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  • I have a theory. Marvel is SO successful on the silver screen, that they've decided to throw whatever is leftover on DVD, not really giving two craps if it's any good or not. While DC pours all their love into their DVD's, Marvel just give us mediocre nonsense like Iron Man.... I'm not writing that long ass title again.

    So what's wrong with it? Short answer. EVERYTHING. Like Black Widow & Punisher Heroes United (damn! wtf is with these titles?!) IMCAHU also has horrible animation (see example below), boring voice casting and a story NOBODY cares about (Red Skull is the bad guy, Hail Hydra, you get the idea).

    My biggest issue with this movie was the animation. Not even good enough to be on Saturday morning cartoons. IMHO, this kind of animation weakens a story, because it's stiff and affects the pacing badly. Action seems stilted and slowed compared to what's suppose to be going on.

    There's not much else to say other than if you miss this, you aren't missing much. Only watch if you're some kinda die hard Marvel fan. Otherwise, stick to DC for the straight to DVD movies based on comics. Trust me, they might be stumbling on their big screen adaptations but they are consistently hitting home-runs on our flat screens.
  • xamtaro17 September 2014
    Riding on the popularity of Robert Downey Jr's live action IRON MAN movies and this year's CAPTAIN America: THE WINTER SOLDIER, HEROES UNITED 2 sees Iron Man and Captain America caught up in H.Y.D.R.A's latest plot to steal advanced technology and learn the secrets of the super soldier serum coursing through Captain America's veins. Mind control, bickering heroes, secret antarctic bases and other clichés riddle the already boring story and flat characters. All this is set to the worst computer animation to ever soil a screen in the last 15 years.

    In repeating the mistakes of its predecessor, HEROES UNITED 2 plays out like a 5 year old enacting a captain America story with his action figures. And just because he is so popular, Marvel goes and shoves Iron Man into the mix and allow him to steal the spotlight. But who cares? The characters are nothing like their live action counterparts or their comic book incarnations. They are uninteresting and borderline unlikable.

    Tony Stark sounds like a pretentious teenager, more like Spiderman with all his wise cracking. His nasal voice and attempts at mimicking the more witty humour of his live action counterpart just fails. Captain America is that one dimensional boy scout with "generic hero voice" and a chest designed by Rob Liefeld; a huge disproportional chest that seems to change size throughout the movie.

    That is least of the visuals' problems however. The cel shaded CGI is inconsistent and at times looks worse than 2003's Spiderman CGI series. Animation is jerky, stiff, looking like it was made in the late 90s right along side Reboot and Jimmy Neutron. There is little sense of weight to the CGI models, surfaces do not seem to connect (e.g. between a metal strap restraining captain America and the hero's chest or between laser shots and unfortunate victims), and many fight scenes look like they were done with stop motion puppets. Don't even get started on the embarrassingly bad human facial animations.

    The whole show in a sentence: Two kids playing with their action figures on a boring Sunday morning. This is proof that Marvel's direct-to-video department is dead in the water. Zero effort at being even marginally entertaining, pit bottom production values, groan inducing dialogue. This here is a sequel to a dismal excuse for a CGI Direct to video movie that manages to one-up its predecessor in how horrible it is. IRON MAN AND CAPTAIN America: HEROES UNITED is 2014's scrap from the bottom of the barrel. Look up youtube and one will easily find Computer animation done by students with their off-the-shelf software that looks way better than this drivel from a so called "Multi Million dollar production company".
  • Heroes United should have been a tv series. If they had cut out all the pointless blather and friendly sparring, this would have been a solid half hour adventure. I'm not sure what they were going for with these movies but in classic Marvel style, they failed.
  • Captain America and Iron Man team up in this adventure. After HYDRA troops break into the helicarrier and steals the Stark Repulsor Cannon, a prototype weapon powered by its own arc reactor, the two heroes fight, However, the heist is nothing more than a diversion, as Taskmaster has been hired by Red Skull to capture Cap for his blood, the last ingredient he needs for his plan to replicate the Super Soldier Serum and make a new army.

