Marvel Animated Features: 8-Film Complete Collection
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Join in the action with Captain America, the Invincible Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Wolverine, Dr. Strange and more of Marvel's best- known heroes in this action-packed, complete 8-film set of Marvel Animated Features. Experience thrilling stories and animation that stays true to its comic book roots in these 8 films which deliver the ultimate Marvel experience!
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Now I'll admit these aren't all gold and many of them don't compete with some of DC's better work. However that hardly means they're bad and in fact a lot of them play more like movies and less like comic adaptations. My main issue with a lot of the DC stuff is they assume you read the story arc the movie is based on. A lot of important plot points are glazed over leaving you checking Wikipedia to get what happened. They do zero leg work in establishing everyone and this makes them less stand alone.
These Marvel features feel just like regular movies and many of them are very character driven. They really do play like animated motion pictures with the ability to do things they couldn't afford to in live action, at least not at the time. The viewer is introduced to all the elements and it's not assumed that you know anything. The movies get better as they go on. I enjoyed Iron Man and Dr. Strange as they played like origin movies with scripts as good as any of their live action counterparts. A lot of the 2008 Iron Man filmed took cues from it's animated predecessor. The Hulk movies are some of the best they have to offer and I'm not even a fan of the character. I thought Thor: Tales of Asgard and Next Avengers were going to be the lamest films in the collection but they turned out to be some of the best. Despite staring kids they manage to maintain the adult themes that make the other films enjoyable. Next Avengers especially surprised me with it's bleak post apocalyptic story line involving most of the world's heroes being killed by Ultron leaving their children to grow up without parents.
You'll notice that all the films had the same crew working on them which helps them to keep a sense of continuity. The weakest films in the set are the Ultimate Avengers movies but this is no surprise as they were the first films this team did together. These same people went on to make Wolverine and the X-men and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. If you liked those series then this set will give you a lot of bang for your buck!