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Saturday, April 1, 2006


LOS ANGELES -- Marc Worden's been getting plenty of iron in his diet lately.

As part of the cast of Ultimate Avengers movies from Lionsgate and Marvel, Worden gives voice to Iron Man, following such actors as Robert Hays and John Vernon in the role.

But it doesn't end there. Worden is also playing Tony Stark and his alter ego in an Iron Man movie scheduled for later this year.

Was getting the role of Iron Man for the solo film part of the Ultimate Avengers deal?

"No, it wasn't," Worden told The Continuum recently at Wizard World Los Angeles. "They must have liked what I've done."

His smile provided a glimpse of Tony Stark. But otherwise, at first glance, you probably wouldn't expect Worden to have that playboy-smooth voice of the armored Avenger.

"I was so excited to get a chance to play this character," he said. "There's so much history."

Worden, 29, was featured on Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s. He has appeared in such televisions series as Enterprise, Stargate SG-1 and NYPD Blue.

Following smaller roles on Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Static Shock and Batman Beyond, Ultimate Avengers provides the largest role in Worden's animation career.

"It's my first chance to play a main character in something as epic as this," said Worden, who noted he gives different attitudes to Tony Stark and Iron Man.

According to Marvel, the Iron Man movie will be an origin story and not connected to the universe established in the Ultimate Avengers films.

"He is an aloof character, for sure," Worden said. "As the third-richest man in the world, he doesn't have to answer to anybody. But then his life takes a different turn."

Worden said fans will see more of the human side of Iron Man in the future.

"Even in Ultimate Avengers 2," he said. "The armor is really an amazing life support system, and every time he gets pummelled, it's not like he can just shake it off."

The first Ultimate Avengers film will debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m.

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