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The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Marvel Animation's The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
I have to admit, I LOVE The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
(EDIT: That's "loved" now since the idiots at Marvel and DisneyXD cancelled it)
It was a cartoon series produced by Marvel Animation and shown on Disney XD.
I'm a huge comic book fan from way back.
I grew up on the original Spider Man and Fantastic Four cartoons and no matter how cheap looking they were, I loved them.
Now to set the record straight, I'm talking about the 1967 Spider Man cartoon, you know, the one with the cool theme song.
But this series is streets ahead of the old school cartoons.
Truthfully, it's nowhere near as good as Batman: The Animated Series, but that's on a whole other level to me.
No, this cartoon is more like the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons.
Now The Avengers has a ways to go before it rivals Bruce Timm's work, but it might have gotten there if they hadn't cancelled it.
Of course one of the biggest draws of this cartoon is that it was tied to The Avengers 2012 movie.
But the cartoon Avengers had the cast from the film, but went out of it's way to hit the high spots with the original Avengers and bring in other Avengers you might not know as well.
And even other parts of the Marvel Universe.
The Avengers loved it some cameos and it showed.
First off we have the Avengers members...the core group...
Iron Man / Tony Stark
Iron Man / Tony Stark, the leader of the group.
Some people are kinda put off by the way they have the voice actor for Iron Man (Eric Loomis) do what sounds like an imitation of Robert Downey Jr. from the films.
Well the speech patterns are very similar, but the voice isn't as deep as the movies Iron Man, so at times it sounds kinda weird.
And some are kinda put off that the animation really sleeks down the armor.
I think though with this type of animation, the sleeker look works.
Ant-Man / Giant-Man / Hank Pym
Ant-Man / Giant-Man / Hank Pym (and soon to be YellowJacket as well).
I love the way they have Hank switch from Ant-Man to Giant-Man without missing a beat.
It makes the character look a lot more formidable in a fight.
Wasp / Janet van Dyne
Far from making the Wasp a sideline cheerleader, they have Janet get right into the action.
You get the feeling that she doesn't have a bit of trouble happily biting off more than she can chew.
And the cartoon makes Janet seem a bit more worthy of hand to hand combat.
Think about it, she's like two inches long, can fly 40+ mph and shoot blasts that hit you like tasers.
Thor / Thor Odinson
One of the best portrayals of the Thunder God outside of the comics that I have seen so far.
They blend in his Asgardian background and try very hard to flesh out his "human" side.
He even sweetly stalks Jane Foster.
The Hulk/Bruce Banner
I like this Hulk.
He's got the berserker rage, but he's got intelligence too.
Banner is treated almost like his sub-conscious which is interesting.
One of the best moments in the show is when the Hulk realizes that the Wasp is helping him in a fight.
Captain America / Steve Rogers
Then of course they find Captain America frozen in ice.
They do a pretty good job of conveying the "man out of time" thing without getting too heavy handed.
And they show Cap as the ultimate team player.
Black Panther / T'Challa
I have always liked the Panther, but this show makes me like him even more.
They have beefed him up a bit from the sixties and that seems to fit in fine here.
Hawkeye / Clint Barton
I like this version of Hawkeye too.
He's cocky, arrogant and not afraid of anything, up to and including getting right in the Hulk's face.
The Avengers Trailer
The trailer for the series
The Avengers Guest Stars
And of course we have guess stars galore.
First off, let's mention the nods to the Punisher, Man-Thing, The X-Men and The Secret Invasion on the front pages of the Daily Bugle.
We got to see the Black Knight briefly, Reed Richards, a picture of the Fantastic Four (and HERBIE).
Captain Mar-Vell and Ms. Marvel (or she who will be Ms.Marvel) have shown up.
Nick Fury and SHIELD play a huge part in each episode.
Black Widow has been featured in several episodes and Mockingbird showed up in one.
The Asgardians show up often as I mentioned earlier.
They have shown the start of the Kree/Skrull War and like I said, hinted at The Secret Invasion.
Doc Sampson even showed up once.
Oh yeah, and there was a very cool Wolverine cameo in the Captain America origin episode.
The Avengers Bad Guys
I think The Avengers is planning on bringing in everyone from the Marvel Universe.
Some figure into episodes, while some come and go so fast you will miss them if you blink.
The Leader, Kang, Loki, Whiplash, Abomination, Executioner, Ultron, Red Skull, Wendigo, Enchantress and Mandrill (in one of the funniest scenes in the series) have all appeared, just to name a very few.
Heck, they even gave a nod to the Grim Reaper/Wonder-Man/Vision storyline in an episode.
With all this Marvel "Old School" goodness, they could still use a little more.
I am really hoping for a second season and the things that might come with it.
Hopefully we will get to see The Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, She Hulk, maybe Hercules or the Vision.
And although I don't want to get the X-Men really involved, I would love a one episode team up with the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby X-Men or even the Chris Clairemont/John Byrne crew.
Jack "The King" Kirby
Speaking of Kirby, there are a lot of nods on the show to him.
Not counting the questionable taste of the "Kirby Kibble" dog food commercial.
