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The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
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Genre Action
Adventure
Fantasy
Science fiction
Format Animated series
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Developed by Ciro Nieli
Joshua Fine
Christopher Yost
Voices of Brian Bloom
Chris Cox
Jennifer Hale
Peter Jessop
Phil LaMarr
Eric Loomis
James C. Mathis III
Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Fred Tatasciore
Rick D. Wasserman
Wally Wingert
Narrated by Alex Désert (Opening Narration)
Theme music composer Guy Erez and
David Ari Leon
Opening theme "Fight As One"
by Bad City
Ending theme "Fight As One" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Guy Michelmore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Simon Philips
Eric S. Rollman
Joe Quesada
Stan Lee
Editor(s) Jonathan Polk
Steve Ingram
George Rizkallah
Robert Walz
Running time 22 minutes (TV episodes)
5 minutes (micro episodes)
Production companies Marvel Animation
Film Roman
Ingenious Media/Ingenious Broadcasting EIS PLCs
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television (United States)
Vivendi Entertainment Canada (Canada)
Broadcast
Original channel Disney XD (United States)
Teletoon (Canada)
Original run September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) – May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)
Chronology
Preceded by Wolverine and the X-Men
Related shows Avengers Assemble
External links
Website

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! is an US-American animated television series by Marvel Animation in cooperation with Film Roman, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. The show debuted both on Disney XD and online in the fall of 2010, starting with a 20-part micro-series.

Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Disney XD announced a "new Marvel Universe" programming block, named Marvel Universe, which began broadcasting in April 2012 and included the second season of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! and the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.[2]

The series initially features a team based on the roster for the original Avengers, composed of Iron Man, Giant-Man, Hulk, Thor, and Wasp. The team is later joined by Captain America, Black Panther, and Hawkeye in the first season, and Ms. Marvel and Vision in the second season. In terms of overall tone and style, the series is based principally on the original stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. However, it also tends to utilize material from all eras of the comic's run as well as other sources, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[3]

The series was replaced by Marvel's Avengers Assemble, which premiered on July 7, 2013.[4]

Plot

Season One

As 75 of the world's most dangerous super-villains are mysteriously freed en masse from the Vault, the Cube, the Big House, and the Raft, five of Earth's mightiest heroes assemble a crime-fighting alliance called the Avengers. The Avengers' team is compiled of Iron Man as de facto team leader, Ant-Man/Giant-Man, the Hulk, Thor, and the Wasp.[5] Captain America joins the team. Although other characters feature in the Avengers, these are the original and main avengers. In the season finale, it is revealed that Thor's adopted brother Loki was responsible for the breakouts and that he had the Enchantress and her servant Executioner form the Masters of Evil.

Season Two

Season Two uses cold openings, and remixes opening theme song "Fight As One", replacing the lyrics with an announcer introducing the show's concept and main characters. Season Two depicts the Avengers as they track down the remaining members of the Masters of Evil and end up facing the invasions of the Skrulls in the first half of the season and the Kree in the second half. The Avengers are unaware that Captain America had been replaced at the end of the first-season finale by a Skrull operative as part of their systematic infiltration of Earth. This season also alludes to a developing storyline that Surtur, now free of his imprisonment in Muspelheim, is slowly gathering his strength to oppose the Avengers as a prelude to Ragnarök. Ms. Marvel joins the team this season, followed by the Vision. Many other characters from the Marvel Comics universe, such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man) and his daughter Cassandra, Heroes for Hire, Doctor Doom, Crossfire, Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross (in both his human form and his "Red Hulk" form), the Guardians of the Galaxy (composed of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Quasar and Adam Warlock), Quake, Beta Ray Bill, the Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and Galactus and his heralds, make appearances. Series producers Joshua Fine and Christopher Yost have revealed that certain returning characters will adapt their Ultimate Universe counterpart costumes for the second season, such as Nick Fury appearing more like Ultimate Nick Fury with a shaven head and goatee, and the Skrull operative posing as Captain America wearing the costume directly adapted from Ultimate Captain America and wielding an energy shield.[6] The second-season premiere, titled the "The Private War of Dr. Doom" (featuring Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four), was shown to audiences at both the 2011 San Diego and New York Comic Cons, as well as the 2012 WonderCon in Anaheim.[7] It premiered with the two-part Ultimate Spider-Man pilot on April 1, 2012.[8]

