HIT-MONKEY Is Getting A Season 2 On Hulu But It's Lost The "Marvel" Branding

HIT-MONKEY Is Getting A Season 2 On Hulu But It's Lost The "Marvel" Branding HIT-MONKEY Is Getting A Season 2 On Hulu But It's Lost The "Marvel" Branding

We have some good news for Hit-Monkey fans today as it's been confirmed that the series is going to get a second season on Hulu despite the fact every other Marvel Television project has been cancelled.

By JoshWilding - Feb 02, 2023 02:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Marvel

Hulu has announced that Hit-Monkey is returning for a second season, though it's dropped "Marvel" from the title. The first batch of episodes was released in November 2021, months after M.O.D.O.K. was cancelled following a single season. 

Marvel Television was responsible for what was shaping up to be an entire slate of animated projects that, along with the shows mentioned above and the scrapped Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler projects, was going to culminate with The Offenders

However, when Marvel Studios took charge of everything Marvel-related, Marvel Television was disbanded and these shows were ditched, hence why they landed on Hulu. In terms of why Hit-Monkey is getting a second season, we'd guess that the episodes were all but finished and it made more financial sense to release those on the streaming platform rather than scrapping them.

While we're not banking on a Hit-Monkey season 3, it's also possible the show's success will help it find a new life on Hulu.

Regardless, 20th Television Animation is now the studio for Hit-Monkey, while co-creators Josh Gordon and Will Speck stay on as executive producers.

The series follows a Japanese snow monkey whose tribed was slaughtered, leading to him joining forces with the ghost of an American assassin who follows him on a murderous journey through the Yakuza underworld. Season 2 moves the action to New York City, with Olivia Munn, Jason Sudeikis, Ally Maki, and Fred Tatasciore all reprising their roles alongside series newcomer Leslie Jones.

Marvel Studios is in charge of any and all animated projects these days, with What If...? season 2 and X-Men '97 both expected to premiere on Disney+ later in 2023. 

We don't have a confirmed release date yet, but Hit-Monkey season 2 is "coming soon" to Hulu.

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ShimmyShimmyYA - 2/2/2023, 2:03 PM
Need to finish but I liked it
ossie85 - 2/2/2023, 2:05 PM
Hit-Monkey was a great show, people should watch it
MaximusTheMad - 2/2/2023, 2:06 PM
Why did no one talk about this back in 2021?

Is it good?

Is it Harley Quinn level?

ShimmyShimmyYA - 2/2/2023, 2:34 PM
@MaximusTheMad - it’s good it’sa different thing then Haley Quinn, more John wick + archer imo
ObserverIO - 2/2/2023, 2:48 PM
@MaximusTheMad - It's not as good as you think it's gonna be when you first start watching it, but if you have the patience to finish watching it, it's not as bad as you thought it was when you were forcing yourself to finish it.

It's very likeable, but also quite annoying. It's a pretty hard job for the main star, who has to talk through 90% of each episode and still sound casually upbeat yet cynical the whole time. Must be more annoying fotr the actor than the viewer. Marginally.
But despite that it's very likeable.

Yet if it was cancelled I would somehow feel relieved, because it's likeable enough to feel obligated to watch, yet I'm also sort of dreading having to do so.
TheManWithoutFear - 2/2/2023, 2:07 PM
Even Feige was like, I don't care about this. AND THAT MAN CARES ABOUT EVERYTHING.

Just kidding, never seen it. I know literally nothing about Hit Monkey.
marvel72 - 2/2/2023, 2:12 PM
@TheManWithoutFear - I know he scares Deadpool.
Fares - 2/2/2023, 2:11 PM
So how good is this thing exactly? The concept seems fun, but the animation doesn't look that great and I haven't heard a lot of buzz about it.
marvel72 - 2/2/2023, 2:12 PM
I haven't seen a single episode of this show, is it any good?
SATW42 - 2/2/2023, 2:14 PM
I would bet Marvel doesn't care if this show continues compared to basically every other property is because they have no intentions of doing anything with it. So they take the Marvel off and it's basically something that can make them money without it confusing the market place, because marvel doesn't really do the "elseworlds" thing with the MCU anymore, outside of like kid shows.

