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Pre-Season Micro-Episodes

Unlike most TV series, Disney XD released twenty five-minute "micro-episodes" online; these micro-episodes followed pre-Breakout story threads, and run together made up several of the first season episodes.  The Youtube links are to the official DisneyXD or Marvel channels!

Episode # Title Director/Writer
Credits
Summary Notes
01 "Iron Man is Born!" 



Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer(s):
Brandon Auman
The hordes of Hydra attack the United Nations, and technologist Tony Stark dons the Iron Man Mark VI armor to defeat them. Intro: Iron Man, War Machine, Pepper Potts, JARVIS, HYDRA

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7kO7J3ua9c
02 "The Coming of the Hulk"





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Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer(s):
Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Bruce Banner is on the run in Las Vegas, where he is being sought by law enforcement and the military Hulkbusters unit. Banner himself is tracking the Absorbing Man, and offers to help the criminal cure his powers. The Absorbing Man goads Banner into becoming the Hulk, so that the Absorbing Man can defeat him. Intro: Hulk, Thunderbolt Ross, Absorbing Man, Hulkbusters

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT5KsPBds-E
03 "The Man in the Ant Hill"


Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Christopher Yost 
Hank Pym is attacked by Klaw and his minions when they attempt to steal the vibranium sample SHIELD has asked Pym to examine; Klaw wants to weaponize it. Klaw and his minions may be a match for one lone scientist, but not for Pym's alter-ego, the Ant-Man. Intro: Ant-Man, Klaw, Wasp

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlUOgN6catE
04 "HYDRA Lives!"
 
Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer(s):
Brandon Auman
Iron Man fights the Hydra Dreadnaught combat robots, who have been augmented with Stark's repulsor and energy shield technology. The SHIELD Helicarrier arrives, and deploys their Mandroid battle suits, ordering Iron Man to stand down. Intro: Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Dreadnoughts, Mandroids

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIVV7nlyyt0
05 "Thor the Mighty"

Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Michael Ryan
The Mighty Thor battles the Wrecking Crew, who are attempting to steal the Gamma Energy Emitter while ambulance EMT Jane Foster tries to help the injured police who had responded to the "Code Blue" alert. Intro: Thor, Jane Foster, Wrecker, Thunderball, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Heimdall

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8VSFicDdeA
06 "Behold, the Mandroids!"



Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer(s):
Brandon Auman
 Iron Man is confronted by SHIELD's Mandroid armored battle suit soldiers. Seven components in the Mandroid armor are derived from Stark Technology. Iron Man and the Mandroids throw down, and after Iron Man defeats them confronts Fury, angry that they are using Stark technology; Stark left the weapons business because he didn't want to use his technology for weapons any longer.  Fury comes to the conclusion that SHIELD has a leak, and tells Maria Hill to get the Black Widow for him. Intro: Mandroids

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG1-_wXrtZk
07 "Hulk Versus the World"
 


Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer(s):
Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Hulk battles the Absorbing Man, and after defeating him is engaged by the military Hulkbuster unit, a special force designed to capture the Hulk. The Hulkbusters are ordered to stand down by SHIELD agents Hawkeye and the Black Widow, who engage the Hulk. Intro: Hawkeye, Black Widow

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s2X7wozoAo
08 "The Siege of Asgard"
Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Michael Ryan
Thor is summoned to defend Asgard from the onslaught of the Frost Giants, and is struck down by his half-brother, Loki.
Intro: Loki, Sif, Balder, Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg, Odin, Frost Giants

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4eaUmbVp4M
09 "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."
 



Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer(s):
Brandon Auman 
Nick Fury delivers the Hydra agents who attacked the United Nations to the Vault, turning them over to agent Jimmy Woo's custody. Fury goes off to interrogate Baron Von Strucker, who commands Hydra in Baron Zemo's absence. During in-processing, SHIELD discovers that one of the captured agents is a cyborg - and the Grim Reaper strikes. He has allowed himself to be captured so that he can free Baron Von Strucker and return to him his own cybernetic device, the Satan's Claw. Fury fights the Grim Reaper, who succeeds in freeing Von Strucker. As they escape, Von Strucker uses the Satan's Claw to drain the life-energy of a SHIELD agent, restoring his vitality. Both Von Strucker and the Grim Reaper are re-captured by Fury and SHIELD. Intro: Jimmy Woo, Grim Reaper, Baron Strucker, Crimson Dynamo, MODOK, Technovore

