One of two animated series to survive a culling of Marvel TV projects last year, Hit-Monkey will debut on Hulu November 17th. On Monday, the streaming service announced the program’s arrival date with a first look trailer:
Based on the Marvel comic created by Daniel Way and Dalibor Talajić, the title character is a monkey (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) in the the Japanese alps who joins forces with the ghost of Bryce (Jason Sudeikis), an American hitman killed at the same time the monkey’s tribe is slaughtered. Now united in a mission of revenge, the two head into Tokyo to demand satisfaction from the Yakuza bosses whose orders led to both of their tragedies. The program also features the voices of George Takei, Olivia Munn, Ally Maki, Nobi Nakanishi.
As mentioned up top, Hit-Monkey (along with M.O.D.O.K.) was part of an ambitious Marvel Television animated slate intended for Hulu. The other projects, Tigra & Dazzler, Howard the Duck, and The Offenders — an animated special uniting all six title characters — were scraped across 2020 as Hulu chose to go in different directions and Marvel Television became part of Marvel Studios. Like M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey has a different tone from the studio’s television efforts, but it remains to be seen if audiences will gravitate to an alternate Marvel sensibility at this point.
Hit-Monkey premieres November 17th on Hulu.