Flicking Through Netflix: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Hello there, gentle reader, and welcome to the first article of Flicking Through Netflix, a series where I take a look at movies and the first episodes of series that are available through Netflix.

Since I saw Iron Man 3 on Sunday, I’ve been in a bit of a superhero mood.  With this in mind, I decided to check out a superhero cartoon that I’d never seen before:  The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  It was a show that came recommended to me by a friend and the little I’ve heard of it seemed cool.  After watching the first episode, I thought I’d make a bit of “first impressions” blog for this series.

The first episode of the show is titled Iron Man is Born.  This is only too appropriate right now.  However, the title is completely misleading.  The episode involves no “births”, no creation of Iron Man, not even something like “how he meets Pepper” or something.  In fact, this did not feel like the first episode.  It felt like I was thrown smack dab in the middle of a story already in progress.  I have my guesses as to why.

This series relies heavily on the viewer already knowing the subject matter that’s being talked about and shown.  There is no explanation of absolutely anything.  How does Tony know Rhodes?  What is Pepper to Tony?  Secretary?  Assistant?  Boss?  What the flying heck IS Hydra?  Well, if you don’t know by now, this show says you’re completely on your own.  As an introduction to anything Marvel, this show completely fails.

Basically, the story feels like it’s going along without making the sure the viewer knows what’s what.  Because of this, the characterizations fall a bit flat.  Nobody gets the screen time they deserve in order to flesh out their characters even the barest amounts.  I think the problem is that there’s too many characters to show.  You have the Iron Man crew, SHIELD, and Hydra already.  And the other Avengers haven’t even shown up yet.  I have the feeling this show is only going to get clunkier with its character development.

The best part of the show is the animation.  This show was obviously drawn with the intention of being a high action superhero adventure.  The character models feel very energetic, especially in while in movement.  The style reminds me of X-Men Evolution, which is definitely to this show’s benefit.  It feels streamlined and very slick, making the show pleasing to the eyes.  The action was fantastic too.  Whenever there’s a fight, you can clearly make out who’s doing what, when, and why.  It’s fast paced and never lets up for a moment when the action is going.

As a beginning to a series, this episode was very lackluster.  Too little explanation of what’s going on, too little time given to it’s characters, it felt like a really clumsy beginning.  Still, the animation is fascinating and it’s worth a watch for that alone.  However, I warn you.  If you don’t already know at least a little Marvel backstory, you’ll be highly confused.


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