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The Super Hero Squad Show is an American cartoon series by Marvel Animation. It is based on the Marvel Super Hero Squad action figure line from Hasbro, which portray the characters of the Marvel Universe in a cartoonish super-deformed-style. The series' animation is produced by Film Roman. The show debuted on Teletoon in Canada on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 8:30 am as part of the network's Action Force block.

The show was to debut on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 19, 2009, but has aired five days earlier on September 14. It also joined the line-up of a Australian free-to-air children's channel, ABC3, when it launched on December 4.

The show debuted in the UK on NickToons in October 2009.


Prior to the beginning of the series, the villainous Doctor Doom, in pursuit of universal domination, attempts to acquire the limitless reality-bending power of the "Infinity Sword." He is stopped by Iron Man, but as a consequence of their battle, the sword is shattered into numerous "fractals" that rain down on Super Hero City.

Plot

Season one

As the series begins, Doctor Doom has forged alliances with just about every supervillain forming the Lethal Legion in order to hunt down the scattered fractals, each of which possess dangerous and different powers of their own. Doom's forces, including his two primary henchmen MODOK and the Abomination, dwell in Villainville which is separated from Super Hero City by a giant wall erected at the start of the series premiere. Once again opposing Doom's plan is Iron Man, now leading the elite team known as the Super Hero Squad, consisting of Falcon, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor, and Wolverine.

Each squad member represents a specific factor to make an ideal team:

  • Iron Man = Technology Factor
  • Hulk = Strength Factor
  • Falcon = Speed Factor
  • Silver Surfer = Energy Factor
  • Thor = Elemental Factor
  • Wolverine = Animal Factor

The Super Hero Squad are headquartered in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and are frequently aided in their defense of Super Hero City by their boss Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Ms. Marvel, rookie "Squaddie" Reptil, and many more of their superhero friends.

By the end of Season One, the Infinity Sword is reforged when Galactus arrives to devour the Earth. It is later revealed that the Infinity Sword can only be wielded by someone who wields The Infinity Gauntlet. Silver Surfer rejoins Galactus as his Herald and leaves the team with the Infinity Sword in his possession. As of the aftermath of the battle, Villainville is destroyed, and Doctor Doom and his henchmen are arrested.

Season two

A second season has been announced and is currently in production. The second season will revolve around the Super Hero Squad gaining a new team member and will travel to different parts of the Marvel Universe, travel through the galaxy, travel to different dimensions, and travel through time. Thanos will be one of the main villains. This season will also feature the debuts of Nova, Captain Marvel, the Squadron Supreme, Hercules, Zeus, Annihilus, and She-Hulk.

Episodes

In the opening sequence of the show, the Hulk picks up an Infinity Fractal, and is transformed by its power into something different every episode. Additionally, each episode's title card is an homage to a classic comic book cover as are some of the episode titles.

Season 1: 2009–2010

EP# Title Director Writer US Airdate Prod. code
1 "And Lo... A Pilot Shall Come!" Michael R. Gerard Matt Wayne September 14, 2009 101

The Super Hero Squad fights to keep a fractal away from Doctor Doom when he sends Mole Man, Mole Man's monsters, and Fin Fang Foom to attack Super Hero City. Meanwhile, Mole Man incorporates the fractal into his stick, resulting in superspeed & mind control powers

Hulk's Transformation: Baby Hulk

First Appearance: Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Mayor of Superhero City, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk, Falcon, Redwing, Silver Surfer, Thor, Doctor Doom, Mole Man, Storm, Fin Fang Foom, Megataur, Tricephalous, Manoo, Fantastic Four (Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, Thing), Abomination, Colossus, Shadowcat, Luke Cage, Moloids

Referenced: Beast, Cyclops Title card's issue homage: Fantastic Four #1

2 "To Err is Superhuman!" Michael R. Gerard James Krieg September 14, 2009 102

Wolverine is assigned to train Reptil (a hero trainee with an amulet that can turn any part of his body into that of any dinosaur) at the time when Doctor Doom sends Abomination and the Wrecking Crew to get the latest fractal.

