The Avengers: Volume Four - Thor's Last Stand (Marvel Super Hero Collection)
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Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush with Volume 4 of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! In these final seven episodes of Season One, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of The Avengers attempt to stop Ultron and his army of robots from ending all of humanity and prevent Loki from unleashing armies from Asgard on Earth!
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- Episode #20 - "The Casket of Ancient Winters"
- Episode #21 - "Hail, Hydra!"
- Episode #22 - "Ultron-5"
- Episode #23 - "The Ultron Imperative"
- Episode #24 - "This Hostage Earth"
- Episode #25 - "The Fall of Asgard"
- Episode #26 - "A Day Unlike Any Other"
This is a rousing way to end a season that's been habitually graced with bold storytelling, blistering action, and spectacular animation, as well as frequent respectful nods to Marvel comics mythos. I appreciate the way the stories don't only focus on the more powerful figures on the team. The brash Hawkeye and the cool, majestic Black Panther also get opportunities to shine and strut their stuff. I really get a kick out of the Wakandian monarch showing off his hi-tech Wakandan arsenal. "The Casket of Ancient Winters" furthers the Enchantress's plot and has the sinister dark elf, Malakith the Accursed, activating an ancient Asgardian artifact to usher in an everlasting global winter on Earth. This episode also finds Thor and Iron Man at odds. Thor damns science for the many times it's generated crisis after crisis for the Avengers, but then Stark gets his smug on when the team learns the source of the icy storm raging about them. In "Hail, Hydra!" the Avengers are caught in a war between A.I.M. and Hydra over the reality-bending Cosmic Cube, and Hawkeye sort of gains a measure of closure with the whole Black Widow betrayal mess.
I think we all got that same sinking feeling when we saw the Ultrons being utilized as prison sentries some episodes ago, right? In "Ultron 5" and "The Ultron Imperative" Ant Man's cybernetic child evolves beyond his creator's benevolent programming. Oh, Ultron 5 is still working towards fulfilling Hank Pym's dream of achieving peace on Earth... but by bringing about the extinction of humanity. As a longtime reader of Marvel, I am not at all surprised. Ant Man is simply not model parenting material. Thing is, this is only one aspect of Pym's inherently flawed character. Odds are, this cartoon series probably won't even go near the infamous storyline in which Pym slaps the hell out of Janet.
Season One culminates with the three-part epic featuring Loki, diabolical God of Mischief ("God of Mischief" makes it seem like he's only sneaking whoopie cushions on people's seats; dude's a wee bit more evil than that). With the All-Father in the embrace of the Odinsleep, Loki has wrested the throne of Asgard and declared himself ruler of the Nine Realms. In a monolithic, biting-off-more-than-they-can-chew gesture, the Avengers storm the halls of Asgard in a desperate bid to overthrow Loki. But even the Avengers - but one - are mere mortals defying insanely powerful and immortal gods. It must be a Wednesday.
All along, there has been foreshadowing of the impending interstellar war between the Kree and the Skrulls. This promises to come to fruition somewhen in Season Two, which gets underway with "The Private War of Dr. Doom," an episode reportedly featuring the egoed-up Latverian monarch and his nemesis, the Fantastic Four. Can't wait.
The DVD's bonus feature: "Avengers Unmasked: Hail, Hyrdra! - an animated in-episode comic book experience loaded with fun facts on Marvel's Avengers and the Villains that challenge them." Basically, the episode "Hail, Hydra!" is shown picture-in-picture whilst trivia facts pop up in caption format.
The best animated series based on a comic book series since Justice League, Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes is something for all ages. Kids will love the action and adventure while teens and adults will appreciate the well written episodes and everyone will love the awesomely drawn nice looking characters, each one containing his/her own personality, as well as the awesome character development. The episodes even closely follow the comic books so fans of the retro comic books will appreciate this.
In this volume, we'll witness the Avengers take on Ultron, the good robot turned bad and battle wits with Thor's evil half brother, the treacherous Loki.
If you want or love action and adventure, don't miss the latest volumes of Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Here are the episodes in this volume.
1.The Casket of Ancient Winters-An evil dark elf finds the Casket of Ancient Winters, an artifact that unleashes eternal winter on the planet. The only ones who can handle the elf's magic are Thor and Iron Man, who must put aside their different beliefs and take down the evil elf.
2.Hail, Hydra!-Hydra and AIM are waging war against one another in the streets of New York, and only one person knows why... the Black Widow. She knows that AIM has created the ultimate weapon for Hydra, a weapon so powerful that M.O.D.O.C. wants it for himself. It's called the Cosmic Cube, and to touch it is to change the world. But the Avengers have another problem... they've just been grounded by S.H.I.E.L.D., now under the control of Maria Hill.
3.Ultron-5-Ant-Man has had enough of the violence and endless fighting so he quits. But something goes terribly wrong and now Ultron may be the very last villain the Avengers confront. Thor even accidentely gets banished back to Asgard but the Avengers don't know it.
4.Ultron Imperative-As the devastated team struggles with the loss of Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man go about destroying all remnants of Ultron. But they don't realize that Ultron has transcended his body and has infiltrated the world's computer systems.
5.This Hostage Earth-As Thor and Iron Man work to find a way to return Thor to Asgard, the Enchantress and the Masters of Evil make their move and mobilize all over the world, preparing for an invasion the likes of which Earth has never seen.
6.The Fall of Asgard-Lost and separated, the Avengers struggle to survive in the nine realms of Asgard. But with Loki sitting on Odin's throne, Thor defeated and Iron Man's armor not functioning, what chances do they have?
7.A Day Unlike Any Other-The Avengers prepare for the adventure and their ultimate battle as they form an alliance with Sif and other beings of Asgard as they confront the treacherous god Loki. What chances do the Avengers have against a god and his god-like allies? This will be a battle the Avengers will never forget.