Phineas and Ferb to the Rescue!

The inventive stepbrothers team up with Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Spider-Man in a Disney Channel special

Aug 16, 2013 | By TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton
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A scene from the Disney Channel special Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel

Tonight the worlds of Disney and Marvel will meet for the first time in a special episode called Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel. In the story, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is up to no good again. He has accidentally drained all the powers from Ironman, Thor, Hulk and Spider-Man, leaving them stranded in the middle of New York City. To make matters worse, Marvel super villains learn of the heroes’ predicament. They team up with Dr. D to defeat the good guys. Phineas, Ferb and Agent P must help the superheroes get back their powers before it’s too late. Will the stepbrothers save the day?

TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton caught up with “Phineas and Ferb” creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh at a Disney event in Los Angeles, California. Povenmire voices the show’s villain, Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Marsh voices Major Monogram, the commander of Perry the Platypus. The creative duo gave TFK the scoop on Mission Marvel and what’s next for “Phineas and Ferb.” Hint: The stepbrothers will travel to a galaxy far, far away.

Kid Reporter Amelia Compton poses with Phineas and Ferb creators Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire at the D23 expo
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Kid Reporter Amelia Compton poses with "Phineas and Ferb" creators Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (left) and Dan Povenmire at D23 Expo 2013 in Aneheim, California.

TFK:

What inspired the crossover episode with Marvel?

DAN POVENMIRE:

Disney suggested doing a crossover episode. We were both game. It was this wonderful, happy thing that just happened to us. We never thought anyone would let us do this.

JEFF MARSH:

I think that was the reaction. What? You're serious? We can do that?

TFK:

Can you tell us about the crossover episode with Marvel? 

POVENMIRE:

The Marvel characters get involved in a big adventure with Phineas and Ferb. Doofenshmirtz has created a “Power Drain-inator.” He wants to use it to drain the power from his brother, the mayor. Instead it bounces off a satellite and removes all the powers from the superheroes. So they come to Danville to get their powers restored, and Phineas and Ferb help them. The villains come to Danville looking for Dr. Doofenshmirtz. They figure if he rid the superheroes of their powers, he must be this ultra super-villain.

MARSH:

And then after meeting him they find out he's not really.

POVENMIRE:

They're not all that impressed when they finally meet me (in Doofenshmirtz's voice).

TFK:

Doofenshmirtz is not very evil. He's more goofy.

POVENMIRE:

He is goofy. He's really just looking for attention.

MARSH:

He'd like to be more evil. I think he wishes he were more evil.

TFK:

Why did you want to do this episode?

MARSH:

Because we are huge fans. I learned to draw by tracing Marvel comics. It may sound corny, but it’s an honor to work with the Marvel characters. It was a childhood dream come true.

TFK:

What do you think kids will like about the new episode?

POVENMIRE:

I hope it will bring fans of Phineas to Marvel and fans of Marvel to Phineas. There are so many kids who like both. Many of my friends say, 'That's my kid's two favorite things, Phineas and Marvel.'

MARSH:

It's like peanut butter and chocolate.

POVENMIRE:

It's just going to make your brains explode. Yes, it's like peanut butter and chocolate. Two great tastes that taste great together.

TFK:

Which is your favorite Marvel character?

POVENMIRE:

Mine is Spider-Man.

MARSH:

I was an Ironman fan growing up. I also like some of the really weird characters, like Silver Surfer and Deathlok the Demolisher. But Ironman was the one I used to trace as a kid.

Iconic comic book writer Stan Lee voices a character for the animated special in the recording studio with Marsh.
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Iconic comic book writer Stan Lee voices a character with Marsh in the recording studio for the animated special .

TFK:

What do you enjoy most about voicing your character?

MARSH:

It's the most childish thing we do. We sit in a room with headphones on and just do silly voices.

POVENMIRE:

Sort of like what we did in high school, only back then we’d get in trouble for it. My sisters say I would do the Doofenshmirtz voice when we were kids and I was being the bad guy. I would always talk like this (as Doofenshmirtz). They say the voice sounds mean.

TFK:

What's next for Phineas and Ferb?

POVENMIRE:

We’re going to do a Star Wars crossover episode.

MARSH:

The next year is filled with some really cool episodes. You’ll get to see more of the characters we haven't focused on before.

TFK:

What do you enjoy most about creating “Phineas and Ferb” episodes?

BOTH:

Writing the songs!

POVENMIRE:

That's the part that feels the least like work, although very little of what we do feels like work.

MARSH:

That's true!

POVENMIRE:

We get together with guitars and we jam and make up silly songs.

MARSH:

And we usually do that after hours so we can sit around with no pressure and just be silly musically.

Click here to find out what Vincent Martella (who voices Phineas) and Alyson Stoner (who voices Isabella) had to say about the special episode, and watch a clip below.