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Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United DVD Review

Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United DVD Review
Two of the biggest Heroes from the Marvel Universe team up in “Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United,” the first full-length, direct-to-video CG animated feature from Marvel Animation Studios.
Hulk’s brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech intellect come together to create a powerful duo necessary to face off against one of the most dangerous enemies.
When “Zzzax,” a seemingly invincible, energy devouring monster threatens to destroy the planet, these two Avengers are mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax.
As a team, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out! 

Can two of Marvel's mightiest heroes find a way to work together without smashing each other before time runs out?"
"When two Hydra scientists try to supercharge a Stark Arc Reactor with Hulk's Gamma Energy, they unleash a being of pure electricity called Zzzax - and he's hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force that stands in the way of the Zzzax's planetary blackout. But first, the super heroic duo will have to get through snarling Wendigos, deadly robots and the scaly powerhouse, Abomination."
Images from the movie
Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United DVD Review
Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United DVD Review

Voice Cast: 
Adrian Pasdar (TV’s “Heroes,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) as  Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Fred Tatasciore  (TV’s “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) as Iron Man (Tony Stark).
Dee Bradley Baker as Zzzax (Doctor Cruller).
Robin Atkin Downes as Abomination (Doctor Fump).
David Kaye as J.A.R.V.I.S.
Liam O'Brien as Red Skull

Supervising Creative
Director: Eric Radomski (TV’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Batman: The Animated Series”)
Supervising Director: Leo Riley (TV’s “Mad,” “The Rickey Gervais Show”)
Writer: Henry Gilroy (TV’s “Animatrix,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman Beyond”) and Brandon Auman (TV’s “Iron Man: Armored Adventures,” “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”)
Executive Producers: Alan Fine (Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor, Iron Man 2), Dan Buckley (TV’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”) Joe Quesada (TV’s “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Jeph Loeb (TV’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

Bonus Features: Marvel “Inter-missions” 
Marvel puts a humorous twist on their old-school original animated series. What better way to take a break from fighting villains than hitting pause and enjoying a little comedy with Marvel Mash-Ups.

Marvel Team-Up with Ryan Penagos and Joe Q. 
Super Heroes are larger than life on their own. But when they join forces with another, they become a force to be reckoned with. Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, joins Ryan Penagos (Agent M) in an intimate and lively one-on-one conversation about these Marvel Team-Ups. 

Rating: PG
Feature Run Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Dolby Digital Surround Sound: English 5.1 – Spanish 5.1 – French 5.1
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English: ESL, English: SDH, Spanish, French
Release Date: December 3, 2013 

My thoughts:

Young Marvel fans will love this movie while older fans will pick it apart pixel by pixel. My suggestion for adults is to suspend your animation production expectations (except maybe for the sound which was great) and enjoy the character interactions of this unlikely team up of Hulk and Iron Man. You'll get to hear Hulk speak in complete sentences not grunts, harkening back to his original Bruce Banner turned Hulk character of the 60's and 70's.  
I also appreciated the strong message of friendship and teamwork that is often overshadowed in animated video games and movies. Kids will enjoy the action and the message can't be missed as the invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces and become friends in the process of saving the Earth from its greatest threat yet! 

The bonus feature of Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada and Ryan Penagos (Agent M) having a one-on-one conversation about Marvel Team-Ups was fascinating.

 “Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” would make a fun stocking stuffer for the young Marvel fan on your list.

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