||The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for films. (April 2013)|
|Directed by||Curt Geda
Steven E. Gordon
|Produced by||Bob Richardson|
|Screenplay by||Greg Johnson|
|Story by||Greg Johnson
|Based on||The Ultimates
by Mark Millar
|Music by||Guy Michelmore|
|Edited by||George P. Rizkallah|
MLG Productions 1
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
|Running time||72 minutes|
Ultimate Avengers (also known as Ultimate Avengers: The Movie) is a direct-to-DVD, animated superhero film loosely based on the Marvel Comics limited series The Ultimates, and released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment as part of the Marvel Animated Features series. The DVD was released on February 21, 2006 in America, and in Europe on October 2, 2006. The film made its television debut on April 22, 2006 on Cartoon Network's Toonami block with a TV-PG-V rating. The film features Captain America, Iron Man, Giant Man, Wasp, Thor and Black Widow as they form the team The Avengers to foil an invasion by extraterrestrials known as the Chitauri.
In the last days of World War II in Europe, Captain America, due to enhancement by a "Super-Soldier Serum", prevents the Nazis from launching an intercontinental missile. They are also soon revealed to be shape-shifting extraterrestrials led by one acting as SS officer Herr Kleiser. The exploding missile knocks the Captain out and he falls into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, presumed dead. 60 years later, Captain America is found and revived by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by General Nick Fury. Bruce Banner and Betty Ross lead a team of scientists working to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum in order to try to stop the real power that backed the Nazis - the alien Chitauri. Banner thinks the Super-Soldier Serum is the key to him controlling the Hulk, and he secretly uses his blood to try to create a cure, instead of using candidates that had been selected for the rebirth procedure. As Captain America reunites with his old friend James "Bucky" Barnes, he also learns that his past lover Gail Richards, is married to him and has lived a happy life. Despite being happy for his friends and everyone that he loved, Captain America still feels lost in the present world he is in, unable to find happiness like he wants to.
The Chitauri destroy a S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite designed to track the alien ships. So Fury is forced by superiors to order the implementation of "Project Avenger", to gather together a team of superhumans. Fury tries to recruit - with mixed success - Ant Man (a scientist recently redacted from S.H.I.E.L.D), Wasp (Ant Man's wife), Iron Man/Tony Stark (an industrialist playboy), Thor (the Norse God of Thunder) and Black Widow, a S.H.I.E.L.D. assassin. After several setbacks, including a botched mission that led to almost the entire team quitting, the heroes unite to fight the Chitauri. Although successful, the team must then fight an out of control Hulk. Banner wanted to try his new serum against the attacking aliens, releasing his alter ego for the battle and ended up losing control in the process. The team managed to eventually distract the Hulk long enough for Betty to calm him, and Banner is then incarcerated.
In the aftermath of the battle, Captain America is visited by Gail Richards in the hospital and the two reunite after 60 years. Assuring him that she has lived a full life, Peggy tells him that she wants him to be happy and that he should find happiness as well. The movie ends as Captain America joins his fellow Avengers to celebrate their victory.
- Justin Gross as Captain America / Steve Rogers
- Marc Worden as Iron Man / Tony Stark
- David Boat as Thor
- Olivia d'Abo as Black Widow / Natasha Romanov
- Fred Tatasciore as The Hulk
- Michael Massee as Dr. Bruce Banner
- Nolan North as Giant-Man / Hank Pym
- Grey DeLisle as Wasp / Janet Van Dyne-Pym
- Andre Ware as General Nick Fury
- Nan McNamara as Prof. Betty Ross
- Jim Ward as Herr Kleiser
Additional voices by Dee Bradley Baker, Steven Blum, Keith Ferguson, Quinton Flynn, Kerrigan Mahan, Aileen Sandler, Fred Tatasciore, and James Arnold Taylor. Jamie Simone served as the voice director.
Overall reception for Ultimate Avengers was positive with critics often praising the animation and voice acting of the film, however David Cornelius from eFilmCritic.com stated that "It's too violent for younger viewers, but not mature enough for older ones. It's a movie trapped in between target audiences." but Marc Kandel stated that it was still "More satisfying than live-action cousins Daredevil, Elektra, Punisher…".
- "Movie Review - Ultimate Avengers: The Movie". eFilmCritic. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- Official Ultimate Avengers website
- Marvel's Ultimate Avengers page
- Toon Zone's Ultimate Avengers page
- Ultimate Avengers at the Internet Movie Database