Entertainment Weekly’s website has exclusive news on an upcoming Incredible Hulk and Iron Man animated movie called Heroes United.
“Marvel Animation Studios has exclusively revealed plans to EW for its debut feature, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which will team Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a fight against the villain Zzzax, a creature formed out of pure energy who can absorb human minds.
As these first images show, the movie (which will debut on home video April 23) is a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art.
Zzzax is a character long familiar to fans of the Hulk, a sentient being created by accident after a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant caused a bizarre chain reaction. The living energy mass that results, dubbed “It!” on the cover of its first comic book appearance in August 1973, is a kind of giant, lumbering brainwave vampire, consuming the electrical impulses in the heads of every living thing it encounters.
“We see his origin in the movie. It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out,” says Jeph Loeb, executive VP of Marvel’s TV division, which is overseeing the movie. “The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame.”
What happens next? “Calamity ensues,” Loeb says.
While the animated Heroes United isn’t a direct sequel to The Avengers, “we welcome people to interpret any way they like,” says Loeb. “In tone and character, we want to follow our best leader.”
In this version, Adrian Pasdar (NBC’s Heroes) voices Iron Man and Fred Tatasciore (a veteran of previous Hulk cartoons) voices Banner and his monstrous alter-ego. Zzzax will be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, best known as Klaus the goldfish on American Dad.”