Netflix Top Picks: Everything Marvel Comics Edition (30 titles!) – Updated!

With so much content on Netflix Instant it is easy for some titles to just get lost in the shuffle, and with Netflix streaming now accounting for the majority of all American internet traffic, someone needs to start sorting this all out. Welcome to Netflix Top Picks, where I will select two items from the Netflix Instant service you just have to add to your queue.  This special edition of Netflix Top Picks features everything (hopefully) based on Marvel Comics currently on Netflix Instant in honor of the release of The Avengers! I have not seen everything listed here, but what I have seen I have commented on.

 

TV Shows

Title: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 26 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2010
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: Eric Loomis, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Rick D. Wasserman, Wally Wingert, Fred Tatasciore, Brian Bloom, Chris Cox, James C. Mathis III, Phil LaMarr, Alex Desert
Synopsis: When the planet is threatened by supervillains, mythical monsters or mad robots bent on destroying humanity, the Avengers assemble in this animated series based on the Marvel comicbook team comprised of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and others.
My Analysis: Here is something interesting, not only is this a new Marvel Comics TV series that doesn’t suck, but it is an Avengers series that doesn’t suck.  Taking the time to set up the characters individually, and by that I mean the first several episodes each deal with one (or two) characters at a time, leading up to the event that brings them all together.  With plots that run the entire length of the series, constant references to other characters and locations and a plethora of villains that often get overlooked, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is one of the better comic book based TV shows in quite some time.  My only real complaints are that the show always ends on a cliff-hanger, leaving you unable to not click “play next episode” and they let the success of the Iron Man movies influence the show too much (Iron Man as the leader of The Avengers, a voice actor trying waaaaay to hard to sound like Robert Downy Jr., etc,).  That, and Tony Stark’s mildly emo looking hair cut.

 

Title: The Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 26 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2006
Created By: Stan Lee, Craig Kyle
Starring: Hiro Kanagawa, Christopher Jacot, Lara Gilchrist, Brian Dobson, Samuel Vincent, Paul Dobson, Sunita Prasad, Michael Dobson, Mark Oliver, Laura Drummond
Synopsis: The Fantastic Four family — Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and Thing — take on the diabolical Doctor Doom and other evil enemies in this animated series based on Marvel’s popular comic creations.

 

 

Title: Wolverine and the X-Men
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 26 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2008
Created By:  Greg Johnson, Craig Kyle
Starring: Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren, Kieren van den Blink, Susan Dalian, Jennifer Hale, Danielle Judovits, Yuri Lowenthal

Synopsis: To bring down the powerful Mutant Response Division and ward off a catastrophic future seen by the missing Professor Xavier, Wolverine reunites with Storm, Rogue, Cyclops, Beast and the other X-Men to wage a war against the enemies of humanity.

 

Title: X-Men
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 76 episodes approximately 21 minutes each
Released: 1992 – 1996
Starring: Cathal J. Dodd Cedric Smith Norm Spencer Lenore Zann George Buza Catherine Disher Alyson Court Chris Potter Alison Sealy-Smith Lawrence Bayne
Synopsis: From lethal Wolverine to powerful Cyclops to the psychokinetic Dr. Jean Grey, the X-Men represent a pantheon of half-human mutant superheroes in this animated action series based on original characters from Marvel Comics.
My Analysis: The 1990’s animated X-Men series was fantastic for a number of reasons. The first was that the artists behind it were amazing and stuck through for almost ever episode, meaning that not only did it look like a comic in action but the quality never dipped.  Beyond that, the stories were not only mature, but carried on for several episodes at a time, whole seasons even.  If something happened in a past episode it could, and often did have long lasting effects on the show. This is almost the exact opposite from most kid’s cartoons, which rarely if ever have continuing story lines.  This is simply a great one for both adults and kids alike.

 

Title: X-Men: Evolution
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 52 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2000
Created By: Stan Lee, Gary Graham, Frank Paur
Starring: Kirby Morrow, Venus Terzo, David Kaye, Brad Swaile, Maggie Blue O’Hara, Scott McNeil, Meghan Black, Kirsten Alter, Noel Fisher, Colleen Wheeler

Synopsis: This explosive animated series captures X-Men favorites as teenagers, coping with their nascent mutant powers under the guidance of Professor X or archrival Magneto. Between battles, the series adds depth to many characters’ backstories.