    Basically, the story is okay, but it suffers from the two heroes having a sort of rivalry and bickering (excusing some things as being "part of the plan") and the animation is a bit iffy (mainly when it comes to mouth movements, as they look robotic and devoid of showing any emotion, making this look like it was made in the late 1990's for a TV show than the 2010's).
  • jsworks111 August 2014
    Warning: Spoilers
    In general, this movie started out great, and had highly predictable parts. Most of the details in this movie were taken from every MARVEL Avengers movie/series there is, i.e, MARVEL Agents of Shield, The Avengers, The Iron Man (1,2,3) and Captain America (1,2). What you see in this movie is a small continuation between Captain America and Red Skull which ends with Red Skull obviously losing.

    Taking that into mind, the animation was good, the characters, somewhat resembling their real-life stars especially Iron Man (Robert Downer Jr.)

    Most of the scenes were predictable and were expected. A partially expected ending with S.H.I.E.L.D capturing/arresting the Red Skull. Overall, Enjoyable, had the usual humor with Iron Man, and also added humor to both Hulk and Captain America, and last, Kid Friendly!

    The End!
  • Okay, stop me if you've heard this...

    Have you ever watched a movie or a sequel (seeing how this acts like one) and felt it was just doing the same thing the first was doing?

    Certainly felt that right there.

    The plot is a bit different from the Hulk one but unfortunately all the same problems you hated about the Iron Man & Hulk film are still here...

    And they turned up the badness volume to 8000.

    Of course you know what that means...

    The childish dialogue no sane hero would ever say is still here... except it's somehow even more childish and cringy to listen to. Well done writers.

    The humour that wasn't funny in the Hulk film is still here... And if this doesn't ring a bell, I don't know what will but it still isn't funny.

    The rather monotone voice work is still here.... except it's more monotone than ever before and when you even have Clancy Brown in your cast, that is not a good thing.

    The painfully bad and lifeless animation is still here.... except it looks more lifeless with everyone moving more jerkily than ever before and some really REALLY bad fight choreography. You'll swear it looks like they're trying a spot of ballerina dancing instead.

    Basically, I could have just copied and pasted everything I said about the Hulk film and the whole review would be almost identical.

    Because that's what this miserable piece of crap is, identical. Identical in how poor the animation is, identical that no one in the cast seems to be giving it his or her all and identical in that you shouldn't even be thinking about plunking your money on something like this.

    "Groundbreaking CG Animation!" I've seen more ground-breaking animation on an old Atari 2600 game, and that is truly saying something.
  • It's a good movie. Not something I'd watch over and over, but it was worth a watch, PLUS, LIAM O'BRIAN!!!!!! CR baby all the way.
  • gjenevieve27 May 2016
    Warning: Spoilers
    Unlike the other reviewers, I do not care one way or the other what the graphics are like. Frankly, I don't find computer graphics to be that impressive. I am much more impressed by the old fashioned way of animating, where they draw it by hand and have to redraw each piece in just a slightly different position to make it look like things are moving. However, whether it is done via a computer or by hand, I do not really care. What matters to me is if there is a good story and if I am entertained.

    I thought that the story was actually pretty good. I liked how Red Skull was able to take the Captain's powers and the way he did it. I also liked that he was, at least at first, able to convert him to Hydra. This made for an exciting story line. I wondered how Captain America and Iron Man were going to be able to defeat Red Skull. I was also wondering how they were going to get Captain America to not be following Hydra any longer. I felt they did a good job with that. There were a couple of moments near the end when the Hulk showed up and was fighting that I found stretched believability.

    The thing that I liked the least about the movie was that they didn't use the actors that play the characters in the live action movies for the voices in this one. I think that would have made it a whole lot better.

    But, overall, I was entertained and I liked the story line. I would recommend this movie.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I have to admit the story on the previous movie wasn't good. But the story in this movie was actually better then Hulk and Iron Man Heroes United. This movie shows great chemistry between both Iron Man and Captain America. So what if it's not like other comic book related Marvel projects or has boring animation and voice actors.

    Like on the previous movie I feel as some of these reviews are coming from grown men/women complaining about a kids movie.

    There were cleaver moments in the movie like how Captain America pretend to be an agent for hydra by fighting iron man to make it look like he is his enemy and when they were both training on the helicarrier. But some mouments were a bit gross like when hydra troupers became brutes and Hulk getting tired after only fighting for like half an hour.

