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“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” trailer

It’s not quite the Madhouse anime feature we posted about a few days ago, but you can’t say Marvel Animation Studios isn’t exploiting all opportunities and every style of animation in their forthcoming direct-to-video titles. Case in point: this just-released trailer for their next feature coming out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download in April 2013: The Uncanny Iron Man and the ever-lovin’ Mo-Cappin’ Hulk.

  • Face

    What a tragedy this shit is. More the money in pocket lesser money in art?

  • ramon

    this made me sad… :(

  • Sotiris

    That looks utterly awful. Where do I start?

    1. The cel-shaded mo-cap/CG is crude and unappealing. It looks like it came from a low-budget video game.

    2. Iron Man sounds like Peter Parker and not like Tony Stark.

    3. The movie doesn’t seem to have much of a plot. So, Iron Man created some robots which went out of control and now he and Hulk must destroy them. Is that the best they could do?

  • Christian

    This looks so bad! At one point I was thinking …Is this a Fan made trailer?! SERIOUSLY!!

  • I don’t like the look of it. I gotta hand it to DC comics. The direct to DVD specials they put out are fantastic. Marvel has a lot of catching up to do.

  • Baron Lego

    I’ll… just stick with the live-action film.

  • Wow.
    DC is slaughtering Marvel on the direct-to-DVDs – in story and especially art. Justice League:Doom and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns vs …Heroes United? rut row, raggy.

    On a side note the artwork on Young Justice: Invasion is astonishing. Such a shame we have to wait until 2013 for more.

  • what the fork

  • I would have rather they cast Eric Loomis as the voice of Iron Man like in “Avengers: Earth’s mightiest heroes.” Here… i’ll skip it like the other marvel-animated movies.

  • what about this makes you think it’s mocap?

    It’s not, it’s just poorly keyframed. You can tell by the lack of ambient movement, and the stilted, default bezier key-frames.

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  • CG Animator

    Gotta love that lip sync! Oh, and the weightless airplane-throw is a nice touch ;-)


  • When will people learn, good cgi cost money! Lucas and Disney are doing it with Clone Wars and Tron, but this is just pathetic looking. Even WB’s Green Lantern looks better than this (another show that has not committed enough money).

  • Kev

    And this is why Marvel struggles to have a foothold in animation. This is more of a marketing move to capitalize off the live action success. The problem is, they don’t care about creating a compelling product for animation. Those of us who want to see Marvel succeed are left in the dust.

    • Tedzey

      Umm… There are plenty of shows marvel made in animation that have quite a good reputation.

      Spectacular Spider-Man
      The Incredible Hulk (90s)
      X-Men (90s)
      Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes

  • the only thing I could think of the whole time “is one of those bad video games they make based off the movie”

  • Skip

    Humm, Disney now owns Marvel, and this is the quality of animation that Marvel produces?

  • Fen

    In a lot of the frames the Hulk and Ironman look like they’re directly rotoscoped from the Avengers movie. No real impacting artistic expression; it just feels traced.

    Keyframes are choppy in some areas but in other areas it really does dwell into uncanny valley territory that would be more suited for live-action than animation.