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This January, Marvel Studios and Lionsgate will release to DVD the latest title in the very successful Marvel Animated Features video series -- THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, inspired by one of Marvel's most popular Super Hero franchises. The third release of a multi-picture direct-to-DVD deal signed by the two companies, THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN follows on the heels of the enormously successful ULTIMATE AVENGERS: THE MOVIE and ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2: RISE OF THE PANTHER, which have sold more than 1.5 million units combined since debuting in February 2006, and currently rank among the top 10 children's releases year-to-date according to Nielsen Videoscan (10/8/06). THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN is an origin story that follows billionaire inventor Tony Stark as he raises a long-buried city in China and awakens an unspeakable evil that only the armor-clad Iron Man can destroy in a battle of modern technology versus eastern mythology.

"Marvel fans are among the most loyal and fervent in existence and they are anxious for Iron Man to take the spotlight," said Lionsgate President Steve Beeks. "The Marvel Animated Features have been so successful because they lived up to the expectations of these fans in both production quality and the experience they have come to expect with Marvel projects. We anticipate THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN to achieve similar critical and sales success as the feature will bring the superhero to life with a story that honors its comic book roots."

"Iron Man is one of Marvel's premier characters. Our animation team has done a terrific job bringing Tony Stark to life in this action-packed animated DVD feature," added Marvel Studios President/COO, Michael Helfant.

Named after the comic books that made Tony Stark's alter ego one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe, THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will be available on DVD on January 23, 2007 for the suggested retail price of $19.98. The DVD features a "marvel-ous" host of bonus features including an alternate opening sequence, "The Origin of Iron Man" featurette, "The Hall of Iron Man Armor" featurette, a look at the upcoming Marvel Animated Feature, DR. STRANGE and more.

SYNOPSIS

Past and present collide in this epic adventure that reveals the origin of Iron Man. While raising the ruins of a long buried Chinese kingdom, billionaire inventor Tony Stark digs up far more than he bargained for. He unleashes an age-old prophecy that foretells the resurrection of the Mandarin, the emperor of China's darkest and most violent dynasty. In order to confront the destructive force, Tony creates an armored suit infused with high-tech weaponry. To stop the evil that he himself has raised from the earth, Tony must become his greatest invention ever -- Iron Man! The newly born champion must travel to the four corners of the earth to battle the Mandarin's henchmen, the Elementals -- four magical warriors who harness the power of the elements -- earth, water, wind, and fire -- with deadly chemistry. But is the Iron Knight, as he his known in the prophecy, strong enough to defy fate and turn back the malevolent forces hell-bent on earth's destruction?

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*:

- Alternate Opening Sequence

- "The Origin of Iron Man" featurette

- "The Hall of Iron Man Armor" featurette

- A Look at upcoming Marvel Animated Feature Dr. Strange

- Trailer Gallery

*DVD Special Features subject to change

I'm not really versed in Iron Man lore, but wasn't him having a heart problem part of why he invented the suit? Does this follow the Ultimate universe like the first movies?

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I'm not really versed in Iron Man lore, but wasn't him having a heart problem part of why he invented the suit? Does this follow the Ultimate universe like the first movies?

Well it was in 616(is that the right term for the regular marvel universe?) and he needed the Iron plate in his chest to live. I'm not sure about the Ultimate line though. I'll check this out probably. I really want to see what they do with Dr. Strange.

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Stark didn't NEED the suit (more specifically the chestplate) to live until "Heroes Reborn" when a piece of shrapnel pierced his heart. At least, that's what I remember, because I have the first 10 issues or so of Heroes Reborn Iron Man. Someone can correct me if I missed something there.

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Stark didn't NEED the suit (more specifically the chestplate) to live until "Heroes Reborn" when a piece of shrapnel pierced his heart. At least, that's what I remember, because I have the first 10 issues or so of Heroes Reborn Iron Man. Someone can correct me if I missed something there.

I'm pretty sure he needed it long before then, but it was the same thing with shrapnel pierceing his heart. Didn't they get rebooted during heroes reborn? Maybe thats why he didn't need it to start with.

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Stark didn't NEED the suit (more specifically the chestplate) to live until "Heroes Reborn" when a piece of shrapnel pierced his heart. At least, that's what I remember, because I have the first 10 issues or so of Heroes Reborn Iron Man. Someone can correct me if I missed something there.

I'm pretty sure he needed it long before then, but it was the same thing with shrapnel pierceing his heart. Didn't they get rebooted during heroes reborn? Maybe thats why he didn't need it to start with.

The original story, back when Iron Man debuted in Tales of Suspense, was that while in Vietnam seeing how his new inventions were helping the American war effort, he was caught in a booby trap that lodged a piecs of shrapnel in his heart. Captured and intered in POW camp, he and a fellow prisoner who happens to be a scientist develop the Iron Man suit in order to keep Tony alive. As a sidenote, for those that don't know, the first suit was all gray, and wasn't red and yellow till the next issue.

Nowadays however, he no longer needs the suit to live as he has an artificial heart.

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The second suit was gold but looked the same as the grey one, hence the golden avenger name

Yeah, my mistake. He wasn't red and gold until the eighth story.

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What the fuck--is that green thing supposed to be Mandarin? What happened to the Asian guy with the Fu Manchu look? Is that Ultimate Mandarin?

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What the fuck--is that green thing supposed to be Mandarin? What happened to the Asian guy with the Fu Manchu look? Is that Ultimate Mandarin?

I was wondering the same thing. I thought it was a Skrull at first.

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I... I have no idea who / what that is. :huh:

To date they've yet to introduce Ultimate Mandarin, so maybe this is an attempt by the filmmakers to recreate the character.

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After looking at it for a bit, I'm convinced that is not Mandarin. There are 3 green guys, and 1 green woman, and in one screenshot you can see all 4 of them in the background with a hand coming out of the ground with a ring on it. Unfortunately, you can't see what color the hand is.

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After looking at it for a bit, I'm convinced that is not Mandarin. There are 3 green guys, and 1 green woman, and in one screenshot you can see all 4 of them in the background with a hand coming out of the ground with a ring on it. Unfortunately, you can't see what color the hand is.

Yea I guess they are the four elements. Whew because that was my biggest problem if they made the Mandarin a green monster looking dude...

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**********Spoilers************

Ok, so I know most won't be surprised by this, but it's not very good. The story is hard to follow, and the fact that Mandarin is a long dead emperor is lame. The shots showing the chest piece keeping his heart going made me laugh because Tony's heart looks like it's in his stomach when he's lying on the table. Whoever said the thing about the 4 elements was right. The only good thing they did was put Tony's dad in the movie, and they didn't even explore that relationship.

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We'll be joining Netflix after the move, so maybe we'll rent it and give it a review on The Show. Or is it not even worth a rental?

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