Hulk's Transformation: Joe Fixit

First Appearance: Reptil, Hawkeye, MODOK, Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Thunderball, Piledriver, Bulldozer), Doombots

References: Mister Sinister Title card's issue homage: Thor #148

3 "This Silver, This Surfer!" Michael R. Gerard Mark Hoffmeier September 26, 2009 103

The squad gets frustrated when Silver Surfer cannot get the hang of Earth customs. Doctor Doom sends Abomination and MODOK to capture the Silver Surfer in order to siphon his cosmic power. The Super Hero Squad and the Thing set out to save him while Doom uses the siphoned Power Cosmic to meld his various fractals together into a Fractal Dagger.

Hulk's Transformation: Gray Hulk

Referenced: Galactus Title card's issue homage: Fantastic Four #50

4 "Hulk Talk Smack!" Patty Shinagawa Eugene Son October 3, 2009 104

During a chaotic battle with Klaw & Screaming Mimi, a fractal’s cosmic power turns the Hulk into the Gray Hulk. His new form makes him a super smart guy who doesn't like to fight, and thinks that the Super Hero Squad are childish. To redeem themselves, Klaw and Screaming Mimi rendezvous with Melter and Toad to find a fractal at the local reservoir.

Hulk's Transformation: MODOH (Mental Organism Designed Only for Hulking)

First Appearance: Wasp, Klaw, Screaming Mimi, Toad, Melter, Damage Control

Referenced: Amadeus Cho Title card's issue homage: The Incredible Hulk #1

5 "Enter: Dormammu!" Patty Shinagawa Charlotte Fullerton October 10, 2009 105

Supernatural wackiness is turning Super Hero City upside down during the Super Hero Squad's fight with Sabretooth and Juggernaut. The Super Hero Squad seek the help of Doctor Strange (who is not acting like himself lately). Doctor Strange opens a portal to the Dark Dimension enabling Dormammu to enter and seek the fractals stored at the Vault and in Villainville.

Hulk's Transformation: Hulk-Bot (somehow similar to Transformers' Optimus Prime)

First Appearance: Doctor Strange, Dormammu, Mindless Ones, Sabretooth, Wong, Juggernaut

Referenced: Enchantress Title card's issue homage: Strange Tales #122

6 "A Brat Walks Among Us!" Michael R. Gerard Michael Ryan October 17, 2009 106

A bratty 3-year-old named Brynnie Bratton decides to hire the Heroes For Hire (consisting of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Misty Knight) to help her find her father, but is also wearing a tiara with a fractal making her invincible. The heroes and villains must put up with her superpower temper-tantrums while Falcon helps Heroes for Hire track down Brynnie's father and bring her under control.

Hulk's Transformation: Wolverine-Hulk

First Appearance: Iron Fist, Misty Knight, Pyro, Whirlwind, Zzzax, Brynnie Bratton Title card's issue homage: Power Man and Iron Fist #50

7 "Oh Brother!" Patty Shinagawa Eugene Son January 2, 2010 107

Loki convinces Doctor Doom to invade Asgard with Loki's army and persuades him to let him borrow Abomination, MODOK, Klaw, Melter, and Sabretooth into helping him. Sif gets Thor with the help of Falcon, Reptil and Wolverine to help fight the Lethal Legion. Meanwhile, Iron Man, Hulk, and Silver try break into Villainville to steal all of Doctor Doom's fractals.

Hulk's Transfomation: Bruce Banner

First Appearance: Loki, Heimdall, Sif, Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

References: Nightcrawler, Odin

Title card's issue homage: The Avengers #1 Note: This episode was originally slated to air October 19, 2009, but "Enter Dormammu" was aired again in its place causing the episode to be held until January 2, 2010.

8 "From the Atom... It Rises!" Patty Shinagawa Mark Hoffmeier October 20, 2009 108

When Scorpio tries to steal top secret Stark Tech, the Super Hero Squad team try to figure out Scorpio's plot. What neither they nor Doctor Doom, MODOK, Abomination, and even Mole Man know yet is that Scorpio is actually Nick Fury in disguise.

Hulk's Transformation: Vision

First Appearance: Nick Fury

Referenced: HYDRA

Title card's issue homage: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Trivia: Iron Man's word-for-word memory of one of Nick Fury's adventures is an exact replica of the climax to The Spy Who Loved Me.

9 "Night in the Sanctorum!" Michael R. Gerard John Rozum October 21, 2009 109

Enchantress uses her magic to crash the Helicarrier into the Great Wall near Villainville and Ms. Marvel blames Falcon as he was driving it at the time. After attempts to bunk in at Stark Industries, Punisher's van, and Reptil's house, the Super Hero Squad try to bunk at the Sanctum Sanctorum where Doctor Strange warns them that there is a magic threat responsible for their misfortunes.

