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The Marvel Animated Universe, or MAU for short, is a series of animated television shows and related spin-offs that share the same continuity. All of the animated series were adapted from Marvel Comics properties.
The universe is comprised of X-Men, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man Unlimited, and The Avengers: United They Stand. X-Men and Spider-Man are the two longest running Marvel animated projects.
It is possible that the Marvel Animated Universe exists within the Marvel Multiverse. The Marvel Database wiki states that there are several designations for the universe, although each series is not given the same one.
There are several problems with classifying a coherent universe. Unlike the DC animated counterpart, the various series were not created by one person or group, but by different production companies with different goals and visions. There are several connections between the series such as The Incredible Hulk referring to events on Iron Man and Fantastic Four, Juggernaut's appearance on Fantastic Four connecting to a previous episode on X-Men, and Robert Hays reprising his role as Iron Man on Spider-Man. However, there are numerous occasions that disconnect the series, such as Venom's history on Spider-Man and Spider-Man Unlimited, Captain America's timeline between Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, and most notably Silver Surfer on Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer. In the strictest sense, none of the series can fit together. However, the connections are too numerous to simply discount each series as completely separate.
Although series based on Marvel comics aired before and after, these eight were interconnected and created a larger universe than seen either before or after. For the purpose of this site, these shows are called Non MAU.
There have been several other attempts to make multi-series universes.
The first animated universe was the Marvel Productions Universe consisting of Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and The Incredible Hulk. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends used clips and ideas originating in Spider-Man. Additionally, actor Michael Bell voiced Doctor Octopus on Spider-Man and Amazing Friends and The Incredible Hulk.
Christopher Yost created a large multi-series universe. The universe was comprised of Wolverine and the X-Men, Hulk vs Wolverine, Hulk vs Thor, Thor: Tales of Asgard, and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.