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Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Iron Man Armored Adventures
Beginning date April 24, 2009
End date July 25, 2012
Number of Episodes 52
Season One
Season Two
Producers Aton Soumache
Alexis Vonars
Dimitri Rassam
Stan Lee
Eric S. Rollman
Tapaas Chakravarti
Lilian Eche
Steve Christian
Trevor Drinkwater
Stephen K. Bannon
Joshua Fine
Cort Lane
Cedric Pilot
Romain van Liemt
Original Channel Nicktoons
Previous Series Wolverine and the X-Men
Next Series The Super Hero Squad Show

Iron Man: Armored Adventures was the third animated series featuring Iron Man, the first two being The Marvel Super Heroes and Iron Man. It aired between April 24th, 2009 and July 25th, 2012 for a total of twenty-six episodes.

It is not related to any previous series or movie but shares some story parallels with The Invincible Iron Man. It follows in the success of the live action Iron Man film.

Story

The series follow a teenage version of Tony Stark, a child prodigy, who forms for himself the alter ego of Iron Man. He uses his technological innovations to stop enemies like Mandarin and Unicorn. He is helped by his also teenage friends James "Rhodey" Rhodes and Pepper Potts.

Howard Stark refuses to let Obadiah Stane weaponize the Earth Mover Project. However, he is killed in a plane crash that leaves Tony severely injured. He attends school because of his father's last wish as Stane, now CEO of Stark International, claims.

The second season featured Titanium Man, Iron Monger, Black Widow, and Doctor Doom. [1][2]

Background

Following the release of the series second season, the series status became unknown. Rumors circulated that it was cancelled but there was no official word.

On January 18th, 2013, Cort Lane spoke to IGN about the series and said, "I will say that that second season finished production some time ago. I think it’s fair to say there are currently no plans, but that is not written in stone." [3]

Animation

The animation uses three-dimensional computer generated imagery much like Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

Cast

Recurring Actor Role(s)
Adrian Petriw Iron Man/Tony Stark
Daniel Bacon War Machine/James Rhodes
Anna Cummer Rescue/Pepper Potts
Alistair Abell Happy Hogan
Black Knight
Lisa Ann Beley Onboard Computer
Abigail Brand
Mackenzie Gray Iron Monger/Obadiah Stane
Catherine Haggquist Roberta Rhodes
Kristie Marsden Madame Masque/Whitney Stane
Vincent Tong Mandarin
Gene Khan
Xin Zhang
Michael Adamthwaite Titanium Man/Justin Hammer
Ashleigh Ball Black Widow/Natalie Romanoff
Eric Bauza Thaddeus Ross
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Black Panther
Christopher Britton Doctor Doom
Louis Chirillo Living Laser/Arthur Parks
Michael Daingerfield Unicorn
Michael Dobson Ghost
Makluan Warrior
Brian Drummond O'Brian
Makluan Warrior
Mark Gibbon Hulk
Andrew Francis Rick Jones
Hawkeye
Ron Halder Abraham Klein
Magneto
Charles Xavier
Fred Henderson Howard Stark
Peter Kelamis Whiplash
Michael Kopsa Controller
Paula Lindberg Sasha
Donny Lucas Mr. Fix
Richard Newman Anton Harkov
Brenna O'Brien Mad Thinker
Mark Oliver Ivan Vanko
David Orth Blizzard
Ty Olsson Killer Shrike
Dean Redman Nick Fury
Russell Roberts Count Nefaria
Tabitha St. Germain Maria Hill
Technovore
Venus Terzo Jean Grey
French Tickner Zimmer
Lee Tockar MODOC
Dale Wilson Robert Kelly
Alex Zahara Peter Corbeau

Venus Terzo and Dale Wilson reprise their roles from X-Men: Evolution. Mark Gibbon reprised his role from Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes.

Episodes

The series began airing on April 24th, 2009 and ended July 25th, 2012. Each season was twenty-six episodes each for a total of fifty-two.

Trailer

Teaser

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Iron Man Armored Adventures Teaser Trailer

Trailer

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Iron Man Armored Adventures

Home Video

Iron Man: Armored Adventures Volume One, released on DVD and Blu-ray contains the first six episodes.

Reception

As of yet, reviews have been mixed. There has been criticism of making Tony a teenager, a far cry from his comic and previous origins. There were similar outcries against X-Men: Evolution which also deaged the characters. This may have been done to differentiate it from the live action film, which took an adult take on the character.

The animation style was criticized as being half-formed and unfinished and the characters were lifeless.

Though Entertainment Weekly gave the first episode a B+ saying "What could've been a clunky retrograde reboot works surprisingly well, thanks to some smart writing and stellar CG butt-kickery."

Scott Chitwood of Comingsoon.net, in his review of Iron Man: Armored Adventures Volume One, said that he, his wife, and his children had gotten into the series. "It's kind of like Ultimate Spider-Man where the adult hero was taken back to high school. The only difference is that Tony Stark has to deal with his father's company, too." It was good that it distanced itself from the film while being relatable to kids, and Pepper Pott's expanded role gives something for the women to enjoy. There were a lot of references to the comics despite being so different, including all the favorite villains. He said the new origin of Mandarin worked for the show and he would like to see it adapted to the films. He called the CGI impressive and reminiscent of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, saying it worked well and gave it a fresh feel. "Overall I recommend Iron Man: Armored Adventures to any fan of the Iron Man comics and anyone that was into the movie. It's a fun series worth checking out." [1]

References

  1. San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Marvel Animation Panel Liveblog at Marvel
  2. C2E2 2010: Marvel Animation Panel Liveblog at Marvel
  3. Ultimate Spider-Man: What to Expect in Season 2 at IGN

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