I grew up with amazing cartoons like X-Men, Spiderman, and even a decent Fantastic Four series. So with the excitement over next summer’s Avengers film, Marvel debuted a new series based on their trademark hero team.
Let me begin by saying I was extremely impressed with this show. It reminded me of everything I loved about those cartoons from my childhood. It has some incredible artwork and the colors are vibrant and really come to life on the screen. The voice acting is also pretty spot-on, although the voice for Iron Man (which was supposed to mimic Robert Downey Jr) turns out sounding like Jack Black and it’s a little distracting.
I’m also impressed with the scope of the show. They include 8 core Avengers (including less-popular Ant Man, Wasp, Black Panther, and Hawkeye). They also bring in an ensemble of other Marvel heroes who gueststar in several episodes. They also did a smart thing by not rehashing the current movies and introducing new villains. Each hero gets their own origin episode (the Avengers aren’t a cohesive unit until episode 8 or 9 probably). The creators also take advantage of the medium and focus on villains that definitely wouldn’t work in live-action formats.
The first season also contains quite a few large story arcs, giving the show the feeling that the episodes are connected, not indepedent stories. Also, they manage to give situations consequences and the characters are constantly reflecting back on past mistakes.
Overall, it’s an entertaining and engaging cartoon series for those of you that want something fun and lighthearted (and maybe you want to entertain your inner child). It’s streaming on Netflix and it’ll definitely give you that Avengers fix until the movie hits theatres next summer.