The Avengers get a headquarters and all these wonderful new toys. Unfortunately, an old enemy of Thor's comes a knocking, using the Hulk against the team.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Wow we're onto the third (or eighth if you count the micro-series merged together forming five episodes by themselves) episode in and we get an almost straight adaptation of the next issue of the actual comic, right after the team's formation (though sub the Enchantress for the Space Phantom) with someone using the Hulk against the team.
Continuing off with the previous pair of episodes, all the members are given their due without the spotlight focusing totally to one character. Everyone continues to get their moment to shine, which is pretty nice. Everyone gets a voice and a feel here without one character going Wolverine here (aka hogging the lime light). Some humorous moments are had with Thor talking to Jarvis via fireplace or Janet talking to Hank about the mansion and just absolutely geeking out.
Again, we get a larger scope of the Marvel-verse here, this time with mentions of the Negative Zone (a Civil War nod) and the accursed RICHARDS getting named dropped after two episodes ago the almighty DOOM being hinted at with his minions shown. More so, Fury continues to play his little puppet master games with Tony so I cannot wait to see where that subplot goes down. Not to mention we get a humorous take-down of an escapee from episode one.
This episode also establishes all the Avenger goodies we've all come to know and love. We get the manison obviously, but we also get the I.D. Cards which are updated rather nicely, the Quinjet, which no Avenger team can be without, and Jarvis fully uploaded into the building. All that's really missing would be said Jarvis having a hologram of a butler or something. Come on show make it possible!
The biggest plus this series has besides the large universe it plays in, has been the epic fight sequences. This episode proves that yet again with the fight the team has with the Enchantress and the Executioner. The appearance of the later was awesome and so unexpected. Seeing as how they two gods cope with the team just goes to show yet again how overpowering the team can be and that it'll take a scant few supervillains (DOOM, the Leader, Hydra, Loki, Mad Thinker, and Zemo) who could handle them all by themselves. I cannot wait when the eventuality of the Masters of Evil happens.
About the only problem I had for the episode was the needless Danger Room run. It just felt longer than it should had,. Yes, it displayed the team having trouble with the programs, but honestly I was about as bored with it as the Hulk was. It just felt padded when there could've been more advancement on other plot threads. Say at the end of the episode Baron Zemo recruiting the Enchantress? Or even the Black Panther subplot that was dangling at the beginning and end of the episode (which for the non viewers of the micro episodes of his chapter it had me scratching my head why the royalty of Wakanda has taken to stowing away on ships). Anything could've been a welcome addition other than what we got.
Still, this was a damn good episode establishing all the goodies plus a few more subplots here and there. The thing I like most about this series so far is that there's not one real big bad who regularly fights the team. They have a host of their top rogues to make the series just so darn interesting. I cannot wait to see what we get next, though honestly I think it's obvious what will be, Captain America or Black Panther's subplot.
4 out of 5
Review by: Zechs