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Iron Man: Armored Adventures Animated Series

Writing Iron Man: Armored Adventures

Series Story Editor Brandon Auman looks forward to Season Two of 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures'!

Suit up and get ready for action, as "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" returns to the airwaves Wednesday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET on with an all-new season! Tony, Rhodey, Pepper and all your favorites return for an action-packed second season, and to celebrate the event we'll be bringing you "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" updates, behind-the-scenes peeks and more every day between now and July 13. Check back to Marvel.com regularly, and don't miss Shellhead's return to Nicktoons with an all-new episode of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" this Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET!

By Chris Arrant

Tony Stark travels the globe in both his civilian and super-heroic guises as Iron Man, and lately he’s been doing it in comics, movies and on television. With the 2009 animated series "Iron Man: Armored Adventures," Marvel Entertainment shows a teenage Tony Stark dealing with many of the problems his comics and movie counterparts face, and then some!

Iron Man and Justin Hammer in Season Two of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"

With Season Two set to begin tomorrow on Nicktoons, Marvel.com spoke with Story Editor Brandon Auman to talk about what fans can expect in the new season.

After writing for Season One of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures," Auman steps in to fill the shoes of previous Story Editor Christopher Yost in helping to shape the next chapter in Tony's life. Fans of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" may also recognize Auman's name as the writer of the epic two-part Ultron story from that series, as well as the episodes that introduced Iron Man and Wonder Man!

Now get ready to hear what looms ahead for Shellhead in Season Two of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures," straight from Auman himself!

Marvel.com: A lot happened over the 26-episode first season of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" and there were some pretty big cliffhangers on the season finale, so let me ask you this: what can people expect in the all-new second season? 

Brandon Auman: Well, Tony's luck has bottomed out. Things are going to get a lot worse for Stark--we're introducing some iconic, incredibly powerful super villians into the series. The only upside to Tony's life is that he's a year closer to inheriting Stark International. This puts a lot of pressure on Obadiah Stane, who doesn't want to give up control of the Stark Empire. But there is another major player in the game: Justin Hammer, a young hotshot rival who wants Stark International as well. And these guys possess tech and weapons that can take down even Iron Man. And then there is, of course, the Mandarin.

Whiplash makes an impression in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"

Marvel.com: Revealed to be his friend Gene. At the end of season one, Gene reveals that Tony’s deceased father is not dead, but being held prisoner. What's going on, and what's going through Tony's head at the beginning of the new season as he tries to get to the bottom of this?

Brandon Auman: In the interval between Seasons One and Two, Tony has been searching the globe trying to hunt Gene down. He feels betrayed that Gene stabbed him in the back and lied to him about being the Mandarin. Tony feels Gene played him like a fool, tricked him by giving him hope that his father is still alive. So yeah, Tony wants to stop him, also realizing that Mandarin is a huge threat with his five Makluan rings of power. But what Tony doesn't realize is that there are actually ten rings. And when Mandarin claims all ten, he'll become the most powerful being on the planet.

Marvel.com: Season One had guest stars ranging from Hulk to Nick Fury and even Black Panther. Who might Tony Stark team up with in this season? 

Brandon Auman: Well, we're definitely bringing back some of our favorite heroes from the first season. Fury will return early in Season Two, and there will be some new allies Tony makes along the way. Black Widow is one of them. We already introduced her design at some of the cons. She's teamed up with Tony in the comics, and played a prominent role in the "Iron Man 2" movie, so we thought it would be cool to introduce her in the series. Iron Man also teams up with a certain well-known Avenger...and possibly some X-Men. Which ones? You'll just have to watch and find out!

Pepper and Rhodey watch Justin Hammer in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"

Marvel.com: And watch we will. In addition to the heroes, I hear word of some new villains, including the Titanium Man. Can you tell us about that and other foes Tony will be pitted against?

Brandon Auman: There are going to be a lot of new, iconic villains this season. Titanium Man looks different from his past incarnations, and his origin has changed, but his armor is more fearsome than ever. Justin Hammer is another major new bad guy. He's younger than his comics counterpart--in his 20's--sort of a genius in business the way Tony is a genius in technology. We also have Iron Monger, bigger and meaner than you've ever seen him. But my favorite new villain might be Doctor Doom. I think fans will be surprised. He's a true threat; his armor is even more formidable than Iron Man's...

Marvel.com: Speaking of armor, Tony’s shown off several different versions of the Iron Man armor in Season One. What changes are coming for the suit in Season Two? 

Brandon Auman: Well, we have the Mark II, a slicker, more powerful suit with new weapons like missile launchers, flame throwers, [and] other cool stuff. You can see him in the commercials, a much-improved design. And you'll see other versions of the Iron Man armor, but not necessarily in ways you'd suspect. I'll keep it a mystery for now.

War Machine and Tony Stark from "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"

Marvel.com: Working on "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" isn’t your first foray into the Marvel Universe; you also wrote several episodes of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" How would you describe the concept and tone of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" compared to the other versions of Iron Man out there in movies, comics and other animated shows?

Brandon Auman: For "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!," we based Tony Stark off the comics and movie versions. "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" is loosely inspired by the Orson Scott Card series taking place in the Ultimate universe, where Tony builds the armor as a teen. But other than "aging the characters" down, Tony isn't really all that different from the comics version. And the way I see him, he's still going to become the cocky, billionaire playboy type we all know and love. Marvel is well known for having various takes on their characters, from Ultimates to Noir to Zombies to whatever. So I'm glad a lot of the fans--and diehard comic lovers--have embraced this version.

Marvel.com: Speaking of the classic comics, I hear you have several comic writers on staff for this series. Can you tell us about the team that puts together this series?

Pepper and Tony disagree in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"

Brandon Auman: Megan Thomas Bradner and Cort Lane are the execs at Marvel I worked closely with; they're great collaborators. And Method Animation in France created the amazing designs. My writing team was awesome--fellow "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" alumnae Eugene Son, Andrew Robinson, Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt. Also on board was Henry Gilroy ("Clone Wars"), John Shirley (father of cyberpunk fiction), Robert Benavides Jr., Thomas Krajewski ("Guardians of the Power Masks"), Mark Henry ("Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!"), and Gavin Hignight (writer of web comic The Concrete World). And some of the episodes were written by comic writers such as Sean McKeever (YOUNG ALLIES, X-MEN ORIGINS: JEAN GREY, SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE) and Bob Layton and David Michelinie (IRON MAN). I'm really proud of their work and truly excited for Season Two!

Marvel.com: Bringing things full circle, how does this new season compare to the original?

Brandon Auman: Chris Yost story edited an amazing first season. I'd say this season is somewhat darker. Some really messed up stuff happens to Tony along the way, both physically and emotionally. Just like the first season, we have storylines influenced by Iron Man comics from virtually every decade, from the 1960s to now. My big hope is that both younger and older fans of Iron Man who haven't seen the series check it out [and] give it a shot.

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