Marvel Characters, Inc., may have plans to reinvigorate one of its less popular franchises, Tigra & Dazzler. Marvel filed two trademark application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office for “MARVEL’S TIGRA & DAZZLER” and “MARVEL’S TIGRA & DAZZLER SHOW” (see U.S. Serial Nos. 88294108 and 88294130, respectively). Recently, the trademark applications were finally published for any opposition challenges on July 14.
The applications were both filed under international classes 009, and state an exactly identical (and quite lengthy) list of goods and services, which are:
“apparatus for recording, transmission, processing, and reproduction of sound, images, or data; digital media, namely, pre-recorded downloadable audio and video recordings, CDs, DVDs, high definition digital discs, mp3 files and mp4 files featuring live-action entertainment, animated entertainment, music and stories; downloadable ringtones featuring music and other sounds, via a global computer network and wireless communication devices; audio and visual recordings featuring live-action entertainment, animated entertainment, music, stories, and games for children; musical recordings; downloadable electronic publications in the nature of comic books, comic magazines and stories in illustrated form; computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; downloadable mobile applications for viewing, playing, and purchasing animated entertainment and electronic games; downloadable computer game software; computer hardware and computer peripheral devices; mouse pads; wrist and arm rests for use with computers; calculators; cell phone battery chargers; electronic personal organizers; cameras; digital cameras; optical, digital versatile, and compact disc players and recorders for audio, video, and computer data; radios; audio speakers; digital photo frames; headphones; earphones; ear buds; walkie-talkies; telephones; headsets for cellular telephones; adapters for cellular telephones in the nature of power adapters; batteries for cellular telephones; cell phone cases; face plates for cellular telephones; eyeglasses; sunglasses; eyeglass and sunglass cases; binoculars; decorative magnets; graduated rulers; microphones; protective covers and cases for tablet computers; radio frequency authentication device in the nature of identification tag readers and radio frequency transmitter; smart watches; fitted plastic films known as skins for covering and protecting electronic apparatus, namely, mobile phones, portable music players, mobile computers, and tablet computers; video projectors; video projector with wireless connection capability for use with wireless communication devices; karaoke machines; bicycle helmets; flotation vests; protective face masks not for medical purposes; protective helmets for sports; snorkels; swimming goggles; swim masks”
Tigra & Dazzler was set to be one of four new animated TV series which was supposed to air on Hulu. Tigra first appeared under the alias ‘The Cat’ in Marvel’s 1972 comic series “CLAWS OF THE CAT #1,” before becoming Tigra in their 1974 comic “GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1.” Dazzler first debuted in Marvel’s 1980 comic “UNCANNY X-MEN #130.” As Marvel describes it, the Tigra & Dazzler Show is set to focus on two “woke” super heroes who are fighting for recognition among super-powered people.
Things took an unfortunate turn for the series, however, around the end of 2019 through the beginning of 2020. After Hulu removed Erica Rivinoja, one of the show’s writers, for “creative differences” in December 2019, the show was still scheduled to move forward, until Marvel decided not to move forward with the show in January 2020.
The show originated at Marvel Television, which is a currently defunct television division of Marvel, and there may definitely be some connection between the shutting down of the television division and the halting of the show’s production. Howard the Duck, another animated series which was also supposed to debut on Hulu, was also declared around that time as no longer moving forward on Hulu.
Marvel is still moving forward with the trademark application though, which raises the question of whether the company may have other plans for the series, but possibly outside of Hulu. Who knows, maybe both of the series will make their debut on Disney +.