Marvel and DC Anime - Western Super Heroes

It is evident that Marvel and DC comics are successful around the world. Almost everything related to them gain a lot of space in the media and are very profitable. We can see this due to the huge success and repercussions that the movie Avengers Ultimatum made. But before that, Marvel has already made quite a fame for its TV animations or movies.

But, have you ever thought if characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk or Spiderman were anime characters? What many don't know is that Marvel has already partnered with japanese studios and from these partnerships some anime appeared, perhaps not so well known. But for those who are fans it is 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 from the same studio.

Now let's see a list with 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 at Disney XD in Japan and TV Tokyo in 2014, with 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 prison. Together, these villains defeat the Avengers and imprison them in the DISKs.

Marvel and dc anime - superheroes of the west

However, a group of children appears and releases the heroes of the DISKs, but on a temporary basis. In this fight against villains, DISKs spread across the Earth, imprisoning various heroes and villains. Then the Avengers together with the group of children get together and set out to find all the lost DISKs.

Marvel Future Avengers (2017)

The Madhouse Studios in partnership with Marvel launched in July 2017 the Marvel Future Avengers anime. The anime was rotated by Ryuu King, famous for Dragon Ball Super. The character design was done by Takahiro Umehara from 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 empowered youths join the Avengers.

Marvel and dc anime - superheroes of the west

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

X-men: Anime (2011)

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

Marvel and dc anime - superheroes of the west

However, she is unable to control her powers. This all leads the X-men team to come 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 form 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 Madhouse and Marvel. The anime principle is very simple. Tony Stark goes to Japan to produce and disclose a new armor called Iron Man Dio.

Marvel and dc anime - superheroes of the west

This suit was intended to replace Stark himself when he retired. But something goes wrong and the suit gets out of control and becomes a threat. Then Tony and some allies come together to stop Iron Man Dio's danger.

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 person responsible for this kidnapping is Mariko's own father, who is the head of the crime in Japan. He aimed to make her marry another man named Hideki Kurohagi. Logan then goes on a rescue mission.

In addition to having to face his father and found a fiance, other opponents appear to hinder his path. The anime was also produced by the MadHouse studio and is based on a story by the famous Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. The anime has 12 episodes.

Marvel and dc anime - superheroes of the west


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 will fight "Existence", a mysterious organization of vampires.

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

Marvel and dc anime - superheroes of the west


There are few DC anime made by Japanese. 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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