THE PLOT THUS FAR
Iron Man and Captain America battle the Red Skull and Taskmaster.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United” is a second bite at the Heroes United apple. Unfortunately, the animation is still pretty ugly. I get that it looks like what passes for kiddie weekly entertainment animation, but the film’s short duration only caused me to fixate on the character design just that much more. Hell, most current generation video games releases have better animation. There’s no excuse for it, unless there’s an attempt to soften it for a broad kiddie audience.
The Red Skull and Taskmaster don’t make for the most interesting villains, but I like that Clancy Brown is bringing his signature talents to the Taskmaster. I like the Taskmaster, but he’s such an ancillary villain that it’s hard to put him up as a co-headliner. That being said, the whole film is an extended 22 minute episode about how the Red Skull is going to steal the Super Soldier serum from Captain America. Everyone fights and smacks each other around, then the movie ends. Naturally, Red Skull doesn’t end up with the serum and everything goes back to normal. Iron Man is incidentally in the movie, as Taskmaster also steals a repulsor ray from Stark to give to Hydra. There’s no reason for it, other than to give Iron Man a reason to show up. Not everything has to be a Marvel Team-Up.
The movie was watched as a digital download via the Disney Movies Anywhere service. You can also get it on Digital HD and other iTunes style means. It’s a pretty novel approach for Disney to take with material that didn’t probably warrant a wide release by itself. That being said, young Marvel zombies will enjoy the hell out of it. If you have one in your life, then pick it up.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW via DIGITAL DOWNLOAD