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Marvel Animation Announces Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

In the wake of Joss Whedon’s billion-dollar blockbuster The Avengers, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk are set to reteam in a direct-to-DVD movie from Marvel Animation.

Arriving April 23, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United sees Tony Stark and Bruce Banner joining forces to battle the classic Hulk villain Zzzax, a sentient being of pure energy who can control magnetic force, travel through electrical lines and grow as tall as 40 feet. Created by Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe, Zzzax debuted in 1973’s The Incredible Hulk #166, which detailed how the creature sprang to life by accident following a terrorist attack on a nuclear power plant.

“We see his origin in the movie. It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out,” Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television, told Entertainment Weekly. “The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame.”

EW has revealed three images from the movie, showcasing what the website describes as a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art.

Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, who voiced Tony Stark on Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Ultimate Spider-Man and the upcoming Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., reprises his role in Heroes United, while Ultimate Avengers and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes veteran Fred Tatasciore will return as the Hulk. They’re joined by American Dad actor Dee Bradley Baker as Zzzax.

Loeb notes that, unlike the Hulk’s depiction in The Avengers, in Heroes United the Hulk is “a little more articulate.”


  • joejoe28

    Man, this stuff is terrible compared to 80’s cartoons/animation!!!! Cartoons today are of poor quality and substance!

  • Erikgalston

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you’ve never seen an episode of Young Justice?


     I agree Erikgalston…Young Justice is amazing for story and animation quality…so is almost every DC strait to DVD animated film.

  • AgentGraves

    Not to distract from JoeJoe’s first point, this animation does look horrible. I love the animated movies DC puts out, and have been hoping marvel would begin doing this again under disney, but I am not liking the look of this. 

  • Jugga Lord

    May I suggest you watch Thundarr the Barbarian? 80s animation had its great moments, but there was a LOT of really bad stuff out there.

  • tomdaylight

     A lot of the 80s animation is pretty terrible too, when you take off the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. Now as then, there are a few diamonds in the rough.

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    Hulk and Iron Man fight Zaxx that sounds like a normal episode of Avengers this is pretty weak compared to what Bruce Timm and co are doing over at DC animation.

    Animation I have to see a trailer but CG animation is often always ugly when it comes to DTV’s.

  • thesnappysneezer

    looks like a video game and not a very good one

  • thesnappysneezer

     Thundarr was great and proves the superiority of 80s over this. I am not knocking modern day animation though.

  • Cjorg2

    The art looks rubbish, just like the Iron Man cartoon. Marvel tends to drop the ball when it comes to animated films – the art always looks substandard compared to DC efforts. Why these two characters even NEED an animated film is beyond me when they’re both in Superhero Squad, the Avengers Animated, and a new Avengers cartoon. Sure, Batman stars in lots of animated movies, but at least they’re adaptions of comic runs or a distinctive departure from the films and cartoons like Brave and Bold. Marvel would have been better off making a Rocket Raccoon movie or Thanos centered one instead of this.

    A wasted effort.

  • guest

    So is this set in the Cinematic Universe?

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  • Pedro Bear

    Jeph Loeb should be raped to death by a pack of niggers for what he did to the ultimates and now they let him loose on the animation? I has a sad.

  • Osaese

    lets give it a chance!

  • Boilingman

    This animation looks HORRIBLE!