Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther is an animated feature sequel (to Ultimate Avengers), and contains many similarities to the 2012 live-action feature film, but also some differences. It has near-constant fantasy violence as the heroes battle aliens. There are lots of weapons, ranging from spears to high-tech guns. Characters are wounded, and some die, but very little blood is shown. Female characters wear sexy, revealing clothing and we see flirting and a kiss. Characters drink occasionally, but the drinking problems that are implied in the previous film are not present in this one. Teens with serious Avengers fever may go back to see this, and it doesn't have anything any more or less objectionable than the theatrical release.
What's the story?
Picking up where Ultimate Avengers left off, the movie reveals that the evil aliens have not been defeated after all, and that they seem to be focused on a certain African village, whose king is actually the superhero The Black Panther (Dave Fennoy/Jeffrey D. Sams). Worse, Captain America's (Justin Gross) old nemesis, Herr Kleiser (Jim Ward), is also still alive, and is somehow working with the aliens. It all has something to do with vibranium, the impenetrable metal the aliens use in their ships and weapons. Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., the imprisoned Bruce Banner (a.k.a. the Hulk) (Michael Massey/Fred Tatasciore) thinks he has found the way to stop them. Meanwhile, the Avengers are not at their best: Thor (David Boat) is nowhere to be found, and Giant-Man (Nolan North) has been taking dangerous risks to increase his powers.
Is it any good?
Based on a 2002 comic series, this animated movie will likely disappoint fans of Joss Whedon's 2012 live-action movie, as well as fans of the previous Ultimate Avengers. The majority of this skimpy, condensed 72-minute movie consists of attacks and battles with an army of indistinguishable aliens. The lead bad guy, Herr Kleiser, likewise has no personality; he just sneers.
Another valuable chunk of time is spent introducing the characters of Wakanda, and establishing the story of the Black Panther. This leaves little time for the Avengers themselves. Iron Man, especially, is practically not even here. Captain American and Giant Man get the largest story arcs, and those are largely downbeat and depressing, with the women in their lives taking a supporting role. Likewise, the animation is somewhat flat and slightly below par. Overall, it's a waste of potential.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the movie's violence and the deaths of some of the characters. How do these deaths change the tone of the movie?
Would it hard to be a superhero? What would you want to be your super power?