Marvel’s New Animated Series Lead Is A Monkey Assassin. No, Seriously.
Marvel Studios has very quickly become the studio to imitate through the success they’ve had with their Marvel Cinematic Universe model of filmmaking. That award-winning success translated over into the television side of things with the new slate of the MCU Disney+ series. Not to mention their first-ever animated series that is canon in the MCU, What If…? What’s not canon, however, is an upcoming new animated series about the unlikeliest of Marvel Comics characters. The Marvel’s Hit-Monkey teaser trailer showcases a pretty decent-looking new animated series. But it’s about a monkey. A vigilante monkey that kills people. With a mentor who is a ghost-assassin. I can’t make this up, folks. Read on to find out more about Marvel’s Hit-Monkey.
OK, But Really, What The Heck Is Marvel’s Hit-Monkey??
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Probably one of the more recent Marvel Comics additions, Hit-Monkey debuted in 2010 in a comic book by Daniel Way and Dalibor Talajic. The character is one of Marvel’s more outrageous ones that got their own lead comic series but was likeable enough to now warrant his own animated series. The juxtaposition of a pretty ambiguous animal having the vested emotional development to become an assassin-killing vigilante peaked interest and curiosity. And Way’s execution of the story pushed the character over the edge into one being a pretty interesting one.
It absolutely helped that his appearance in comics was bolstered by having him be an antagonist in a story featuring a Deadpool and Spider-Man team-up. The story does end with him being an anti-hero, similar to Deapool and many others in the Marvel Comics world. And going by Marvel’s Hit-Monkey teaser trailer, it looks like the series will appeal to those audiences who like it when comic book adaptations get a little weird and unconventional.
Hit-Monkey Was Supposed To Be A Hulu Shared Universe
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Initially, when the Hit-Monkey series was announced, it was supposed to be part of a smaller-scale, adult-themed shared universe on television, featuring other shows. Dazzler, Tigra, M.O.D.O.K. and Howard The Duck were supposed to be the other shows that all came together as part of that plan. However, when the Marvel TV oversight shifted from Jeph Loeb into the larger Marvel Studios banner, plans changed. Dazzler, Tigra and Howard The Duck became casualties of the administration change. While M.O.D.O.K. continued on premiering on Hulu, and it’s actually pretty great.
Unlike the in-canon MCU series on Disney+, Hulu is the home for these other Marvel shows. Similarly, Hit-Monkey will also be on Hulu but doesn’t look like it’ll cross over with M.O.D.O.K. in any way. Especially given that Marvel’s Hit-Monkey teaser trailer features a totally different type of animation than that of M.O.D.O.K. However, for audiences who have seen MODOK’s insane and weird storytelling where anything is possible, they know that anything is possible.
Marvel’s Hit-Monkey Teaser Trailer Looks True To The Original
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The show looks very faithful to the comic book. The comic origin of Hit-Monkey sees a tribe of snow monkeys take in an injured assassin. Nursing him back to health, the monkey becomes his tribe; all except one. The distrustful monkey is wary of the stranger but ends up learning his fighting style and expertise through his observations. So when the assassin’s enemies catch up to him, slaughtering both him and the monkey’s tribe, it gets personal. Using his newfound skills, the sole remaining monkey of his tribe exacts revenge on those baddies. And, with the Batman effect in full-force, in typical vigilante fashion, vows to kill all assassins slash bad guys, in general. Thus, Marvel’s Hit-Monkey is born!
The Hit-Monkey teaser trailer follows that origin pretty closely, although doesn’t really provide much of an idea of the story. But the sequences line-up very much like that comic book origin, with some additions. It looks like the human assassin returns to mentor Hit-Monkey through his newfound life, as a ghost. Listen, I don’t know if you’re still reading, as a lot of this sounds pretty out-there, but he totally Force-Ghost Obi Wans this titular monkey. And despite my mocking tone here, the Hit-Monkey teaser trailer genuinely looks good. The action and killings and setups look actually interesting. It also helps that Jason Sudeikis is proving the voice of the human assassin, with his dry wit playing off of the monkey. The rest of the cast features Olivia Munn, George Takei, Fred Tatasciore and Ally Maki.
Marvel’s Hit-Monkey premieres on Hulu on November 17.
Are you excited or even interested in an animated show about a vigilante monkey and his ghost-mentor? Let me know in the comments below.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.