Last Saturday morning, Marvel Studios treated an all-ages audience at Comic-Con International to the first two episodes of “Iron Man: Armored Adventures.” The panel consisted of head writer Chris Yost and Nickelodeon executive Keith Dawkins. Marvel Studios’ Josh Fine introduced the footage, produced by Method Animation studios in France.
Scheduled to air on Nicktoons this spring, “Iron, forged in Fire” Parts 1 & 2 tell the story of teenage genius Tony Stark, heir to a billion-dollar fortune. A mysterious plane crash kills Tony’s father, Howard Stark, and nearly costs Tony his own life. Only Tony’s technology allows him to survive: a futuristic armored exo-suit and a heart implant that requires periodic recharging.
Taken in by best friend Rhodey and his mother, Tony tackles the pressures of teenage life while trying to find out the truth behind his father’s death and a strange ring discovered just before the plane crash, now in the possession of Howard Stark’s partner, Obadiah Stane.
While investigating as Iron Man, Tony finds a train on the verge of killing hundreds of people. Tony stops the train at the last possible moment, and we get a tease of a re-imagined Mandarin, the real owner of the mysterious ring.
Part two opens with the Mandarin and his son Gene, a teenage boy envious for his father’s power. The main story of the second episode consists of Tony and Rhodey trying to locate a field test for the Stark-designed prime mover machines, which Stane converted into weapons soon after Howard’s death. Tony invades the field test, not only incapacitating the movers but averting a crisis of nuclear magnitude.
When the audience finished watching the two CG-style cartoons, the panel opened up to questions. The first fan asked about cameos by other Marvel characters, to which Fine replied there was a very good chance of that happening. When another fan asked if Rhodey’s War Machine armor would be seen in the show, Yost replied that it was hard to say, but informed the audience that there will be “many suits of armor” in the show.
In response to a fan’s question about which villains would appear, designs of several of the villains to be seen in future episodes were shown to the audience, including Whiplash, Crimson Dynamo, and Madame Masque.
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