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By Christina Diem Pham
A majority of our heroes weren’t really themselves during yesterday’s series premiere of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” but with the wit and smarts of newcomer Falcon, they quickly had the wind at their backs once more. Three words: space phantoms, begone!
To recap the episode and give you a better idea at what the show has in store altogether, we sat down with Supervising Producer Cort Lane, who has a hand in the creative process behind “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” as well and also stands as Marvel Animation’s Vice President of Development & Production.
|Falcon takes flight in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Now learn how Falcon got the wind beneath his wings, and don’t forget to tune in to “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” every Sunday inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET!
Marvel.com: Since all of the Avengers, minus Falcon, are taken over by these “space phantoms,” what’s the theme surrounding the premise of this episode?
Cort Lane: This [episode] is really Falcon’s introduction to the audience. He comes into the Avengers not knowing if he can even cut it. He’s so in awe and overwhelmed, [but] by the end of the episode, he proves to himself and the Avengers that he deserves to be there.
A big part of this story is Falcon moving into Avengers Tower and what that means. We get to see a real slice of life in terms of what it’s like living [there]. That’s an important premise of the series--the Avengers live and work together. [In turn,] that creates conflict, lots of humor, and surprises, like when you go into Hulk’s room. Instead of it being all smashed up, it’s pristine, with little rows of crystal figurines, so we get insight on the characters by learning how they live.
Marvel.com: And with Falcon, how does this episode help with the development of him as a super hero and character?
|Captain America lands in the land of the Space Phantoms in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Cort Lane: As a super hero, he shows that his smarts are, perhaps, his greatest ability. As a character for the series, we wanted him to be a P.O.V. character for the audience. The rest of the Avengers have experienced things we can’t even imagine…but for Sam, this [adventure] is all so exciting and awe-inspiring, and he experiences it sort of like we do, for the first time.
Marvel.com: As for Falcon’s character, how was he adapted to fit the tone of the overall series?
Cort Lane: We took elements from how he was portrayed in the upcoming Captain America film, and he’s going to become a very important part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so that was another reason for including him. We were also inspired by comic book portrayals--including the Ultimates [version of] Falcon. We took all the elements we like the best.
Marvel.com: You mentioned how he’s a P.O.V. character. Since he’s so new and children might not recognize who he is, how can they relate to him?
Cort Lane: I think he’s, to some kids, the most relatable, because they would feel like he would feel. [In his adventures] with the Avengers, he feels like, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m hanging out with these guys,” or “I can’t believe I’m doing this,” and his enthusiasm is something they can relate to.
|Iron Man takes on the role of leader in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: How does having Falcon on the team change the dynamic of the group that’s already been established?
Cort Lane: It’s interesting to see how the various team members respond to a rookie. Hawkeye is very dismissive of him, [and] the others like to tease him. It’s particularly fun for Iron Man because Tony sort of likes having somebody he can joke around with and make fun of, but also mentor, and he really enjoys [doing that with] Falcon. At the same time, Sam really looks up to Captain America, and Cap helps him train to become a great super hero.
Marvel.com: As for you, what was your favorite part about this episode? Did you have a favorite moment or scene?
Cort Lane: Two. One is [when] we actually get to see a Bilgesnipe. If you were listening very carefully, Thor mentions an Asgardian monster named the Bilgesnipe [in "Marvel's the Avengers"]. In this episode, we actually get to see one. As an Avengers movie fan, that was a pretty cool moment.
|Falcon proved what makes him an Avenger in yesterday's episode of "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
The second part is when Falcon is running from all these copies of the Avengers and he’s in an elevator shaft. He hacks into the system and [when he] figures out what’s happened, he puts together a plan on how to fix it. [The scene] is tense, fast and funny because there are so many [finance files] before he gets to the good stuff. It shows how smart Falcon is, yet it’s also suspenseful. You know somebody is going to get to him just as he’s getting good information, and [then] Hulk smashes through the wall, which his absolutely terrifying.
Marvel.com: As for the rest of the season, what can fans look forward to?
Cort Lane: The Cabal storyline starts to unfold in the next episode, and we meet other members--even villains who’ve turned them down. That whole story, and how it effects and challenges the Avengers, is what’s most exciting about the season.
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