    However its a watchable movie so yeah overall good
  • Now Marvel has been making successful films on the big screen with The Avengers, Captain America and Iron-Man.

    So you think they would make a great movie with Captain America and Iron-Man joining forces.

    Well I'm afraid I've got some bad news this does not even give you anything redeeming about this direct to video animated movie. If Animated is what you call it.

    Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United has too many problems to even considering making it watchable.

    I don't know where to begin but what I can tell you is that it is not worth owning in your collection.

    The plot for the film is clearly design to be a cash in on the success of the two Avengers. Even with Red Skull as the main antagonist with Taskmaster at his side don't help the film at all.

    The Animation and graphics in the film are simple awful it's hard to even call it computer animated when it feels like some kind of anime with boring artwork. I have seen video games with better designs than this one.

    Also the voice acting is very boring it feels like the actors are being forced to give a performance and that puts into no effort what so ever so.

    Perhaps the best thing about this film is that is not apart of the Marvel story line so passing on it will not limit your enjoyment of the other films from Marvel.

    Iron Man & Captain America is a failed attempt to team up these two Marvel Legends.

    If you want to see them work together watch The Avengers or the Avengers TV series.

    I give Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United an 3 out of 10
  • Without doubt, Marvel is atop of the entire entertainment world now. Their trailblazing critical and commercial success with the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the surprisingly high quality of their breakthrough television and Netflix franchises and continued popularity amongst comic-book fans the world over have made them a force to be reckoned with. They can seemingly do no wrong anymore.

    Well, unless you count their cartoons and direct-to-video releases, that is.

    Yes, sadly for the most part, Marvel seems to really drop the ball when it comes to cartoon adaptations of their work. With the notable exception of the 90's "X-Men" cartoon series, many- if not most- of Marvel's animated television and video releases have been sub-par at best. And the "Heroes United" franchise- including this film "Iron Man and Captain America", is certainly no different. It's a clear and cynical cash-grab made to trade in on the success of the (much better) big-screen MCU releases with minimal effort given and minimal talent on display. Cold and calculated films that were designed to make a few bucks off of parents looking to buy their young children something Marvel-related.

    To start, the quality of the writing is exceedingly poor, and the film suffers from haphazard structure, lack of motivation and cringe- worthy dialog. The plot is about as simple as they come- Captain America and Iron Man team up to battle the Red Skull. It's simple, classic, to-the-point superhero material. How can you screw that up? Very badly, evidently. Every single line of dialog is either a clichéd piece of not-so-witty banter, an on-the-nose exposition dump or a confusing and brainless non-sequitur. Characters are completely flat and represent only the most basic of hero and villain archetypes. And the general flow and narrative structure is patchy and flimsy, somehow achieving a contradictory feeling of both being boring and bizarrely jarring at the same time.

    The animation is shockingly poor in terms of quality, and it's just criminal that such a major studio gave this the go-ahead for release. Character models are strangely over-stylized and under- detailed, and are rendered at such a level of quality that they very much look like they were pulled out of a late-90's video-game. The actual animation is incredibly basic and lacks variety, giving every character a strangely robotic movement that creates a certain "distance" between the viewer and the film... you just can't get invested in something that looks so lifeless. And the lip- synching... my god. Character faces move in a eerie and unsettling-looking juttered-frame manner that makes the image hard to look at at. It's like they accidentally deleted every-other from the facial animations and just doubled-up on what was left. Just weird.

    Add to that tacky voice-over work that sounds like its bordering on self-parody, childish humor that wouldn't make a 12-year-old giggle, contrived references to the live-action movies despite this taking part in its own "universe" and a laundry-list of other faults and problems, and you just get a bad animated movie all around.

    Trust me... even if you're genuinely interested, just do yourself a favor and stick with the live action Marvel movies. They're great! But this? A complete disaster! I'm giving it a 3 out of 10. Maybe young children will get a kick out of it... but even then, I kinda doubt it.
  • john-demetriou-jd22 September 2018
    I actually tried watching this but the animation was horrible. I am not saying it was outdated, I am saying it was horrible. Fully unwatchable and stiff animation. Seriously, I watched only a few minutes and then closed it. I am a gamer and a movie fan. The animation in donkey kong country for the snes were superior to this load of bull...... Avoid at all costs