Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Series Story Editor Brandon Auman Talks About Season 2 Of 'Iron Man: Armored Adventure'

Since Iron Man: Armored Adventures ended way back in 2009, season 2 is finally back but without Chris Yost. New story editor, Brandon Auman isn't new to animated Marvel television show though, he wrote five episodes of "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" including the two-part Ultron storyline and the episode with the first appearence of Wonder Man titled "Everything is Wonderful"
And Marvel.Com had a interview with Brandon Auman as you can read below. A lot happened over the 26-episode first season of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" and there were some pretty big cliffhangers on the season finale, so let me ask you this: what can people expect in the all-new second season?

Brandon Auman: Well, Tony's luck has bottomed out. Things are going to get a lot worse for Stark--we're introducing some iconic, incredibly powerful super villians into the series. The only upside to Tony's life is that he's a year closer to inheriting Stark International. This puts a lot of pressure on Obadiah Stane, who doesn't want to give up control of the Stark Empire. But there is another major player in the game: Justin Hammer, a young hotshot rival who wants Stark International as well. And these guys possess tech and weapons that can take down even Iron Man. And then there is, of course, the Mandarin. Revealed to be his friend Gene. At the end of season one, Gene reveals that Tony’s deceased father is not dead, but being held prisoner. What's going on, and what's going through Tony's head at the beginning of the new season as he tries to get to the bottom of this?

Brandon Auman: In the interval between Seasons One and Two, Tony has been searching the globe trying to hunt Gene down. He feels betrayed that Gene stabbed him in the back and lied to him about being the Mandarin. Tony feels Gene played him like a fool, tricked him by giving him hope that his father is still alive. So yeah, Tony wants to stop him, also realizing that Mandarin is a huge threat with his five Makluan rings of power. But what Tony doesn't realize is that there are actually ten rings. And when Mandarin claims all ten, he'll become the most powerful being on the planet. Season One had guest stars ranging from Hulk to Nick Fury and even Black Panther. Who might Tony Stark team up with in this season?

Brandon Auman: Well, we're definitely bringing back some of our favorite heroes from the first season. Fury will return early in Season Two, and there will be some new allies Tony makes along the way. Black Widow is one of them. We already introduced her design at some of the cons. She's teamed up with Tony in the comics, and played a prominent role in the "Iron Man 2" movie, so we thought it would be cool to introduce her in the series. Iron Man also teams up with a certain well-known Avenger...and possibly some X-Men. Which ones? You'll just have to watch and find out! And watch we will. In addition to the heroes, I hear word of some new villains, including the Titanium Man. Can you tell us about that and other foes Tony will be pitted against?

Brandon Auman: There are going to be a lot of new, iconic villains this season. Titanium Man looks different from his past incarnations, and his origin has changed, but his armor is more fearsome than ever. Justin Hammer is another major new bad guy. He's younger than his comics counterpart--in his 20's--sort of a genius in business the way Tony is a genius in technology. We also have Iron Monger, bigger and meaner than you've ever seen him. But my favorite new villain might be Doctor Doom. I think fans will be surprised. He's a true threat; his armor is even more formidable than Iron Man's... Speaking of armor, Tony’s shown off several different versions of the Iron Man armor in Season One. What changes are coming for the suit in Season Two?

Brandon Auman: Well, we have the Mark II, a slicker, more powerful suit with new weapons like missile launchers, flame throwers, [and] other cool stuff. You can see him in the commercials, a much-improved design. And you'll see other versions of the Iron Man armor, but not necessarily in ways you'd suspect. I'll keep it a mystery for now. Working on "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" isn’t your first foray into the Marvel Universe; you also wrote several episodes of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" How would you describe the concept and tone of "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" compared to the other versions of Iron Man out there in movies, comics and other animated shows?

Brandon Auman: For "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!," we based Tony Stark off the comics and movie versions. "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" is loosely inspired by the Orson Scott Card series taking place in the Ultimate universe, where Tony builds the armor as a teen. But other than "aging the characters" down, Tony isn't really all that different from the comics version. And the way I see him, he's still going to become the cocky, billionaire playboy type we all know and love. Marvel is well known for having various takes on their characters, from Ultimates to Noir to Zombies to whatever. So I'm glad a lot of the fans--and diehard comic lovers--have embraced this version. Speaking of the classic comics, I hear you have several comic writers on staff for this series. Can you tell us about the team that puts together this series?

Brandon Auman: Megan Thomas Bradner and Cort Lane are the execs at Marvel I worked closely with; they're great collaborators. And Method Animation in France created the amazing designs. My writing team was awesome--fellow "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" alumnae Eugene Son, Andrew Robinson, Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt. Also on board was Henry Gilroy ("Clone Wars"), John Shirley (father of cyberpunk fiction), Robert Benavides Jr., Thomas Krajewski ("Guardians of the Power Masks"), Mark Henry ("Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!"), and Gavin Hignight (writer of web comic The Concrete World). And some of the episodes were written by comic writers such as Sean McKeever (YOUNG ALLIES, X-MEN ORIGINS: JEAN GREY, SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE) and Bob Layton and David Michelinie (IRON MAN). I'm really proud of their work and truly excited for Season Two! Bringing things full circle, how does this new season compare to the original?

Brandon Auman: Chris Yost story edited an amazing first season. I'd say this season is somewhat darker. Some really messed up stuff happens to Tony along the way, both physically and emotionally. Just like the first season, we have storylines influenced by Iron Man comics from virtually every decade, from the 1960s to now. My big hope is that both younger and older fans of Iron Man who haven't seen the series check it out [and] give it a shot.

I know I will be one of the many watching the premiere today, and I have to say I can't wait for some X-Men and Avengers to come on to the scene in future episodes.

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