In 2008, Marvel Comics created a label under which it would publish future animated movies and series. The movies benefit from not being as bogged down as many of Marvel's past animated works by having to appease to the censors, and in general have a bigger budget.
The title has expanded continuously since its founding, and has even lead to its own television programming block, as outlined below.
Though the pre-2008 Marvel-based animated series are not officially under this label, they are included here for complete reference.
As of October 2019, Marvel Animation operates as a unit of the Marvel Studios brand of the Walt Disney Studios, after having been a unit of Marvel Entertainment since its launch. From its launch until its December 2019 closure, Marvel Animation was managed through Marvel Television.
The Animated Movies are:
- Ultimate Avengers
- Ultimate Avengers 2
- The Invincible Iron Man
- Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
- Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
- Hulk Vs. - Two short films, Hulk vs. Wolverine and Hulk vs. Thor.
- Planet Hulk - An adaptation of the titular comicbook arc.
- Thor: Tales of Asgard - Set in the same universe as Hulk Vs.
- Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
- Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
- Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United
- Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
- Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell
- Marvel Rising:
The Animated Series are:
- Wolverine and the X-Men - Sniktbub and His Amazing Friends, set in the same universe as Hulk Vs. Wolverine
- Iron Man: Armored Adventures - CG series with a teen Tony Stark becoming Iron Man after the death of his father.
- The Super Hero Squad Show - Aimed at younger audiences.
- Black Panther - Short series shown in Australia and U.S.
- Marvel Universe on Disney XD
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! - Set in the same universe as Wolverine and the X-Men
- Ultimate Spider-Man - Named after the comic book of the same name.
- Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. - A team-up series featuring the Hulk and She-Hulk, as well as the Red Hulk, A-Bomb and Skaar.
- Avengers, Assemble! - An Alternate Continuity to Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but with a tone and line-up similar to the Joss Whedon film.
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) - Set before the events of the other three shows. Tone wise, it's inspired by the film of the same name.
- Rocket & Groot - A twelve part online animated series starring Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
- Marvel's Spider-Man
- Marvel Rising: Initiation - Series of shorts set before Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
- Marvel Rising Ultimate Comics - Series of motion comics about the Secret Warriors.
- Spidey And His Amazing Friends - Marvel Animation's very first preschool series, set to premiere on Disney Junior in 2021.
- These series were implied to share a common universe.
- X-Men (1992-97) - aired on Fox Kids
- Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-98) - aired on Fox Kids
- Fantastic Four and Iron Man (1994-96) - syndicated, as the Marvel Action Hour, then Marvel Action Universe (with the addition of the Marvel/New World produced Biker Mice from Mars)
- The Incredible Hulk (1996-97) - aired on UPN
- These series have no particular connection to any of the above:
- The Marvel Super Heroes (1966-67)- aired in syndication, split into segments for stations to air at will
- The Fantastic Four (1967) (1967-68)- aired on ABC, produced by Hanna-Barbera
- Spider-Man (1967) (1967-70)- aired on ABC, then syndication
- Spider-Woman (1978-79)- aired on ABC
- The Fantastic Four (1978) (1978-79)- aired on NBC
- Spider-Man (1981)- aired in syndication
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-83 first-run, rerun until 1986)- aired on NBC
- The Incredible Hulk (1982) (1982-83)- aired on NBC
- Pryde of the X-Men (1989)- failed pilot pitched to NBC, aired in syndication and released to video
- Silver Surfer (1998-99)- aired on Fox Kids
- Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2000)- aired on Fox Kids, Spider-Man is stranded on an alien planet. Features some Shout Outs to Spider-Man: TAS.
- The Avengers: United They Stand (1999-2000)- aired on Fox Kids, a short-lived thirteen-episode series.
- X-Men: Evolution (2000-03)- Aired on Kids' WB!, an early 2000s series depicting the X-Men as predominantly teenage students, produced by Film Roman.