Hulk's Transformation: Saturday Night Fever Hulk

First Appearances: Baron Mordo, Enchantress, Punisher

Referenced: Brother Voodoo, Inhumans, Molecule Man, She-Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Texas Twister Title card's issue homage: Strange Tales #150

10 "This Forest Green!" Patty Shinagawa Atul Rao October 22, 2009 110

When MODOK and Abomination botched up another fractal retrieval mission, Doctor Doom pairs them up with Egghead to infiltrate the Helicarrier in micro-size. When Ant-Man is called in to help, it is a micro-sized, all-out battle for the fractal.

Hulk Transformation: Simpson Hulk.

First Appearances: Ant-Man, Egghead

Referenced: Mad Thinker, Quicksilver, Whizzer, Northstar Title card's issue homage: Tales to Astonish #35

11 "O, Captain, My Captain!" Michael R. Gerard Nicole Dubuc October 23, 2009 111

When he is tired of all he can take with the Super Hero Squad, Wolverine joins up with the international All-Captains Squad (consisting of Captain America, Captain Australia, Captain Brazil, Captain Britain, and Captain Liechtenstein) as Captain Canada where he helps them fight Plantman in the Amazon. Meanwhile, the rest of the Super Hero Squad have an embarrassing encounter at Ringmaster's circus when Doctor Doom sent Abomination and MODOK to recruit Ringmaster.

Hulk Transformation: Baby Hulk

First Appearances: Captain Australia, Captain Brazil, Captain Britain, Captain Liechtenstein, Plantman, Ringmaster

Referenced: Red Skull Title card's issue homage: Giant-Size X-Men #1

12 "If This Be My Thanos!" Patty Shinagawa Eugene Son October 24, 2009 112

With some of the members on vacation, Iron Man and Hulk help out the Fantastic Four when Super-Skrull and his fellow Skrulls invade Super Hero City. Meanwhile, Thanos and Doctor Doom form an alliance in order to obtain a specific artifact from the Baxter Building. While the Fantastic Four and the other Super Hero Squad members are fighting the Skrulls, Falcon and H.E.R.B.I.E. defend the Baxter Building from Abomination, MODOK, and Trapster.

Hulk's Transformation: Gray Hulk

First Appearances: H.E.R.B.I.E., The Skrulls, Super-Skrull, Trapster, Thanos (Actually a Skrull Con Man in disguise)

Referenced: Uatu

Real Life References: Don Heck Title card's issue homage: Fantastic Four #18

13 "Deadly Is The Black Widow's Bite!" Michael R. Gerard Story: Charlotte Fullerton, Teleplay: Eugene Son October 31, 2009 113

Black Widow joins the Super Hero Squad and shows that she can hold her ground against Abomination, MODOK, and Screaming Mimi. Unbeknownst to them, she is really Mystique in disguise sent by Doctor Doom to steal the Infinity Fractals. When Mystique (alongside Abomination, Klaw, MODOK, and Toad) nearly gets the Infinity Fractals held at the Vault, the Super Hero Squad get an unlikely assistance from S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Songbird (who had been undercover as Screaming Mimi all along).

Hulk's Transformation: MODOH (Mental Organism designed only for Hulking)

First Appearances: Black Widow, Mystique, Songbird

Referenced: Dire Wraith, Impossible Man Title card's issue homage: Tales of Suspense #53

14 "Tremble at the Might of... M.O.D.O.K.!" Patty Shinagawa Mark Hoffmeier November 7, 2009 114

MODOK and Loki conspire to overthrow Doctor Doom and take his place as leader of his allied villain group after MODOK eats one of the fractals. In order to stop MODOK and Loki, the Super Hero Squad and Storm must team up with Black Panther and an unlikely ally... Doctor Doom.

Hulk's Transformation: Joe Fixit

First Appearances: Black Panther, Impossible Man, Leader, Tana Nile, Uatu the Watcher Title card's issue homage: Avengers #118

15 "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses!" Michael R. Gerard Matt Wayne November 14, 2009 115

Enchantress uses an Asgardian Love Lutefisk in order to make Thor fall in love with her. Instead it backfires causing Ms. Marvel to fall in love with MODOK. This causes S.H.I.E.L.D. to have Hawkeye take out Ms. Marvel before MODOK brings her to Doctor Doom's side. At the same time, Executioner plans to defeat Thor in order to get Enchantress to love him. Also, Thor falls in love with Valkyrie.

