IRON MAN & HULK: HEROES UNITED
VOICE CAST: Adrian Pasdar, Fred Tatasciore
STUDIO: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: December 3, 2013
RUNNING TIME: 71mins.
The world of the Marvel universe is expanding every day with recent release of Thor: The Dark World in the theaters, the Agents of Shield television series on ABC and now the first full-length direct-to-video release of the CGI animated Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, arriving on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital on December 3, 2013. Featuring super bonus content: Marvel "Inter-Missions," Marvel Team-Up With Ryan Penagos & Joe Q and Marvel Mash-Ups.
The 71 minute movie opens up with two HYDRA scientists attempting to supercharge an arc reactor core created by Tony Stark (AKA - Iron Man) with the gamma energy siphoned f from Hulk and his enemy Abomination, resulting the creation of a creature made from pure electricity called "Zzzax." It seems it is an unstoppable energy-devouring monster, but the only way to stop it is for the two most famous Marvel's heroes to team up - Iron Man and Hulk!
Tony Stark's high-tech intellect and Hulk's brute strength and stubbornness doesn't exactly collide together well, so the two are constantly bickering and showing off who has the better super powers. The two must somehow put their differences aside long enough to battle HYDRO robots, rabid Wendigos, a rogue Mark II armor and the destructible "Zzzax."
Though I have seen the live-action films, I have never ventured into the Marvel animation universe, though there have beem plenty of chances to watch the numerous animated television series. Teaming up two Avengers might be a marketing genius idea, but I could clearly tell the film had a low-budget, mostly because of the odd CGI animation, almost if the animators didn't have enough time to finish everything and quickly slapped something together, but it is no different than other animated series on television today.
Despite the bad CGI animation, I tried to watch the film with an open mind. I wasn't aware that Hulk could actually say more than a few words, as he jabbers all through the film. Never once does Hulk return to his human form, Bruce Banner. Tony Stark/Iron Man stays in character for the entire short 71 minutes. The bickering between the characters is the best part of the film, except for Hulk suiting up in an Iron Man's armor for the final showdown with "Zzzax." There is plenty of action to make up for the dozens of plot holes. Overall, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes Untied is nothing special, though it is slightly more entertaining than Agents of Shield.
*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.