Iron Man, Wolverine And More Marvel Anime Projects Head To G4 In 2011

Fans won't have to wait for "The Avengers" to get another dose of Tony Stark in action, because an all-new "Iron Man" animated series is on the way alongside some other prominent Marvel superheroes.

As part of the Marvel Anime line, a wave of "Iron Man," "Wolverine," "X-Men" and "Blade" animated projects are headed to G4 in 2011, with each property receiving a 12-episode story arc created under the guidance of comic book scribe Warren Ellis.

According to the official press release, all four anime projects take the iconic Marvel characters to Asia. The "Iron Man" anime focuses on Tony Stark's development of a new arc reactor in Japan, while the "Wolverine" anime follows the Japanese story put forth by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's celebrated comic book run. The "X-Men" anime also takes place in Japan, while the "Blade" series sees the vampire hunter searching for Deacon Frost in Vietnam.

Ellis has discussed the announcement on his official website, saying that the projects "were commissioned and created specifically for the southeast Asian market."

"The way it worked is that I devised four serials for Marvel Anime — 'Iron Man,' 'Wolverine,' 'X-Men' and 'Blade.' Which means that I came up with 12-episode stories for each property," he said. "For the most part, I used pre-existing stories as adaptation material — the 'Wolverine' story, for instance, takes the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller 'Wolverine' miniseries from the early '80s as its basic spine."

"I then wrote outlines for each episode of each serial," he continued. "These outlines were then turned into scripts by [Japan-based animation studio] Madhouse's writers, and then made into animation by Madhouse's directors and animators. Because I knew the process in advance, the outlines were really just plot, pacing and color. I imagine and expect that I've been seriously rewritten in places by the actual writers, which is fine and all part of the process."

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