Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury, Giant Man and Wasp are back in an all-new animated feature that reunites some of Marvel Comics’ mightiest heroes in battle against an alien threat. Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther hits shelves today, bringing even more superhero action to a summer jam-packed with comic-book adaptations.
In Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther, an isolated African nation named Wakanda comes under siege by brutal aliens plotting a takeover of the planet. In order to protect his people, Wakanda’s young king, the Black Panther, must put aside a deep-seated mistrust of the outside world and accept the help of the Ultimates. Returning to the director’s chair for the pic are Curt Geda’s and Steven E. Gordon, who jointly helmed the first Ultimate Avengers feature. Geda directorial credits also include Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and the recently released Superman: Brainiac Attacks. An animator and storyboard artist worked on Over the Hedge, Shrek 2, Anastasia and Eight Crazy Nights, Gordon has directed episodes of X-Men Evolution and Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures.
DVD extras include a 24-minute interview with comic book writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch on the The Ultimates 1 and 2 comic books and the animated films; a gag reel; sneak peeks at the upcoming Iron Man and Dr. Strange animated films; a DVD-Rom game title What Avenger Are You?; and a trailer gallery. The Lionsgate release is rated PG-13 for violence and carries a suggested retail price of $19.98.