Iron Man: Armored Adventures Animated Series

Iron Man: Armored Adventures Returns Monday

It's Shellhead vs. Doctor Doom as 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures' returns with all-new episodes this Monday, Oct. 17!

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By Chris Arrant
 
After a blockbuster first season, Marvel’s animated series "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" returned to television earlier this year with a second season exploring more of young Tony Stark’s world. After watching Iron Man be put to the test with Justin Hammer and a modern-day Titanium Man armor, new season two episodes are back! This Monday, "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" returns with a new episode at 8:00 p.m. ET on Nicktoons titled “The Might of Doom.” And there’s no beating around the bush on who that Doom might be.
 
Shellhead faces Doctor Doom in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"
Back in July we spoke with series Story Editor story editor Brandon Auman about what was coming up in season two, and now that we’re well into a season of shocking returns, new villains and some eye-opening story developments, we once again talked to Auman about what’s next in the series.
 
Marvel.com: After a two month break, new episodes of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" start back up on Monday with an episode titled “The Might of Doom.” What can you tell us about this episode?
 
Brandon Auman: Well... without revealing too much, Doctor Doom has arrived in New York for the Iron Man specs. He's made a deal with Obadiah Stane, and he gets the specs while Stane gets his supreme genius in perfecting Iron Monger. Of course, Iron Man doesn't want this to happen, so that's when the trouble starts. Doom is a power unlike anything Iron Man has ever faced before. Seeing these two clash is going to be cool. And Doom looks amazing, the designers made him look really evil and formidable.
 
Doctor Doom's up to no good in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"
Marvel.com: Doctor Doom is an A-list villain in the Marvel Universe, but has primarily opposed the Fantastic Four and not Tony in the comics. But with his armor, he seems like an ideal adversary. How’d it come up to bring Doctor Doom into the series?

 
Brandon Auman: It's true, Doctor Doom was created as the chief enemy of the Fantastic Four. He may not be an Iron Man "staple villain" in the comics, but they've clashed many times. [Writers David] Michelinie and [Bob] Layton had them go at it first in “Doomquest” and various sequels, and they've opposed each other in other comics...more frequently in the past 10 years or so. To me, Doom has always seemed like the perfect enemy for Iron Man. They're both engineers/inventors, they're both scarred in certain ways, and of course they both wear high-tech armor. So it just seemed natural to introduce him to the series. And this episode won't be the last time we see Doom either...
 
Marvel.com: In the last episode, we saw Justin Hammer unveil the Titanium Man armor and get beat only by the combined powers of Iron Man and War Machine. What’s Justin up to now?
 
Iron Man and Doctor Doom face off in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"
Brandon Auman:
Justin still has big plans, that's for sure. He's not out of the game yet; he's going to have a lot of major "wins" over the course of the series. I think Hammer is shaping up to become one of my favorite villains. I like his unpredictable nature and the fact that all of his power and money has gone to his head, making him a real sociopath. Obadiah Stane is very calculating, cold, in control, but Hammer is the opposite, a hyper wildcard with crazy ideas, many of which actually pay off. He revels in being a super villain. I think he's fulfilling a childhood wish. He was modeled after the Roman Emperor Nero, even in his hairstyle. He would have fit in nicely with those monstrous Roman emperors.  
 
Marvel.com: On October 24 you have an episode with Hawkeye and Black Widow sneaking into Stark International. What are they after, and how will they cross paths with Iron Man?
 
Brandon Auman: Black Widow and Hawkeye are introduced much like they were originally introduced in the comics--as bad guys. They're after a chip created by Iron Man that links the armor to the user's brain. That's why Iron Man can raise his hand and simply "repulsor" something or fly without having to push buttons, he can just "will" the armor to do things based on brain impulses. So of course everyone wants this high-tech chip, which takes months--and rare materials--to create. The episode was written by Gavin Hignight, and it's a great one, a really fun intro to two iconic characters.
 
Iron Man to the rescue in "Iron Man: Armored Adventures"
Marvel.com: The second season has really set up threats from Tony on all sides, from the Mandarin to Obadiah Stane and the recently introduced Justin Hammer. How’s a 17-year old Tony Stark handle all of this?

 
Brandon Auman: With plenty of upgraded armor! Tony's resolve is growing stronger as he gets older, but he's also getting cockier as he turns into that more familiar Tony Stark from the comics and movies. He's beginning to come into his ego a bit more, but on the flipside he's also this selfless hero. When he puts on the armor he's a different person. His mind is on saving peoples' lives and putting an end to whatever danger is threatening the world. The great thing about Tony is that he's an inventor, not just a guy in a suit. He's a genius, finding solutions through tech innovations, not just brawling it out with repulsor beams.
 
Marvel.com: Although you were part of the show’s first season, for this second season you’ve been promoted to Story Editor. What’s that been like for you?
 
Brandon Auman: It was an amazing time. The people I worked with at Marvel were just great. I had so much freedom to try different things, experiment with storytelling and bring in brand new villains like Magneto, Doctor Doom and Iron Monger. We played around with different genres, which you'll see a bit more in the second half of the season--there are some very heavy sci-fi episodes and a few horrific episodes as well. And we got to adapt classic Iron Man comic stories that we haven't even talked about yet, those are going to be amazing. I was excited that Marvel let us explore more team-up episodes...fans who are getting excited for the Avengers movie will appreciate some of our upcoming episodes.

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