In my personal opion the decision to axe both Spectacular Spider-man and Earths Mightiest Heroes was a huge mistake. Given the majority of fans loved those shows so much. And as a female viewer I feel very alienated from the new shared Marvel/Disney universe.
A lot of my problem is its very much a boys club in all 3 shows and that to me is a huge step backwards. Also the story telling is very much dumbed down in compassion to what weve had before.
X-men Evolution was a kids show, but it was produced by the WB (same folks as Spectacular) and it was great! But I do get the impression the boys at marvel do get a little jealous when another creative team starts to have success with THEIR characters. I also know decision's are made on ratings and such. The biggest disappointment for me is when a network decides to take into account how many TOYS are sold from any given cartoon. That was apparently a factor in the cancelation of Young Justice, and it just breaks my heart.
I mean the producers of YJ really attempted to expand the universe outside the show, a video game, a comic series and toys. Yet really it was the hard core fans who were thankful for a decent successor to Justice League Unlimited. Don't get me wrong, YJ wasn't perfect. The 1st season was by far stronger then the second. The criticism I had was TOO many characters. By the time season one ended the audience really cared about Superboy, Miss Martain, Aquaboy, Kid Flash and Artemis (hell just look at all the cosplay of them at conventions)
Brining Zatanna in was a stroke of genius (shes a beloved DC girl anyway and this time we got to see her as a teenager who had the hots for Robin) fandom had a orgasm over her. As well as brining in a character that hasn't been developed since the 90s (Rocket).
Both these girls should have been explored more instead of brining in say Bumbelbee and Batgirl.
If I had been in charge of season 2 I would have kept Zee and Rocket on the team. Still had Blue Beetle, Wonder Girl, Tim Drake and Impulse show up but that's it. No Lagoon Boy, No Mal Ducan no Beast Boy and no Bumbelbee. Because they weren't frankly developed enough and hence had no real reason for been there.
That's just my personal preference.
As for Marvel I think I have been fair to them, like I said X-men the animated series, X-men Evolution, Avengers EMH, Spectacular Spider-Man Fantastic Four WGH and Silver Surfer are all strong character driven cartoons with great animation and story telling.
Wolverine and the X-men was ok, but weaker then the previous two incarnations. Its defiantly watchable and the guy who voices Logan is the best they have had, hands down! It just didn't click for some reason, but the animation was good and the voice casting spot on.
But everything else (I think) is painting by numbers story-telling with animation that hasn't aged well. Weak voice casting choices, poor direction and poor production. So Il happily pass on both 90s Spider-Man toons, Marvel Action Hour, Hulk and Avengers UTS.
And I refuse to watch a single episode of SuperHero Squad and any of the current cartoons which only have the animation going for it!
I often wonder what if "Pryde Of the X-men" had been and into a tv series? Some of the voice casting there was TERRIBLE.
Magentos voice grated like a heavy piece of machinery, Emma Frost sounded like a drag queen and Wolverine was Australian! WTF?
All we do know is that Kitty Pryde was going to be the audience's eyes (much how Jubilee was in the following series) and she was going to "Tough up" as the series went on. Which was good, because she came off kinda pathetic in the pilot.
And I hope to Christ she would have gotten a costume, because that outfit she was wearing was horrific (even for the late 1980s).
She had soaks over sandals people....never a good look....EVER.
But I liked the line up Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrlawer, Colossus, Dazzler and Kitty. A good combo of powers and personalities'.
Would it have followed the canon more? Would we have heard about a dead Jean Grey? Beast? Iceman and Angel? how much creative imput would say Stan Lee and Chris Claremount have had in it? The animation itself is very good and stands up to modern day so its a shame we never got say 13 episode's even.