With Phase Two coming to a close later this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is slated to expand even more with a nine-movie Phase Three that kicks off with next year's Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios is also expanding its brand on the small screen, with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Agent Carter and four Netflix shows that kick off with Marvel's Daredevil next week. The studio also produces a number of animated TV shows that aren't connected to the MCU, but at Emerald City Comic Con last weekend, Cort Lane, Marvel's VP of Animation Development and Production, was asked if there are any plans to produce any animated content that would tie into the MCU. Here's what he had to say.
"I can't announce anything, but things are in the works."
What those "things" are, we do not know, but the studio does currently have animated shows Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man airing on Disney XD, although neither show has been renewed by the network quite yet. It's also possible that Marvel could take a page out of Warner Bros.' playbook by releasing a slew of new straight-to-video animated movies, that somehow tie in to the MCU. Warner Bros.' DC Comics movies have had plenty of success over the last few years, so this certainly could be a route that Marvel may take. Marvel is still releasing straight-to-video animated movies, with the most recent entries being Marvel Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United and Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, but they weren't nearly as successful as the WB animated movies.
It's also possible that Marvel could turn their popular Marvel One-Shot series into animated short films, instead of live-action shorts. Marvel hasn't put out a One-Shot since Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King in February 2014, so it's possible that the studio is considering an overhaul of these shorts. Would you like to see animated content incorporated into the MCU? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more details.