FW TV PICK: THE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes' Left A Void in Marvel's ...

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still in its infancy, us die-hard comic book fans are treated to awesome animated television that’s in a way just as popular as “Justice League” and “Justice League” unlimited in terms of stylized animation! Comic-book superheroes including Hulk, Iron Man and Thor join forces to become the Avengers as they fight villains who have escaped from the Vault, the Cube, the Big House and the Raft. Among the villains the Avengers battle are Red Skull, Grim Reaper, Wonder Man and Cobra. The series initially features a team based on the roster for the original Avengers, composed of Iron Man, Giant-Man, Hulk, Thor, and Wasp. The team is later joined by Captain America, Black Panther, and Hawkeye in the first season, and Ms. Marvel and Vision in the second season. Many other characters from the Marvel Comics universe make appearances, such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man) and his daughter Cassandra, Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist), Doctor Doom, Crossfire, Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross (in both his human form and his “Red Hulk” form), the Guardians of the Galaxy (composed of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Quasar and Adam Warlock), Quake, Beta Ray Bill, the Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and Galactus and his heralds. In terms of overall tone and style, the series is based principally on the original stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; which provides a whole lot of fan service. The series also uses material from all eras of the comic’s run as well as other sources, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe; which is all kinds of awesomeness. This show had everything that I can ask for as a Marvel fan in terms of action and excitement, but unfortunately the show was cancelled in favor of replacing it with the less superior “Avengers Assemble” which I’ll get to eventually. Also unlike the Disney XD Marvel Animated Shows that came after this one; this show actually shows romance. Its not always front and center, but we always get enough to please comic book fans. The most frequent examples are either Giant-Man and The Wasp (showing off their complicated relationship like in the comics) or Hawkeye and Black Widow (who are the only characters in the entire series to receive a kiss). We also have minor couples like Iron and Pepper Potts or Thor and Jane Foster; but aren’t utilized that much. Overall the superhero show still had a great run while it lasted and I can now only imagine what comic book storylines they would have done in Season 3!

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