By Marc Strom
This winter, two of the biggest super heroes around join forces in “Marvel’s Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United,” Marvel Animation Studios' first original animated adventure premiering December 3 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital!
|"Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United" Blu-ray box art|
In this all-new, action-packed story, Iron Man and Hulk face off against Zzzax as well as a pack of Wendigos and the deadly Abomination, and though it won’t hit shelves until the holiday season we’ve got the exclusive debut of the Blu-ray box art for the film!
Check it out right here on Marvel.com, and keep reading for our interview with the movie’s Producer, Todd Casey, as he tells fans what they can expect from “Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United”!
Marvel.com: While Iron Man and Hulk have heroic similarities, they're still very different in other ways. What made you decide to team up these two heroes?
Todd Casey: At the most basic level, it's a high-tech guy and a barbarian. Hulk is far from dumb, but he's much more basic--he has a pair of ripped up pants and he beats the daylights out of anything in his way. On the other hand, Tony Stark has a technologically advanced suit, an A.I. "butler" and a flying ship. It's the biggest fists and the biggest brain teamed up.
Marvel.com: What can we expect to see from the Iron Man and Hulk team up?
|Our heroes together in "Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United"|
Todd Casey: They approach problems differently, and sometimes that means trouble and other times it's just plain funny. Iron Man is a guy who would disable a security system to sneak into a villain's base. Hulk would just punch down the front door. Both work.
Marvel.com: How does this relationship between Iron Man and Hulk relate to the relationships they've had in the comics? What have been some of your favorite Iron Man and Hulk stories from the past?
Todd Casey: We have to shorten up the history they have from the comic. In the comics, these two have known each other for years and years, but this story only works if they know each other more casually. So in that way, it's closer to their relationship in the movie. This story could take place sometime between “Marvel’s The Avengers” and its upcoming sequel. I don't have a favorite moment from the comics, but I do love that Tony trusts that Hulk will show up to help stop the alien invasion [in the movie]. Some people might see him as a mindless monster, but Tony knew right away there's a hero in there.
|The Abomination in "Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United"|
Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the villains in the film?
Todd Casey: The primary villain in the story is Zzzax, and we see his genesis here which is a bit different than in the comic books. He's born out of an accident that occurs while HYDRA is trying to create a new energy weapon. Separate from Zzzax, who is basically a sentient, energy eating monster, we see a few Wendigos, who are native to the land and are essentially a pack of wolves, and Abomination, who is doing some freelance butt-kicking for HYDRA.
Marvel.com: We get to see the legendary "Hulkbuster" Iron Man suit in the trailer. How does this play a role in the movie?
|Iron Man and his Hulkbuster armor in the film|
Todd Casey: It's a surprise that I'd rather not spoil, but it's used in a very different way than Iron Man ever intended it to be used.
Marvel.com: The movie will be released on December 3, anything that you'd like to share with fans about bringing home Iron Man and Hulk for the holidays?
Todd Casey: It's a universally accessible story--if you know Hulk and Iron Man, then you get to see them extend the relationship that begins as Avengers. If this is the first time you've ever seen Hulk or Iron Man, then this is a great entry point because it's a stand-alone story that doesn't require knowledge of past adventures or Marvel mythology. At its core, this is a buddy-cop movie where two heroes who are drastically different learn to appreciate each other after being forced to work together.