Episode list

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
Micro-series 20 September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) October 11, 2010 (2010-10-11) (online)
October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15) (United States)
1 26 October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12) (Australia)
June 26, 2011 (2011-06-26) (United States)
2 26 April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)[2] June 28, 2012 (2012-06-28) (Australia)
May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05) (United States)

Principal Cast

Crew

  • Joshua Fine – Supervising Producer
  • Vinton Heuck – Director
  • Sebastian Montes – Director
  • Jamie Simone – Casting and Voice Director[12]
  • Christopher Yost – Story Editor

Production

Marvel announced in October 2008 that its Marvel Animation division and the outside studio Film Roman would produce an Avengers animated TV series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, for planned broadcast in 2010.[13] 52 episodes have been confirmed as being in production.[1] The show's executive producers include Simon Philips and Eric S. Rollman.[14] Joshua Fine serves as supervising producer and Christopher Yost serves as story editor on the show.[15] A 20 part micro-series debuted on September 22, 2010 on Disney XD, focusing on each hero's backstory and the events that lead to the main series.[16] The series started airing on Marvel's sister network, Disney XD in the United States on October 20, 2010 and on Teletoon in Canada on October 22, 2010 in English-language and March 2011 in French-language.[17][18] According to Jeph Loeb, Season 2 will presumably begin around October 2011, same as season 1 and Producer Josh Fine tweeted in April 2011 that 13 episodes have been completed.[19] At the 2011 New York Comic-Con, Marvel TV director, Jeph Loeb contradicted his earlier statement of Season 2 launch in late 2011. Loeb announced at the panel at New York Comic-con that "Avengers Season 2 will be coming in early 2012 (to coincide with Ultimate Spider-Man)."[8] This date would later get clarified to April 1, 2012.[2]

Future of series

A new Avengers show will premiere in 2013 called Marvel's Avengers Assemble.[20] On Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the 2012 Marvel Television Presents panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, said of the relationship between the two shows:

"We're not in any way saying Earth's Mightiest Heroes never happened. You will see an epic conclusion. And then you'll say, 'Oh, what's next?'"[21]

The specific meaning of this has not been revealed at this time; ComicBookMovie.com initially chose to report it as meaning that Assemble would be a continuation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!,[4] but later, while interviewing Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle, asked for clarification over the confusion the statement had caused, and received only a non-committal response.[22]

Only Fred Tatasciore, the voice of the Hulk [23] in Earth's Mightiest Heroes, will reprise the role for Avengers Assemble, while the other members of the team share their voices with their counterparts in the separate Ultimate Spider-Man series.[23]

Release

Critical reception

The series's premiere earned mostly positive reviews from critics and fans alike. It also currently holds a 8.5 making "Great" rating (based on 206 votes) on TV.com,[24] and 7.9/10 rating (based on 5.320 votes and 25 reviews) on IMDb.com.[25] Review aggregation website Metacritic reports that 9.2 of users have given the series a "Universal acclaim" review based on 5 reviews.[26]

Comic book

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes comic book series, written by Christopher Yost, and artwork by Scott Wegener, Christopher Jones (comics) and Patrick Scherberger was published to accompany the series. It was a four-issue limited series.[27] An ongoing comic book series titled The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adventures debuted in April 2012, alongside the Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures series. Christopher Yost returned as the main writer, with Adam Dekraker serving as the comic's creative team, while Nuno Plati provided artwork.[28]

