With Marvel’s success on the big screen over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before they turned their attention back to their animated films. It makes sense that their newest title is based around Iron Man and Hulk, who had the standout chemistry in ‘The Avengers’ last summer. The two stole characters stole the show together, and so Marvel saw fit to try and capitalize on that, and bring the heroes together for their own film.
‘Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United’ finds our heroes pitted against ZZZax, an enemy who was accidentally created by two HYDRA Doctors who are bent on trying to use the Hulk’s radiation to power their own arc reactor. When ZZZax emerges, he threatens the entire world’s energy supplies, so Iron Man and Hulk must band together, with the aid of JARVIS, and save the world.
The movie is a good way to pass the time, especially for kids. The plot is very A to B, full of action, and added humor, so kids are going to have a blast watching it. Hulk and Iron Man definitely work well together as partners, and it’s fun to watch them fighting side by side together. The animation is pretty good for a straight to video movie, but one can’t help but wonder what the movie would have been like had it been given a bigger budget, and possibly been hand drawn, like their animated series counterparts. The problem with CGI animation like this is that it feels like a video game, so it feels like you’re watching one long video game cut scene. It doesn’t really hinder the film, it would just be nice to a return of their hand drawn films, like ‘Ultimate Avengers’.
Being a Disney disc, it’s no surprise here that the movie looks and sounds excellent on blu-ray. The picture is pristine, looking crisp and clear. It really makes the Hulk, more than any other character in the movie, standout even more than he might have already. The film’s audio mix is also quite good. Since the film has a lot of action, it comes with a loaded 5.1 DTS-HD audio track that really gives your speakers a workout. All the explosions, punches, and replicated even better than ever. It’s a ground surround sound mix, and it really makes the movie more immersive. It’s really a testament to how Disney spends times on their blu-rays, even for smaller releases like this. It’s just too bad the movie didn’t have much in the way of special features. There’s a short 11 minute featurette with Joe Quesada and Marvel’s Agent M, as they talk about their rise through the company, and three of the Marvel Mash-Ups that have become very popular on Disney XD. It would have been great to get interviews with the voice actors of the film, but it just wasn’t meant to be unfortunately.
‘Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United’ is a good way to spend a little bit of time, and kids are definitely going to enjoy it. The blu-ray looks and sounds spectacular, but is light on special features. It’s an overall solid release, and fans of Iron Man and Hulk should definitely check it out.