TV Review: Marvel’s Hit-Monkey (Hulu)

One of Marvel’s wildest characters gets an action-packed, hilarious animated series.  When Bryce (Jason Sudeikis), a master assassin, whose latest hit goes sideways, finds himself on the run from the […]

One of Marvel’s wildest characters gets an action-packed, hilarious animated series. 

When Bryce (Jason Sudeikis), a master assassin, whose latest hit goes sideways, finds himself on the run from the Yakuza. Wounded, he takes refuge in the mountains, with a tribe of Japanese snow monkeys. One of the monkeys (Fred Tatasciore) takes an interest in Bryce and studies his actions while Bryce is training. The Yakuza catch up to Bryce and kill him and the snow monkeys, with an exception of one. The one who was watching Bryce. Now guided by the ghost of Bryce, the monkey goes out for revenge on the Yakuza. He is Hit-Monkey.

Hit-Monkey is a Marvel character created by writer Daniel Way and artist Dalibor Talajić. He first appeared in the digital comic Hit-Monkey #1. The character gained popularity and was quickly incorporated in the Marvel Universe, with teaming up with both Spider-Man and Deadpool. 

This show is hilarious. It’s a very close adaptation of the comics, but with the dark humor turned up to 11. The writing and the animation really compliment each other. The pacing is great, with nice action and violence. Series creators Will Speck and Josh Gordon have truly outdone themselves on this series. 

Veteran voice actor Fred Tatasciore voices Hit-Monkey and he does a great job. Now Tatasciore may not be a familiar name to you, but you’ve heard his work before. Just check out his IMDB page

Jason Sudeikis steals the show here. I seriously wonder if he was reading the script or improving some of his lines. Plus the usual sarcasm you are used to from Sudeikis. 

Other cast members are Shinji (voiced by George Takei), Akiko (voiced by Olivia Munn), and Haruka (voiced by Ally Maki). This cast does a great job working together

And then there’s the Easter Eggs. There’s a lot of them and introduces many obscure Marvel characters to the audience. 

This show is for the Rick and Morty, Family Guy, etc, crew. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s really a fun ride.  You have to check it out for yourself because even though it’s such a warped premise, it works. 

Marvel’s Hit-Monkey premiers on November 17, exclusively on Hulu. 

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.