Hulk's Transformation: Hulk Bot

First Appearances: Executioner, Odin, Valkyrie

Referenced: Frigga

Title card's issue homage: Avengers #7 Note: When Hulk turns on the TV when Hawkeye comes, you can hear SpongeBob laughing.

16 "Invader From the Dark Dimension!" Patty Shinagawa Mark Hoffmeier November 21, 2009 116

When Baron Mordo possesses Iron Man turning him into the Iron Menace and escapes from the Dark Dimension, he plans to take over Super Hero City and Villainville. When Wolverine, Falcon, and Redwing end up under Baron Mordo/Iron Man's control, Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Thor must team up with Doctor Strange and Valkyrie to form a team of Defenders and stop Baron Mordo's evil plot. Doctor Doom and MODOK reluctantly help them when Iron Menace takes control of Abomination.

Hulk's Transformation: Wolverine-Hulk

Referenced: The Wizard of Oz Title card's issue homage: Defenders Vol 1 #2

17 "Tales of Suspense!" Patty Shinagawa Eugene Son December 5, 2009 117

War Machine teams up with Iron Man when Doctor Doom, Crimson Dynamo, and Melter band together in a plot to eliminate Iron Man. Meanwhile, Wolverine and Reptil face off against Abomination and MODOK in a game of golf.

Hulk's Transformation: Bruce Banner

First Appearances: Crimson Dynamo, War Machine

Referenced: Devil Dinosaur & Moon-Boy, Forbush Man, Illuminati, Initiative, Magneto, Mandarin, Squirrel Girl, Titanium Man

Title Card Issue Homage: Tales of Suspense #39 Trivia: When Iron Man was fighting War Machine, he mentions Reading Rainbow that LeVar Burton hosted.

18 "Stranger From a Savage Land!" Michael R. Gerard John Rozum December 12, 2009 118

When a smilodon is brought to Super Hero City from the Savage Land, a mysterious jungle lord named Ka-Zar shows up stating that the smilodon is actually his companion Zabu. When the Super Hero Squad encounter Ka-Zar, they learn of his mission and help him rescue Zabu. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom sees the Star Quartz (which will bind and merge any metal in the presence of Vibranium) around Zabu's neck and sends Toad, Thunderball, Sabretooth, and Batroc the Leaper to steal Zabu in a plot to reforge the Infinity Sword.

Hulk's Transformation: Vision

First Appearance: Ka-Zar, Zabu, Batroc the Leaper Title Card Issue Homage: X-Men #10

19 "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!" Michael R. Gerard James Krieg December 19, 2009 119

Captain America sends Wolverine back to Xavier Academy to get his diploma and finish his remaining credits. Reptil tags along to see what Xavier Academy is like and meet the X-Men. To make matters worse, Ringmaster shows up and hypnotizes the entire X-Men team in order to find an Infinity Fractal for Doctor Doom.

Hulk's Transformation: Saturday Night Fever Hulk

First Appearance: X-Men (Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Lockheed, Professor X)

Referenced: Shi'ar Title Card Issue Homage: X-Men Vol 2 #1

20 "Election of Evil!" Patty Shinagawa Tad Stones December 26, 2009 120

The Mayor’s re-election bid goes awry when Egghead wins by a landslide (thanks to a little mass mind-control). But his reign at city hall makes life in Super Hero City a bureaucratic nightmare for heroes and villains alike. Wolverine and the Mayor are up against every hero and villain in a desperate attempt to free everyone from Egghead’s control and stop the villains’ planned invasion.

Hulk Transformation: Simpson Hulk.

Referenced: Spider-Man

Title Card Issue Homage: Iron Man #128 Trivia: Egghead's Commercial is inspired by the Famous Shamwow! Commercial.

21 "Hexed, Vexed and Perplexed!" Michael R. Gerard Nicole Dubuc January 9, 2010 121

Magneto is in town with his children Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who he brought into helping him in a sinister plot to steal the Infinity Fractals at the Vault for Doctor Doom. During the first fight, Falcon develops a crush on Scarlet Witch after she heals Redwing.