 

Title: Spider-Man
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 65 episodes, approximately 20 minutes each
Released: 1994-1997
Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes Roscoe Lee Browne Sara Ballantine Rodney Saulsberry Jennifer Hale Edward Asner

Synopsis: In this high-flying animated series, high school science whiz Peter Parker is bitten by an irradiated spider and he uses his new super powers to fight villains such as the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus, while also trying to maintain a normal life.

My Analysis: While not quite as good as the X-Men series that it shared the airwaves with, Spider-Man was another fantastic 90’s adaptation of a classic comic book franchise.  It is safe to say that for many adults today, the animated Spider-Man and X-Men shows were the first and most influential sources on these classic characters.  One of my favorite aspects of the 90’s Spider-Man cartoons was how often other Marvel characters would show up, such as Iron Man, Punisher, Blade and even the X-Men in a two episode story arc starring the cast from both shows.  Odds are if you like one you’ll like the other.

 

Title: Spider-Man Unlimted
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 13 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 1999
Created By: Stan Lee, Larry Brody, Will Meugniot
Starring: Rino Romano, Dale Wilson, Akiko Morison, Richard Newman, John Payne, Ron Halder, Rhys Huber, Brian Drummond

Synopsis: After making his way to an alternate version of Earth to rescue astronaut John Jameson, Spider-Man finds himself confronting villainous adversaries new and old — including Venom and Carnage — in this action-packed animated series.

 

Title: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 24 episodes, approximately 24 minutes each
Released: 1981
Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Starring: Dan Gilvezan, Frank Welker, Kathy Garver

Synopsis: Joined by his friends Firestar and Iceman, the amazing Spider-Man swings into battle against New York City’s most dangerous villains, using his superhuman strength, agility and ability to climb walls.

My Analysis: This series is really pretty awful, honestly, and the quality would make you think that it was produced years earlier, but it is so campy and over the top you can’t help but secretly enjoy this very Super Friends style animated series.  Who knows why they decided Spider-Man needed friends, or why those two friends were Ice Man and Firestar… but he has them and apparently they all share an apartment.

 

Title: Spider-Man (1981)
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 26 episodes, approximately 24 minutes each
Released: 1981
Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Starring: Ted Schwartz, Linda Gary, Mona Marshall, William Woodson, Buster Jones

Synopsis: College student Peter Parker is the crime fighter known as Spider-Man. He uses his spider-based superpowers to battle the forces of evil while trying to juggle a job as a freelance photographer at the Daily Bugle.

 

 

Title: Spider-Man (2003)
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 13 episodes, approximately 24 minutes each
Released: 2003
Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Lisa Loeb, Ian Ziering, Angelle Brooks, Suchin Pak

Synopsis: Neil Patrick Harris, Ian Ziering and Lisa Loeb lend their voices to this animated TV version of the comic book and hit film. The show picks up with Peter Parker in college, trying to juggle a personal life and his superhero duties battling baddies.

 

 

Title: Spider-Man: The ’67 Collection
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 52 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 1967
Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Starring: Paul Soles, Peg Dixon, Paul Kligman, Bernard Cowan, Tom Harvey, Gillie Fenwick, Len Carlson, Henry Ramer, Chris Wiggins, Billie Mae Richards

Synopsis: Spider-Man swings into action in these episodes from the 1967 Saturday-morning cartoon series, which find the web-slinging crimefighter squaring off against Manhattan’s vilest villains, including Mysterio and Dr. Octopus.

 

Title: The Incredible Hulk
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 21 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 1996-1997
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: Lou Ferrigno, Matt Frewer, Mark Hamill, John Vernon, Neal McDonough, Kevin Schon, Genie Francis, Luke Perry, Michael Donovan, Thom Barry

Synopsis: When research scientist Bruce Banner is blasted with a gamma ray bomb during an experiment gone wrong, he develops a dangerous alter ego — a mean, green monster known as the Incredible Hulk — who emerges when he gets angry.

