Television

TV: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (Season 2)

January 3, 2013

The second season of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is, unfortunately, its last — canceled by Marvel to be replaced by a new show, Avengers Assemble.  The smashing success of Joss Whedon’s film version is surely the reason behind the reboot; the new cartoon (not yet on) looks like it will focus mostly on the characters from the movie.  It’s too bad, because part of the reason I love Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is that it gives some more obscure, classic Avengers like Wasp, Hank Pym, and Black Panther some screen time.

Season two provides more of what made the first season fun:  wild action, funny dialogue, legions of familiar Marvel universe heroes and villains, and some well executed slow-build plotlines — particularly the Skrull invasion sequence in the first half of the season.  The show also makes the smart decision to bring in Miss Marvel as a regular team member, and later introduces the Vision — more old favorites nicely rendered.  As the season continues, the roster continues to expand, which is perfectly in keeping with Avengers lore, although I think they might have overdone it a bit — perhaps in the interest of shoehorning in as much Marvel lore as possible once they knew the show was ending.  Anyway, old school Marvel buffs will find much to like in the second season; I’m disappointed it’s not continuing.

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  • Tim Pratt January 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I liked this season too, though after the Secret Invasion storyline wrapped up it sort of lost steam. I was also sad there was no resolution to the Asgardian storyline with the fire demon Surtur trying to bring about Ragnarok.

    • Chris East January 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Agreed on both counts. Maybe they found out they’d been cancelled while they were still writing, and had to shift gears? I got the sense they didn’t get to develop some things.