‘Marvel Future Avengers’ Is Marvel’s New Anime

'Marvel Future Avengers' will debut in Japan in the summer.


Marvel has a foothold in just about every media medium imaginable. From its overwhelmingly popular cinematic universe to the comic books themselves, the comic-book company has developed one of the biggest fanbases in all of pop culture.

One area Marvel is lacking in, though, is anime. That changes with the company’s latest product. According to a report by AnimeNewsNetwork.com (h/t GameSpot.com), Marvel will release an anime called Marvel Future Avengers.

Marvel Future Avengers will target a young male audience, as it follows a a boy named Makoto, who gains powers through a gene-manipulation experiment. Along with other superpowered kids, Makoto learns under the tutelage of the Avengers, including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor and the Wasp.

This isn’t the first time Marvel has dabbled with Anime.

From October 2010 to September 2011, Marvel produced four 12-episode series that aired on Japan’s Animax. The shows featured Iron Man, Blade, the X-Men and Wolverine. In 2013, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, a direct-to-video movie tie-in, was released in the U.S.; in 2014, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher was also released in the U.S.

Marvel also worked with Toei Animations to produce Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, an anime series that premiered in Japan in April 2014. The two companies also worked together in the late ’70s on a live-action version of Spider-Man.

The show will air on Disney’s Japanese satellite channel, Dlife, this summer. At the moment, it is not known if the show will air in the United States. Marvel Future Avengers will also have an accompanying manga series. Teruaki Mizuno will draw the manga, which will debut in the April issue of Coro Coro Comics.