As of March 20, in the early hours of the morning, the Disney-Fox merger has been finalized, giving Disney control of over 60 percent of Hulu. That might be the reason why Disney-owned Marvel Studios announced in February that an upcoming slate of interconnected adult animated series set in the Marvel Universe were in development for Hulu.
Tigra & Dazzler, Hit-Monkey, M.O.D.O.K., and Howard the Duck series will introduce five new characters from Marvel comics that’ll eventually come together in a team-up limited series akin to The Defenders, except this one’s called The Offenders.
When these series were announced by Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb during a Television Critics Association press tour in February, he specifically used the term “adult animation,” bringing to mind mature animated series like Rick and Morty, Family Guy, or Bojack Horseman. If these were more family friendly shows, they might wind up on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, but the House of Mouse has previously confirmed that all of its more mature movies and TV shows would go to Hulu instead.
What Is The Offenders About?
Marvel’s new lineup of adult animated series will debut these various new characters and built towards “a special animated event for Hulu” called Marvel’s The Offenders. The general idea is identical to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc. leading towards The Defenders.
“A giant head. A monkey. A tiger lady and a disco queen. And the duck. Brought together because no one else could but Marvel Television on Hulu,” Jeph Loeb said during a Television Critics Association press tour in February. “M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Tigra, Dazzler, and Howard the Duck will form a team no one asked for: the Offenders. (And wait until you see who the team leader is!)”
This is very different from the Offenders in Marvel Comics, a legitimately potent group of supervillains assembled by the Collector and led by Red Hulk that included Baron Mordo, Terrax, and Tiger Shark (not to be confused with Tigra). They came into direct confrontation with a group assembled by the Grandmaster called the “Defenders” that included Hulk, Silver Surfer, Namor, and Doctor Strange, all because the two Elders of the Universe wanted to play a high-stakes game.
We have virtually no idea what The Offenders will actually be about mainly because we know very little about the four distinct shows the limited series will unite, but here’s a quick rundown of the four series that’ll come first:
- M.O.D.O.K. — “an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family”
- Hit-Monkey — “a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin … cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld in this darkly cinematic and brutally funny revenge saga”
- Tigra & Dazzler — “two woke superheroes and best friends … fight for recognition among powered people who make up the 8 million stories in Los Angeles”
- Howard the Duck — “Trapped in a world he never made, America’s favorite fighting fowl … hopes to return home with the help of his unstoppable gal pal Beverly before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him into the crispiest dish on the menu”
Who Is the Leader of The Offenders?
Every superhero team-up squad needs a leader, right? Captain America and Iron Man lead the Avengers, Daredevil leads the Defenders, and Deadpool leads the X-Force, just to name a few. We can’t possibly know who might lead the team. Howard the Duck seems like a decent choice, especially because he’s already appeared over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Another obvious option is M.O.D.O.K., who’s something of a brilliant, albeit villainous mastermind.
However, Jeph Loeb gleefully saying “wait until you see who the team leader is!” seems very suspicious. It’s possible that another character we don’t even know about yet might emerge in one or more of the other series to unite the heroes. Or, maybe they borrow a character from the MCU?
The other “Offenders” team in Marvel Comics were involved with the Grandmaster and Collector — and Howard the Duck has previously been seen in the MCU with the latter — so maybe it’s possible that Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster or Benicio del Toro’s Collector could lend their voices to make their characters appear?
What Is The Offenders Release Date?
There is no confirmed release date for The Offenders, but it will definitely come after the other four series air on Hulu.
When Will The Offenders Trailer Be Released?
There’s no telling when we might get a trailer for The Offenders, but it does seem possible that the individual series will each get some kind of post-credits scene that teases how and why the team-up series will happen. That’s become standard operating procedure for Marvel, even in the Netflix shows.
Who Is in The Offenders Voice Cast and Crew?
Because The Offenders unites all the characters from the other shows, we can safely assume the same voice cast will migrate over. That means Patton Oswalt as the voice of M.O.D.O.K., but beyond that, we don’t know who will voice the other characters.
In the initial announcement for all of these shows, very little information was announced about who’s working on The Offenders. Jeph Loeb himself serves as executive producer on all the series, including the team-up, but whereas the other four have showrunners and writers, Loeb said of The Offenders that “writers and additional executive producers for the project will be announced at a later point.”
We’ll have to wait a long time before we learn more about all of these series, but we’ll wait the longest for The Offenders.
The Offenders will air exclusively on Hulu, and there’s no indication of when the series might be released.