Iron Man: Rise of Technovore

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Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Iron Man Rise of Technovore cover.jpg
DVD/Blu-ray cover art
Directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki
Screenplay by Kengo Kaji
Story by Brandon Auman
Based on Iron Man 
by Stan Lee
Starring Matthew Mercer
Norman Reedus
Music by Tetsuya Takahashi
Production
company
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16) (North America)
  • April 24, 2013 (2013-04-24) (Japan)
Running time 88 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language English
Japanese

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (アイアンマン:ライズ・オブ・テクノヴォア Aian Man: Raizu Obu Tekunovoa?) is a direct-to-video anime film by Madhouse, following up on the Marvel Anime series. It is directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki, an anime director best known for works like Shigurui: Death Frenzy and Texhnolyze, and based on a story written by Brandon Auman.[1] Matthew Mercer and Norman Reedus voiced Tony Stark and Punisher respectively.[2][3]

The film was released in North America on Blu-ray and DVD on April 16, 2013,[2][3] and on April 24, 2013 in Japan.[4]

Production[edit]

The film is produced by SH DTV Partners, a partnership between Marvel Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Madhouse.[2][5]

Screenwriter Brandon Auman stated in an interview with MTV Geek that he was in Japan when he got the call from Marvel to participate in the project, and that he was pleased to work with Madhouse. He said that the reason for choosing Ezekiel Stane as the main villain of the film was because he is the "new Tony Stark".[6]

Plot[edit]

While racing in a desert with War Machine (James "Rhodey" Rhodes), Iron Man is ambushed by a mysterious new enemy who tries to destroy Tony Stark's new security satellite, "The Howard". War Machine is killed in the struggle and Iron Man sets out for revenge. He is intercepted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury who needs to talk to him. He escapes and make it over to Pepper Potts who is on vacation.

They discover that A.I.M. Advanced Idea Mechanics has been conducting research into techno organic weaponry for some time and pinpoint one of their warehouses in Karachi. S.H.I.E.L.D. locates them and Tony comes out the front to be surrounded by Mandroids. He activates his suitcase armor, destroys all the Mandroids, and heads to Karachi. The scene then cuts to a member of A.I.M. trying to sell weapons to a buyer. Punisher comes in and breaks it up. Just as Punisher is about to kill the A.I.M. member, Iron Man saves him in order to get some answers. Iron Man and Punisher then work together and discover the identity of the new enemy being Ezekiel Stane. Hawkeye and Black Widow are given orders to retrieve Iron Man. Iron Man escapes with the help of the Punisher and continues on to Shanghai where he meets Ezekiel Stane, the son of Obadiah Stane.

Ezekiel paralyzes Iron Man with the Technovore and details his plan to replace humanity with his new technology utilizing the technology on the "Howard" satellite to hack into all computers and satellites. Hawkeye and Black Widow show up and arrest both. Later on the Helicarrier, Iron Man discovers War Machine is barely alive. Then the Technovore hacks the craft leaving Iron Man to uses his arc reactor to stabilize the Helicarrier and drive the Technovore out of the systems. Ezekiel is now betrayed by the Technovore and taken over by it causing a big fight with Iron Man resulting in the Helicarrier crashing into Shanghai. When all hope seems lost, War Machine miraculously wakes up and helps Iron Man fight the Technovore.

In a last ditch effort, Iron Man is able to use a backdoor he built into the Howard's system to hack back into it temporarily. He is purposely captured by the Technovore and orders War Machine to fire the satellite's defense laser at Tony's arc reactor before the Technovore is able to use the other satellites to destroy the world. War Machine fires, and the Technovore is defeated with Iron Man seemingly sacrificing himself. Miraculously, Iron Man is saved by War Machine and lives. Ezekiel Stane is seen in the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D.[7][8]

Cast[edit]

Role Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Iron Man/Tony Stark Keiji Fujiwara Matthew Mercer
War Machine/James "Rhodey" Rhodes Hiroki Yasumoto James C. Mathis III
Punisher/Frank Castle Tesshô Genda Norman Reedus
Ezekiel Stane Miyu Irino Eric Bauza
Technovore Miyu Irino Eric Bauza
Black Widow/Natalia Romanova Miyuki Sawashiro Clare Grant
Nick Fury Hideaki Tezuka John Eric Bentley
Pepper Potts Hiroe Oka Kate Higgins
Hawkeye/Clint Barton Shuuhei Sakaguchi Troy Baker
Obadiah Stane Takaya Hashi J. B. Blanc
J.A.R.V.I.S Yasuyuki Kase Troy Baker
Sasha Hammer Houko Kuwashima Tara Platt
Maria Hill - Kari Wahlgren

Additional voices by Liam O'Brien, Travis Willingham, and Dave Wittenberg.

Crew[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film has received mixed to negative reviews. John Gholson of Movies.com criticized the dialogue in the film, stating it "is either nebulous to a fault" or "awkwardly on the nose". He also criticized the animation of the film, describing it as stale or lacking thrill during action scenes.[9] Tony Guerrero of Comic Vine gave a 3 of 5 rating, praising the animation and colors of the film. He noted that having different characters involved in the story [compared to the anime television series] gives the world a bigger feel, and this is what a fan would want and expect in a Marvel animated movie.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ANIME NEWS: Madhouse and Marvel join hands again to produce new 'Iron Man' anime feature". Asahi Shimbun. December 25, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Madhouse, Marvel Team Up Again for New Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Film". Anime News Network. October 8, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "New Iron Man Anime Blu-ray Announced". IGN. February 1, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "待望の日本アニメ版で、ドクロ服のマーベルヒーローや新型アーマーとアイアンマンが対決!?" (in Japanese). MovieWalker. March 9, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Marvel and Sony Announce New IRON MAN Animated Feature". newsarama.com. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Webb, Charles (April 16, 2013). "Exclusive: Check Out This 'Iron Man: Rise of Technovore' Clip And Interview With Writer Brandon Auman". MTV Geek. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Cericola, Rachel (February 5, 2013). "New Iron Man Anime Coming to DVD". Wired. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Green, Scott (February 10, 2013). ""Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" Anime Slated For April". Crunchyroll. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Gholson, John (April 8, 2013). "Marvel Studios Countdown: About That 'Iron Man' Movie Hitting DVD Right Before 'Iron Man 3'". Movies.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Guerrero, Tony (April 16, 2013). "Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Review". Comic Vine. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 

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