Formerly seen together on-screen as the Petrelli brothers on Heroes, Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia will now team up behind the mic under the Marvel Television banner. At their WonderCon panel, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb announced that Pasdar and Ventimiglia will voice the title roles of the new Iron Man and Wolverine anime series:
“Adrian and Milo are perfect as Iron Man and Wolverine [respectively]. It’s extremely exciting to see these talented guys take on two of the most iconic super hero roles of all time.”
The Iron Man series will feature Tony Stark traveling to Japan to take on the Zodiac consortium while Wolverine, also in Japan, battles the criminal underworld. Each anime series, along with Blade and X-Men will appear exclusively on the G4 network here in the US. G4 will air an exclusive clip from Wolverine on this Wednesday’s Attack of the Show at 7pm ET/PT.
While we brought you the news last year that four new Marvel anime series would air on G4 in 2011, some of you might still be wondering just how that happened. For each of the four titles, Warren Ellis (Red) has written twelve different 30-minute episodes based off of existing storylines. These episodes were commissioned for the southeast Asian market and were animated by Madhouse studios in Japan. Ellis himself noted that the US release of these series would “either be dubbed or subtitled.” With the above announcement, I think we can safely assume the episodes will be dubbed.
Here’s the full press release:
G4 will be the exclusive U.S. television home of four brand-new anime series featuring some of the most successful and iconic brands from the Marvel Universe. Produced by Madhouse for Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ), these four original series – “Iron Man,” “X-MEN,” “Wolverine” and “Blade” – will premiere on the network in 2011 and will air as standalone series made up of twelve 30-minute episodes under the guidance of Warren Ellis.
“Iron Man” In an effort to make amends for his weapons manufacturing past, Tony Stark has dedicated himself to building the world up rather than tearing it down. Traveling to Japan to build a new arc reactor that will deliver unlimited free energy to the Japanese people, Stark is challenged by the Japanese government and the media when he attempts to import the necessary nuclear priming device. And when the reactor-in-construction is repeatedly attacked by the mysterious Zodiac consortium, Stark must gather his allies to take on Zodiac and its mastermind.
“X-MEN” The X-MEN are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-MEN, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.
“Wolverine” Based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller, the series begins in Japan, where Logan is challenged by Shingen Yashida, the notorious leader of a powerful mafia clan. When Shingen’s employee Yukio, a female assassin, falls out of Shingen’s favor, she must kill him or be killed. Teaming up with Logan, the pair seek out the villain to exact their revenge.
“Blade” Eric Brooks — known as Blade — seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire lord who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with Eric. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade’s quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost, and, in Viet Nam, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.
G4 will air the Iron Man and Wolverine series in July 2011 with the Blade and X-Men series airing later this year.
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