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
Roger Craig Smith and Bumper Robinson lend their voices to Captain America and Falcon in the all-new animated series, bringing the heroes to animated life for a whole new generation as the two heroes meet again for the very first time.
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“I think for this it is kind of brand new,” says Robinson of Cap and Falcon’s dynamic. “[Falcon] definitely has an affinity for Cap, he is like the world to [him] And one of my first missions is to hit him, so it’s a little strange for Falcon, but it works out.”
“I think Cap, when it comes to Falcon, sees in [him] what he would hope for anybody who wanted to join the Avengers,” Smith chimes in. “You have the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thing when necessary, but usually that’s not your first approach. You questions things, which I think Cap would really appreciate and relate to. Because [he] could just hit the guy really hard, but I think Cap looks at things more methodically. He sees that in [Falcon], so he is like, ‘Okay, I like this guy, and he is going to be okay.’ It’s a fun dynamic that we get to visit a couple times.
“And [Falcon’s] situation with Iron Man is interesting as well, because he brought [Falcon] into this. He pulls that card as well, kind of like, ‘Don’t forget! I brought you in to this world!’”
Because the cast will frequently record each episode all together, the actors have an easier time playing into the character dynamics that lie at the core of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.”
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“For me, it makes all the difference,” relates Robinson. “We are all talented enough where we could all read alone, if it came to that. There are times when we do [additional dialogue recording, or] if we miss an episode someone will have to come in and do it alone. [But] There is no way to replace the energy of the ensemble performance. I can be responsible for my performance but I can’t give myself five to six other people in a room that are giving their level of performance and what that will let me bounce off of. There are things that you wouldn’t discover alone. I think its irreplaceable, I really prefer it that way.”
Smith agrees, adding that the personal relationships between all the actors also help to give the series a unique feel.
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“When [we were] talking about it being like a radio play, that’s essentially what it is,” compares Smith. “We all feed off of the intangible energy that needs to be there. I’ve worked on casts before, I am not going to say which, that feel like work. With this we are just goofing around. There are times where we try to sabotage other takes by trying to get someone to laugh. To have that energy is what helps, it will come through in the show. We have such a good time recording. It’s the only way to do it in my opinion if you want something that sounds fun and cool and dynamic, instead of just chopped together.”
As the newest Avenger in the series, Falcon approaches his teammates with the same wide-eyed wonder that many viewers might experience. And while Robinson didn’t know too much about the character before he landed the role, he let that feed into his performance.
“I was a little bit familiar with him,” recalls the actor. “Certainly not as much as I am now, and there is still so much to learn, the comic realm is so deep. I was glad that I was brand new to him, because he is new [to the team], so I get to use it. There is no acting as far as that is concerned, it’s new to me.
“I think that he gets thrown into the fire,” Robinson continues. “The stakes are high immediately. He fits, he blends in--well, I don’t know if he blends in, but it works. Everyone stands out in their own way. My historical knowledge wasn’t great but I think it has worked great because of it.”
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!