• Animation
  • Story
  • Bonus Features

Disney XD continues to amaze with Marvel’s The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

Volumes 3 and 4 (Season 2 of the Disney XD animated series) is now available on DVD.  I absolutely love this show!  Volumes 1 and 2 (The first half of season 1) was released earlier this year and the current releases pick up right where the story left off.  This is a continuing storyline, so trying to jump into it anywhere in the middle would be doing yourself a serious injustice!

There’s plenty of rich history (both characters and story) that’s been pulled from The Avengers adventures in the Marvel comic series and the show’s writers and creators really using some great stuff here.

The storyline for these DVDs brings back villains from the first half of the season such as Baron Zemo (and Hydra), Kang the Conquerer (who had a whole episode in the first season), M.O.D.O.C. (and A.I.M) and also introduces some new threats such as Ultron and the Skrulls.  We also see the return of Loki, who was really only a threat to Thor and Asgard in the first half of the season but now has his sights set on controlling the nine realms which includes Midgard (Earth).

I really don’t want to give too much away here in the review, but the animation and story is top-notch.  A word of warning, the “bonus feature” on each of the DVDs plays a “windowed” episode already on the DVD while giving you lots of background info on the show and it’s characters (mostly the history from the comics).  So, it’s kind of like you’re watching an episode you’ve already seen all over again.

Expand the section below (possible spoilers) for a full listing of each episodealong with a brief summary for each disc.

Episode Listing – Volume 3
14 – Masters of Evil
A team of the Avengers’ worst foes (consisting of Baron Zemo, Enchanhtress, Executioner, Wonder Man, Crimson Dynamo, and Abomination), called the Masters of Evil, invades the Avengers’ mansion – taking down each of the Avengers one-by-one and ultimately leaving it up to newcomers Hawkeye and Black Panther to save their fellow teammates.

15 – 459
A Kree sentry arrives on Earth, and the Avengers must team up with Captain Marvel to prevent an interstellar war between the Kree and the Skrull. Ultimately, the heroes find themselves trying to prevent the sentry from detonating a mega bomb capable of blowing up the entire planet. Meanwhile, Janet begins to think that the only thing Henry cares about is science.

16 – The Man Who Stole Tomorrow
Kang the Conqueror comes from the 41st century to destroy Captain America, who will apparently cause a disruption in the space-time continuum that will destroy the future world.

17 – Come the Conqueror
When Kang brings an army of forces from the future to help him conquer the Earth, the Avengers must turn to Ultron-5 for help – but is it a good idea to teach Ultron violence once again?

18 – The Kang Dynasty
The Avengers travel into space for a final battle with Kang the Conqueror, but is the fate of the world already sealed?

19 – Widow’s Sting
Hawkeye, Captain America, and Black Panther team up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Mockingbird to inflitrate HYDRA island, despite Nick Fury’s commands for the Avengers to not get involved in HYDRA schemes, and Hawkeye attempts to capture the Black Widow once and for all. Meanwhile, HYDRA hires A.I.M. to develop a device capable of world domination – resulting in the creation of the Cosmic Cube.
Episode Listing – Volume 4
20 – The Casket of Ancient Winters
Malekith the Accursed has obtained an ancient artifact known as the Casket of Ancient Winters, and plans to use it to take over the world, allowing the creatures of his world to make Earth their new home and sending Earth into an everlasting winter.

21 – Hail, Hydra!
When HYDRA wages war on A.I.M. over the Cosmic Cube, Black Widow turns to the Avengers for help. However, the Avengers experience difficulty trying to save the world when Maria Hill, who is filling in for the missing Nick Fury as director of S.H.I.E.L.D., considers the heroes vigilantes and will stop at nothing to keep them out of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s business.

22 – Ultron-5
Ant-Man, sick of the mindless violence that comes with super heroism, quits the team. Meanwhile, Ultron hears Ant-Man’s complaints about humans’ violence and decides that the only way to solve this problem is to eliminate the human race, taking over the Avengers’ technology systems and capturing Wasp as the first steps of his plan to exterminate all humans.

23 – The Ultron Imperative
The Avengers, lamenting the loss of Thor, are unaware of two things – Thor is still alive (having been saved by the Enchantress, who hopes the two will spend the rest of eternity together isolated from Asgard and Midgard) and Ultron has infiltrated all the world’s technology systems, planning to quickly bring the human race to extinction.

24 – This Hostage Earth
When disturbances occur at seven different locations on Earth, Iron Man makes the mistake of splitting the team up – sending each Avenger to a different location, where each hero is attacked by a member of the new and improved Masters of Evil. This time, the Masters have a plan that will destroy the border between the nine realms of Yggdrasil, once again making Midgard the middle realm and allowing Asgardian forces to invade Earth. However, Baron Zemo has a slightly different plan in mind…

25 – The Fall of Asgard
The Avengers are divided and have lost contact with one another, the Masters of Evil have fallen, Loki’s armies have invaded each realm, and Thor has been captured. As Loki explains in detail to his helpless brother his scheme from the very beginning stages, each Avenger desperately fights to save his realm, but it looks like, divided, the Avengers and their respective realms will fall to Asgardian forces.

26 – A Day Unlike Any Other
Eight of the nine realms have fallen to the evil forces of Loki, leaving only Earth free of his rule. Now the Avengers unite in Asgard for a final battle with Loki, although it’s not just Earth that is on the line this time. The fates of nine worlds reside in the hands of Earth’s eight mightiest heroes.