|Rated: TV-Y7 for fantasy violence|
Starring: Eric Loomis, Brian Bloom, and Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Released: 2012 (Disney XD premieres) / 2013 (DVD)
In this final outing of the Disney XD animated series, the Avengers face their toughest battles yet. Between aliens bent on conquering or devouring Earth, former heroes turned rogue, and returning old villains, it's going to take everything the Avengers have got to stop the bad guys and save the world...but, as powerful as they all are, even their combined strength may not be enough. It all ends here.
The usual accolades I've given this series--great animation, wonderful action sequences, awesome voice work, etc.--still stand true here. Positive elements also abound, as the Avengers learn to work as a team, and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the planet. Also, the final episode is appropriately epic, but...
It would have been better as a two-parter. You may have noticed that I didn't talk about the storylines; that's because they weren't quite as good this time around. Sure, it was entertaining to a degree...just not the same way the first few volumes were. I think it's great that this is "the finale," as the DVD cover says.
For a while now, I've been a big fan of animated superhero shows, ranging from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Superman: The Animated Series to the Fantastic Four cartoon from the '90's. I've enjoyed most of them, and I could say that about this one as well; problem was, I didn't quite enjoy it as much. Fans of the series will likely want to see it through to its completion; if you do, prepare to be a bit underwhelmed.