Comics On TV: 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures'

Iron Man Armored Adventures

by Ryan Rigley

Tony Stark may have blown up all of my Iron Man armors at the end of "Iron Man 3," but that certainly doesn't mean that he won't be Iron Man anymore. In fact, quite the contrary as Marvel Studios' co-president Louis D'Esposito tells it in a recent interview with IGN. "It's hard for me to say what he's doing [in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'], what his emotional mindset is, but you can see where it was where we left it at the end of 'Iron Man 3," states D'Esposito. "He's in love with Pepper, he's made a grand gesture to blow up the suits at that point — but in the end, he couldn't help himself. He'll go back to tinkering. That's what he does."

D'Esposito goes on to comment on the fact that connectivity plays an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps shedding some light on the whole Jarvis/Ultron theory. While it's obvious that everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is connected, there are still some very recent Marvel TV properties that have nothing to do with the film continuity. For example, 2009's "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" depicts Tony Stark and Pepper Pots as rowdy teenagers!

Series Statistics

Network: Nicktoons

Broadcast Date: 2009 - 2012

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 52

Brought to life in large part by Christopher Yost, the man behind "Wolverine and the X-Men" and other Marvel animated projects, "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" follows child prodigy Tony Stark as he becomes an ironclad superhero after the apparent death of his father, Howard Stark. Similar to the "Iron Man" films, Tony is joined by his love interest, Pepper, and his best friend, James Rhodes, as the three teenagers suit up and take to the skies thwarting whatever evil that comes their way.

In its original debut, the hour-long "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" pilot actually broke the record for the highest-rated original programming on the Nicktoons Network with over 125,000 viewers tuning in. However, as the series continued to air, reviews became pretty mixed due to the vastly different Iron Man origin story and the undeniable similarities to another well-known Marvel superhero, Spider-Man. But "Armored Adventures" was notable for it's unique animation style, which can be seen in the show's opening credits.

Notable Episodes

Iron, Forged in Fire

After Howard Stark supposedly dies in a plane crash whilse investigating the mysterious Makluan rings, a teenage Tony Stark creates an armored exoskeleton battle suit and uses it to investigate the new, corrupt president of Stark International, Obadiah Stane.

Tales of Suspense

In a struggle to recover the fourth and fifth Makluan rings, the Mandarin awakens a mystical dragon statue called Fin Fang Foom to battle the ironclad Iron Man. Meanwhile, Rhodey discovers the War Machine suit and ends up saving the day with the help of Pepper Pots who has stolen the Mandarin's gauntlet.

Uncontrollable

As the Incredible Hulk rampages through the city, Iron Man must don his Dynamo Buster armor which is then taken over by a villain called the Controller as a means of attacking the organization known as A.I.M. Also in this episode: M.O.D.O.K.!

The Might of Doom

Teaming up with Doctor Doom, Obadiah Stane forms another sinister plot to kidnap the Iron Man armor. However, it is later revealed that Doctor Doom has his own plans for Iron Man, who doesn't seem to stand a fighting chance against the magical prowess of Doom.

Mandarin's Quest

After Tony refuses to help the Mandarin locate the eighth Makluan ring, the Mandarin enslaves Tony utilizing the power of one of the other rings. Together, Tony and the Mandarin search for the eighth Makluan ring which is later discovered to be guarded by the Grim Reaper.

Still think "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" is just the poor man's version of "Iron Man"? Well then, check out this clip of Pepper Pots receiving her very own suit of armor:

This is Comics On TV, the column that celebrates the classic comic book TV series that blazed the trail for modern day hits like "Arrow," "The Walking Dead" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." If you have any favorite episodes of this week's series, let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!