Press Release from Cartoon Network
Hong Kong, June 15, 2009 -- As part of a new output deal, Cartoon Network, the number one channel for kids in Asia Pacific, will become home to Marvel's universe of super-heroes in the region. The world's most recognizable and iconic denizens of the comic world will be powering their way onto the channel with the likes of the MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD, THE AVENGERS and THOR.
"This output deal with Marvel is a landmark partnership that will see some of the world's most popular super-heroes coming to Cartoon Network," said Mark Eyers, Vice President, Content, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia Inc. "With the acquisition of these new Marvel series, Cartoon Network is well positioned at the forefront of kids' channels in Asia Pacific."
Joining the league of super-hits on Cartoon Network such as BEN 10, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, upcoming titles from Marvel will ramp-up the adrenaline on the channel. As part of the output deal, Cartoon Network will become the exclusive partner for Marvel's next three productions including MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD, THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES and THOR.
"With such well known names as The Avengers and Thor along with our very own Ben 10, Cartoon Network will truly be the home of super-heroes in Asia Pacific," added Eyers. "This deal further represents the Channel's commitment to investing in quality programming and offering our viewers the very best animated entertainment available."
Coming to Cartoon Network:
MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUADWhen the greatest heroes on the planet unite to face the world's greatest villains, you get the biggest, most family-friendly Super Hero team-up in TV history: Marvel Super Hero Squad. It's no small job protecting Super Hero City from VillainVille's infamous criminals. But Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor and the Falcon are always up for the job. Shouting "Hero Up!" as they rush into battle, the Squad must keep Dr. Doom's allies from gathering pieces of the Infinity Sword. Otherwise, Doom will use the Sword to rule the universe! Luckily, the City is filled with Marvel Super Hero guest-stars to help out in a pinch. These brave heroes totally deliver the action -- but with plenty of humor on the side.
THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROESThis all-new property features some of Marvel's all-time favorite characters including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Giant Man and Wasp. When the planet is threatened by super villains, time traveling conquerors, alien invaders, mythical monsters and mad robots bent on the total destruction of humanity, when forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero has the power to save the world, when there is no hope left... the Avengers assemble!
THORThe THOR animated series is an all new-property featuring one of Marvel's longtime favorite characters: the heroic thunder god of Norse mythology. The animated series will follow Thor as he defends his mythical home of Asgard against fantastical villains, fiendish hordes, winged creatures and angry giants. The show takes place in various wondrous worlds: from mountainous landscapes to places of icy mists and fiery voids. Thor will be surrounded by many companions on his mission, every one sure to add to the action and adventure of this series.
MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD is set to launch in 2010 with THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES in 2011 and THOR for 2012.