I have noticed that at least in a lot of the first episodes, some shots were lifted almost directly off old comic book panels Kirby drew.
I think that is pretty cool, and take it as an homage not only to Kirby, but the old Marvel cartoons from the 60s.
The Avengers Theme Song
One of my main problems with this show is the horrible theme song.
In the 60s we had the jazzy Spider-Man theme (okay I know it sounds dated now, but who didn't like seeing it referenced in the Spider-Man movies?) and in the 90s the awesome X-Men theme.
The theme for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes sounds like the Jonas Brothers did it.
I just fast forward through it every time.
Interestingly enough, I have no problem with the instrumental "out-tro"
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes theme / intro / outro
Lame Intro, cool outro
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Micro-Episode, "Iron Man is Born!"
Here is the first The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Micro-Episode, "Iron Man is Born!"
I really like the "Cloverfield" type intro....
Avengers Episode Guide
This gets a bit confusing as starting on September 22nd, 2010, Disney XD released a twenty part micro-series focusing on each Avengers (and supporting characters) background.
Then on October 20th, 2010, they started airing the regular series.
The Micro-series consisted of...
1. "Iron Man is Born!"
2 "The Coming of the Hulk"
3 "The Man in the Anthill"
4 "HYDRA Lives!"
5 "Thor the Mighty"
6 "Behold, the Mandroids!"
7 "Hulk Versus the World"
8 "The Siege of Asgard"
9 "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."
10 "This Monster, This Hero"
11 "My Brother, My Enemy"
12 "The Isle of Silence"
13 "Enter the Whirlwind"
14 "Meet Captain America"
15 "The Red Skull Strikes!"
16 "If This Be Doomsday!"
17 "Welcome to Wakanda"
18 "Lo, There Shall Come a Conqueror"
19 "Beware the Widow's Bite"
20 "The Big House"
Then we had the main series...
1. "Breakout, Part 1"
2 "Breakout, Part 2"
3 "Iron Man is Born"
4 "Thor the Mighty"
5 "Hulk vs the World"
6 "Meet Captain America"
7 "The Man in the Ant Hill"
8 "Some Assembly Required"
9 "Living Legend"
10 "Everything is Wonderful"
11 "Panther's Quest"
12 "Gamma World, Part 1"
13 "Gamma World, Part 2"
14 "Masters of Evil"
16 "Widow's Sting"
17 "The Man Who Stole Tomorrow"
18 "Come the Conqueror"
19 "The Kang Dynasty"
But as the late Billy Mays used to say..."That's not all!"
On April 3rd, more episodes will be airing to finish out the regular season...
20 The Casket of Ancient Winters
21 Hail Hydra!
23 The Ultron Imperative
24 This Hostage Earth
25 The Fall of Asgard
26 A Day Unlike Any Other
Season Two has been announced and will start airing (hopefully) in October of 2011.
Avengers Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Avengers Season Two Update:
It looks like Ms. Marvel, Vision, Falcon, Black Widow, and Mockingbird will all be joining the Avengers and some of the returning characters will get their Ultimate Universe counterpart costumes.
Nick Fury will look more like the Ultimate universe Fury (as in Samuel L Jackson) and Cap will will have a version of Ultimate costume with an "energy shield"?
(Energy shield? Say it ain't so!)
An episode titled "The Private War of Dr. Doom" (with Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four) has been screened at both the 2011 San Diego and the New York Comic-con.
Here's a sneak peek with Joshua Fine and Christopher Yost...
Avengers Season Two Trailers
Avengers Season Two Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
More Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Updates.... - The Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Complex's "The 25 Best Animated Comic Book TV Shows Of All Time"
The Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes came in number eight on Complex's "The 25 Best Animated Comic Book TV Shows Of All Time"
"Debuting just a year-and-a-half ago, Avengers has already solidified itself as one of the best superhero adaptations ever—and we’re not just talking about animation. The show simultaneously pays homage to the Silver Age comics from the '60s and includes aspects from the modern books, managing to be completely fresh in the process. With the classic Avengers roster intact (like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Hawkeye)..."
See it and the whole list here: Complex.com
Yes...Even MORE The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Updates - From Marvel Animation Age and Yahoo News
An interview with The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Supervising Producer Josh Fine over at Marvel Animation Age
Marvel Animation Age: The first season of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes wrapped with arguably the most intense episodes. Can you tell us about building to the season finale, and how you coordinated the entire season to make sure the pay-off was epic?
Josh Fine: The Asgard finale for the first season was part of the plan from the very early stages of development. While Chris Yost came up with a few different “big picture” story arcs that could potentially give us our Season One structure, the one that felt most “right” was using Loki as the big-bad that ultimately is revealed to have been the cause of the Avengers’ formation (just like in the comics).
How 'The Avengers' Will Boost 'The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes'
An article from Yahoo by L. Vincent Poupard about how The movie Avengers will boost the cartoon Avengers
April 1, 2012 will see the debut of the second season on "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" and May 4, 2012 will see the release of "The Avengers" the movie. These two dates are on the calendars of many people who have grown up with the comic book heroes over the years. The upcoming movie is sure to boost the viewership and support for the animated series on Disney XD.