The bromance between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner was one of the more enjoyable facets of The Avengers, and fans who have watched the after-credits scene of Iron Man 3 would have been further rewarded with a humorous tête-à-tête between the two heroes. Both will be back for 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but before then we’ll be able to see their alter-egos working together again on the small screen for animated feature Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United.
The film will take place in the aftermath of The Avengers and will see Iron Man join forces with Hulk to fight Zzzax, a villain with the power to absorb and release electricity. On the voice talent front, actors Adrian Pasdar and Fred Tatisciore voice Iron Man and Hulk respectively while voice acting veteran Dee Bradley Baker will be vocalizing the villain. Pasdar and Tatisciore have voiced their respective characters in other animated fare; Pasdar did the Iron Man Anime series and is currently reprising the role in the current Avengers Assemble cartoon.
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United was initially scheduled to hit stands in April this year but was delayed until December, and now that we’re only a couple weeks away from release, Marvel has seen fit to unveil seven new stills:
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Whilst Marvel has proven itself a behemoth in the cinematic arena, it’s DC that has been more consistent in both output and quality when it comes to animated features. The most recent Marvel Animation offering – entitled Iron Man: Rise of Technovore – was a particularly underwhelming effort which failed to do the character justice, and the same can be said for their other Iron Man solo offering, The Invincible Iron Man. With this track record in mind, in addition to the poorly-animated CGI trailer recently released, there is not much cause for excitement here.
Still, there’s no denying the appeal of seeing Iron Man & Hulk join forces on screen, and the film should attract an audience regardless of the end product. If nothing else, animated material such as this can help tide fans over until the Avengers return to the big screen in 2015.
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 3rd, 2013.