While rumors about the role of the Hulk in the Avengers movie are still suggesting that the rest of Marvel's movie heroes will be spending their team-up screen time fighting the jade giant, there's one place where Earth's Mightiest Heroes have already put a stop to the Hulk's rampaging: The television screens of the future.Website Marvel Animation Age is reporting that all work on announced animated series Hulk: Gamma Corps has been stopped, with existing work being folded into the upcoming Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series:
Joshua Fine, Director of Animation Development for Marvel Animation [said that e]ven though the creative team was well into pre-production of Hulk: Gamma Corps, with scripting underway, they saw the chance to tell bigger stories that reached far beyond Hulk's universe. "It became apparent to us that the creative work that was being done to bring Hulk’s world and his villains to life was too good to relegate to his universe alone, and would be much better suited as part of an full-on Avengers scenario," says Fine.
A more realistic reason for the change was the underperformance of this summer's Hulk movie; when Gamma Corps was initially announced, the show's existence was defined as being "contingent on the movie’s performance." The cancellation of the project may be a blessing in disguise for the Green Goliath; the concept was a surprising departure from familiar takes on the Hulk, instead giving us a Bruce Banner who teamed with other gamma-ray-powered characters like She-Hulk and Doc Samson to fight "deadly threats" (Probably traditional Hulk badguys like the Abomination, the Leader and... um... Zzzax), which seems to rob the character of both his "tragic loner" and "misunderstood monster" traits. Sticking him in the Avengers cartoon gives him more of a chance to act out... as well as more chance for audiences to get ready to see him as the kind of threat that the movie Avengers will have to stop. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is due to be broadcast in 2011. "Hulk: Gamma Corps" Status Confirmed, Update On "The Avengers: Earth's Greatest Heroes" [Marvel Animation Age]