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

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, another old favorite 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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