A new superhero is taking over the cinemas! And guess what? He is neither from Marvel nor DC. He's Max Steel, a hero based on the action figure made by toy company Mattel. This guy, who starred in his own animated series back in 2000, is moving onto the big screen as his live action film arrives in theaters today.
As with all first films in a superhero movie franchise, Max Steel will cover the origin story of the turbo-charged teen. (Note: This movie will focus on Disney's reimagining of the superhero's backstory and not the 2000 animated TV series starring a kid named Josh McGrath.)
McGrath (Ben Winchell) is a 16-year old teen who has to deal with the pressures
that come with moving to a new town. As he tries desperately to fit in, Max
soon realizes that something has been watching him his entire life. This
stalker, none other than the techno-organic extraterrestrial called Steel, hovers
over Max like an annoying chaperone. Through Steel's intervention, Max
discovers that he can generate the most powerful energy in the universe. So
it's only natural that evil forces seek this power for their own nefarious
purposes. As they converge on the protagonists, both Max and Steel must team up
in order to combat this threat.
Max Steel may not be a Marvel superhero, but the movie's script was written by a Marvel veteran. Christopher L. Yost, who wrote Thor: The Dark World and Thor 3, is at the helm of the storytelling, and the producers promise the movie will depict Max Steel as anything but a traditional superhero.Â
"Max Steel is an origin story and, while the film will have some parallel characters, it's scripted as an event film geared toward audiences of all ages. As Max is a teenager in the film, younger audiences can look up to him, while teenage audiences can directly relate to him," producer O'Dowd explains.
"We felt the timing was right to bring an exciting, modern-day superhero to the big screen," says Julia Pistor, production veteran and co-producer of Max Steel. "Mattel sees movies as a way of connecting audiences to their characters, so we set our trailblazing and innovative filmmaking team on a mission to carve a path within this genre."ÂMax Steel also stars Ana VillafaÃ±e, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello and Mike Doyle. The film is directed by Stewart Hendler, the guy behind Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Get ready to welcome this new hero as he blasts onto the big screen this October 19.