Spider-Gwen Animation!

A snazzy few seconds of Spider-Gwen animation courtesy of someone named Michael Hollister (I think?). Really plays in the Spider-Gwen color palette well and is some fun food for thought. Given they throw just about everything in the Spider-Man cartoons these days (Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, etc), I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere down the line we get an animated Spider-Gwen appearance.

I really liked Spider-Gwen #1 (the first one) when I read it this year. Check it out!

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

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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.

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Look at that tiny waist! I guess they all have it, but it looks the worst on Azari.

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!

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. – Of Moles and Men

Cartoons!  And cereal!  It’s a great day for both.  My daughter and I finished Avengers Assemble, so we are working our way through Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.  It’s a fun show full of Hulks.  We have classic Hulk, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb (who is Rick Jones), and Skaar (who in the comics is the son of Hulk, I think).  Also, we must have missed an episode, because Devil Dinosaur is there, hanging out.  (note: we did miss an episode where the gang goes to the Savage Land and adopt DD)

But back to the show at hand.  The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. are centered in Vista Verde, which is the town in which Bruce Banner became the Hulk.  Hulk is a bit worried about the town, as things just keep attacking.  Mayor Stan Lee tries to convince him to stick around, but Hulk just doesn’t know what to do.  Luckily a huge maggot bursts up and attacks the town.  I say luckily, because at least in that situation, Hulk knows what he should do.  It starts with S and ends with H.  Give up?  SMOOSH.  Or smash I guess.

So Hulk and A-Bomb investigate where the maggot came from and end up falling deep, deep down into the Earth.  Where do they end up?  With the Moloids, who are very quick to crown Hulk their new king.  But all is not as it seems down there, and a certain Mole Man does make an appearance, but is he the bad guy?  (Spoiler: No.  No he isn’t.)

It’s a fun show.  I think it’s more light-hearted than the Avengers show, and is down in a very different way.  The whole premise of the show is that it is a reality TV show made by Jones.  So there are times when we cut away from the action to a “confession cam” where the team can put in their opinions of what is happening.  There are also cameras that follow around each member and record all the events.  All in all, an enjoyable watch, although Red Hulk will never be one of my favorites, but I don’t think he is supposed to be.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble! Crimes and Circuses

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It’s Saturday so obviously I’m watching cartoons.  Yesterday my daughter and I watched The Avengers, the movie, and today went back to try and finish up the season of cartoon Avengers.  We’re almost there.

Crimes and Circuses deals with (surprise, surprise) the Circus of Crime.  Ringmaster, Bruto, the Human Cannonball, the Gambonno Twins, and Trickshot.  Right away I noticed Princess Python was missing, (boy does that make me sounds nerdy) but she did show up later.  Hawkeye and Falcon were the star heroes of the episode, as the rest of the team got themselves brainwashed by Ringmaster.  I was a little disappointed that he didn’t use the spiral hat to do that, but it was okay.

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The Circus was out for revenge against Hawkeye, since, as most of you will undoubtedly know, he used to be a part of their criminal team.  If you didn’t know that, sorry for the minor spoiler, but I’m sure you would have figured it out in the show.  He tries to hide this from Falcon, but the secrets come out, as they always do.

It was a pretty straight-forward episode, and consisted mainly of fights, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  A couple of things, though.  Princess Python didn’t have a real snake, but instead had a giant, robotic, cycloptic monstrosity.  There was never any mention of who the new Trickshot in the circus was.  I won’t post who it should have been, should anyone out there be unawares, but it was someone who was close to Clint.  Also, no Swordsman?  It would have been a perfect time for him to be put into cartoon form, but maybe they didn’t want that many mustachioed villains in one group.

I’m anxious to finish the season.  Although it’s been a good show, it’s slowed down a bit in the last couple episodes we watched.  I’m hoping the finale will be huge, and bring back the cabal, who are in possession of the Tesseract (aka cosmic cube, aka an infinity gem(probably the reality or power one)).

So check this one out if you like the show, but it’s not one that is needed.