Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Avengers Assemble!: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)

Yesterday, I attempted to reprint a review I published in The Land of Whatever back in November 2010 of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the 2nd animated series featuring Marvel's answer to DC's Justice League. Unfortunately, it didn't come out so well, so I took it down earlier today and resolved to start from scratch (the original review is still available, though).

Launching a few months after the release of "Iron Man 2", Avengers improves upon Saban's ill-advised mishandling of the franchise for Fox 11 years earlier. That may be because the animation was entrusted to Phil Roman and his production company, Film Roman, which also produced series as diverse as Bobby's World & Garfield & Friends during the 80's & 90's. The series also is a harbinger for the movie that is currently out, as Hawkeye joins the team during the first season. However, Black Widow is not a member, though one must imagine she will eventually be a part of the team as the series progresses, to coincide with the movie. Missing from the movie is the Black Panther. Oh, well, can't have everything.

For reasons only they know, DisneyXD delayed the second season so that it could coincide with the launch of Ultimate Spider-Man, so they could have their own 1-hour action block in answer to DC Nation over on Cartoon Network. The difference is that these shows air twice on Sundays. Once in the morning, and again in primetime. CN doesn't have the schedule space anymore, thanks to the expansion of [adult swim], to allow DC Nation primetime space. Their loss.

If you  miss episodes, don't worry. Your cable provider may have them On Demand for a while.

Here's the intro:

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

As someone who knows very little of The Avengers in any format, I came to like this show.

I really appreciated the 15 minute "mini-sodes" which were broadcast before the actual season began to help set things up and introduce the characters.

Unfortunately, it looks like this shows' a goner after the season's over. According to comicbookmovie.com, Marvel Animation's Jeph Loeb is planning to cancel this show to create an Avengers show to match up with the newest Spiderman incarnation: Ultimate Spiderman. I'm not particularly keen on that show (too jokey in my opinion). From what I've gathered on other forums, fans are not happy either.

Worse still, the second half of AEMH will be stand alone episodes rather than part of the ongoing storyline the series has been building on. Again, per Jeph Loeb.

It's probably for a new toy line; I'm not sure why else they'd do all this otherwise.

hobbyfan said...

Someone should tell Jeph Loeb (& 9 Stories) to leave it alone. I haven't watched season 2 yet---it's baseball season, and that's priority---so I may settle for a DVD release.

magicdog said...

Disney XD's website offers full episodes of Avengers and other toons it currently broadcasts for free.

hobbyfan said...

Hmm, maybe I'll check that out sometime when I'm bored.