 

Title: Iron Man
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 26 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 1994
Created By: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Starring: Robert Hays, John Reilly, Jim Cummings, Dorian Harewood, Ed Gilbert, Tom Kane, James Warwick, Casey Defranco, Katherine Moffat, Robert Ito

Synopsis: Iron Man is back in this animated series that aired from 1994 to 1996 as part of the “Marvel Action Hour.” There’s action right out of the gate when Iron Man goes up against the Mandarin and a deadly zombie army.

 

 

Title: Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 26 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2009
Created By: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Starring: Adrian Petriw, Daniel Bacon, Anna Cummer, Vincent Tong, Kristie Marsden, Mackenzie Gray, Lisa Ann Beley, Alistair Abell, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Fred Henderson
Synopsis: In this action-driven animated series, teen phenom Tony Stark takes to the skies with help from an ingeniously engineered suit of armor, taking down villains to learn the truth about his late father’s mysterious passing.

 

 

Title: Black Panther: The Animated Series
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 12 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2009
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: Djimon Hounsou, Stephen Stanton, Carl Lumbly, Georgette Perna, JB Blanc, David Busch, Peter Lurie, Vanessa Marshall, Phil Morris, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard
Synopsis: This animated adventure remakes the origins of T’Challa (voiced by Djimon Hounsou), the Black Panther, who was introduced in 1966 and was the first black superhero in the Marvel Universe. The African king of Wakanda, T’Challa has mystical powers of strength and intelligence. Along with Queen Storm (Jill Scott), he leads his technologically advanced country but faces danger from Klaw, who killed T’Challa’s father and now commands invading forces.

 

Title: Silver Surfer
Type: TV Shows
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 13 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 1998
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: Paul Essiembre, Tara Rosling, Gary Krawford, John Neville, Elizabeth Shepherd
Synopsis: With the planet Zenn-La in danger, Norrin Radd makes a deal with the evil Galactus and transforms into the powerful Silver Surfer. His mission: to find other planets for Galactus to devour in lieu of his homeland.

 

Live Action Movies

Title: The Punisher
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Crime Action & Adventure
Rating: R
Run Time: 2 hrs 3 mins
Released: 2004
Directed By: Jonathan Hensleigh
Starring: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Will Patton, Laura Harring, Marcus Johnson, Samantha Mathis, Roy Scheider
Synopsis: Undercover FBI agent Frank Castle is devastated when his wife and children are murdered after witnessing a Mafia hit. So with nothing left to lose or to live for, Castle becomes “the Punisher” — a one-man judge, jury and executioner.
My Analysis: The Punisher was a little weak, no doubt about it.  Really though, it is partly because Hollywood doesn’t know how to handle the character and it is hard to not just turn it into either sob story or a unimpressive revenge story (or both, as is the case in The Punisher).  Frank Castle really goes off the deep end when his family is murdered. He becomes a true anti-hero, Batman without the morality. Fearful that audiences won’t go for that (though movies like Boondock Saints show that they will), it seems like The Punisher was constantly trying to justify why he was doing what he was, which goes against the whole “going off the deep end” thing.  That said, it’s worth a watch, just don’t expect much and hope that Marvel Studios gets the rights back to it and can make a proper Punisher film in the future.

 

Title: Iron Man 2
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
Released: 2010
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Leslie Bibb, Garry Shandling
Synopsis: Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — aka Iron Man — resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero. Sam Rockwell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson co-star in director Jon Favreau’s sequel based on Marvel comic book characters.
My Analysis: Iron Man 2 lacks the “newness” that the first one had and of course all the trappings that come with being a sequel to a super successful movie.  That said, remove all that and the completely ridiculous replacement of the actor playing Rhodes and you still have an awesome super-hero action flick starring the most appropriately cast character in all of cinema.  Iron Man 2 is also the first Marvel Studios film where they knew, without a doubt, The Avengers would be a reality and it is full of far more subtle and not so subtle references to it.  Note, there are many complaints of audio problems on Iron Man 2 for the instant version, so heads up.

