The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

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The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
The Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes logo.svg
Genre Superhero
Action
Adventure
Fantasy
Science fiction
Format Animated series
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Developed by Ciro Nieli
Joshua Fine
Christopher Yost
Voices of
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
Producer(s) Joshua Fine
Dana C. Booton
Editor(s)
  • Jonathan Polk
  • Steve Ingram
  • George Rizkallah
  • Robert Walz
Running time 22 minutes (TV episodes)
5 minutes (micro episodes)
Production company(s) Marvel Animation
Film Roman
Ingenious Media/Ingenious Broadcasting EIS PLCs
Disney XD Original Productions
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
Followed by Avengers Assemble
External links
Website

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! is an 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. The series also uses 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 Avengers Assemble, which premiered on July 7, 2013.[4]

Plot[edit]

Season One[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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)

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

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

Production[edit]

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[edit]

A new Avengers show premiered in 2013 called 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[23] in Earth's Mightiest Heroes, reprised 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[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregation website Metacritic reports that 9.2 of users have given the series a "Universal acclaim" review based on 5 reviews.[24]

Comic book[edit]

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.[25] 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.[26]

DVD releases[edit]

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[27] March 6, 2013
End of the Cosmos February 19, 2013 June 13, 2013[28]
The Complete Second Season May 7, 2013 April 3, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disney Announces The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes". Superhero Hype!. May 4, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Disney XD Launches Marvel Universe Programming With Spider-Man, the Avengers and Other Comic Icons". TV Guide. Mar 5, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "C2E2: Marvel Animation". comicscontinuum.com. April 18, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012: Highlights From MARVEL TV PRESENTS Panel". Comicbookmovie.com. July 14, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Iverson, Dan (July 25, 2010). "SDCC 10: The Avengers Assemble On The Small Screen". IGN. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "New characters and more in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season 2 « The Daily P.O.P". Dailypop.wordpress.com. September 11, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/yost/status/65823230786678784
  8. ^ a b "NYCC: Spidey, the Hulk and Agent Coulson Walk into a Comic-Con... - IGN". M.ign.com. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Josh Fine Talks Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!". comicbookmovie.com. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Jenna Busch (February 8, 2010). "AVENGERS Animated Assembling w/ Phil Lamarr". Newsarama. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Avengers Series Overview" (PDF). Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The (2010, Animated Series) – Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". Voicechasers.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Marvel Comics press release: "Announcing ''Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes'', October 8, 2008". Marvel.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (October 8, 2008). "Marvel assembles cartoon 'Avengers'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2010. [dead link]
  15. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (July 30, 2010). "SDCC2010: Interview with Marvel Animation's Josh Fine and Chris Yost". toonzone.net. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  16. ^ Harvey, James (September 1, 2010). ""The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" Scheduling, Videogame Updates". marvel.toonzone.net. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  17. ^ Harvey, James (September 9, 2010). "October 2010 "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" Event For Teletoon". marvel.toonzone.net. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Premieres Oct. 20". Superhero Hype!. September 20, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  19. ^ Fine, Joshua (April 9, 2011). "Twitter / Joshua Fine". twitter. Retrieved April 21, 2011. "Halfway point! 13 episodes of Season 2 in the can." 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Marvel Assembles New Animated Series for the Hulk and Avengers - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ Ching, Albert. "The 10 Biggest COMIC-CON 2012 Announcements". Newsarama.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Lynch, Alex. "Man Of Action's Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle Talk ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN". Comic Book Movie. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b Sands, Rich. "Disney XD Picks Up Marvel Cartoons Featuring the Avengers and the Hulk". TV Guide. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  24. ^ The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Metacritic
  25. ^ Harvey, James (August 13, 2010). "Marvel Announces "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" All-Ages Comic Title". marvel.toonzone.net. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  26. ^ Langshaw, Mark (January 24, 2012). "'Avengers', 'Spider-Man' all-ages titles announced by Marvel". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  27. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avengers-Earths-Mightiest-Heroes-Volume/dp/B00BU7CSKC/ref=pd_cp_d_h__0
  28. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avengers-Earths-Mightiest-Heroes-Volume/dp/B00C5HT1SI/ref=pd_cp_d_h__3

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