Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on July 8, 2012

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the next cartoon I’m running through, shortly after finishing Wolverine and the X-Men (which was pretty solid throughout). It’s still going on, but I think about to end when it wraps up its 2nd season. I remember seeing a preview at some point that included the credits/theme song, which I despise, and that’s probably why I didn’t check it out until now.

Anyway, the show is decent. It’s basically just Marvel comics but with the sex, angst, and gore* dialed way down, and also black Nick Fury. There are dozens and dozens of supervillains running around, and it’s up to the Avengers to stop them. And there is a ludicrous amount of collateral damage in the process (I swear, in the 7th episode, about a million people died, because an absolutely huge chunk of New York City was turned into a crater, but I think we’re just supposed to pretend all the people got out before their homes were disintegrated). The first five episodes are individual character introductions (with Hank Pym and Wasp sharing an episode), and they don’t actually get together until the sixth (most of them, anyway, Cap is still on ice, and I think they’re going to add Black Panther soon).

The characters are pretty normal versions of themselves, so there’s not a lot to complain about there (though Iron Man is voiced by a guy who’s basically doing an RDJ impression, which is weird). The real star of the show is Wasp. They make her the only one who thinks being a superhero is awesome, while everyone else is dealing with their own stuff (Hulk’s rage, Thor’s daddy issues, Tony’s toys, Hank’s research, etc). They’re probably going to struggle to make her relevant to the actual fighting, but she’s both the comic relief and I think the moral center of the team or whatever. I don’t like the design of her costume exactly, but they have a great combination of her face, the voice actor, and the writing, to make her extremely likable and entertaining.

* – Not that there’s a ton of gore in the comics, but I don’t expect to see Wolverine slice a person to bits at any point in this series.

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