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Good but not quite where it needs to be.
on February 21, 2014
I was a fan of The Avenger's: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. From the first episode to the last, to have a cartoon that was able to have one continuous storyline like that show accomplished without letting the viewer get lost was amazing work. So when I heard that Marvel was ditching Earth's Mightiest Heroes in favor of Avenger's Assemble, I was a little confused. Why attempt to fix something that isn't broken? However, Marvel has made some pretty decent cartoons of late (animation is one area where DC has them beat) so I gave the show a chance.
The show is pretty much an indirect sequel to The Avenger's movie. They've chosen to whittle down the cast to the core group of characters you saw in the film apart from new recruit The Falcon. I can see why they did this. One criticism you could make with Earth's Mightiest Heroes is that if you hadn't been there from day one, I could see where people could have gotten lost. Too many character's were given focus which, although done admirably, thinking like a producer who sees the ratings for a show I could see where they would think it was a good idea to narrow down the big group to the main core the average person is aware of.
The storyline so far, apart from Red Skull trying to get a group of baddies together to fight The Avenger's seems thread bare. It didn't have to be as intricately laid out as they did with Earth's Mightiest Heroes by any means where every episode had tied into the overall story. But the new show pretty much is a baddie of the week fight to the finish. Not that going this route is horrible but I am disappointed that there has not been much effort to have one story theme they could follow, similar to what Doctor Who or one of Marvel's other animated shows Ultimate Spider-Man does. Granted, the season is not over and I will be glad to eat my words if they produce a number of moments that brings everything together but as of now, it appears like a cartoon from the 80's. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Should you watch this show? Yes. While it doesn't stand up to the quality of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, it has it's own charm. As of now I won't claim that this is my favorite Marvel show. If episodes continue to be of this quality two or three seasons down the road then I will be disappointed. But as it stands, I think they can build from this. There has to be more effort in creating a story arc that will satisfy fans like myself who like long form television stories with good characters as well as having a product that will entertain new younger fans and get them loving these amazing characters. Marvel has shown they have the capability to do this so in my book, they will have my money for the full season.