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Marvel and Lions Gate To Release Animated Avengers DVD

Marvel Enterprises and Lions Gates Family Home Entertainment, a division of Lions Gate Entertainment, will release an animated made-for-DVD version of THE AVENGERS. In this first installment of a multi-picture home video deal, the animated feature will cast some of Marvels most popular superheroes, including Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man and Wasp.

THE AVENGERS home video release will be based on the best-selling Marvel Comics series THE ULTIMATES. Production on the animated feature is underway and will be distributed by Lions Gate Home Ent. as well as available in stores in early 2006.

THE AVENGERS are a superhero team for the ages which combines many of Marvels most popular and enduring characters into one cohesive unit, said David Maisel, president/coo, Marvel Studios. They are a natural choice to launch Marvel into the fast growing made-for-DVD marketplace.

Glenn Ross, president, Lions Gate Family Ent., added, Production on this new title marks the next chapter in our ongoing relationship with Marvel. Were excited to be able to bring high quality animation and compelling stories to a very rich cast of top Marvel characters that will satisfy both the hard core Marvel fan as well as a broader audience that is looking for great action hero entertainment.

Marvel and Lions Gate plan to develop, produce and distribute eight original animated made-for-DVD features based upon the extensive Marvel character library. Marvel is spearheading development and production with Lions Gate handling marketing and distribution.

This agreement is an extension of the theatrical relationship between Lions Gate and Marvel, which has led to the release of THE PUNISHER to theaters earlier this year, as well as the development of theatrical film releases for Marvels IRON FIST and BLACK WIDOW characters.

Lions Gate Ent. is a leading independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of approximately 8,000 titles is one of the largest in the entertainment industry. For further information on Lions Gate, visit www.lionsgatefilms.com.

Marvel Enterprises is a leading global character-based entertainment licensing company, with the world's largest character library of more than 4,700 properties. Principally focused on licensing, Marvel has talented creative teams in its Consumer Products (licensing), Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics and Toy Biz divisions. These divisions support the development of a broad range of entertainment (film/television/DVD), consumer products, toys, comics/trade paperbacks and promotions based on the Marvel characters. Visit www.marvel.com for more information.

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