DVD releases

DVD/Blu-ray name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Heroes Assemble! April 26, 2011 July 25, 2011 September 14, 2011
Captain America Reborn April 26, 2011 August 22, 2011 December 1, 2011
Iron Man Unleashed October 25, 2011 April 2, 2012 March 7, 2012
Thor's Last Stand October 25, 2011 April 30, 2012 May 2, 2012
The Complete First Season April 17, 2012 April 30, 2012 August 1, 2012
Secret Invasion September 25, 2012 May 6, 2013[29] March 6, 2013
End of the Cosmos February 19, 2013 June 13, 2013[30]
The Complete Second Season May 7, 2013 April 3, 2013

International broadcast

Region Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot
Australia Australia ABC3, Cartoon Network March 8, 2011 Sundays at 9:25 am
Sundays at 9:50 am
Weekdays at 7:10 am / 7:15 am
Weekdays at 1:15 pm
Canada Canada Teletoon October 22, 2010 Fridays at 8:00 pm Eastern (New Episodes)
Sundays at 11:30 am Eastern (Reruns)
Netherlands The Netherlands Disney XD December 10, 2010 Fridays at 9:35 pm (Subtitles)
Saturdays 9:10 pm (Subtitles)
Mondays 10:20 pm (Subtitles)
Wednesdays 7:50 pm (Dub)
Poland Poland Disney XD November 8, 2010 N/A
Brazil Brazil Disney XD, Rede Globo October 31, 2010 (Preview)
November 27, 2010 (Official)
Saturdays 9:00 pm/10:30 pm (Reruns)
Sundays 9:00 am/10:30 am (New Episodes)
 Mexico Disney XD
 Argentina
 Panama
 Peru
 Honduras
 Venezuela
 Colombia
 Chile
United States United States Disney XD October 20, 2010 Wednesdays at 8:30 pm Eastern (October 2010 – November 2010)
Friday at 8:30 pm Eastern (Special; November 2010)
Sundays at 10:00 pm Eastern (December 2010 – present)
Sweden Sweden Disney XD January 29, 2011 Weekdays at 3:35 pm
Denmark Denmark Disney XD January 29, 2011 N/A
Italy Italy Disney XD November 29, 2010 N/A
United Kingdom United Kingdom Disney XD November 2010 Weekdays at 10:25 pm (Reruns)
Weekends at 5:30 pm (New Episodes)
CITV May 8, 2011 Sundays at 8:00 am
Germany Germany Disney XD February 9, 2011 Saturdays at 08:15 pm (New Episodes)
Super RTL July 19, 2011 (Preview)
February 4, 2012 (Official)
Saturday 10:30 pm (Preview)
Saturdays at 10:00 pm/10:30 pm (Official)
South Africa South Africa Disney XD May 2011 Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 pm
India India Cartoon Network 2013 N/A
Japan Japan Disney XD July 18, 2011 Mondays at 8:30 pm (New Episodes)
Sundays at 10:30 pm (Reruns)
Russia Russia
Commonwealth of Independent States CIS
Disney XD (CIS)
CTC
TBA
Weekdays at 8:30 am
France France France 4 June 2011 Weekdays at 8:30 am
Philippines Philippines Cartoon Network
ABS-CBN
September 3, 2011 Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 pm (Cartoon Network)
Mondays to Fridays at 8:45 am (Season 1)
Sundays at 8:45 am (Season 1 Rerun)
Sundays at 8:15 am (Season 2) (ABS-CBN)
Ukraine Ukraine 1+1 December 2011 Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 pm
Spain Spain Boing February 2012 Saturdays and Sundays at 12:10 pm
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Channel 31 Summer 2012 Saturday and Sunday at 14:20 am & 7:20 am
Turkey Turkey Disney XD N/A N/A
Greece Greece Disney XD N/A N/A
Czech Republic Czech TV Nova 2011 Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 am

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

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