Marvel today announced a new television anime series titled Marvel Future Avengers. The series will be targeted at young boys and will air on broadcast satellite channel Dlife beginning in the summer of 2017.
The anime's main protagonist is Makoto, a boy who gains superpowers via a gene manipulation experiment. Makoto and other young characters will be apprenticed as "Future Avengers" by the actual Avengers, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and the Wasp.
Marvel Future Avengers will also have a manga series from artist Teruaki Mizuno (Kyōryū Taisen Dinobout, Metallica Metalluca). The Marvel Future Avengers manga will debut in the April issue of Shogakukan's Bessatsu Coro Coro Comics Special magazine.
This is not Marvel's first foray into the anime market. Marvel launched a series of four television anime series in 2010 with Japanese animation studio Madhouse. The first was Iron Man, followed by Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade. The anime were guided by comics writer Warren Ellis, were largely set in Japan, and were meant to establish a parallel Marvel Anime universe.
The collaboration also bore two direct-to-video anime movies. The first was Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore in 2013. Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher followed in 2014.
Each of the Marvel Anime television series aired in English on G4, and the two movies were released on home media North America. It is unclear if Marvel has plans to localize Marvel Future Avengers.