from on the comedic Mini Marvels series of parody comic books, in that the heroes tend to find themselves in comedic situations, and have cartoonish bents in comparison to their usually serious personalities (such as The Incredible Hulk being jovial and good-natured but with "major anger issues"), and is an overall comedic take on the Avengers. The series' animation was produced by Film Roman and Marvel Animation.

Plot[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Prior to the beginning of the series, the villainous Doctor Doom, in pursuit of universal domination, attempts to acquire the limitless reality-bending power of the "Infinity Sword." He is stopped by Iron Man, but as a consequence of their battle, the sword is shattered into numerous "fractals" that rain down on Super Hero City.

Doctor Doom has forged alliances with just about every super-villain forming the Lethal Legion in order to hunt down the scattered fractals, each of which possess dangerous and different powers of their own. Doom's forces, including his two primary henchmen MODOK (whose appearance seems to have been altered from the original version) and the Abomination, dwell in Villainville, which is separated from Super Hero City by a giant wall that is directly seen at the start of the series premiere. Once again opposing Doom's plan is Iron Man, now leading the elite team known as the Super Hero Squad, consisting of himself, the Falcon, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor, and Wolverine. Their signature battle cry is, "All right, Squaddies, time to hero up!" Marvel initially intended to put Spider-Man in at least one episode of the show, but Sony Pictures Entertainment (then-owners of Spider-Man's television rights) appears to have chosen not to allow it. However, Spider-Man appeared in Marvel Super Hero Squad's video games and other tie-ins.

The Super Hero Squad is headquartered in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and are frequently aided in their defense of Super Hero City by their boss Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Ms. Marvel, rookie "Squaddie" and Wolverine's apprentice Reptil, and many more of their superhero friends.

By the end of the first season, the Infinity Sword is reforged when Galactus arrives to devour the Earth. It is later revealed that the Infinity Sword can be wielded only by someone who wields The Infinity Gauntlet. The Silver Surfer rejoins Galactus as his Herald and leaves the team with the Infinity Sword in his possession. As of the aftermath of the battle, Villainville is destroyed, and his henchmen are arrested, except for Doom, who flees.

Season 2[edit]

A second season involves having the Scarlet Witch as a replacement of the Silver Surfer and focuses on traveling to different parts of the Marvel Universe, the galaxy, different dimensions, and through time. Thanos becomes the main antagonist for the first half of the season, as he will seek the six Infinity Stones in order to prove his superiority to Nebula and gain supremacy over the universe. He does eventually gain all six Infinity Stones; however, the Silver Surfer (who was corrupted by the Infinity Sword) steals the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos, takes over the universe, and the Silver Surfer transforms into the Dark Surfer. The Dark Surfer replaces Thanos as the main villain of the season.

In the series finale, the Dark Surfer is defeated, the infinity gems are destroyed, The Infinity Sword is destroyed again (for good) and everything goes back to normal. (Although Silver Surfer has to pay his debt for what he did as Dark Surfer) The squad's roster was changed in the season, due to Silver Surfer leaving the cast to once again become a herald of Galactus. Scarlet Witch[1] replaces Surfer, with original squad members Iron Man, Hulk, Falcon, Wolverine and Thor returning. Thor receives his "chain armor" as a gift from his father Odin in the episode Support your Local Sky-Father.

The second season premiered in the United States on October 23, 2010, on Cartoon Network[2] to coincide with the release of its video game follow-up, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet.

Marvel character parodies[edit]

Comedy is the driving factor of The Super Hero Squad Show, and the members of the squad have a comedic bend that parodies their usually serious personalities and their powers:

  • Iron Man is obsessed with high-tech solutions for even the most mundane of tasks, and his newest gadgets tend to either go untested or blow up in his face.
  • The Hulk is childlike, good-natured, and even jovial, but is prone to "major anger issues" that lead to unintended mishaps. He owns a massive collection of comic books, and tends to get into juvenile arguments with The Thing from the Fantastic Four over which one of them is stronger. He also has a strong aversion to water, due to his heavy weight, which causes him to sink like a rock.
  • Thor is overly enthusiastic about everything, and the other members of the Super Hero Squad sometimes cannot understand his archaic Shakespearean English.
  • Wolverine resents being a mentor to Reptil, choosing to go it alone, yet concedes they make a great duo. He also hates being nicknamed "Wolvie" and when ever he gets badly injured he always refers to his adamantium skeleton (curiously, his healing factor is not mentioned).
  • The Silver Surfer talks in a stereotypical surf culture accent, uses typical slang associated with surf culture, and likes to engage in philosophical discussions.
  • The Falcon is often paired with the Hulk, who calls him "Bird", and is like a big brother or mentor to him in that he either keeps the Hulk from losing his temper or frequently reminds him of the task at hand.
  • Captain America frequently uses phrases or thinks things that imply he believes he still is in the 1940s (for instance, mentioning Franklin D. Roosevelt when referring to the President, or shocked when he sees karaoke, as that was invented by the Japanese, and the other characters explain to him that they made up a while ago). This is a reference to his classic origin: getting frozen in ice during World War II, and then getting unfrozen during modern times. In addition, he has been present at various events in American history (though how he witnessed these events is unclear and not explained), and will tell the others about it in full detail unless they keep moving.

