Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 is a new movie trilogy in the works, but unlike most big-screen superhero hits lately, this one is animated. The Archie Comics produced film trilogy stars some famous voices for animated superheroes led by Stan Lee himself.
The vocal talents behind this new animated trilogy include Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Christian Slater (Broken Arrow), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Teri Hatcher (Tomorrow Never Dies), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jim Belushi (The Ghost), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Darren Criss (Glee), and Michael Ironside (X-Men: First Class), with the legendary Stan Lee playing the part of … himself.
The premise is that aliens have landed, making themselves known to Stan Lee, and the comic book titan decides they will be his own superheroes. The problem is that they are being chased by other aliens as well as the US military, so he lets them stay in his Malibu mansion, mirroring the idea behind the X-Men.
Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 is being nicknamed SLAM 7, which we will admit is much catchier than some team names we’ve seen (Watchmen, for one). The team will consist of the following alien superheroes:
- Strong Arm, the one with super strength, is voiced by Armie Hammer.
- Lazer Lord, who can hurl balls of electric energy, is voiced by Christian Slater.
- Lady Lightning, the super fast one, will feature the vocal talents of Mayim Bialik.
- Silver Skylark, the one who can fly, is voiced by Teri Hatcher.
- Roller Man, the alien who can roll into a ball and launch himself at high speeds like Blanka from Street Fighter, is voiced by Flea.
- Micro can shrink in size and is voiced by Darren Criss.
- Kid Energy‘s power is telekinesis, and the voice actor behind him is Sean Astin.
Producer and A Squared Entertainment’s Andy Heyward said of working with the star of Stan Lee’s Mighty 7:
“Stan Lee is the superhero of all superheroes and we have been privileged to collaborate with him to create something entirely new, including giving Stan his first starring role ever. This is the first of several new and totally unique superhero properties we are creating with Stan under our new label, Stan Lee Comics. We’re looking forward to premiering this first movie on the Hub Network early next year.”
With Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, or SLAM 7, in the works, the Marvel Cinematic Universe might actually find itself with competition besides DC Comics. The first of the trilogy, Beginnings, will hit the Hub Network in early 2014, with a comic book and a TV series to follow.