By Christina Diem Pham
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes hit shelves in the "Marvel's Avengers Assemble: Assembly Required" DVD earlier this week, and now we bring you the behind-the-scenes scoop with writers Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle, collectively known as Man of Action!
Man of Action have their hands heavily involved in the creative process behind current Marvel Animation shows, including “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” and “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man.” Individually, they’ve all written multiple comics.
Read on to learn more about what it took for this team to bring together parts one and two of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” and get your hands on the DVD now!
|Earth's Mightiest Heroes join forces in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: What was it like finally seeing the first two parts of "Marvel's Avengers Assemble" air?
Man of Action Studios: After almost a year's worth of work, it was a major win to see the Avengers finally hit the screen! Every department worked hard to meet the expectations and pressure of Marvel’s biggest franchise, and bring the Avengers to life in animation--and that effort is all on the screen. It was great to see.
Marvel.com: Can you tell me more about what it took for Man of Action to bring the two-parter together? Were there any major obstacles you all encountered during the creative process?
Man of Action Studios: The biggest obstacle, which is never a bad thing, was too many ideas! We were given some of the biggest toys of the Marvel Universe to play with and had to battle one another to get our stories through.
Marvel.com: How did "The Avengers Protocol" help set up the rest of the season, especially since the episodes deal with our heroes coming back together and the introduction of Red Skull’s idea for the Cabal?
|The Red Skull puts his own team, the Cabal, together in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Man of Action Studios: The actual protocol is basically a failsafe system Iron Man had in place to ensure the Avengers would always exist. We see it put into action, bringing the team back after an undetermined period apart. He’s getting the band back together, and part of the reason is to make sure they can counter the Red Skull’s nefarious plans of putting his own team, the Cabal, together. They have to fight fire with fire, so to speak.
Marvel.com: As for Falcon, what was it like bringing his character to life since he's the newcomer?
Man of Action Studios: Falcon is the newest Avenger, so his purpose in our story is pretty obvious. Everything he’s seeing and experiencing is brand new for him, just like it is for a viewer who might not know the extensive history of the Avengers and only knows them from the film. For us on the creative side, it’s a chance to be able to comment on story events as they’re happening, which just provides another dimension of characterization.
|Iron Man steps into the leadership role in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: Iron Man takes on more of a leadership role in these episodes, something he seems to struggle with at first. What about these new responsibilities will help him grow as a person and super hero?
Man of Action Studios: We intentionally wanted to start this show with a very unlikely leader for the Avengers. Hulk is strongest. Thor is oldest. Cap has traditionally been the leader. So having Tony Stark, who previously has been fairly self-involved, in the driver’s seat seemed like a cool new place to start this new era of the team.
Marvel.com: What was your favorite scene or moment in either of the two episodes, and why?
Man of Action Studios: There are so many moments that stick out in both of the episodes, but if we were to choose only one it would have to be when Tony tells the Avengers about the death of Captain America and they decide to set aside their differences to form the team. In one visual we see how much they care about each other...and how they are about to bring the pain down on Red Skull.
Marvel.com: Since the show focuses a lot on the relationships our heroes have with one another, what's it like working with the other men in Man of Action since you're all friends? How does that help the creative process move forward?
Man of Action: [We’ve] been making great shows together for about 12 years now. We all have very different ways of seeing things and wildly different ideas, but we all seem to agree on a cool idea when it comes along. So working with the Avengers together--and our partners on the Marvel side, Jeph Loeb, Joe Quesada, Cort Lane, Todd Casey and Wendy Willming--is a process of putting up a lot of interesting character and team possibilities, and putting forward the coolest. It’s a pretty great day job.
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