By Christina Diem Pham
Earth’s Mightiest smashed--a lot--in Sunday’s Hulked out episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD!
Iron Man, Thor, Falcon, and Hawkeye got all Hulk-ified after the Cabal messes with the team from afar, and it was up to Hulk and Black Widow to save the day…and New York City!
Once again, we spoke with series Supervising Producer Cort Lane to get the behind-the-scenes dish on this episode, and more! Sit back, read on, get all Hulked out--and don’t forget to tune-in to the Marvel Universe on Disney XD every Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET!
|Hulk leads a team of Hulk-ified Avengers in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: In this episode, we focus a lot on Hulk and Black Widow’s relationship. Can you tell us more about that, and how their dynamic differs from his relationship with the rest of the Avengers?
Cort Lane: [In this series], we’ve always set out to focus the stories around the relationships of the Avengers themselves, and not let the villains drive the story. And we’ve had a lot of fun exploring his relationship with Thor, Hawkeye, and Iron Man to some extent, but the relationship that’s perhaps the most interesting to me is between Hulk and Black Widow.
In the [“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”], she’s pretty darn scared of him, and we wanted to start from the point that she doesn’t trust him. She thinks his rage could let loose and make him a real danger to the world, and the Avengers. From that point, we’re able to completely turn that relationship around. Hulk even calls her out on her divided loyalties so there’s a really fun interaction once they decide to work together.
Marvel.com: All right, and we also meet the Blood Brothers but we only see them in the beginning for a few minutes. Do they show up again later on?
|A Hulked out Hawkeye in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Cort Lane: We will see them again eventually. They’re fun villains to include because they have Hulk history, but this is a Red Skull plan he steals from M.O.D.O.K. They’re the real bad even though we don’t see them that much. It’s a part of the Cabal’s efforts to undermine the Avengers.
Marvel.com: Hulk basically becomes a babysitter for a part of this episode, which includes a ton of funny moments. How did having him interact with the Hulked out heroes show his relationship with the Avengers?
Cort Lane: I think the most important thing is how their perspective of him changes. They realize the rage and power he keeps bottled up all the time is done through sheer force of will, and that’s something they weren’t able to do. [Essentially] they walk a mile in his shoes.
His relationship with them doesn’t change much, although he understands more about all of them than they suspect. Even the fun stuff with Thor, and using Thor’s vanity to drive him towards Iron Man, it shows us how clever Hulk can be.
|M.O.D.O.K.'s having a down day in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: And what about favorite moments, plural, because there are so many?
Cort Lane: For me, it’s the lines--all the pizza bagel moments for Hawkeye. Also, when Thor, who’s enraged at Iron Man, says, “Thor’s helmet accent features perfect--recognize!” That was my favorite line of the episode and it’s hysterical every time.
There’re some really great Black Widow choreography moments in the episode, with her doing the cool agent stuff. The posing is great and some really stuck out for me as well.
Marvel.com: Tell me more about that.
Cort Lane: This was one of the first times we really get to see the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. secret agent side of Black Widow, and how good she is at what she does, and see her with Fury. It reminds us that there’s this whole other side of her life.
|Hulk and Hawkeye enjoys some downtime in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Jeff Allen, our Director, did a fantastic job of moving her in a way that’s exactly what you would want to see with her poses and flips. We let her go full out this time to see what she can really do.
Also, one of our younger writers, Jake Semahn, did a fantastic job on this episode. There’s a lot of great dialogue in this episode. Of course, he works with Man of Action on episodes he’s written, and this one is phenomenal. It was an all-Jake Semahn weekend because he also wrote “Game Over,” the episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man.” He’s a rising talent!
Marvel.com: And what can fans look forward to in the next episode? Any more development in the Cabal?
Cort Lane: I don’t want to give too much away about next week’s episode. It’s one of those epically-big Marvel Universe episodes because of one character, the Impossible Man. I just have one other word to share with you--shawarma.