Marvel unveiled the first two episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! at NYCC this past weekend, and I was amongst the crowd that got to check them out! So, do we have our selves the next X-Men, or are we just getting another Avengers: United They Stand? Read on!
The Avengers is the first project to come out of Marvel’s new TV division headed by the venerable Jeph Loeb, and, for a first outing, things couldn’t have gone better! Rather than providing us a show with a pre-assembled team, we get to see the team come together piece by piece. The pilot provides us with the original Avenger’s line up, as seen in Avengers #1from way back, consisting of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Wasp, and Ant-Man. The pilot does a great job setting up each character, especially The Hulk. The creators are taking the Hulk in a slightly different direction then we have seen before and it really has the chance to give us some exciting stories down the road. The only gripe I have with the team is The Wasp. It seems the writers read a few too many of the old Avengerscomics and decided to make her the overly perky, sometimes useless, and definitely annoying character she was back in the 60’s.
The Avengers would be pretty useless without some awesome villains to fight, and this is where the new show shines. The pilot takes a pretty obscure Avengers villain and turns him into a force to be reckoned with. Match that with the villains new and old that get teased in this pilot and we have enough material to keep The Avengers running strong for seasons to come.
At the beginning of the panel, Jeph Loeb spoke about how Marvel comics have a certain look and feel to them that separates every one of their books from the others and how they wanted to bring that to their new TV projects. I would say they succeeded at that. The Avengers‘ animation style is very unique, and, while some may be put off by the sharp edges of the characters, it really works for the show. The whole show feels “Marvel,” and its style sets it apart from all the other superhero shows currently running.
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! debuts next Wednesday, October 20th at 8:30pm on DisneyXD. After what I saw this past weekend, any fan of The Avengers would be doing themselves a disservice by not checking this out!