By Christina Diem Pham
Our heroes found themselves at odds when Hyperion, a rather ambiguous hero, emerged in hopes of taking over Earth during yesterday’s “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.
Hyperion put the Avengers to the test, leaving chaos and rubble in his path, while Cap and Iron Man finally see eye-to-eye with one another to take down this threat. Even worse, a child thought Falcon was Hawkeye! Oops.
As usual, we sat down with series Supervising Producer Cort Lane to get an inside look at the episode. Read on, learn what makes our heroes tick, and don’t forget to tune into “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” every Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD!
|Captain America swings his shield in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: In this episode, it’s clear Hyperion isn’t one of the good guys. He makes brash decisions based on what he thinks is best. How was he adapted from the comics, if at all, to fit the audience of the series?
Cort Lane: This version of Hyperion is very similar to the Squadron Sinister version from the comics although in that version, he lives in another dimension. We made it clear he lives in the same universe, and that may be important in the future…wink wink.
It’s really about the nature of heroism. It’s not enough to defeat the bad guy…being a hero is also about watching out for the well being of people so they’re not harmed in the pursuit of defeating these bad guys. It’s really about justice not vengeance, and not being judge and jury. It’s a totally different perspective and it illustrates why the Avengers are such great heroes.
Marvel.com: During past episodes, we see a lot of Cap and Iron Man’s relationship. They really come together this time around to take down Hyperion.
Cort Lane: Up to now, you see conflict between the two of them because their philosophies and methods are so different. You’ll still see some of that in the season, but this is a great example of them starting to see eye-to-eye to work together more. What’s wonderful about this episode is it underscores why the characters came back together as the team because individually, nobody had a chance at defeating Hyperion.
|Meet Hyperion on "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: All right then, and how does he help strengthen them as a team, apart from what you just said about Cap and Iron Man?
Cort Lane: Only through teamwork and understanding one other can the Avengers win. Also having the same values as a team too and understanding together what it means to be a hero.
Marvel.com: We don’t see Red Skull or any members of the Cabal in this episode, but at the very end, Hyperion is imprisoned. Does he come back as a member of the Cabal? What’s in store for his future?
Cort Lane: [Laughs] I can’t answer that question without giving lots of stuff away, but we’re not done with Hyperion.
Marvel.com: All right, all right! And what was your favorite part about the episode?
|Hawkeye preps for action in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Cort Lane: Honestly, and I hadn’t thought about this moment much until we previewed the episode at Comic-Con and the audience just loved it. It wasn’t just the action but they laughed so much, which means the character dynamics and humor really came through for them.
One of the moments that got the loudest laugh was when a little boy runs up to Falcon and says, “Thanks Hawkeye!” Falcon’s reaction to that is priceless. The audience laughed so loudly they didn’t hear Iron Man’s reaction to Falcon, which was just a dead pan “Let it go,” which for me is just as funny.
Marvel.com: Ok, we went over how Hyperion is a part Squadron Sinister. Without giving anything away, will any of his teammates be making their debuts in future episodes?
Cort Lane: Oh…Jeph would kill me if I said too much, but what I can say is…not in Season One, but it is something we’re thinking about, so I’ll leave it at that!