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!
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.
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!