Earth’s Mightiest got into all sorts of shenanigans with some of their biggest bads in Sunday’s episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD!
Doctor Doom returned alongside the Midgard Serpent while Loki, voiced by Troy Baker, received a not-so-warm welcome from our heroes--and the Doomstroyer is out to wreak havoc!
For a story this big, we had to sit down with both series Supervising Producer Cort Lane and the one and only Troy Baker, better known as Hawkeye and Loki on “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”!
As a familiar face in the animation community, Baker has worked on various Marvel animated series through the years, including “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” and “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” Now kick back, read on and learn more about how Baker puts the “mischief” in God of Mischief!
|Earth's Mightiest Heroes look to Loki for help in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: As promised, Doctor Doom returns with the Midgard Serpent in this episode. We also have Loki and Doomstroyer--how pivotal was this turn of events for our heroes?
Cort Lane: What you see here isn’t necessarily a major turning point for the Cabal story, but it is a [one] in terms of the team’s effectiveness in working together. They’re actually against impossible odds--you mentioned the Midgard Serpent, Doom, the Doomstroyer and Loki, [but] there’s also A.I.M. and HYDRA. That’s a lot. The Avengers not only succeed in defeating the Midgard Serpent, Doom, Loki, a bunch of trolls and Doomstroyer…they do it all with this great strategy and rapport.
Marvel.com: And speaking of Thor and Loki, each episode focuses on the relationship between a certain set of characters, and “Doomstroyer” zones in on these two. Can you tell me more about Thor’s struggle with giving Loki the benefit of the doubt, and the Avengers’ skepticism in having Loki help them out?
Cort Lane: Thor knows his brother is untrustworthy, but because of their relationship and the bond they have from childhood, he will always give Loki a chance to redeem himself, then kick his butt in the end when Loki disappoints him. That’s what I really love about this episode--this is how we set up their relationship across our series, but this episode gives us a chance to really delve into it more. It’s really satisfying for me.
|Hawkeye lines up his shot in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: As for relationships, and since this show is aimed at kids and the younger audience might watch it with their siblings, what lessons can they take away from this episode?
Cort Lane: (Laughs) I don’t know if they want to emulate the relationship between Thor and Loki, but I think that they can see that Thor has a never-give-up attitude about his brother, and that’s a wonderful quality. It’s hard for the other Avengers to understand because they see [Loki] so clearly as a villain. As a brother, you can never give up on a member of your family.
Marvel.com: All right then, what about your favorite moment or scene in “Doomstroyer”?
Cort Lane: There’s a great moment where Hawkeye says something snarky in the middle of battle, and Black Widow responds with a “you’re weird.” That’s one of those things we add later in the process. It just makes the moment, but overall, the action throughout the episode is pretty spectacular.
|Thor readies for battle in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Troy Baker: It’s so hard to choose favorites. What I love about this show is how much we’ve seen the writing in character development build--it’s been very much of an evolution. I’m always a big fan of the teaser of the show because I think we did a really good job of setting up the episode and grabbing the viewer’s attention within the first three minutes, so I love seeing that and this [episode] was no exception. [Also,] I love being the God of Mischief!
Marvel.com: How do you decide what type of voice a character should get, and how do you get into character?
Troy Baker: We have such a beautiful framework to work within. Obviously we want our show to at least point to the success of what the movie [“Marvel’s The Avengers”] has, but at the same time, we’re creating our own stories and we’re drawing inspiration from an established franchise.
I’m a huge comic book nerd, and I’ve seen several iterations of each of these characters and how each one has been represented differently depending on the time period, artist, or writer. And of course, the iterations from animation and live-action that we’ve seen [as well]. You really just get a vibe for the room, and who these actors are playing the characters--that sets it up. In our show, it’s definitely fun and action-packed. There are moments of levity, but it’s an action show, so we really get to play within that space.
|Doctor Doom takes control of the Destroyer in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Cort Lane: Here’s the thing, Troy does the action very well. He can also play hyper-macho characters too. He’s a really funny guy, and both Loki and Hawkeye--particularly Hawkeye, to some extent, he’s the comic relief of the show. He has a lot of fun with the portrayal in the booth, which has added a lot in terms of keeping the show light and fun for our young viewers. Hawkeye is my favorite Marvel character, and I wanted to make sure we brought to life the snarkiness that’s classic Hawkeye in the comics. Troy’s done a great job at that.
Troy Baker: Aw, thank you!
Marvel.com: What’s it been like working on “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” with the entire cast?
Troy Baker: Wednesdays are fun days for us--it’s when we record the show. Everybody that’s in there is a nerd and fan of the franchise we’re working on. It’s not just another gig to anybody that steps into the booth. There are times I feel very sorry for the people on the other side of the glass because they have to wrangle all these “kids” that have grown up on Saturday-morning cartoons that are absolutely, positively, madly in love with this show and characters they’ve each been assigned to.
Cort Lane: A lot of the cast are close friends, so the personal relationships come off in their performances because they tease each other mercilessly in the booth and real life. That adds more to the character relationships as the season goes on.