Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Frequent cartoon violence in action-packed superhero tale.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 71 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Although an argument could be made that Captain America and Iron Man set aside their friendly (and not-so-friendly) competition to work together to fight evil, and that Iron Man is learning discipline and self-control, the action and story are a little too cartoonish for there to be many positive messages emerging in this one.

Positive role models & representations

Although they're heroic and dedicated to fighting evil, these versions of Captain America and Iron Man are a bit too noir-ish and cocky to be seen as positive role models.

Violence

Frequent cartoon action violence throughout the movie. Characters are constantly doing battle, firing all the weapons at their disposal either in face-to-face battles or in battles with large robotic armies. Characters are hit in the head with shields, frequently smashed, and thrown around by The Hulk.

Sex
Language

Captain America is cut off before finishing the sentence, "Kiss my star-spangled..."

Consumerism

Captain America and Iron Man are characters available for purchase in many forms -- graphic novels, comic books, action figures, lunch boxes, clothing, and so on.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United is a 2014 computer-animated feature in which the two titular heroes work together to prevent the Red Skull from sending an army of Hyrdra Brutes out to conquer the world. The cartoon action violence is unrelenting. Characters are frequently fighting and doing battle -- either one-on-one or against vast armies -- utilizing every weapon at their disposal. It's a more "noir" version of Captain America and Iron Man, and this, in addition to the frequent violence, makes the movie best for older kids and up.

User Reviews

Parent of a 12 year old Written byedklat April 25, 2015
Kid, 12 years old June 20, 2017

Great movie, but too violent for younger kids

I think this is a great movie. But it is still best for older kids. The violence, while cartoonish and bloodless, is frequent. Red Skull can also scare younger...

What's the story?

Captain America (Adrian Pasdar) and Iron Man (Roger Craig Smith) are somewhat friendly rivals who engage in practice fights -- Captain America is more inclined to be deliberate and logical, Iron Man to "fly by the seat of his pants." But when Red Skull (Liam O'Brien) and his henchman Taskmaster are determined to create an army of Hyrdra Brutes to conquer the world, Captain America and Iron Man must work together, respect each other's fighting styles, and find a way to stop Red Skull from carrying out his evil schemes.

Is it any good?

The best aspects of IRON MAN & CAPTAIN AMERICA: HEROES UNITED involve the action and the animation. The action is unrelenting from the very first minutes of the movie and does not stop until the very end. That alone keeps things interesting. The animation is quite incredible, especially in the way these fight scenes are represented. If this was all there was to the movie, it would still be enjoyable.

However, the dialogue and some of the story line aren't as strong. Some conversations are trite -- especially the scenes in which Captain America and Iron Man taunt each other in a cocky manner. The stor yline is confusing at times: We know Red Skull wants to conquer the world and has seriously fascist leanings, but the talk of "repulsor cannons" and other high-tech weaponry is needlessly complex, especially for young superhero fans. Also, the convenient arrival of (SPOILER ALERT) the Hulk seems a bit too easy. That being said, this movie is worth seeing for the gorgeous animation and the nonstop action; Iron Man and Captain America fans will find lots to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cartoon action violence. How is violence shown in this movie, and how is it similar to and different from the ways other movies -- animated or live-action -- show violence?

  • How are Captain America and Iron Man represented in this movie, and how are they similar to and different from other representations in comic books and movies?

  • In what ways are the Red Skull and the Hydra Brutes made out to be similar to Nazis from World War II?

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