Disney bought Marvel nearly three years ago, but it’s taken until this year to see synergy really grow out of the purchase. So far this year, we’ve seen the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD, and we’ve seen Disney throw its considerable marketing weight behind the blockbuster film The Avengers. But it’s only now that true integration of Disney and Marvel has been announced, in the form of a crossover animated special starring Marvel superheroes and the characters from Phineas and Ferb.
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel will premiere next summer on Disney Channel, and will see classic Marvel heroes Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor being transported to Phineas and Ferb‘s Danville and immobilized by, of course, one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s many “inators.” Consequently, Phineas and Ferb (along with their friends and Agent P, one must assume) have to find a way to help the heroes and to fight the classic Marvel villains Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom, and M.O.D.O.K., who are (of course) working with Dr. D to create mayhem and destruction.
I must admit I wasn’t entirely looking forward to the first crossover between Disney’s more traditional properties and their relatively newly-acquired Marvel properties, but — since you know it had to happen eventually — I can’t think of anyone I’d trust to do it justice more than the folks at Phineas and Ferb. I’ve spoken with Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the show’s creators and executive producers, many times, and I’m confident they’ll find a way to create humor around their characters while managing not to disrespect the legacy of the Marvel universe. Maybe they’ll even find a way to work in a shawarma joke!
And I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief that they’re not trying to go the other way somehow. Can you imagine Darkwing Duck showing up in Avengers 2?
EDIT: I overlooked last month’s “takeover” of Disney’s online Club Penguin by the Marvel Super Heroes, which was really the first crossover event (and reportedly was very well-received); Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel will be the first animated production crossover. My apologies to all the folks who worked on the Club Penguin event, and to those who participated.
Check out the promo “featurette” after the jump for an idea of what to expect next summer.