Marvel and DC Anime - Western Superheroes

It is evident that Marvel and DC comic books are successful all over the world. Almost everything related to them gain a lot of space in the media and are very profitable. We can see this because of the success and impact that the movie Avengers Endgame made. But before that, Marvel was already quite famous for its animations for TV or films.

But, have you ever thought if characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk or Spider Man were anime characters? What many don't know is that Marvel has already partnered with japanese studios and from these partnerships some anime emerged, perhaps not so well known. But if you're a fan, it's worth checking out.

There is something called Marvel Anime, which consists of four anime series produced in collaboration with Marvel and the famous and epic studio Madhouse. THE A.D comics also had some anime by the same studio.

Let's now see a list of some anime based on Marvel characters. Then we'll continue with some DC comics anime.

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Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (2014)

This anime was developed by the famous studio Toei Animation, being directed by Toshiaki Komura. The animation premiered on Disney XD Japan and TV Tokyo in 2014, having a total of 51 episodes.

In short, Stark Industries creates a new technology called DISK, which allows you to scan and arrest criminals on small devices. Loki knowing this, steals this technology and uses it to free supervillains from a prison. Together, these villains defeat the Avengers and imprison them in the DISKs.

Marvel and DC Comics' anime - western superheroes

But, a group of children appears and frees the heroes of the DISKs, but in a temporary way. In this fight against villains, DISKs spread across the Earth, imprisoning many heroes and villains. So the Avengers along with the group of kids get together and go on a quest to find all the lost DISKs.

Marvel Future Avengers (2017)

Madhouse studios in partnership with Marvel released the Marvel Future Avengers anime in July 2017. The anime was scripted by Ryuu King, famous for Dragon Ball Super. Character design was done by Takahiro Umehara of Claymare and Beyblade.

The anime tells the story of Makoto, a young boy who gains powers in a genetic manipulation experiment. With these powers, Makoto and other young people with powers join the Avengers.

Marvel and DC Comics' anime - western superheroes

These youngsters are treated as apprentices, but are trained by Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Wasp to become the Avengers of the Future. The anime has 26 episodes.

Xmen: Anime (2011)

This was also produced in collaboration between Marvel and Japanese studio Madhouse. The story begins with Jean Gray becoming the dark phoenix on earth. And in order to save Earth, she sacrifices herself for the greater good. Her death causes the X-Men group to split.

Later, Professor Xavier discovers that in Japan mutants are suffering due to a problem called David Haller Syndrome. In Japan too, a new mutant emerges, called Hisako.

Marvel and DC Comics' anime - western superheroes

She, however, cannot control her powers. This all leads to the X-Men team coming together again. This leads them to find some mutants responsible for Jean's death.

In addition, they face a group that steals and transplants organs from mutants to assemble an army. The anime has 12 episodes and is considered one of the best anime adaptations based on Marvel characters.

Iron Man (2010)

This 12-episode anime is also another partnership between Studio Madhouse and Marvel. The principle of anime is quite simple. Tony Stark goes to Japan to produce and promote a new armor called Iron Man Dio.

Marvel and DC Comics' anime - western superheroes

This suit was intended to replace Stark himself when he retired. But something goes wrong and the suit spirals out of control and becomes a threat. So Tony and some allies team up to stop the danger of Iron Man Dio.

In 2013, the movie Iron Man: Rise of Technovore was released as a continuation of the anime.

Wolverine (2011)

Logan has his girlfriend Mariko Yashida kidnapped and taken to Tokyo. The mastermind of this kidnapping is Mariko's own father, who is the crime boss in Japan. He aimed to make her marry another man named Hideki Kurohagi. Logan then embarks on a rescue mission.

In addition to having to face her father and her fiancé, other adversaries appear to get in her way. The anime was also produced by the studio MadHouse and is based on a story by the famous Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. The anime has 12 episodes.

Marvel and DC Comics' anime - western superheroes


Eric Brooks is a “Daywalker” and vampire hunter. In this anime Blade went to visit Japan on a mission where he confronts Deacon Frost (the vampire who killed his mother) and goes to fight "Existence", a mysterious organization of vampires.

He enlists the help of Makoto, a vampire hunter who was chasing him to avenge his dead father. Logan also makes a small cameo.

Marvel and DC Comics' anime - western superheroes


There are few Japanese-made DC anime. Among them we have 2 Batman anime that are Batman: Gotham Knight and Batman Ninja. There are old Japanese anime like Golden Batman and Galactic Wonder Princess.

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Did you know any of these? Which Marvel character would you like to see in anime?

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