The Avengers strike out in a whole new set of adventures with “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” premiering Sunday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD, and to commemorate the action-packed new series we’re chatting with the creators and stars! Check back with Marvel.com frequently in between now and July 7 for all the latest on “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”!
By Marc Strom
Every team needs its leader, and in “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Iron Man will step up to the plate and shoulder the responsibility.
Adrian Pasdar reprises the role of Tony Stark in the all-new animated series, premiering Sunday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD, and this time, though, the actor gets to play Shellhead as the leader, which offers its own unique situations for the hero.
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“That’s who he has always been,” reflects Pasdar. “The hard part is trying to work within the framework of a team for him. He is kind of an egotistical loner, trying to get it done by himself. He has guys living in his house basically, Avengers Tower. As a leader he is one of those guys that kind of has to learn [how] to learn, and understand that he can learn from the other guys. That’s the biggest change I think for Tony on a day-to-day basis.”
As leader, Iron Man will share the screen with each of his teammates at one time or another, and putting the characters together in new and different configurations has given the actors plenty to use in their performances.
“The one thing that stays the same is Tony having to deal with anyone, and that’s always a bit of a headache for him,” says Pasdar. “So he is always conflicted about how much he should acquiesce to what they want and how much does he force his agenda. The big learning curve is that it is now a new agenda; it is the Avenger’s agenda. I did a DVD movie for Marvel with Fred [Tatasciore, voice of the Hulk], and that’s really fun, but it’s also fun to do work with Thor because he is all magic and I am all science. Hawkeye and I are somewhat contentious, Falcon and I have had some funny stuff. It’s [all about], how much can Tony put up with? How much can he tolerate, as opposed to engage with? So it’s always fun.”
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And while Pasdar has voiced Tony Stark a number of times in the past, including in “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man,” the “Iron Man” anime and the forthcoming “Marvel’s Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United,” his understanding of the character hasn’t changed, even if the context has.
“My perspective of [him] is just like yours,” remarks the actor, pointing to how well-known the hero has become since the first “Iron Man” film. “I mean you know who he is, there are no surprises. But what is fun is [that] the arena in which I’m getting to do it is much more defined by who he is as opposed to who he has to be. The anime was [all about] trying to fit English words into a Japanese narrative. They’re very passionate with what they say, I had to make the facial expressions fit the plotline, that was a real challenge. So it’s the arena that has changed, not the character. This has been much more fun.
“The best part is [when I] go in and see the [additional dialogue recording],” Pasdar continues. “Then we get to see what he is doing, and the lip flaps [are] fitted to my modulation [and] my voice. It’s a much more involving process than just me coming in and doing what I do.”
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In the world of the Marvel films, Robert Downey, Jr. has come to embody Tony Stark. But with the animated series, Pasdar has room to forge his own take on the character largely defined by the writers and actors with which he collaborates.
“There are so many things going around in your head before you get [to the recording] but when you actually are in the room and you have the script and the other people, it’s organic in its own way,” Pasdar explains. “You know Downey will tell you the same thing, you come in with all these preconceptions, but when you actually put the suit on and you have the scene to play, your perceptions of art take over and you aren’t trying to make it like or unlike anything else. You’re just making it your own. It’s like a football player studying the plays before the game, but on the field it’s a whole other thing, it’s instinct, you need to make it work no matter what’s in front of you. All of that stuff was great until we got to the [recording booth]. I had all these ideas, but none of them matter, because you end up going with your best, and that’s defined by the people you are with.”
Catch the series premiere of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Sunday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET inside Marve Universe on Disney XD, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on the all-new animated series!