Ranking Every Marvel Animated TV Series From Worst To Best

A mall-baby may eat chilli fries, but do they also star in the best cartoon show?

X-Men Animated Series

Marvel's animated escapades have garnered a massive reputation over the years, and for good reason too. Though it's probable that most will now mark their introduction into the worlds of cowls and capes supplanted by a healthy dose of cinematic stardom, it hasn't always been that way. For many years, this introduction came via the airwaves on a given Saturday morning, sandwiched in-between flurries of adverts and that one cartoon you sat through just because your favourite repeat of X-Men was going to air straight after.

I am, of course, talking about cartoons. And when it comes to cartoons, Marvel have a pretty long and expansive history. Starting all the way back in 1966, the world's preeminent comic book publisher has been releasing animated shows based on their biggest heroes to critical and indeed commercial avail. For many - myself included - they marked the start of a long (and often fraught) journey into mystery. It's pretty clear that they have an important job to do, even if their main one is to, you know, sell some toys.

Given that some of these shows were, at their core, just a bunch of glorified adverts, it makes sense that a few would be lacking in the ol' quality department. That doesn't mean, however, that there haven't been some truly fantastic animated shows, and while Marvel may lack the BTAS equivalent to well and truly assert themselves as the proverbial champions of the animated arena, that certainly hasn't stopped them from churning out some absolute bangers from time to time.

28. The Avengers: United They Stand

A show that based its line-up on the West Coast Avengers, United They Stand could never really find the success that its immediate predecessors (Spidey and Iron Man) could. In fact it was terrible. Not much else to say really.

I mean, the outfits looked kind of cool I guess? And it's always nice to see Clint getting a starring role now and then. Bar that, it's a big old pile of 'meh'. 0/10, would not watch.

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