EDITORIAL: In Defense of Marvel's Next Animated Film "Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United"

EDITORIAL: In Defense of Marvel's Next Animated Film "Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United"

"Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United", Marvel's next animated film has been getting harsh comments from fans just from the trailers. Here is my thoughts and opinions why I believe all of this is entirely wrong.

Hello Everyone once again, in the topic for now I am here to discuss a certain Marvel animated film many fans dislike now from first glance. Marvel hasn't had a long record of animated films compared to DC but whenever Marvel releases one you know it will be done right with quality. My favourite Marvel animated film so far being is Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. The story in the film was not only dark but it managed to mix in a level of fun and excitement to make it enjoyable for all audiences. It taught an important message of becoming who your destined to be, hence in the form of the children of The Avengers. It also played a strong role in humanity and fighting for a cause along with the best group of friends anyone could ever have. Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow definitely exceeded in those expectations. Keep in mind that was in 2008.

Marvel did more animated features after but to hold ones own they didn't truly succeed Next Avengers. Now in 2013 we have Iron Man & Hulk together for an animated Marvel feature. I'll let you guys know first hand I didn't have any great expectations for this whatsoever. Maybe Marvel just did it to cash in on the success of the 2012 Joss Whedon directed superhero ensemble The Avengers. So soon after a viewing of the first trailer for Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United one thing I automatically knew was that this was going to be finally another great Marvel animation. In fact it may be one of the best animated comic book based film ever made. The trailer showed a level of amazing action with witty humor and it looks like a load of fun. Then I read comments regarding the animation which is why I have to come in need to make a defense on this stance.

The CGI animation as shown from the "Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United" trailer feels very nostalgic. In terms like a 90s CGI animation but done really great with time and effort really put in. It's meant to be fun not to be taken seriously. I understand sometimes different styles of animation can really throw people off but it seems here they did succeed in the goals of what the story is presenting. The story isn't rocket science it's just Iron Man & The Hulk teaming up to stop a villain. Although the story is simplistic it still shows a level of heart was put directly into it. The voice acting sounds amazing looking from the trailer. I really wish Iron Man himself had that voice in the live action version because it sounds better than Robert Downey Jr. There is a stronger depth within it. Another major bonus is the character of the Hulk himself. Usually the Hulk is portrayed as very slow and unintelligent as displayed in The Avengers to a point that it made me nearly think did Joss Whedon give up on the character entirely? Here the Hulk seems more like what The Hulk is supposed to be.

I definitely can't wait to check out this film. Another question to wonder is how further would it be connected within the Marvel MCU, point in timeline. Since Bruce Banner did appear in the after credits scene of Iron Man 3 this animated film is possibly a further continuation of what comes after. Also to note the Hulk Buster armor appears in the trailer which could give more hints.

Every Marvel fan should give this great animated experience a chance when it hits in next month. Iron Man & Hulk are heroes that are truly united!

Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on Dec 3rd.


The Invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces to save the Earth from its greatest threat yet! When two HYDRA scientists try to supercharge a Stark Arc Reactor with Hulk's Gamma Energy, they unleash a being of pure electricity called Zzzax--and he's hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force that stands in the way of Zzzax's planetary blackout. But first the super heroic duo will have to get through snarling Wendigos, deadly robots and the scaly powerhouse, Abomination. Can two of Marvel's mightiest heroes find a way to work together without smashing each other before time runs out?
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DEVLIN712 - 11/15/2013, 7:33 PM
I don't see why people are hating on this so much... Then again I'm never 100% sure whether PMJ's editorials are in all seriousness...
Steelmatic - 11/15/2013, 7:52 PM
You need punctuation in your life, bro.
thebearjew - 11/15/2013, 7:55 PM
the animation kinda looks good to me in the stills the shadows n color I don't quite know how to describe it but it looks good to me speaking as a 90s kid its definatley better than beast wars animation but ya it could be a bit better in terms of I guess motion
QuestionDAnswer - 11/16/2013, 12:48 AM
Marvel sucks @ss, all they have managed to do is Disneyfied all of the MCU live action films and their only tv show. Smh, where are all of these complex, grounded, and relatable characters that Marvel fans claim they have? So far all I have seen is the bastardization of Marvel heroes, with these generic, disneyfied, comedy overkilled films that stopped being funny about 100 jokes ago.
NovaCorpsFan - 11/16/2013, 1:52 AM

Mah, what dah phuuuck, you be all li', "Mah diss bitch ass company be all li', phuckin' up mah favorite charactahs 'n' sheeit." We' phuvk dah mah, you nee' tah get outta here mah.
Aztlan - 11/16/2013, 2:00 AM
"Another question to wonder is how further would it be connected within the Marvel MCU, point in timeline."

