Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006, animated)
Plot: Herr Kleiser (James K. Ward), a powerful shape shifter who posed as a Nazi and old enemy of Captain America (Justin Gross) is long believed to be dead, but resurfaces in a small African village and kills their king (Dave Fennoy). The prince (Jeffrey D. Sams) takes the mantle of the Black Panther and asks the Avengers for help as Kleiser searches for a powerful energy source hidden in the village that could spell doom for the world.
The Avengers are back, and this time slightly more entertaining. I think because the Avengers are already established, we are able to jump into these characters a bit quicker whereas half the previous film was them coming together. The story does kind of suck though. Really…aliens again? Can’t they fight a cool villain? And the plot is really clunky. There’s some shit going on with a random meteor that’s connected to this underground thing in Africa, I don’t know, who cares. I’m interested in the actual characters, and they do deliver. They develop a strong bond between Captain America and Iron Man which was nice to see. Poor Bruce Banner though. Everyone is a dick to him after what happened last time. He has to spend his days in a glass room watching re-runs of him flipping out as the Hulk. Everything with Thor is bad ass, and we see a lot more of him this time around. I can’t help but notice he’s such a more powerful force then everyone else. He even gets his own music. The animation looks pretty slick all around, especially when Thor opens up a portal to Asgard so he can argue with his dad. The sound effects are great too, especially when the aliens are firing their guns. This is a well paced animated feature that I enjoyed quite a bit.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Dave Boat as Thor
-His voice is so distinctive and…thunderous. Fine, that was a bad pun. But Boat is able to be funny with it, but also command great seriousness.
Worst Performance: Nolan North as Hank Pym/Giant Man
-He comes off as more annoying then in the last one. And he’s just not as funny. Oh well.
Best Line: “The real danger is not upon the ground, but in the Northern Sky.” –Thor
-This is what I’m talking about with Dave Boat’s Thor voice. It’s a funny line, but at the same time conveys a convincing and serious threat.
Worst Line: “Nothing like flying first class” –Giant Man shrunken down and sitting in Iron Man’s gun barrel.
-This is the climax of the film. Do we really need terrible jokes at this point in the movie?
-This is kind of an unorthodox choice, but Thor has a back and forth with this giant blue laser he continuously has to keep hitting. It reminded me of the Gannondorf fight in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time where Link has to keep hitting that blue ball of energy.
-So they keep showing Bruce Banner losing control of the Hulk over and over again. It’s non-stop. Wouldn’t this make him…angry?
-Captain America and Iron Man have a nice little chat about dying with honor or fighting for one’s own glory. It clearly illustrates who the characters are and comes up again in the film for an important plot point.
-The Villagers fight back against these huge hulking aliens, and their regular run of the mill arrows hurt them significantly. Why are these things such a big threat again? How do the Avengers not annihilate them with ease?
-Giant Man has one great line after Nick Fury demotes CaptainAmerica’s status as leader. ‘Demoted…I guess that makes him Private America, huh?’ Haha.
Bad Ass Moment:
-It’s a simple one, but Thor just ripping through these aliens with his hammer and lightning is pretty darn satisfying.