Assemble, all comic book and anime fans! Marvel have announced that an anime series titled Marvel Future Avengers will be airing in Japan this summer. Taking a shonen slant, the show will follow Makoto, a boy who finds himself superpowered after being caught up in an evil gene manipulation experiment.
Of course, Makoto will meet Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and even Wasp, which makes a change from her under-appreciation in the Marvel cinematic universe. He and his fellow superkids join the Avengers as apprentices under the Future Avengers programme, training under the main team, fighting villains, and learning and growing as heroes.
At the same time, Teruaki Mizuno of Kyoryu Taisen Dinobout and Metallica Metalluca will be drawing a manga version of the show. The manga debuts in Shogakukan’s Bessatsu Coro Coro Comics Special magazine, its latest issue hitting shelves today.
This is far from the first time Marvel and anime have joined forces. The comic publishers joined studio Madhouse to create the Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men and Blade TV anime, all of which aired on G4 in the United States. Marvel and Madhouse also produced the 2013 film Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, and the 2014 film Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.
Marvel and Toei have also worked together on the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime series from 2014. Much earlier, this dynamic duo worked on the 1978-79 live-action special-effects (or ‘tokusatsu’) version of Spider-Man too.