There is no connection at all.
It's just inspired by.
DEVLIN712 - 11/16/2013, 2:10 AM
My god... That accent... It's drove me to the brink man... Every article I look at it's there, I... I can't listen to it anymore

Jollem - 11/16/2013, 3:42 AM
meh. more iron man/rdjr. overload

how bout some x-men, spidey, fantastic four, daredevil, punisher, etc. cartoons?
NovaCorpsFan - 11/16/2013, 3:57 AM
Yo, DEVLIN, yo bettah get used tah diss accent 'cause uh... t's here to stay, mah.
hush - 11/16/2013, 5:18 AM
Animation looks pretty shoddy
Giznad - 11/16/2013, 5:22 AM
They should just continue that Iron Man, Hulk, and Spider-Man video. That was the coolest. I'm not sure if that was Blizzard, but it looked like the same graphics from the first Ultimate Alliance.
DurtyTalynt - 11/16/2013, 5:41 AM
I couldnt finish this trailer.
CPBuff22 - 11/16/2013, 5:50 AM
I am getting worn out on Iron Man. I am cool with the movies and more live action Hulk would be FANTASTIC but I am sick of them in the animated releases. Lets take a Gander as Marvels Animated direct to video releases:

2006: Ultimate Avengers (Featuring Iron Man & Hulk)
2006: Ultimate Avengers 2 (Featuring Iron Man & Hulk)
2007: Invincible Iron Man (Featuring Iron Man)
2007: Doctor Strange
2008: Next Avengers (featuring Iron Man & Hulk)
2009: Hulk Vs (featuring Hulk)
2010: Planet Hulk (featuring Hulk & Iron Man)
2011: Thor: Tales of Asgard
2013: Iron Man Rise of the Technovore (featuring Iron Man)
2013: Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

So that is 10 Marvel Animated Direct to DVD releases since 2006 and of those ten Iron Man and/or Hulk have appeared in 8. For the love of Odin can I get something different?

Marvel if you are reading this here are some FREE IDEAS... do it and take our money.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel: Civil War
Secret War
Infinity War
Young Warriors
Uncanny X-Force
Cable & Deadpool
Marvel Zombies
Tomb of Dracula featuring Blade
House of M
Great Lakes Avengers featuring Deadpool cameo

And if you feel the need to do Hulk & Iron Man more, Marvel lets try one of these:

Rescue (featuring Iron Man)
World War Hulk

untipoconboina - 11/16/2013, 5:52 AM
"I really wish Iron Man himself had that voice in the live action version because it sounds better than Robert Downey Jr. There is a stronger depth within it."

You gotta be kidding, mate.
Jollem - 11/16/2013, 5:57 AM
bobby jr.'s voice isn't horrible, but it's clearly the worst that iron man has sounded in any iteration
MegatronLP9 - 11/16/2013, 5:58 AM
Why does everyone hate on things like animated shows from Marvel that are aimed for younger kids when that's how Marvel started off, it aimed for youngsters. That's how all of us started. We all wanted more after the animated shows, so we looked for comics. In my opinion when I hear that they're making a certain marvel adaptation and I go watch it, I don't trash on them no matter on the cons. I appreciate what they all do and its not easy what they do. And this goes for Marvel and DC
DVonShakari - 11/16/2013, 6:39 AM
Why does Tony Stark look like a grown man with a 16yr old voice????
mowood28 - 11/16/2013, 7:00 AM
It looks good. Why can't we just appreciate that we have content coming. Yes DC animated movies have way overshadowed marvels, in numbers and quality, however we are all people that love comics and movies inspired by them. can they all be gems? no. but at least we are getting them. The more we support them, the more money they make and the more are made. Voice your oppinions s that they can get better...but as i always say. Sit movie..it sucks..and all that before it comes out makes no sense. I personally think the art looks better than most of marvel's outings...but thats me. Just remember some of the best comic book stories didn't always have the best art. Also how many comics were just meh...but we still love comics.
I know everyone has an opinion and you don't have to like..but condemning it before release is eventually just going to one day slow or stop releases.
Remember the industry and the company is reading your words.

just food for thought.
mowood28 - 11/16/2013, 7:02 AM
excuse typos writing on my phone
riseofloganX36 - 11/16/2013, 7:02 AM
it looks like the fighting game marvel nemisess for the game cube.