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B31tz7JFbE
10 "This Monster, This Hero" Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer(s):
Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Hawkeye and the Black Widow fight and capture the Hulk, despite the attack of the Hulkbuster army team. SHIELD takes Hulk and the captive Absorbing Man to the Cube for imprisonment. The Hulk, having reverted to Banner, is left in the custody of Leonard Sampson, who takes a blood sample and vows that Sampson will never stop trying to cure Banner. Later, Hawkeye visits Banner, and learns that Banner believes that the true purpose of the Cube is not to contain and cure radiation-created monsters, but rather to learn how to replicate them under military control. Intro: Bobbi Morse, Doc Samson, Bi-Beast, Vapor, X-Ray, Vector, Leader, Madman, Radioactive Man

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RU0V7kY4LA
11 "My Brother, My Enemy"

Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Michael Ryan
 Thor battles Loki in defense of Asgard, and defeats him. Loki is exiled to the Isle of Silence, and Odin commands that Thor remain in Asgard to defend it while Odin goes into the Odin-Sleep. Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI-PkOlPdG4
12 "The Isle of Silence" Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Michael Ryan
Thor departs Asgard for Earth. Meanwhile Loki is reviewing his plots and machinations on the Isle of Silence; how he excited the Frost Giants to attack Asgard, how he disguised himself as Balder to alienate Odin and Thor over Earth and Jane Foster, how he disguised himself as the Leader to hire the Wrecking Crew to steal the Gamma Energy Emitter, and how he had the Enchantress send Thor to the docks to fight them. After he finishes his reverie, Loki is rescued from the Isle of Silence by the Enchantress and the Executioner. Intro: Enchantress, Executioner

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DELxcJQn1hk
13 "Enter the Whirlwind" Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Christopher Yost
Wasp and Ant-Man are arguing in Ant-Man's lab; Wasp wants more adventure, and Ant-Man is happy to be performing experiments. Wasp investigates a disturbance; the Whirlwind, a super-villain able to move and revolve at super speeds, is tearing up the city after having stolen a sample of Vibranium for Klaw. Wasp and Whirlwind engage in battle.

Whirlwind is lured by the Wasp into an Ant-Man-created cloud of stinging insects, and the Wasp administers the final blow as she argues with Ant-Man about whether or not to pursue science or adventure.
Intro: Whirlwind

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-JAppnN6do
14 "Meet Captain America"




Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer:
Paul Giacoppo
Kang begins to review Captain America's history, recapping how World War II was fought, with the threat of Hydra replacing the Nazi powers. He shows a newsreel which re-caps Operation: Rebirth. Somewhere in Europe, the Howling Commandos are making an ambibious landing, working their way to the castle where the Red Skull has a secret base. The Howlers fight Hydra troopers in a Steranko-esque graveyard, and are joined by Captain America. They fight their way past Hydra reinforcements to the front gate, where Bucky is revealed to have already infiltrated the upper part of the castle; the lans are in the lower portion, and too heavily guarded. What appears to be an enormous cyclopean troll is guarding the castle entrance, and the monster engages Captain America and Bucky. Intro: Captain America, Kang the Conqueror, Red Skull, Bucky, Abraham Erskine (Unnamed), Chester Phillips, Wolverine, Howling Commandos (Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Rebel Ralston, Dino Manelli, Pinky Pinkerton, Logan)

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwXctAHg-vg
15 "The Red Skull Strikes!"




Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer:
Paul Giacoppo
Captain America and Bucky defeat the Norse cyclopean giant guarding the entrance to the Red Skull's castle, and head deeper into the base. They are captured by Hydra, and brought to the basement scientific lab, where they confront the Red Skull. The Red Skull has found a cave with a dimensional portal to the Norse world, and has begun to capture some of the monsters so that he can use them for Hydra. The Red Skull has captured a Fenris wolf, a group of faeries, some trolls, and a minotaur, but he is not satisfied with those and attempts to bring a Frost Giant through the portal. Captain America and Bucky break free and being to fight the Hydra guards, and in retaliation, the Red Skull releases the Norse monsters! Intro: Von Strucker

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULNDbcFbXN8
16 "If This Be Doomsday!"
 

Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer:
Paul Giacoppo
The creatures of Norse myth are unleashed, and neither Hydra nor Captain America and Bucky are safe. Bucky fights (and wise-cracks to) Von Strucker. Captain America fights a Fenris wolf, a Norse troll, and other beasties. Together, Captain America and Bucky defeat the Hydra goons and close the portal to the Norse world. The Red Skull attempts to escape in a rocket, but Captain America and Bucky are following, climbing the rocket's fusilage. The Red Skull ejects, and the4 countdown to the explosion of the rocket is on... as it ticks down, Captain America tries to free a caught Bucky, but Bucky throws him off, shouting that the world needs Captain America. The rocket explodes, seemingly killing Bucky. Captain America falls into the frozen waters of the Arctic, where he is frozen. A newsreel shows the national mourning and tribute statue. Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-GWpQMaqtU
17 "Welcome to Wakanda"



Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Christopher Yost
King T'Chaka is being challenged by the Man-Ape for the kingship of Wakanda. Prince T'Challa does not wish his father to fight, but tradition ties T'Chaka's hands. The Man Ape has been planning this for years, but he is no match for the Black Panther. However, the Man Ape has no intention of fighting fair; he has engaged Klaw to secretly attack T'Chaka with a hidden invisible sonic weapon from the sidelines. As the Man-Ape kills T'Chaka in the kingship duel, Prince T'Challa dons the uniform of the Black Panther and flees Wakanda. After the battle, the Man Ape gives Klaw his payment; access to the sacred Vibranium Mound of Wakanda. Intro: Black Panther, M'Bakku the Man-Ape, King T'Chaka

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBSKjGXr0mA
18 "Lo, There Shall Come a Conqueror" Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer:
Paul Giacoppo
Kang the Conquerer is tracking Captain America through his battle with the Red Skull, observing Rogers. He flashes forward through various time-frames as Captain America lands in the ice water and begins to freeze. Something has destabilized Kang's future, and is eliminating his time-stream. As his future world begins to be wiped out, Kang comes to the conclusion that Captain America and his actions are responsible for the destabilizing effect. Kang orders that his fleet time-jump to the past; he will remedy the destablization of his time-line by conquering the earth of the past. His consort, Ravonna, is caught in the destablizaton effect just as Kang's flagship jumps to the past.
Intro: Ravonna

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYc0mRVBsgE
19 "Beware the Widow's Bite" Director:
Sebastian Montes

Writer(s):
Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
In the Cube, Hawkeye is returning from his visit to Bruce Banner and finds that the Black Widow is stealing the Hulk's blood sample. He investigates, and hacks the Black Widow's account, as she's isolated all of her reports and communications on her private workstation. He finds that she is spying for Hydra, and stealing Hulk's blood sample for them. She has arranged a drop, and Hawkeye follows her, confronting her. As SHIELD arrives, the Black Widow frames Hawkeye for the theft, accusing him of being the double-agent for Hydra. After a short battle, the Black Widow takes Hawkeye down, and orders him confined in isolation until she gives the word. Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiM2AAxGjgQ
20 "The Big House" Director:
Vinton Heuck

Writer:
Christopher Yost
The criminal Whirlwind is brought to the super-prison The Big House, where he complains to the other inmates (Grey Gargoyle, Arnim Zola) that they need to use their powers to escape. All the guards in the Big House are Ultron-looking synthezoids. Whirlwind then tries to escape himself, but is pinned by a regular-sized Ant-Man; the Big House and its inmates are shown to be shrunken to Ant-Man size.

Fury thanks the Wasp and Ant-Man for capturing Whirlwind, and Fury pitches a recruitment offer to Ant Man and Wasp. Pym designed the Big House for SHIELD, but with an eye towards criminal rehabilitation, not punishment. Fury points out that SHIELD is in the law-enforcement business, and that Pym has an unrealistic view of the situation; while he's making rehabilitation plans, SHIELD is down on the front lines protecting people from super-villains. Whirlwind is revealed to be a mutant, and Fury orders him to be transfered to the Mutant Response Division.

Meanwhile, Whirlwind continues to resist his imprisonment, and is engaged by the Mad Thinker in conversation. The Mad Thinker reveals that he has calculated that very soon, all four of the super-prisons - the Raft, the Big House, the Vault, and the Cube - will soon fail and they will all be free.
Intro: Clay Quartermain, Mad Thinker, Grey Gargoyle, Arnim Zola, Mandrill, Graviton

Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjrxcaKRQZc