2 Marvel Cartoons That Blow AGENTS OF SHIELD Out of The Water

So a lot of people seem to be quite perturbed with ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. I personally cannot weigh in one way or the other as I have yet to get caught up, I think I just finished episode four. There is, on the other hand, another area of TV that Marvel is doing well with, and that, is cartoons! So if you maybe aren’t ready to turn off the TV just yet why not check out these fun superhero shenanigans.

A word of caution, these are cartoons…for children…on the Disney channel…PLAY NICE!

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.17f963aefede1c765a4d44d582098d9cf7fca959

So here we find Hulk, She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-bomb, and Skaar working together to tackle threats that no other band of heroes can handle. (Or in the case of a lot of these villains, they just don’t have time for.)  Whatever you do, do NOT go into this show expecting recreations of beloved hulk comics. Though there are some loose story spin offs like the “Venom-bomb” story from The Mighty Avengers back in 2008 or the “Hulked out Heroes” story from the World War Hulks crossover, it in no real way resembles any comic written for these characters. Unless you count the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. comic…based off of this show. Hulk is also much more intelligent than he is normally portrayed in comic lore, but this is hardly the first time that the monster has shared Banner’s intellect. Over all it is very silly but come on…it IS a cartoon and until Phase three or whenever we get another Hulk movie, it’s an entertaining place to watch the Hulks smash.

Ultimate Spider-man

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So the setup for this show is quite similar to Hulk and S.M.A.S.H. only with teenage Spider-man teaming up with teenage Luke Cage (Power Man) Iron Fist, White Tiger, and Nova. The show moves with a colorful and corky narrative of Spidey’s awkward teenage years working as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and going to school under the tutelage of principal/agent Coulson. Very light heart-ed with moments of seriousness as any good spider-man story should be. Of course once again this is not based off of any comic and very loosely tied to the Ultimate Spider-man comic…Aunt May has short hair…that’s about it. One of the most fun aspects of this show are the interjections of Spidey’s (thought scenes.) Although, they would fit better in a Deadpool cartoon…I don’t think Disney is ready for that yet.

All in all these shows are a lot of fun for the simple fact that we have beloved characters in somewhat silly situations but still get the smash/swing action from title characters and some fan favorite cameos. Plus these shows give us a multitude of villains that might not have ever gotten any screen time without these series, villains such as Batroc the leaper, Sauron and Wendigo. Unfortunately  If nothing else and you now find yourself to be “too cool” for cartoons, then these would make a great starting place for your kids to enter the Marvel Universe. So check them out!

P.S. Rumors abound as to whether or not Hulk and S.M.A.S.H. will be returning for season 2, since I could find nothing official either way I POST ON!

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  • AnakinCorleone

    Another thing I like about Ultimate Spider-man is not only is Phil Coulson the principal of the high school, Clark Gregg himself does the voice! Ultimate Spider-man is available to stream on Netflix, so if you have a Netflix subscription you don’t have to tune in to Disney XD to watch it.

    One thing I’ve noticed about the Marvel cartoons is they introduce plot elements before the movies. Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had a Winter Soldier episode back in 2011. Avengers Assemble has the six movie characters (Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk) plus Falcon, before he was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A season 2 Ultimate Spider-man episode and recent Avengers Assemble episode had them teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The most recent Avengers Assemble episode showed Ant-Man for the first time. The last two episodes of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. had Doctor Strange (the animation had a striking resemblance to Johnny Depp; just saying) and Deathlok, respectively.

  • TheGoddamnBader

    I can’t disagree with you more about the premise that these cartoons blow Agents of SHIELD out of the water.

    The shows are incredibly preachy and the character interactions are not convincing, believable or realistic.
    Hulk and the Agents of SMASH more so than Ultimate Spider-Man. USM has some redeemable qualities but the Hulk show just cripples the characters – the only kind of character development the characters get is learning about “teamwork” and “friendship”. There isnt even an overarching story on that show.

    Normally, the lack of season storyline would be fine if individual episodes were good and fun – but Hulk and the Agents of SMASH has some of the most heavy handed preaching in children’s television. It’s like watching an episode from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers or Captain Planet.

  • plazmaorb

    The Hulk cartoon is silly and childish.. interesting premise if they could have written a good script that didnt feel like it was appealing to the Nickelodeon Crowd. Spiderman has its moments, its better than Hulk, but its just a cartoon.

  • thefinalword

    I didn’t mind watching Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes. That these shows replaced it is just disappointing. Even as a kid I would never watch shows as bad as they are. I hope they get canned. The teammates childishly bicker and there’s never a plot that would inspire a person to think that a person with a brain wrote the scripts. Every time I viewed one of the episodes I felt like I was subjecting myself to torture and I was only able to put up with them for so long before swearing them off forever. If I was taking care of someones kid for an afternoon, these shows would not be what I put on for him.

  • thefinalword

    I didn’t mind watching Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes. That these shows replaced it is just disappointing. Even as a kid I would never watch shows as bad as they are. I hope they get canned. The teammates childishly bicker and there’s never a plot that would inspire a person to think that a person with a brain wrote the scripts. Every time I viewed one of the episodes I felt like I was subjecting myself to torture and I was only able to put up with them for so long before swearing them off forever. If I was taking care of someones kid for an afternoon, these shows would not be what I put on for him.

  • defiant1701

    These two cartoons suck ass, they assume all kids are ADD morons and have sucked all the maturity out of these heroes, making it unwatchable for older fans. Whats worse is the brilliant paul dini, responsible for the best animated comic book shows of all time is working on this drek. He must be really mad at WB/CN to put his name on these abortions. God I hope Loeb and Quesada die or get fired soon.