In the wake of Joss Whedon’s billion-dollar blockbuster The Avengers, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk are set to reteam in a direct-to-DVD movie from Marvel Animation.
Arriving April 23, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United sees Tony Stark and Bruce Banner joining forces to battle the classic Hulk villain Zzzax, a sentient being of pure energy who can control magnetic force, travel through electrical lines and grow as tall as 40 feet. Created by Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe, Zzzax debuted in 1973’s The Incredible Hulk #166, which detailed how the creature sprang to life by accident following a terrorist attack on a nuclear power plant.
“We see his origin in the movie. It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out,” Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television, told Entertainment Weekly. “The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame.”
EW has revealed three images from the movie, showcasing what the website describes as a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art.
Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, who voiced Tony Stark on Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Ultimate Spider-Man and the upcoming Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., reprises his role in Heroes United, while Ultimate Avengers and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes veteran Fred Tatasciore will return as the Hulk. They’re joined by American Dad actor Dee Bradley Baker as Zzzax.
Loeb notes that, unlike the Hulk’s depiction in The Avengers, in Heroes United the Hulk is “a little more articulate.”