Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Downbeat superhero story has less character, more violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters occasionally resist working with others and asking for help, while wrestling with their own personal demons, but they eventually learn that things go smoother when embracing teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the movie is filled with superheroes, their behavior is sometimes selfish and obsessive, and sometimes simply uncertain. Very few of them take any positive action, though learning to work together does help.


This sequel is more violent than its predecessor, with more constant attacks and battling. Weapons include spears, arrows, guns, and various missile launchers and high tech artillery. The violence is largely bloodless, but characters do feel pain. Characters are wounded, and characters, both major and minor, die. Characters also have visions and nightmares that contain some scary imagery.


Natalia wears her knockout red dress again, showing off her various curves. All the female characters wear tight, revealing outfits. Characters develop crushes on one another, and a married couple fights. There's a passionate kiss at the end.


Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Both Tony Stark and Thor are seen drinking one time each, and consuming far less than in the last movie. Bruce Banner is gassed several times to keep the Hulk under control.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byErikJ88 June 25, 2016


Way better than the live action Hollywood mainstream crap that they're trying to peddle to a new generation. THIS is how these characters are supposed to l... Continue reading
Parent of an infant and 1-year-old Written byMommaOfTwoo November 23, 2012


This is an ok version. I didn't like the skimpy clothing the females wear, but that seems to be prevalent in most movies these days. The live action versio... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bytherapedicboi May 7, 2021

Better than the first movie.

This movie feels more complete than the first, but it still feels like a walking start instead of hitting the ground running.

There's blood also.
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 17, 2012

stick with the 2012 live action movie instead

i like the avengers and this movie dosen`t justify them

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

  • Are the female heroes in this movie good role models? Does it matter that they dress up in sexy costumes and use their sexuality to get results?

  • Would it hard to be a superhero? What would you want to be your super power?

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