Last week we talked Chris Yost, a staple writer over at the animated branch of Marvel Entertainment. While that conversation was largely about 'Hulk Vs', Yost also gave a preview of coming attraction for upcoming Marvel animate fare, including the new toon show 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures'. Yost told us that he's well acquainted with that program, which airs here in the U.S. later this year.
Here's our Q & A with Mr. Yost:
Yost: I was the story editor and head writer for 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures'. That's coming in, I want to say, April.
Mania: Speaking of fan complaints, fans have definitely noticed Tony Stark being a teenager in that one. What what the decision to go so young with Tony?
Yost: It was really to make the character a little more approachable for younger kids. If you look at Tony Stark: He loves the ladies, he loves a little drinky here and there. He's a weapons maker. He's not the most kid-friendly character in the world.
So that was one of the instances where, how do you make that character more approachable for children?
They'd done this before with 'X-Men: Evolution' and that worked out alright. I think by the end of that show we had a really good following.
I think 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures' really speaks to the character of Tony Stark. He's recognizable. He's still dealing with Star Industries. He's still got Pepper and Rhodey there. Still an obsessive character. Still hunting down technology. You're going to recognize him.
Mania: Will we see a lot of Marvel Team-Ups?
Yost: You'll see a few.
You're also going to get, in my opinion, one of the best translations of the Iron Man rogue's gallery. I think visually the characters are stunning. We throw 'em at you dude.
Mania: Which villains will we see?
Yost: Name 'em. Living Laser, Killer Shrike, Blizzard, Mandarin, Dreadknight. Literally a slew of characters.
Mania: I didn't hear Fin Fang Foom in that list...
Yost: I didn't list off 20 characters. I'm not saying he's in there. I'm not saying he's not!
Any Iron Man fan is going to be pretty pleased with the representation of the rogues gallery.
Mania: Are there any Marvel character that you'd love to work on but haven't had a chance too yet?
Yost: There's probably 4000.
Mania: What's at the top of your list?
Yost: The majors are pretty well covered.
The great thing about Marvel is you'd love to see them branch out into...you know, like an Adult Swim 'Daredevil' series would be amazing. Or a super-young 'Power Pack'.
There's a lot of places that Marvel Animation has yet to go, that hopefully will be coming soon, you know?
Hopefully with the success of the 'Hulk Vs' DVD it'll bring in a bigger audience. You can see the possibilities.
A lot of it depends on the Film side too. What's the film side doing that we want to support?
You're going to be seeing a new 'Thor' series. You're going to be seeing an 'Avengers' series.
Mania: Do you have plans to work on the feature film side?
Yost: I wouldn't say no, but to be honest with you I'm working on the 'Avengers' series right now and I could not be happier. I think that show is gonna just be amazing.
Mania: Is it the classic roster...the roster for the movie?
Yost: Well, they released an image that has Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ant-Man and Wasp on it. It's pretty classic to me.
The roster will grow as the Avengers rosters will do.
Mania: Is Spider-Man trapped in some sort of alternate reality because of licensing? I keep waiting for the new Spider-Man animated DVD movie.
Yost: I know that 'Spectacular Spider-Man' is a pretty great show.
Mania: Anything else in the pipeline from Marvel that we haven't heard about?
Yost: Frank Paur, who directed 'Hulk vs Wolverine', is handling 'Planet Hulk' and from what I hear it's amazing.