Saturday Morning Cartoons…Assemble!
As I mentioned last week, I’m the resident man-boy at the Evil Geek lair so that means that I spend a fair amount of my free time watching cartoons. Last week I chatted up all things green with the new TMNT and Green Lantern but this week I’m focusing on an absolutely amazing show this week. None other than…
Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes
A lot of people out there really love the Marvel movies like Thor, Iron Man, and The Avengers and sometimes it seems like with the exception of Batman flicks, DC can’t translate their properties to the screen. Well, although I do own Superman Returns, (guilty :() I would agree that Marvel is better on the big screen, but when it comes to the small screen DC has always been king! In the ’90s Marvel gave us some cool shows like X-Men and Spider-Man, but also gave us some garbage like crappy FF, Iron Man and Hulk cartoons then followed that up in the 2000’s with a weird anime-style FF, and CGI Spidey and Kid Iron Man. They did churn out Spectacular Spider-Man which I thought was OK, but in the big scheme of things the percentage of quality Marvel animation out there was really low, especially when you compared it to everything that DC was churning out! (Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League, JLU.) With that said, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised when Marvel gave us “Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes.”
This cartoon is absolutely fantastic! Marvel decided to take a similar approach to the small screen which worked so well at the movies in that it gave us episodes about each individual Avenger on their own before bringing the team together to solve a big threat. This kind of approach allowed the viewer to invest into the characters so that when we saw them all working together it made for an awesome nerdgasm moment. The initial team was just like the ’60s comics; Iron Man, Thor, Ant Man, Wasp, and Hulk, who teamed up together for a crisis and just like in the original book Hulk left because he is more of a loaner. A couple episodes later, the team finds and recruits Captain America and then it all feels right. As the season progresses we are introduced to Hawkeye, Black Panther, and Carol Danvers who all become team members. They do a cool story with a bunch of Hulk characters that involves a Hulk/Hawkeye team-up that is really fun to watch and basically begins their “bromance” for the rest of the series.
Animation-wise, this series is also pretty sweet. Just like DC’s Timm-verse, you quickly get the look that they are going for and buy into it, and most importantly the show really feels like classic Avengers. If you watch this show you will see legit animated versions of Kang the Conqueror, The Kree, Asgard, Ultron, Shield, and The Masters of Evil. Season One is really awesome and it can be found on Netflix Streaming as well, so hole yourself up in your room for a couple days and go watch. Season Two has actually been on since late spring/early summer and they really took the series up a notch. We’ve seen The Vision, Yellow Jacket, Skrulls, Red Skull, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom, Red Hulk, and The Winter Soldier. There was also an entirely awesome version of Scott Lang Ant Man and The Heroes for Hire themselves; Luke Cage and Iron Fist! The only bad thing that I have to say about this show is that this season is ending soon and is not being renewed for a third season. I wont lie, I am not happy that Marvel finally got it right to end it this early….but another Avengers show is in the works and hopefully they take pointers from this one. At the end of the day, this show was so well done that I sought out the source material and either read or re-read a bunch of old Avenger stories because it got me hooked! So while its still on TV, pull out your home made Cap Shield and $10 Iron Man mask from Target and set your DVR’s for Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes!
Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes airs on Disney XD on Sunday Mornings.
See you at Comic Con NERDS!
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Posted on October 9, 2012, in Cartoons, COMICS!, Geekology, Reviews and tagged Avengers, Captain America, COMICS!, Geeks, Hulk, Iron Man, Marvel, spider-man, Thor, TV. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.