SDCC: Stephen Wacker Spotlights Marvel Animation

Sat, July 26th, 2014 at 10:34am PDT | Updated: July 26th, 2014 at 11:51am

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Shaun Manning, Staff Writer
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It's time for Saturday morning cartoons at Comic-Con International in San Diego, where Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb, VP-Animation Stephen Wacker, VP Cort Lane, and SVP Eric Radomski have gathered to talk about the House of Ideas' animation slate including "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," "Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H.," "Avengers Assemble," and more.

After Loeb fired up the crowd with chants of "Make Mine Marvel," he handed the panel over to Wacker. He spoke first about "Web Warriors," which is the third season of "Ultimate Spider-Man." "Season 3 brings a lot of changes to 'Ultimate Spider-Man," Wacker said, adding that the season leads off with "Spider-Verse." He then showed the first episode.

The Goblin captures Elektro in the Siege Perilous to use his power to open a gateway to other dimensions. "I'm going to hunt the alternate Spider-Men and collect their DNA for a very special purpose," he cackles, before Spidey arrives and follows him through the portal, where he encounters Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Girl from a world full of female heroes and villains. 2099 is on the verge of quitting his heroic calling, since "With all of my powers, there's always another crook," but our Spidey inspires him to fight on. Spider-Ham also featured, in a clip reminiscent of Porky Pig cartoons.

Fred Tatasciore, the voice of Hulk, arrived for discussion of "Avengers Assemble" and "Hulk and the Agents of SMASH." A clip from "AA" showed Captain America struggling to control the power of an Infinity Gem, while the "Hulk" clip had his agents up against the forces of Ronan the Accuser.

The Cup O'Joe Panel later will feature a clip from 'Iron Man/Captain America: Heroes United," Radomski said.

Before opening the floor to fan questions, Lane asked Tatasciore-as-Hulk about his favorite and least favorite Avengers. "Hawkeye is a pain," he said, but Thor "is my best friend."

A fan asked whether the SMASH Hulk was more Banner-like than the one seen in "Assemble," which he said was the case. "Banner is such a good guy, and Hulk is getting a bit of that, too. And he's becoming more intelligent," Tatasciore said.

"You're going to see a lot of titles in 'Avengers' Season 2 that will be very familiar to you if you're a fan of Marvel," Wacker said about longer form stories. "There may be some 'Dissassembling.'" He added that longer form stories would be introduced slowly.

Lane said there will be "a hell of a lot of Bruce Banner in the Marvel Live Tour, and it's the voice of Fred Tatasciore." Banner will also feature in the second season of "SMASH."

A fan asked whether Tatasciore "ever ordered pizza in Hulk voice." "Yes, and thai, too," he said in the voice.

A young fan asked what inspired Tatsciore to be the Hulk. "These guys," he said, pointing at the panelists, then, "the comics. And [in character] what inspired Hulk? Gamma radiation, baby."

The Guardians of the Galaxy will feature in all three animated shows, Radomski said. "With the upcoming movie, we're trying to get them into the minds of everybody who might not know about the Guardians." Lane added that a Season 3 episode of "Spider-Man" will actually air early to get the Guardians out there.

The panel ended with an animation test for "Guardians of the Galaxy" featuring Rocket and Starlord, announcing a new cartoon series.

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