The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! – Volume 3

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Rating: TV-Y7

Starring:
Eric Loomis as Iron Man
Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Janet Van Dyne
Rick D. Wasserman as Thor
Wally Wingert as Ant-Man
Fred Tatasciore as The Hulk
Brian Bloom as Captain America
Chris Cox as Clint Barton
James C. Mathis III as Black Panther
Phil LaMarr as Jarvis
Alex D├ęsert as Nick Fury
Kari Wahlgren as Amora

Special Features:
Avengers Unmasked: Masters Of Evil — An Animated In-Episode Comic Book Experience Loaded With Fun Facts On Marvel’s Avengers And The Villains That Challenge Them

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 135 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is the official description of the film:

“The pulse-pounding action continues with six unforgettable episodes in volume 3 of ‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’! Enjoy all the thrills as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers face off against Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil and defend Earth from a full-scale alien invasion led by the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror.”

“The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is rated TV-Y7.

Mini-Review:
“The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” returns with volume 3 and 4 of the series. You’ll find the following episodes in Volume 3:

14. Masters of Evil
15. 459
16. The Man Who Stole Tomorrow
17. Come the Conqueror
18. The Kang Dynasty
19. The Widow’s Sting.

Then on the Volume 4 DVD which is sold separately, you’ll find the following episodes:

20. The Casket of the Ancient Winters
21. Hail, Hydra!
22. Ultron-5
23. The Ultron Imperative
24. This Hostage Earth
25. The Fall of Asgard
26. A Day Unlike Any Other

As the upcoming live action Avengers movie approaches, it becomes more and more apparent how key this cartoon series is to indoctrinating young fans to the super team. Already fans of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk from the movies, this fills in that demand for more of the characters until the movie comes along. By the time it arrives, a lot of young fans are going to be familiar with the storylines, the team dynamics, and the lesser known characters from this cartoon series, not the comics.

As a fan of the Marvel comics, it’s cool to see little things here and there from the books included in the cartoon. You see villains like Kang and Ultron. You get heroes like Black Panther and Ant Man. You see S.H.I.E.L.D. and Maria Hill. All this being said, this animated series is geared more towards kids than it is older fans. The action scenes are pretty spectacular, but in-between them you get the characters acting as comic relief. I think this ultimately alienates older fans, but they were never the target audience to begin with.

If you’re a fan of Avengers and/or you have young comic fans in the house, then these DVD’s are worth picking up. Then again, you might want to wait until they’re all collected into one Season One set together.

These DVD’s each have one lone bonus feature. It’s an episode of the show with pop-up trivia played alongside. It talks about the comics, the character backgrounds, and other fun things while showing art from the comics. It’s a little interesting but nothing remarkable.

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