Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008, animated)
Plot: When Ultorn (Tom Kane) attacks and kills the original Avengers, their children are brought to a safe house and protected for many years. But when Ultron returns, the young child Avengers must band together and eliminate him once and for all.
Why should I care about the little kid Avengers? I want to watch ‘the Avengers.’ But as it turns out, this is actually a solid film. It takes a while to get rolling, but it’s a satisfying back story. The idea of Ultron and how he was created is pretty interesting. And even though I was resistant towards watching the kids become the heroes, they really do mimic their parents pretty damn well. Most notably is James Rogers, who basically is mini-Captain America. He also throws a weird holographic shield thing which was kind of cool. Torunn (Thor’s daughter) is identical to Thor, with the only difference being she uses a sword and not a hammer. The one character I absolutely detested though was Pym, the son of Giant Man and Wasp. He is annoying beyond belief. It was nice to see Tony Stark have a big role though as the only guy from the old guard to have a strong presence. One of the highlights of the movie is when he gets back into the Iron Man suit. He also builds the Iron Avengers who mimic the original Avengers perfectly. They were pretty bad ass. There’s some great action, like when the kids run through what almost looks like a giant Tetris game. The plot is really slow to develop though. These kids spend so much time just reflecting on their fallen parents. We get it…they never got to know them. James Rogers in particular has about 30 scenes where he’s looking out a window thinking of his dad. But if you are really into the Avengers, I think it’s worth checking out.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (slightly better than ‘meh’)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Noah C. Crawford as James Rogers
-He really does have the command of his dad. He even calls out really terrible plans and always has to have his own.
Worst Performance: Aidan Drummond as Pym
Best Line: “HULK IS STRONGEST THERE IS!” –Hulk
-He just absolutely belts this line at the top of his lungs…awesome!
Worst Line: “So, are you up for a little Avenging?” –Tony Stark at the end
-It’s bad enough he says ‘Avenging,’ but it’s that combined with the sappy music and childish laughter from everyone at the end.
-The kids fighting the Iron Avengers. And they obviously go up against their ‘parents,’ which is the best part. They mimic the real Avengers perfectly, right down to the fighting style. I love the Black Widow Iron Avenger who’s shooting like 4 guns at the same time.
-They go see old man Bruce Banner, and he’s still emo about becoming the Hulk!? Come on! You’ve been the Hulk for several decades now. Get over it!
-Torunn meeting her father for the first time on the rainbow bridge at the outskirts of Asgard was actually a pretty good emotional pay-off. It’s really built up throughout the entire movie. And it starts out a little intense for a kid’s movie as Torunn flies into the atmosphere and starts getting covered with ice.
-Pym pointing out who everyone is when they see the Iron Avengers for the first time. It’s literally him going down the line and shouting out their names in annoying fashion. Yea, we know who they are! Even if you aren’t a superhero fan, you see them at the beginning of the movie. We don’t need Pym to point them out like an overly excited fanboy.
-An old robot from the past (The Vision) returns to warn Stark and the kids that Ultron is returning. At one point Torunn refers to him as ‘stupid robot.’ This was really a jerk thing to say, because the robot has this really kind and gentle voice, but Torunn’s condescending tone made me laugh.
Bad Ass Moment:
-The Hulk at the end just goes crazy and rips Ultron in half…now that’s what I’m talking about!