Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel was one of the most unexpected announcements to come out of Comic Con. The show is one of the most popular on Disney XD, but no one thought they would bring in some of the Marvel superheroes. This is a product of Disney buying Marvel from years back, it’s likely we’ll see more things like it. The question is whether or not this is just an average cash-in episode or something special. Believe it or not, it’s actually the latter. I haven’t had this much fun watching the screen in a while.
The story starts out with a very catchy song in space. Phineas and the gang are in their spaceship when a ray from Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s power-drain inator bounces off it, sending the beam to New York. The superheroes that happen to be there lose their powers, so they have to go to the Tri-State area to find Phineas and Ferb. The heroes featured are Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Spider-Man. (Where’s Cap?) I don’t think this is in Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers Assemble continuity, which is surprising. This could also be a good thing, since the writers from those two shows didn’t do the special. Truthfully speaking, this could have gone really wrong and be an unfunny adventure. But, the Phineas and Ferb team deliver something really great.
The dialogue is fantastic. The special knows its an action comedy, and it delivers those two things very well. (Unlike Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble.) The part when Whiplash whips out his phone and Venom says “Niceee” was priceless. The villains featured are Red Skull, Modok, Venom, and Whiplash. Interesting picks, and it works well. Everyone is in character nicely, even Spider-Man is cool. (Which is a surprise since Marvel is painting him as an immature hero in his current show.) Perry the Platypus naturally gets some of the most hardcore scenes. You will laugh when Nick Fury addresses him.
There are actually quite a few Marvel references for older fans to catch. My personal favorite is when Dr. Doofenshmirtz asks Red Skull, “Is your head going to burst into flames, or am I thinking of someone else?” Also Howard the Duck is mentioned. The special doesn’t leave its older fans in the dust. Amination wise, with some modifications from the Assemble designs, the heroes and villains transition well into the look of Phineas and Ferb. The action is surprisingly fast-paced and fun. The opening battle in the city was fantastic, and c’mon guys, you get to see Venom and Hulk going at it. The music is also good, with the highlight being the ‘I’m Just Trying to Help’ song.
Overall, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel is one of the most fun things to come out of Marvel animation recently. The dialogue is great and you will find yourself laughing out loud at some parts. It’s fun for all, young ones and longtime comic fans alike. Plus you get to see Thor riding a skateboard.
Daniel is a longtime Marvel fan. His favorite character is Spider-Man and you can follow him on Twitter:@Destroyer_199