Title: Captain America: The First Avenger
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
Released: 2011
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Starring:Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Cooper,Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Richard Armitage, Sebastian Stan
Synopsis:
In Marvel’s superhero slugfest, Steve Rogers volunteers for a secret experiment during WWII after being deemed unfit for duty. Transformed into super soldier Captain America, he takes on his Nazi-created counterpart, Red Skull, and the evil Hydra.
My Analysis: Captain America had a few surprises in it. Namely, that Chris Evans turned out to be great for the role. Even when playing the skinny version of Steve Rogers, which is an amazing well done bit of effects, he just does a great job of keeping the character grounded in a campy but delightful way. The movie spends most of its time leading up to Cap becoming a real super hero, with only (what seams) like very little time actually dedicated to him kicking ass, but the character development works and it keeps the sometimes outlandish part about a man in a gun fight with a shield winning said fight to a minimum. The movie’s biggest flaw? It rushes to put Cap into the events immediately leading to The Avengers.

Title: Thor
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hrs 54 mins
Released: 2011
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh
Starring:Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo
Synopsis:
In this Marvel Comics-inspired action flick, thunder god Thor finds himself banished by his father, Odin, and forced to live among humans on Earth to learn humility. Can Thor regain his powers and return home?
My Analysis: Thor has been branded as the weakest of Marvel’s new films, and admittedly, that’s true. Part of that though rest in the fact that Thor as a character isn’t as interesting as some of Marvel’s other leads. Hemsworth does his best to play the transformation of arrogant god to protector of the weak, and Natalie Portman… well lets just be honest, Natalie is adorable no matter what she does. The film honestly just spends too much time with Thor not really being Thor (stripped of his powers) and even with solid performances all around it makes the build up to the final battle less epic as a result. Watching Thor will improve your appreciation of The Avengers, but know what to expect.

 

Animated Movies

Title: Ultimate Avengers: The Movie
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 11m
Released: 2006
Directed By: Curt Geda
Starring: Justin Gross, Grey DeLisle, Michael Massee, Marc Worden, Olivia d’Abo, Brenan McNamara, Nolan North, Andre Ware, David Boateng, Fred Tatasciore
Synopsis: With an alien force threatening Earth, the military thaws Captain America out of the ice he’s been frozen in for 60 years, whereupon he assembles a dream team of superheroes — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Wasp and Giant Man — to save the world.
My Analysis: Ultimate Avengers is in big part responsible for the live action Avengers film that opened yesterday.  Unsure where to go film wise, Marvel Studios decided to make some animated films and started with The Ultimate Avengers.  The success of this great-animated feature led to growth of Marvel’s internal film department and also proved that there was a market still for The Avengers in film format.  This animated movie rocks; watch it, now.

Title: Ultimate Avengers 2
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 12m
Released: 2006
Directed By: Will Meugniot, Dick Sebast
Starring: Justin Gross, Grey DeLisle, Michael Massee, Marc Worden, Olivia d’Abo, Brenan McNamara, Nolan North, Andre Ware, David Boateng, Fred Tatasciore
Synopsis: With an alien force threatening Earth, the military thaws Captain America out of the ice he’s been frozen in for 60 years, whereupon he assembles a dream team of superheroes — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Wasp and Giant Man — to save the world.
My Analysis: Ultimate Avengers 2 is actually slightly better than the original, mostly because it isn’t bothered with setting up the origin stories for all the characters.  Basically, with less time spent on origin stories they go right into the action and there is plenty of it this time around.  The only downside, The Hulk is basically side-lined in the 2nd film.

 

Title: Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1hr 18m
Released: 2008
Directed By: Gary Hartle, Jay Oliva
Starring: Noah C. Crawford, Brenna O’Brien, Aidan Drummond, Dempsey Pappion, Adrian Petriw, Tom Kane, Fred Tatasciore, Shawn MacDonald, Michael Adamthwaite, Ken Kramer, Nicole Oliver
Synopsis: Years after the Avengers made the ultimate sacrifice while battling invincible robo-villain Ultron, the teenage children of Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Black Panther, Wasp and Hawkeye must band together to locate the missing Hulk.

 

Title: Doctor Strange
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 16m
Released: 2007
Directed By: Jay Oliva
Starring: Bryce Johnson, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jonathan Adams, Fred Tatasciore, Tara Strong, Michael Yama, Susan Spano, Paul Nakauchi
Synopsis: Seeking to heal from a tragic past, Dr. Stephen Strange makes a life-altering journey to Tibet. As he begins to recover, he gains mystical powers and soon embarks on his mission of protecting humanity and saving the planet from destruction.
My Analysis: Dr. Strange is a solid movie in and of itself, but really the best part of it is that for most people out there, such as myself, who aren’t super familiar with Dr. Strange it is a great way to get introduced to the character.  Not as good as The Ultimate Avenger films, it still holds its own and can manage to keep those who aren’t Strange fans interested.