NUFF said BUB!
jonedc - 11/16/2013, 7:17 AM
man i would love to see a moon knight animated flick!
MarkV - 11/16/2013, 7:24 AM
Marvel becoming over confident? Maybe....

Diluting their brand?
JoeMomma29 - 11/16/2013, 7:38 AM
Oh my someone took the time to defend this!
AdamX - 11/16/2013, 8:07 AM
They need to make an X-factor animated movie.
dnno1 - 11/16/2013, 8:56 AM
This won't be getting any Annie Award nominations any time soon.
Inhuman - 11/16/2013, 9:17 AM
No connection to MCU. Its just a regular animated movie. And I disagree, I think Doctor Strange was the best animated film.
Rulk - 11/16/2013, 9:19 AM
I love both PLANET HULK and HULK VS.. but I'm not liking what I'm seeing so far with this. Hope I'm pleasantly surprised
Rulk - 11/16/2013, 9:21 AM
@ Inhuman - Doctor Strange was terrific. Hope the Phase 3 film follows it closely
YoungThanos - 11/16/2013, 9:48 AM
Thor: Tales of Asgard was better written than both live action films. And that's despite not having the hammer.

Now I don't know what Marvel's doing with their animated projects but the good news is that I still have DC direct to video animated movies to hold me over.
TheArachnidAvenger - 11/16/2013, 10:36 AM
I showed the trailer to my brothers, one is nine the other is fourteen, they were not impress.

My nine year old brother likes the idea of hulk and iron man teaming up to beat up robots but he hates the animation and he doesn't like iron man's voice.
ScionStorm - 11/16/2013, 10:44 AM
Are you kidding with this article? The dialogue is terrible and it looks like the midterm project of an animation student.
gamecreatorjj - 11/16/2013, 10:49 AM
Yeah this animated film looks really bad, marvel/disney should just leave the animation to DC/WB, because the only good animated stuff by marvel/disney was cancelled and replaced with something worse
jlabatman - 11/16/2013, 10:49 AM
This movie looks terrible, but I will give it a watch in hopes that it is not!
Scorpion8125 - 11/16/2013, 11:28 AM
This is shit.

Time for Marvel to start upping the game. If they make an animated movie, it should tie into the live action MCMU.

CapitanAmerika2 - 11/16/2013, 11:51 AM
Cap should get his own animated film sans any other Avengers members.
m0th3r - 11/16/2013, 11:56 AM
Only the Hulk vs. Movies were close to some of the good DC Movies...

I enjoyed Avengers, Doc Strange and WW Hulk... but i wanter higher quality...

Both studios are now producing total shit for tv shough...wtf happened to these people. How come we have to go back 10-15 years to get some decent animation...
novaprime - 11/16/2013, 12:04 PM

@CPBuff22! U forgot mention The Invincible Ironman! & also i have no problem with thos movie but marvel has to stop aiming for focus on the adults also! This is nice!! But i will love to see an
Annihilation Animated movie!
Annihilation Conquest!
Guardians of the Galaxy
! Nova solo animated movie
FANTASTIC FOUR Well Done with doom or The Mole Man,
Scarlet spiderman,
ultimate spiderman,
spiderman 2099!!! Blackpanther, WorldwarHulk, Wolverine Weapon X, Wolverine Origins,
Oldman Logan
, Xmen,
Xforce, Deadpool,
MessiaComplex Animated Movies,This list can go On and On and On!!!!! So much of the universe!! Marvel Can Use!!!!!
CaptShipwreck - 11/16/2013, 12:10 PM
The main people that are the targeted audience , KIDS .... Wil love this ....
WeAreVenom86 - 11/16/2013, 12:45 PM
We need a Punisher animated film....anime style with Norman Reedus voicing him again! We digged it!
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