With the release of Iron Man 3 in theaters next month, Marvel is once again flooding the markets with tie-ins, crossovers, one-shots, and direct-to-DVD movies featuring everyone’s favorite billionaire playboy Tony Stark
One of the DVD movies being released is Iron Man: Rise of Technovore from Marvel Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, produced by Madhouse and written by Tokyo Gore Police‘s Kengo Kaiji. It’s not the first time Marvel has dabbled with anime, but in the case of Iron Man it seems like an obvious fit. With giant robots, intricately detailed Mechs, and some creepy villains, it feels like a no-brainer that Iron Man belongs in this genre more than the West’s traditional animation.
Along with Iron Man, a few other Avengers and allies make appearances throughout the film; Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, Nick Fury & S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Punisher. Even though the film has no ties to the Marvel Universe blockbusters, Marvel is still keen to push Black Widow, Hawkeye, and a black Nick Fury into pop culture.
While Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil Damnation) is the voice of Tony Stark, the main name on the marquee is Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) as the Punisher. From the press release of the film to the opening credits, Reedus’ name is all over the