 

Title: The Invincible Iron Man
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 23m
Released: 2007
Directed By: Jay Oliva, Patrick Archibald
Starring: Marc Worden, Gwendoline Yeo, Fred Tatasciore, Rodney Saulsberry, Elisa Gabrielli, John McCook, James Sie, Stephen Mendillo, John DeMita
Synopsis: In this animated adventure, inventor Tony Stark digs up more than he bargained for when he unearths an evil entity buried for centuries in an ancient Chinese ruin. To protect himself from the destructive force, Tony designs a high-tech suit of armor.
My Analysis: The Invincible Iron Man is named as such because they wanted to separate it from the live action film.  Sadly, The Invincible Iron Man is the weakest of the animated features Marvel Studios produced, pitting Iron Man against an ancient Chinese magic villain and involving yet another Iron Man origin story. It just lacks the heart and quality story writing of the other films.

 

Title: Planet Hulk
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: NR
Run Time: 1hr 21m
Released: 2009
Directed By: Sam Liu, Jamie Simone
Starring: Rick D. Wasserman, Lisa Ann Beley, Mark Hildreth, Liam O’Brien, Kevin Michael Richardson, Marc Worden, Samuel Vincent, Advah Soudack, Michael Kopsa
Synopsis: When Earth’s superheroes exile the volatile Incredible Hulk to a distant planet called Sakaar, the muscle-bound green monster is sold into slavery and forced to compete in gladiatorial games for the planet’s despotic Red King. But soon, the Hulk joins forces with his fellow slaves to fight for freedom — and a chance to get revenge on his earthly foes. This animated film is based on the “Planet Hulk” storylines originally featured in Marvel comics.
My Analysis: Planet Hulk features the slightly more “aware” Hulk, the one capable of having a conversation between smashing things.  Exiled to an alien planet, his ship goes off course when he starts smashing things and lands on a planet populated with intelligent species. Long story short, Hulk becomes a gladiator, Hulk becomes a revolutionary, Hulk strongest one there is.  Interesting mostly due to the fact that it puts the Hulk into a situation where he is clearly and obviously the top hero as opposed to an anti-hero.  Definitely interesting, definitely worth watching.

Title: Hulk vs.
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 22m
Released: 2009
Directed By: Frank Paur
Starring: Steve Blum, Tom Kane, Bryce Johnson, Fred Tatasciore, Nolan North, Graham McTavish, Mark Acheson, Matthew Wolf, Colin Murdock, Jamyle Jared
Synopsis: Who would win in a battle between Hulk and Wolverine? How about Hulk vs. Thor? Find out in this action-packed animated double feature, which pits the unruly green superhero against two of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful characters.
My Analysis: Hulk vs. is two shorter features that pit him against Thor and Wolverine.  The Thor side is rather mediocre and not very memorable, basically Thor has a hammer and hits Hulk with it.  On the flip side, Hulks vs. Wolverine is far more entertaining and Deadpool makes some hilarious comments in his few small appearances.  It is worth watching, and something a bit different than most of the other Marvel Studios animated presentations, even if it is sort of 50/50 in terms of quality.

Title: Thor: Tales of Asgard
Type: Movie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Book and Superhero Movies, Adult Animation, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: NR
Run Time: 1hr 16m
Released: 2011
Directed By:  Sam Liu
Starring: Matt Wolf, Rick Gomez, Tara Strong, Alistair Abell, Paul Dobson, Brent Chapman, Christopher Britton, Ron Halder, Cathy Weseluck, Michael Dobson
Synopsis: Marvel comic book character Thor springs to life in this animated feature that explores his earlier adventures with his brother, Loki. That was before Thor discovered his power-wielding hammer and the only weapon he had was his sword.
My Analysis: Thor: Tales of Asgard is the only Marvel Studios animated feature that is more of a prequel than anything else.  Taking place when Thor was young and still coming of age, it involves him, Loki and The Warriors Three going on an adventure to search for a mysterious sword.  Funny at times and full of action, Thor is by no means bad but it is also kind of lackluster as it really doesn’t star Thor as the Thor people know.  He is not a super hero, he is only in Asgard and quite frankly he’s kind of a weakling, arrogant and mildly annoying character.
 

