Though Marvel’s Disney XD animated series Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, and its newest, Spider-Man , have all built up a solid fan following over the years, a new report states that work has begun to wind down on each show. According to animation industry blog Tomb of the Cartoon Monkey Skeleton, animators working on these series have been told that once work is done on the current batch of episodes over the next several months, there may not be more on the way.
“Some of Marvel Animation’s shows are going on hiatus and (we’re told) crews being laid off,” the blog states. “Crew members say that much MA work will be completed in the next few months.”
In response to a direct question, the blog post’s writer Steve Hulett said one of Marvel’s animators has told him “series have not yet been renewed, so it looks like many artists at the studio will soon be gone.”
“The word from Marvel employees is …. things are up in the air,” Hulett, a former Hollywood animator himself, writes. “Staffers are looking at layoffs that will be happening soon, the studio (for now) is NOT moving back to a larger building in Burbank (they are now in Glendale), so things are … kind of muddy?”
While the animated Avengers series has existed in one form or another for years, and Guardians of the Galaxy is currently on its third season, the new Spider-Man show debuted just six months ago in mid-2017.