Episodes[edit]

During the first season in the opening sequence of the show, there is a running sight gag similar to The Simpsons and Fairly Odd Parents where the Hulk picks up an Infinity Fractal and is transformed by its power into something different every episode, such as the classic grey-colored Hulk, a toddler Hulk, a disco Hulk parodying John Travolta, a Hulked-out Wolverine, Bruce Banner, and a Hulk similar to Homer Simpson. This feature was removed in the second season. Additionally, each episode's title card is a homage to a classic comic book cover as are some of the episode titles.

Production[edit]

The show's executive producers include Alan Fine, Simon Philips, and Eric Rollman, with Joe Quesada and Stan Lee as co-executive producers. Cort Lane is supervising producer. Mitch Schauer, creator of the Nickelodeon series The Angry Beavers, is the show's supervising director and character designer. Matt Wayne is the show's story-editor and head writer.[3] Other writers include Michael Ryan, Nicole Dubuc, Atul N. Rao, Eugene Son, James Krieg, and Mark Hoffmeier. Novelty song writer, Parry Gripp composed the theme song.

Head of Marvel Television and comic book writer Jeph Loeb explained the series as something everyone will like, stating "Marvel Super Heroes have always entertained fans of all ages in our comics, and we're proud to offer an animated series that families can enjoy together. With the most exciting super-powered adventures, The Hub can now offer the greatest fun of all—experiencing Marvel for the very first time. So whether you want to fly with Thor, suit up with Iron Man or smash with Hulk, this series has everything your family wants to see from our heroes."[4]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

The show's first season was to debut on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 19, 2009,[5] but aired five days earlier on September 14, 2009. The second season of the series, based on The Infinity Gauntlet, premiered on October 23, 2010 at 6:30am (ET) and stopped being shown on Cartoon Network on February 19, 2011, with episode 40 ("Fate of Destiny!"). Afterward, new episodes aired only on Teletoon and were available to purchase on iTunes. On July 23, 2011 the series returned on Cartoon Network, at a new timeslot of 12:00pm (ET).[6] Although the next following weeks no new episodes aired. In September 2011, Cartoon Network announced that The Super Hero Squad Show will be airing new episodes on weekday mornings at 7:00am (ET) starting Monday, October 3, 2011.[7] The series ended on October 14, 2011. A total of 52 episodes were produced for the show. On January 30, 2012, The Hub began airing the series as part of their daily Monday through Friday line-up.[4][8] As a result of Cartoon Network losing the rights to the show, all Super Hero Squad content has been removed from the network's website.

The series first premiered on Teletoon in Canada on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 8:30am (ET) as part of the network's Action Force block. The show returned on Teletoon on Sunday, February 4, 2011 at 7:00am (ET) for the debut of the second season. All 52 episodes aired in Canada, ending on July 10, 2011.

The series premiered on December 4, 2009 in Australia, on ABC3, in October 2009.[9]

A massively multiplayer online game, entitled Marvel Super Hero Squad Online was released to the public in April 2011. The game is heavily based on the Super Hero Squad franchise, with The Super Hero Squad Show's character designs returning.[10]

International release[edit]

Country / Region Channel Original premiere
 United States Cartoon Network
The Hub
September 14, 2009
January 30, 2012[8]
 Canada Teletoon September 13, 2009
 United Kingdom Nicktoons October 16, 2009
 Australia ABC3 December 4, 2009
 Taiwan Cartoon Network April 5, 2010
 Finland Disney XD June 7, 2010
 Poland Disney XD August 7, 2010
 Netherlands Disney XD August 22, 2010
 Pakistan Cartoon Network July 12, 2010
 South Africa Disney XD May[when?], 2011
 Singapore Okto July[when?], 2011
 Japan Cartoon Network TBA
 India Cartoon Network
Disney XD
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August 18, 2014

Other media[edit]

Comic books[edit]

A four-part comic book series based on the show called Marvel Super Hero Squad was released in the fall of 2009. The series was a success and Marvel renewed the series in January 2010 as an ongoing series, now entitled: Super Hero Squad. The comic does not feature only characters from the show, but also characters outside the show. As of December 8, 2010, Super Hero Squad had a total of 12 issues released. No new issues have been released since, seemingly indicating that the comic book franchise has been canceled. Trying to bring back the franchise, Marvel released a Super Hero Squad Spectacular where the Beyonder sends them to another planet with their Lethal Legion foes.

