Series premiere of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Review!


Over this past Memorial Day weekend, Disney XD premiered the series premiere of the show showcasing what Avengers Assemble is all about, hoping to capitalize on the huge success of The Avengers film. Being both a huge fan of the Marvel and DC universe, I have watched nearly every animated feature film or TV show created including the anime versions, which didn’t sit too well with me. This show was also the reason they cancelled the fan favorite The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

After an apparent break-up of the group known as The Avengers, Iron Man calls in for the team to re-assemble after Red Skull seemingly kills Captain America. The show features the characters Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, and the newbie Falcon. The Falcon, aka Sam Wilson, is really the main character, being the newest and youngest member to join The Avengers on the first episodes after being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He acts a bit more on the young and fanboy side, being happy to work with such legends.

The show itself was nowhere near what I hoped for, considering how awesome the predecessor was. It did have some pretty cool scenes such as when the Hulk thunderclapped with one hand against Thor’s Mjolnir, creating a shockwave of epic proportion. Other cool scenes included when Iron Man’s armor was ripped from his body, with the Arc Reactor being torn out of his chest and then transferred over onto the Red Skull. Another cool scene was the first-person Iron Man flight scene where you are looking into the Jarvis system. But besides that the story was a little underwhelming and anti-climactic, as well as seeming too familiar in that an unknown source was making the heroes turn on each other. In fact the resolution of the main problem with Modok and Red Skull took about 2 minutes, with over 10 minutes left of just another pointless story line.

They should have stuck with The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and possibly learned from DC’s Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Young Justice in that those shows had a very strong story line from beginning to end. They also adjusted to changes in the audience perceptions of the show, which is probably why they picked up 6 Emmy awards with a total of 16 Emmy Nominations. I hope for the series’ sake that it does improve, because it seems like there is much potential for the show and for the Avengers universe, but until then I won’t be holding my breath. What’d you guys think about the series premiere?

Grade: C+

Avengers Assemble is available to watch on iTunes and fully premieres July 7, 2013.

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