Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

  • Review Date: December 15, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2008

Common Sense Media says

Rollicking young superhero tale; lots of cartoon violence.
  • Review Date: December 15, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2008

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fledgling superheroes work best when they work together; there's no incentive to teamwork quite as powerful as the threat of death and planetary destruction. Bravery and determination keep our heroes moving forward despite overwhelming odds. While there is only one female superhero, she is equally as powerful as the boys.

Violence

As befits a story based on Marvel Comics' Avengers, the cartoon violence is nonstop and includes stomping, shooting, punching, and use of laser eyes and magic Asgardian swords.

Sex

Two characters flirt competitively with the lone girl superhero.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie centers on the offspring of the original Marvel Avengers and their efforts to battle the villain who killed their parents and threatens the life of their guardian. As such there are themes of parental death and -- not surprisingly -- avenging their murders. The young superheroes battle a seemingly unstoppable Ultron, though the continuous sci-fi violence depicted is very much in keeping with comic book style.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

NEXT AVENGERS: HEROES OF TOMORROW is the fifth in a series of animated films based on Marvel Comics, and this one picks up after Ultron has killed almost all of the original Avengers. Their children were whisked off by Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, (voiced by Tom Kane) and isolated from danger in a biodome in the Antarctic. Now, 12 years later, Ultron and his robot armies have taken control of half of planet Earth. Through a series of unfortunate events, the Next Avengers' secret location is revealed, and the neophyte superheroes must defend themselves and fight off an army of Iron Avengers, robotic copies of their own parents. They are joined by a young Avenger named Hawkeye (Adrian Petriw) who was mistakenly left behind to fend for himself.

Is it any good?

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For fans of the comic book genre, Next Avengers is a rollicking, fast-paced tale that will entertain adults and kids hardy enough for the nonstop cartoon violence. The individual young Avengers have distinct personalities and hybrid skills handed down from their super-parents, so those familiar with the older generation of Marvel heroes should appreciate the continuity. As seriously as these young teens take themselves, they have grown up as a family and no one is above good-natured ribbing, lending a welcome comic breather to some of the more intense scenes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which of the young superheroes' powers they'd like to have, and why. For fans of James Fenimore Cooper -- what is the significance of Hawkeye's name, and why would that character have it? Would you have made the same decision as Torunn at the end of the movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 2, 2008
DVD release date:September 2, 2008
Cast:Fred Tatasciore, Ken Kramer, Tom Kane
Director:Jay Oliva
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures
Run time:73 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:sci-fi action violence and some mild language

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 4, 2009
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Childish.

This is the most childish Marvel film ever! Not enjoyable.

Kid, 10 years old Written bygavin598 April 18, 2009
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 12, 2010
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8
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less violent than the PG-13 rated versions

What other families should know
Too much violence

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