So, this is a bit of a departure from the usual Cartoons and Cereal post. Today, instead of looking at just a 20-30 minute TV show, I want to talk about a feature length movie. It’s still a cartoon, of course. My daughter and I love the Avengers, and so when Andrew the Giant told me about this movie, I thought it would be perfect for us. So we watched it. And now, my daughter just wants to watch it again and again. She enjoyed it that much. I enjoyed it as well, but probably not as much as she did. Let’s look at what we had going on in it.
So it’s some time in the future, as you might have been able to guess by the title. Ultron had attacked the planet years ago, and was successful in defeating the Avengers and taking over the world. The children of some of the heroes were saved and hidden away in a bubble in the Artic Circle by Tony Stark, who survived and acted as a father figure. Jocasta is there too, acting like a robot mother. The children are familiar counterparts to those who know Avengers lore. Torin, the daughter of Thor, has a sword. Henry, the son of Giant-Man and the Wasp, is the youngest of the group, but very smart. Azari is the son of Storm and the Black Panther, and has a tiny waist, like worse than Black Widow in that Captain America poster people complained about. Which leads me to James, the son of Captain America and Black Widow, who wields a holo-shield.
I may be wrong, as I don’t have my comics with me to check, but I think that this team of Avengers kids appears in the Avengers vol. 4 during a battle with Ultron, which also has an old Iron Man. I could be wrong, but they looked familiar. If I remember, I’ll look that up in a month when I get back to the collection.
Anyways, one day the Vision comes a calling, badly beaten and seeking Tony to repair him. This leads to the kids sneaking around, as kids do, and finding the Iron Avengers, something the Slim James had mentioned in one of his podcasts before. Maybe this one, or this one. They accidently launch them, which draws the attention of Ultron, who turns the robots to his side and attacks. The kids and Vision’s head escape, while Tony is taken prisoner. Of course they try to save him but end up ambushed by robots in the capital city. But, they are saved by an archer, the son of Hawkeye, and someone? I was thinking maybe the Scarlet Witch as the kid has white hair like Pietro, but I don’t think it actually mentions who it was.
Anyways, I’m not going to spell out the rest of the story, as there might be those of you who want to watch it and be surprised by what happens. I will say that it full of nice little Easter eggs for serious fans. I enjoyed seeing a certain green goliath as a Maestro. There were also two scenes ripped straight from Avengers vol. 3, including “Ultron, we would have words with thee!” and a Hulk ripping a artificial intelligence in half over their head. Those were cool.
The actual animation of the show is rather cheap. It’s not nearly as good as that of Avengers Assemble or Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. It is more like that from an earlier Avengers cartoon. The voices are okay, I suppose. Nothing great, but nothing that takes away from the story either. If you have small kids, they’ll like it. If you’re just an older fan, I think it’s safe to say you could skip it.
I do want to see some of the other straight-to-video Marvel movies, and will try to review some of them in the future. Until next time, keep your inner child alive with a healthy dose of Cartoons and Cereal!