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Old February 5th, 2019, 09:22 AM #1
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Disney XD rebranded as Marvel HQ in India

Hello everyone, I just noticed today on my TV that Disney XD fully rebranded as Marvel HQ (starting on January 20, 2019). I haven't been watching Disney XD lately because of dual language audio overlapping issue for the past 3 months. I'm very surprised and excited that Marvel is getting its own TV channel. It's been almost 10 years since Disney XD launched in India on 14 November 2009 by replacing ToonDisney / Jetix. Now it's dead and I'm kinda sad. It can also be an indication that all the Disney XD channels worldwide might be replaced by Marvel HQ in the near future. Here's an article.

https://bestmediainfo.com/2019/01/di...ith-marvel-hq/

Keeping in mind the growing fan following of Marvel Entertainment in the country, Walt Disney Company (India) is launching Marvel HQ. The channel is replacing the network’s action, adventure and comedy channel Disney XD, which went off-air from January 6.

Devika Prabhu, Executive Director and Head-Product, Media Networks, Disney India, said, "We thought it is the right time. We are creating a first window and a first experience for Marvel fans through this channel. We know Marvel movies are aired every other day on channels but at Disney, we wanted to create a curated Marvel experience with this channel. With this channel, we are also introducing new viewers to Marvel Universe as not everybody has seen everything. Currently, the objective is to have all things Marvel and have a home for Marvel."

Marvel HQ will be home to Marvel Entertainment featuring super-hero action movie titles and comics created under the banner. The channel will go on air from January 20 with four Marvel animated series such as Hulk And The Agents Of Smash, Avengers Assemble, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ultimate Spiderman. The channel will also air super-hero action movies, mainly on weekends.

The channel will also feature shows that don't belong to the Marvel library but complements Marvel's philosophy, to attract viewers. The other animated shows featuring on the channel will be Pokemon, Beyblade, Digimon and Big Hero 6.

Initially, Marvel HQ will have afternoon prime-time and evening prime-time. The channel's programming will be further boosted in March with new series such as Black Panther's Quest Rising Secret Warrior and Future Avengers among others. The channel will be available in four languages: English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The channel aims to transport viewers into the world of epic storytelling told through inspiring characters and will reach out to 9+ kids.

On the need to launch a separate channel for Marvel, Prabhu said, "At Disney portfolio, we want to cater to all our viewers. With Disney Junior, we target pre-school viewers. With Disney channel, we cater to kids and families. Marvel HQ gives us an opportunity to tap into the action-adventure space and we just have seen the popularity of Marvel. We feel that there was a need to launch this channel. It is a home for people who know about Marvel and want to know about Marvel."

Though Disney India is launching a dedicated channel for Marvel, there are no exclusive deals in place for the content. The network will keep sharing its content with other platforms, as well. "A unique feature will be that we will offer it in different languages," Prabhu said.
Goodbye Disney XD, Welcome Marvel HQ!

So, let me know your thoughts and opinions on this.

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Old February 5th, 2019, 11:01 AM #2
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I think would make sense if were called Disney HQ.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 11:08 AM #3
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On a mainstream level, Marvel HQ is already the name of one of their official Youtube channels where they normally upload clips and full episodes
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Old February 5th, 2019, 11:37 AM #4
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It's a website too. Used to be Marvel Kids until a couple of years ago.
https://www.marvelhq.com/
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Old February 5th, 2019, 11:46 AM #5
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So, does India only get the Marvel shows on this channel? Is that why it's changing its name? Because it seems a bit strange to rename it and rebrand it if it's having more than just Marvel shows on there.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 12:59 PM #6
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The channel will also feature shows that don't belong to the Marvel library
So false advertising to maximize profit?

Sounds legit.
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Specifically, they have Beyblade, Pokemon, and Digimon. They also remembered that Big Hero Six is a Marvel property and put that in the schedule too.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 03:14 PM #8
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BH6 is a Marvel property? I thought it was outright Disney.

As for the other shows, are they at least in their own block? Kind of like Fox Family's "Made in Japan" was back in the day?
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MegaBlue wrote: View Post

BH6 is a Marvel property? I thought it was outright Disney.
The Big Hero 6 we see in film and TV is loosely based on a Marvel concept of the same name, but they are quite different entities. The Marvel one takes place in the main Marvel Universe and the characters are quite different, like Fred actually being able to transform into a Kaiju rather than using a suit.
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MegaBlue wrote: View Post

BH6 is a Marvel property? I thought it was outright Disney.
Because they purposefully avoided the Marvel branding whenever possible, using its relative obscurity to allow for a complete revamp not unlike their various fairy tale animated films.

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While we wait for the 53rd big Disney movie, Frozen, to come out, here's what's coming next...

The very first main Disney movie to feature Marvel characters.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 03:25 PM #11
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MegaBlue wrote: View Post

BH6 is a Marvel property? I thought it was outright Disney.

As for the other shows, are they at least in their own block? Kind of like Fox Family's "Made in Japan" was back in the day?
It was a comic before a movie. Marvel pulled away from it as best they could as Disney controlled the project. Since Marvel wants to focus on just MCU stuff.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 06:40 PM #12
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Cameron Samurai wrote: View Post

On a mainstream level, Marvel HQ is already the name of one of their official Youtube channels where they normally upload clips and full episodes
So was the Disney XD for some time.
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Man, I hope it's an all/mostly Marvel channel and it's released worldwide.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 10:17 PM #14
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Man, I hope it's an all/mostly Marvel channel and it's released worldwide.
It could possibly their answer to Disney+ original content in India. Having old content and new content.
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Huh, never thought Big Hero 6 had Marvel origins, and it now makes sense why Stan Lee had a cameo there, which I guess is a subtle nod to that fact.
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