The Invincible Iron Man is an Eisner Award-winning comic book series written by Matt Fraction with art by Salvador Larroca, published by Marvel Comics and starring the superhero Iron Man. After issue #33 The Invincible Iron Man returned to its original numbering with issue #500. It concluded with issue 527, succeeded by the Marvel NOW!-imprinted Iron Man series.
In 2004, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Comics’ new parent corporation, struck a deal with Lions Gate Entertainment to produce a series of eight to ten direct-to-video animated movies under the name of Marvel Animated Features in conjunction with Marvel Studios, Marvel’s direct film subsidiary.
The first two features, Ultimate Avengers – The Movie and Ultimate Avengers 2, were released February 2006 and August 2006 respectively. As of November 2006, UA and UA2 combined had sold over 1.5 million units and both were in the top 10 children’s releases for the year.
After the pair of Ultimate Avengers (UA) DVDs, the next MAF film, The Invincible Iron Man, was released in January 2007. As of January 2007, Doctor Strange was slated next for summer 2007 with tentatively titled Teen Avengers under early development. Iron Man and the Dr. Strange features existed separately from the UA movie universe. A possible cross over or a third UA movie was hinted at being considered at that time. Originally, the MAF were being released two per year until Dr. Strange, while was an Annie Awards nominee for “Best Home Entertainment Production” of 2007 only sold half the number of DVD as either UA feature. After which, the MAFs releases were slowed to one per year.
Marvel Animation was incorporated in January 2008 to direct Marvel’s efforts in animation and home entertainment markets including Marvel Animation Features.
A proposed “Ultimate War/Thor” dual film DVD was passed over for the 2009 released “Hulk Versus” dual film DVD. Ultimate War would have adapted the Ultimate Marvel comic book of the same name while the Thor movie would have selected a Walt Simonson’s classic “Thor” storyline with the original selection being Beta Ray Bill story.
At the 2009 NATPE Conference, Lionsgate brought the eight Marvel Features to the TV market.
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