Marvel Animation Studios announced that they are developing a new animated film called Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes Untied, and they've also revealed three stills giving us our first look at what we can expect to see in it. The story will follow the two heroes as they battle the living energy villain Zzzzax, who can absorb human minds. According to Jeph Loeb,
We see his origin in the movie. It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out. The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame.
The movie isn't officially connected to The Avengers movie, but Loeb goes on to say that, "We welcome people to interpret any way they like. In tone and character, we want to follow our best leader."
Even though Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo won't be voicing the characters, the movie "will try to capture the spirit of their onscreen partnership in The Avengers. The challenge was to pick up the banter between the two of them. Certainly, Adrian Pasdar’s performance is inspired by what Robert Downey Jr. does, and Mark laid down such an incredible path for us to be able to follow." Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) will voice Iron Man and Fred Tatasciore (Ultimate Spider-Man) voices Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Zzzax will be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad).
The movie is a mix of CG and traditional animation, and is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 23rd, 2013. We can also expect to see more animated films coming out of Marvel from here on out. Loeb reveals that,
It’s our hope that we will start doing more feature-length direct to Blu-ray and DVD stories. They’ll more than likely be in team-up situations. We find it works really well when we have big exciting adventures with two or more of our heroes.
I loved the previous animated movies that Marvel developed, hopefully the new films they are making turn out to be good, but I'm not a big fan of this animation style. What do you all think of the look of the new animated movie?
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