Of all the many reasons to fall in love with "Marvel's The Avengers," there's perhaps none greater than the Hulk. Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and his oh-so-angry alter-ego stole the show in the Joss Whedon-directed flick, so it's no surprise that Hulk will remain a significant presence in geek culture for many years to come.
A live-action "Hulk" television series is already in the works at ABC, and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb wants you to know that there is even more smashing on the way — quite literally, in fact, as the Jade Giant will headline a new animated series called "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H," hitting the small screen in 2013.
"What's more fun than one Hulk? And that would actually be five Hulks," Loeb told TV Guide. "We're taking characters that already exist in the Marvel Universe — because it's very important to us that it all begins with [the comic-book] publishing. That cast is Hulk; the Red Hulk; Skaar, who's the teenage barbarian Hulk, She Hulk — who's actually been a character in the Marvel Universe for 30 years; and a relatively new character, A-Bomb. He's more of a Blue Hulk. And together they are Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H."
As for what "S.M.A.S.H." stands for? Don't bother asking. "They're Hulks, it can stand for anything they want it to," said Loeb.
Aside from "Agents of S.M.A.S.H., " Loeb and Marvel TV are also planning the just announced "Marvel's Avengers Assemble," a new show that will replace the currently running "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes." According to Loeb, "Assemble" will more closely resemble the vision seen in cinemas this summer, with one notable exception: the addition of Falcon, a superhero commonly associated with Captain America.
"Falcon is going to be the eyes of the viewer," said Loeb. "He's a new member of the Avengers so he's walking through our stories wide-eyed and with wonder and amazed to be a part of it. He's a little younger than the rest of the cast and a little greener, so he adds an interesting dimension to the team that we think will play really well with the audience."
Both series are planned for 2013, though no home networks have been announced for either project.
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