The Walt Disney Company‘s new streaming service Disney+ is one step closer to becoming the definitive permanent streaming home for Marvel’s past animated television series (hello, X-Men!), similar to what Warner Bros. is attempting with DC Universe (and now HBO Max): becoming the archive of DC Comics on television and film.
The Disney+ streaming service will include animated shows (many originally aired on FOX Kids) like X-Men ‘92, Spider-Man ‘94, Spider-Woman ‘79, Spider-Man ‘81, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man ‘94, Fantastic Four ‘94, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited.
Disney+ will have classic Marvel animated series like X-Men ‘92, Spider-Man ‘94, Spider-Woman ‘79, Spider-Man ‘81, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man ‘94, Fantastic Four ‘94, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited. pic.twitter.com/Yzj3DiZtwg
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X-Men ‘92 (aka X-Men: The Animated Series) ran from 1992-1997 (five seasons) for Fox Kids and is arguably the most popular animated incarnation of the comic – even to the point where some of the American actors from the series lend their voice to the popular Capcom fighting games that used the characters, like X-Men: Children of the Atom and X-Men vs. Street Fighter. Spider-Man ‘94 (aka Spider-Man: The Animated Series) ran from 1994-1998 on Fox Kids for five seasons.
The two shows adopted many of the most iconic stories from the comics from “Mutant Registration,” “Phoenix Saga,” “Days of Future Past,” the black alien suit, “Spider-Man No More,” “House of M.” Many other characters would come to be introduced and have their own spinoff animated series as a result of the two shows.
Spider-Woman ‘79 lasted one season on ABC with 16 episodes. Spider-Man ‘81 aired in syndication for 26 episodes. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-1983) ran for three seasons through 24 episodes for NBC. Iron Man ‘92 (aka Iron Man: The Animated Series) lasted two seasons for 26 episodes under syndication. Fantastic Four ‘94 (aka Fantastic Four: The Animated Series) had a similar run with number of seasons and episodes. The Incredible Hulk (1996-1997) ran for two seasons for 21 episodes on UPN. Silver Surfer (aka Silver Surfer: The Animated Series) ran for a single season in 1998 for 13 episodes for Fox Kids. Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001) ran for a single season through 13 episodes.
There are a few television series (animated and live action) that haven’t been accounted for so far – including Fantastic Four ‘67, which was produced by Hanna-Barbara and currently owned by WarnerMedia (which also owns DC). NBCUniversal owns the rights to the 1978 live-action Incredible Hulk TV series, which can be streamed via Amazon. Let’s not forget the 1977 live-action Amazing Spider-Man series that ran on CBS for two seasons.
NOTE: Availability of titles are subject to change depending on country. The titles screened are based on the test pilot program Disney implemented in The Netherlands.