New on DVD (released April 26th) is The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! This is the first season of the Disney XD animated series and is presented as two volumes containing a total of 13 episodes.
Anyone who’s into comics or superheroes (or has childen that are) should pick this one up. My 8 year old son and I sat down to watch one evening after dinner and after the first episode I asked him “Do you want to keep going and watch the next one?” Six episodes later it was time for bed and he couldn’t wait to watch some more!
Fans of Marvel (or anyone who’s seen some of the recent Marvel movies) know about the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, shortened to S.H.I.E.L.D. The name has had a few different variations over the years (on what the letters stand for) and this would be the version from the Marvel movie universe (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America).
Also (seemingly) from the Marvel movie universe are some of the characters and voices, but I’ll get more into that in a minute.
Here’s a breakdown of the episodes on the discs:
1. Iron Man Is Born!
2. Thor The Mighty
3. Hulk Versus The World
4. Meet Captain America
5. The Man in the Ant Hill
6. Breakout: Part 1
7. Breakout: Part 2
One of the great things about this series is how the episodes and story arc are spread out. Volume 1 ends with the climax of a 2-part episode and is the start of transition from individual hero stories to the forming of a team. Volume 2 is all about the dynamics of the team known as The Avengers and how they transition from being used to working solo, to learning to trust each other and gel together as a team.
8. Some Assembly Required
9. Living Legend
10. Everything Is Wonderful
11. Panther’s Quest
12. Gamma World: Part1
13. Gamma World: Part 2
The voice-over acting is fantastic. With many well-known celebrity voice-over actors providing voices for the main characters. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! stars the well-known voice talents of Rick D. Wasserman (Planet Hulk, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, “House M.D.”) as Thor, Brian Bloom (The A Team, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2) as Captain America, Fred Tatasciore (Tron: Evolution, Hulk Vs., “Wolverine and the X-Men”) as The Hulk, Wally Wingert (“The Family Guy,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”) as Ant Man, and Phil Lamarr (“Mad TV,” “Futurama”) as Jarvis.
Making it even easier to bridge the gap from movies to cartoon series, I think that not only does Tony Stark look like the Robert Downey Jr. version from the movies, but the personality and even his voice sounds like Downey Jr. Hats off to Eric Loomis who does Stark’s voice acting!
Be sure to check out the bonus features as well. There’s an awesome sneak peek on Vol. 2 presented by Chris Yost (story editor & writer) and Josh Fine (supervising producer) who give us a look at things to come in season 2. As they mention, in season 1 we got to know the individuals’ stories and ultimately them as The Avengers team. In season 2 (which they dubbed their “cosmic season”) there will be a lot of big alien threats. Season 2 will also have the first appearance of Dr. Doom in the series as well as a guest-starring role from the Fantastic Four!
There’s a lot of entertaining moments in the series and while I can say that Iron Man is my favorite Avengers character, there’s some surprising (and witty) dialog from The Hulk, making him my fast 2nd favorite character of the series.
If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, be sure to click on either of the box covers above and pick up a copy from Amazon