Motion Comics

Title: Astonishing X-Men
Type: Motion Comic (Series)
Genre: TV Shows, Anime, Anime Action, Anime Dramas, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: NR
Run Time: 6 episodes, approximately 13 minutes each
Released: 2009
Starring: Michal Friedman, Eva Christensen, Eileen Stevens, Dan Green, Erica Schroeder, Mike Pollock, Greg Abbey, Marc Thompson, Wayne Grayson, Dave Wills

Synopsis: From Joss Whedon and John Cassaday comes a new vision of the X-Men, propelling the often-conflicted, mutant superheroes into the 21st century. This animated feature brings the comic books alive with stunning graphics and dynamic voice actors. Cyclops and Emma Frost seek to reform the X-Men with a vigorous clarity of purpose, but when a “cure” for mutants is discovered, their plan is threatened, and ferocious enemies test them to their limits.
My Analysis: Odds are you either love or hate motion comics, as they are kind of an oddity.  Astonishing X-Men lays out an interesting little 6-part story that features a more modern X-Men group than most who don’t follow comics will be used to.   It won’t turn you into a motion comic fan if you don’t already enjoy them, and 2 minutes of credits for every episode gets old quick, but none-the-less, X-Men!!!! Sorry, couldn’t hold it in any more.

 

Title: Iron Man: Extremis
Type: Motion Comic (Series)
Genre: TV Shows, Anime, Anime Action, Anime Dramas, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: NR
Run Time: 6 episodes, approximately 20 minutes each
Released: 2010
Synopsis: The famed Marvel Comics superhero continues his epic animated adventures in the 21st century by taking on his old foe Mallen, who’s gotten his hands on a nanotechnology serum called Extremis that transforms humans into deadly super-soldiers.

 

 

 

Title: Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
Type: Motion Comic (Series)
Genre: TV Shows, Anime, Anime Action, Anime Dramas, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: NR
Run Time: 4 episodes, approximately 16 minutes each
Released: 2011
Starring: David Blair, Daniel Thorn, Katharine Chesterton, Ziggy McShane, Serena Merriman, Phoebe Stewart, Deborah Jane McKinely, Elizabeth Diennet, Joe Tieger, Barney Townsend, James Hampshire, Rich Orlov

Synopsis: With his powerful brother Thor defeated and in chains, resentful Loki takes over the kingdom of Asgard. Focused on his own pain rather than the needs of his subjects, Loki plans to kill his brother to secure his position — unless Thor can prevail.

 

 

Title: Spider Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.
Type: Motion Comic (Series)
Genre: TV Shows, Anime, Anime Action, Anime Dramas, Comic Book & Superhero TV
Rating: NR
Run Time: 5 episodes, approximately 12 minutes each
Released: 2009
Starring: Nicolette Reed, Stephanie K. Thomas, Geoff Boothby, Jolynn Carpenter

Synopsis: After an incident in her childhood, Jessica Drew is fated to become a full-blown superhero in this animated action series. Allied with the S.W.O.R.D. counterintelligence agency, the female Spidey defends Earth from multiple alien threats.

 

 

Due to Netflix constantly updating and changing the content on their service we cannot guarantee that the content listed in this article will be available for any particular length of time, nor can we guarantee it is available in all regions.  We do make a genuine effort though to never include any item that Netflix has marked with a limited availability.

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About Tristan Rendo

I've made movies, written and performed music, and in January of 2011 got bored and started the awesome gaming site you see before you. My gaming roots began with the original NES, and endless hours spent spilling quarters into machines at the local arcade. I have a personal collection of over 200 Nintendo 64 games, and for many years it was the only system I owned. I re-entered the modern generation of gaming consoles when I decided to purchase a 360. I typically prefer the single player experience of games, so I’m usually playing through some single-player campaign, but can occasionally be found doing some damage in Halo Reach.