Disney Confirms Tron And Avengers Animated Television Series

We've been hearing rumblings of a Tron television series for the last month or so (first, second), and now Disney has confirmed the reports during their upfront presentation Tuesday evening. The mouse house has also revealed a new animated series for Marvel's The Avengers.

The Tron animated series would be broadcast on the Disney Channel and geared towards kids aged 6-14. The bad news is that the pilot has yet to be greenlit, and the earliest we can expect it is late 2011/early 2012. Before they broadcast full episodes, Disney plans to release a a 10-part "Tron" micro-series premiering in fall 2011 on Disney XD. According to reports, Disney showed some stills from the early development of the series, but nothing has been released online publicly.

The other piece of news coming out of the upfront is that Disney is already begining to take advantage of their acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, and will be releasing an animated series on Disney XD in fall 2010: "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes".

Disney Channels Worldwide entertainment president and chief creative officer Gary Marsh is also quoted as saying that Disney has "been pouring through the library of 7,000 Marvel characters looking for the next Spider-Man," adding that "fans of the Marvel Universe should expect to see more cooperative ventures in the near future."

source: THR