M.O.D.O.K. is in the MCU now, Howard the Duck lives in the MCU, etc etc. Even X-Men 97 is being teased as possibly MAYBE being a part of the MCU and the writers have said that will be something fans will be asking when watching season 1.
FilmGuy7878 - 2/2/2023, 2:22 PM
@SATW42 - I really don't want X-Men 97 to be MCU cannon. It's a revival/extension of X-Men: TAS and THAT'S ALL IT SHOULD BE.

I understand Feige is probably gonna take inspiration for the MCU's X-Men from the 90s series but don't make it a carbon copy of the series just because it was successful. Make the MCU's X-Men unique but warmly familiar to fans of the characters. I really feel like DP3, FF, and X-Men will prove if the MCU have anymore creativity and balls left in them.
SATW42 - 2/2/2023, 3:18 PM
@FilmGuy7878 - Yeah I'm indifferent. Part of me does think it would be kind of cool if "Xmen '97" is used as a base and won't necessarily be required viewing for the MCU, but then those characters get transplanted into the MCU. If the voice cast ends up being recognizable young actors, then we'll know they plan on bringing them in to live action.

I certainly prefer this to any wacko explanation for why they all of a sudden exist, or theyve existed all along and we just didn't know. Plus, it might turn out that hearing the xmen theme in MoM and Ms. Marvel mightve been foreshadowing and not just fan service.
FilmGuy7878 - 2/2/2023, 3:20 PM
@SATW42 - Yeah, if they do some convoluted, super complicated shit to explain the existence of mutants, I will never forgive them.
ScaryTerry - 2/2/2023, 3:44 PM
@FilmGuy7878 - It doesn’t need to be convoluted. They have just been there all along. Perhaps they could say something along the lines that Xgenes were activated during adolescence living through all this stressful shit with Thanos.
FilmGuy7878 - 2/2/2023, 6:43 PM
@ScaryTerry - That's not a bad explanation.
FinnishDude - 2/2/2023, 2:17 PM
I could be wrong, but I kinda doubt they had any of the season 2 ready to go, since the original plan was for these Hulu's animated adult Marvel shows to get a season each and then crossover in the Offenders mini-series. My guess is that animated comedies are doing hot on streaming services, it's generally easier to keep a show going than start from scratch and it should be very easy to disconnect Hit-Monkey from the Marvel branding to prevent an average consumer mixing it with the Disney+ MCU stuff.
WaffeX - 2/2/2023, 2:23 PM
damn great show, better than expected, is Mephisto in season 2?

Superheromoviefan - 2/2/2023, 2:29 PM
hitmonkey is one of the best
i dont understand why no one cares
bkmeijer1 - 2/2/2023, 2:30 PM
Like many I've never seen it, but judging from the few commenters that have seen it it's a good watch I suppose. Concept looks fun, might check it out
Shroombeast - 2/2/2023, 2:51 PM
Weird. Anyway, I've been meaning to check this out, but it's been gathering dust in my watchlist. Some day, I guess. Or is it bad?
Itwasme - 2/2/2023, 3:06 PM
Its pretty good, so I'm excited to see where they go. Should have a lot more room to maneuver now that most of the set up of rhe concept is behind them.
TheNewYorker - 2/2/2023, 3:13 PM
Never heard of it.
2050 - 2/2/2023, 3:18 PM
Awesome news. The first season of Hit-Monkey was fun, so looking forward to S2.
ScaryTerry - 2/2/2023, 3:46 PM
Outstanding. I just finished a rewatch and was let down when the ended it with season 1. So much win.
whatevtrev - 2/2/2023, 4:40 PM
I only watched the first episode, which I enjoyed a lot, but I completely forgot about it until now. Make of that what you will!

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