By The Hammer! 'Thor' Getting Animated Series In 2010

ThorMarvel isn't focused only on big-screen blockbusters -- they're expanding their superheroes to small screen animation, too. They have already produced some solid efforts, including this week's peek at the upcoming "Wolverine and the X-Men" series, and the "Hulk Vs." DVD set hitting stores on January 27th, 2009 (click here for a look at the "Hulk Vs." trailer). Those should tide you over until fall 2010, when Marvel will be bringing "Thor" to television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they're planning 26 half-hour episodes that will follow the Norse god's film debut, and keep him alive and worshipped in the public's mind until he joins "The Avengers."

The series will be pretty typical of Thor -- he'll be defending Asgard against fiends, villains, giants, and whatever else Marvel can throw at him, and he'll venture across mountains, icy mists, and fiery voids. (And if the locations look anything like they do in the "Hulk Vs." DVD, this series will be a visual treat.) He'll have his supporting cast of Balder the Brave, the Warriors Three, and his evil adopted brother, Loki. All the stuff a Thor fan could ask for!

As Splash Page readers will no doubt be aware, this "Thor" news comes on the heels of several other announcements hailing from the Marvel Animation crew. Recently, award-winning actor Djimon Hounsou was named as the voice actor for an upcoming "Black Panther" animated series scheduled to air on BET Networks in early 2009. And while there's a lot of buzz surrounding the build-up to the live-action "Avengers" film, Marvel also has an animated version of "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" in the works, too.

Will you be watching this series, "Thor" fans? Or does your fandom depend solely on the upcoming live action movie?