Hulk's Transformation: Simpsons Hulk

First Appearances: Magneto, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch

Real Life References: Jack Kirby Title card's issue homage: X-Men #1

22 "The Ice Melt Cometh!" Patty Shinagawa Michael Ryan January 23, 2010 122

Doctor Doom sends his "Team Toxic" (consisting of Pyro, Trapster, and Zzzaz) out to the North Pole. His plan is to have them construct the super-spinner machine in order to spin the Earth enough to send Super Hero City into a space device built by Doctor Doom in his latest plot to get the Infinity Fractals only for Team Toxic to run afoul of Iron Man, Thor, and Wolverine. While Flatman and Reptil lecture about the polar ice caps, the world starts flooding after Trapster sets off their super-spinner machine's self-destruct sequence causing damage to the polar ice caps. Now Iron Man must convince Iceman to help save the day.

Hulk's Transformation: Grey Hulk

First Appearances: Flatman Title card's issue homage: X-Men #18

23 "Wrath of the Red Skull!" Michael R. Gerard Mark Hoffmeier January 30, 2010 123

It's Captain America's birthday and all he wants to do is celebrate it with his fellow Super Hero Squad members and Nick Fury. In order to show his minions what real villainy is like, Doctor Doom thaws out the WWII villain Red Skull. Captain America isn't pleased to find his old enemy up to his old tricks while Doctor Doom isn't thrilled about Red Skull's enormous ego.

Hulk's Transformation: MODOH (Mental Organism Designed Only for Hulking)

First Appearances: Red Skull, Arnim Zola

Referenced: Howling Commandos (Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Izzy Cohen) Title card's issue homage: Captain America #100

24 "Mother of Doom!" Patty Shinagawa Eugene Son February 6, 2010 124

Doctor Doom conquers Chthon's mystical dimension to free his mother Cynthia Von Doom (who changed her name to "Coco" because "Cynthia" is too drab). Though Doom ends up with Chthon's evil powers, he also finds himself dealing with his mother's monstrous nagging. Chthon comes to the Super Hero Squad and Doctor Strange for help. Meanwhile, Odin wants Thor to return to Asgard and orders him to handle his last-minute stuff on Earth before his time is up.

Hulk's Transformation: Joe Fixit

First Appearances: Chthon, Cynthia Von Doom, Galactus' Mom, Old Morgan Le Fay

Referenced: Unus the Untouchable

Real Life References: Don Heck Title card's issue homage: Avengers #187

25 "Last Exit Before Doomsday!" Michael R. Gerard Matt Wayne February 13, 2010 125

Silver Surfer's past as Galactus' herald is revealed as he encounters another herald, Stardust. But Doctor Doom has plans of his own for Stardust and her big boss.

Hulk's Transformation: Mecha-Hulk

First Appearances: Galactus, Heralds of Galactus (Firelord, Stardust, Terrax) Title card's issue homage Fantastic Four #49

26 "This Al Dente Earth!" Patty Shinagawa Matt Wayne February 20, 2010 126

Galactus arrives in Super Hero City to devour the Earth! The fate of the planet hangs in the balance, but all of the city's heroes are powerless before Galactus. Now the Super Hero Squad must convince Doctor Doom to help reforge the Infinity Sword to help defeat Galactus. They finally do make it, but Silver Surfer is the only one who can wield it,for he has the Infinity Gauntlets. Reptil gives up his powers(which were caused by a fossilized fractal), and the Silver Surfer becomes Galactus's herald again.

Hulk's Transformation: Wolverine-Hulk

First Appearances: Thanos (the real one), Phil Sheldon from "Marvels" Title card's issue homage: Fantastic Four #243

Production

The show's executive producers include Alan Fine, Simon Philips, and Eric Rollman, with Joe Quesada and Stan Lee as co-executive producers. Cort Lane is supervising producer. Mitch Schauer, creator of the Nickelodeon series The Angry Beavers, is the show's supervising director and character designer. Matt Wayne is the show's story-editor and head writer.Other writers include Michael Ryan, Nicole Dubuc, Atul N. Rao, Eugene Son, James Krieg, and Mark Hoffmeier. Jamie Simone voice directs the series. Novelty song writer, Parry Gripp composed the theme song.

Cast

The following have been confirmed to do voice work in this series:

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