So this week’s installment of The Avengers is still more set up for the team, but the creators managed to get in a little Hulk versus Thor fan service. This throw down has always been a classic fan favorite detailed in various comics and even in a Marvel movie. The Hulk, if he’s portrayed properly, doesn’t belong on a super hero team. He didn’t in the comics and he doesn’t now. The Hulk is supposed to be an out of control monster, not this semi intelligent brute. He exists on pure anger and he gets stronger the more angry he gets, or at least that’s the most accurate rendition of the character. He’s been brilliant in the past and he’s been gray and red, but the real Hulk is a giant green monster. Not everyone will agree with these assertions of course, but that’s what makes the web great.
So, the Hulk is smart enough to be a part of the team and negotiate with his alter ego but this week he was even more angry than usual (that sounds weird). His utter disregard for those around him was rubbing Thor wrong from the opening credits so anyone who’s even the mildest of fns knew what was coming. The best thing about a fight between Thor and Hulk is that Hulk isn’t intimidated by Thor being a God and he’s willing and able to smack the arrogance right off Thor’s face. By fight’s end, Thor should really be on top but the fact that his normal methods of issuing threats and intimidating don’t work on Hulk is pretty entertaining. The battle scenes between Hulk and the rest of the Avengers were action packed and a whole lot of fun. The villain of the episode, the real one, got very little development though. It felt like the writer was leaning on fans just knowing her and what her motivations really are. Thor offers up on throwaway line about her and that’s it.
The bulk of the episode was focused on introducing the new team to their new headquarters; Avengers Mansion. They also found their way into the training rooms and managed to start tearing things up right away. Hulk and Thor ripping things apart was no surprise but Giant Man gowning through the ceiling seemed a little excessive. This is a kid’s show though so what should we really expect? The Wasp’s enthusiasm for the team and the mansion was fairly amusing too. Does anyone else think that Iron Man/Tony Stark’s voice comes off a bit too young?
There are two fairly clever character introductions in this episode for a kid’s show. One of them isn’t really a surprise, it was just cool. The other one was really subtle and if you aren’t a fan of the Marvel Universe you wouldn’t know by his intro whether this character is a villain or a hero and there will be no spoiling it here. This episode like the premiere was just good fun, not much more than that. There are only five Avengers so far and everyone who’s anyone knows there are always six….