Leading up to the Avengers movie, we are going to be reviewing some of the current developments of work that deal with our favorite Marvel Super-Team. Today is no different. The first seven episodes of this new cartoon series are amazing. Each episode leads up to the assembling of the Avengers. You get an introduction to every character and even a few surprises in the form of cameos.
In the episode “Iron Man Is Born!” you are treated to Tony Stark being his usual cocky self, but you also get to see him stand against Hydra! S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to bring him into the fold but, when he finds out someone has been stealing his tech, all bets are off. He’s on his own mission to rid the world of any other Stark Tech weaponry. The next episode, “Thor The Mighty”, explored Loki (Thor’s evil Step-Brother) a little more. This was obviously to capitalize on the Thor movie but this was such a great idea. Every Asgardian cameo you can imagine takes place in this episode! If you are a Thor fan, you can’t go wrong with this episode :)
The third episode features the green goliath known as the Hulk! It starts off the way almost every Hulk tale does. Banner trying to help people and keep the beat contained. It just so happens that the individual who he chose to help in this episode, doesn’t quite want the help as much as he wants Hulks head on a platter. The Absorbing Man faces the Hulk in this awesome stand-up, knock-down fight to the end. The fourth episode consists of everyone’s favorite fighting American (hehe, some people will get that reference). Captain America debuts along with Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos!
You even get one of the coolest cameos you can possibly get….James Howlett! Also known as the X-Men’s own, Wolverine!! Just in time for last years’ blockbuster ‘Captain America’ movie, the Howling Commandos make an impression, along with Cap’s sidekick Bucky! This episode pays homage to the true origin of Captain America and is going to play a key role in later episodes.
The fifth episode really psyched me up! For one, it’s Ant-Man! I think he is one of the most under-utilized characters in the Marvel Universe and I am so happy they are finally making him a bigger character. The episodes’ cameos include Klaw and a team of mercenaries (that look an awful lot like the Army group led by Duke in the original Predator movie). You also get a cameo appearance from Janet Van Dyne, aka the Wasp! All together, these episodes are a perfect setup for the two-part event “Breakout”. You have a simultaneous breakout from all of the world’s super-villain prisons. These prisons hold the vilest of villains and all are now loose. This is the turning point the world needed in order for the Avengers to be formed!
Overall, volume one met my high expectations and volume 2 is next on my list. I will get to it now!