Home media[edit]

United States[edit]

Most of the episodes have been released on DVD across several volumes by Shout! Factory and Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

  • The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword, Volume 1, released July 13, 2010, includes episodes 1–7 from Season 1, as well as never-before-seen bonus features.[11]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword, Volume 2, released November 9, 2010, includes episodes 8–13 from Season 1 as well as more bonus features.[12][13]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword, Volume 3, released February 8, 2011, includes episodes 14–19 from Season 1.[14][15]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword, Volume 4, released May 3, 2011, includes episodes 20–26 from Season 1.[16][17]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Vol. 1, released August 2, 2011, includes the first six episodes from Season 2 (episodes 27–32 overall).[18]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Vol. 2, released November 22, 2011, includes the next seven episodes from Season 2 (episodes 33–39 overall).[19]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Vol. 3, released April 17, 2012, includes an additional seven episodes from Season 2 (episode 40–46 overall) and a special promotional code for players to unlock "special powers" on the MMO based on the series and the toy line, Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.[20]
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Vol. 4, set to release on August 21, 2012, includes the final episodes of season 2 (episode 47–52 overall).[21]

United Kingdom[edit]

Five volumes have been released on DVD so far. Hero Up contains episodes 1–6, Hulk Smash contains episodes 7–11, Don't Call Me Wolvie contains episodes 12–16, Tales of Evil contains episodes 17–21, and Mother of Doom contains episodes 22–26. Home video releases of Season 2 have yet to be announced.

Australia[edit]

Magna Home Entertainment released The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Fractal War (Vol 1) and Titanic Team-Ups (Vol 2) on June 2, 2010 and The Lethal Legion Strikes (Vol 3) on September 8, 2010. Each DVD includes 6–7 episodes of the show, as well as character profiles. (Australian Release). The final volume of Season 1, entitled Quest for the Infinity Sword (Vol 4) was released on November 3, 2010, containing the final six episodes of Season 1. Season 2 The Infinity Gauntlet (Vol 1) is currently available. Infinite Thanos (Vol 2) was also released on November 2, 2011.

Canada[edit]

Vivendi Entertainment under the named Vivendi Entertainment Canada released two volumes under the names of The Super Hero Squad: Hero Up, Squaddies (Vol 1) and The Super Hero Show: Titantic Team Ups (Vol 2), both released on May 4, 2010.[22] A Vol 3 was announced to release on June 29, 2010.[22] But to a conclusion the Vol 3 DVD never hit markets. Since this happened, Vivendi didn't release a Vol 4 DVD ether. On September 28, 2010[23] Vivendi released a The Super Hero Squad Show: The Complete Season 1 DVD set containing an unnamed Vol 3 and Vol 4. It is unknown if there will be any Season 2 DVD releases.

Video game[edit]

Marvel Super Hero Squad (video game) was released on October 20, 2009.

In other media[edit]

In episode five of Ultimate Spider-Man, "Flight of the Iron Spider", Living Laser is transported into the Super Hero Squad Show universe and is trounced by Thor.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Super Hero Squad Show: Voicing the Scarlet Witch". Marvel.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Harvey, James (September 28, 2010). "New "The Super Hero Squad Show" Home Video Release, Other Updates". Marvel.toonzone.net. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Harvey, James (February 17, 2009). "First Season Of "The Super Hero Squad Show" Set To Launch Late 2009 On Cartoon Network". Marvel.toonzone.net. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Jeremy (January 12, 2012). "Marvel's 'Super Hero Squad Show' Set To Premiere On The Hub Network". MTV. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Avila, Michael (July 25, 2009). "SDCC 09 - Marvel Goes for Animated Super-Laughs in HERO UP!". Newsarama.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
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  7. ^ Harvey, James. ""The Super Hero Squad Show" Returns To Cartoon Network Starting October 2011". Toon Zone. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Super Hero Squad Show Heading to the Hub". Marvel.com. January 12, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ DeMott, Rick (July 9, 2009). "Nick UK Joins Super Hero Squad". News.awn.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Super Hero Squad Online - The Marvel Super Hero MMO for Everyone!". Heroup.com. December 14, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Shout! Factory To Release Super Hero Squad Show Volume 2 DVD in November". Superheroes-r-us.com. November 9, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Super Hero Squad Show Volume 3 DVD in Early 2011 | Superheroes-R-Us". Superheroes-r-us.com. February 8, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ Harvey, James. "The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 3". Toon Zone. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Super Hero Squad Show Volume 4". Amazon. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ Harvey, James. "The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 4". Toon Zone. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Super Hero Squad Show: Infinity Gauntlet Vol 1". Shout! Factory. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Super Hero Squad Show: Infinity Gauntlet Vol 2". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ Lambert, David (January 9, 2012). "The Super Hero Squad Show - 'The Infinity Gauntlet, Volume 3' DVD: Street Date, Cost, Box Art". TV Shows On DVD. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  21. ^ Lambert, David (May 4, 2012). "The Super Hero Squad Show DVD news: Announcement for The Infinity Gauntlet, Volume 4". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
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