Ultimate Avengers: The Movie

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Average animated action tale features troubled superheroes.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Characters learn to get over their selfish ways and embrace teamwork and helping others. This does not go smoothly for all, but everyone does try their best.

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 in their personal crises, though learning to work together does help.

Violence

The movie culminates in a violent fantasy battle with very little blood. The heroes battle aliens (some of the images of the aliens are a little scary). But the worst comes when the heroes must stop the Hulk; the fighting is a lot more potent, with more injuries and painful-looking falls. Additionally, characters argue and threaten, and weapons are fired. There are brief images of war.

Sex

Natalia dresses in sexy, revealing clothing throughout and uses her feminine wiles to flirt with a character to get what she wants. Tony Stark flirts with various women. Two of the characters are married, and they briefly show jealousy. Captain America carries a flirty picture of a woman he loves.

Language

"Damn" and "hell" are used once each, plus words like "sucks."

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It is very subtly implied that Tony Stark may be on the verge of a drinking problem (in the comics, his character becomes an alcoholic for a time), but in this movie, he is merely shown sitting near a table with a bottle and a glass, looking glum. He is also seen drinking socially. Thor guzzles "mead" from a giant mug, but does not seem affected by it. (He lets out two big burps.) A scene takes place in a bar, with various background characters drinking. Additionally, Bruce Banner must take unnamed "meds" to control his anger, and he experiments on himself with various (fictitious) drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ultimate Avengers: The Movie is an animated feature, released straight-to-DVD in 2006 and contains many similarities to the 2012 live-action feature film, but also some differences. It has medium-level fantasy violence, with lots of fighting (and some shooting); characters get wounded, but there's very little blood. Female characters wear sexy, revealing clothing and there's some flirting and jealousy. Language is mild, including "damn" and "hell." Some characters drink in more than one scene, and their behavior may lie on the border between social drinking and problem drinking. Teens with serious Avengers fever may want to see this; it doesn't have anything any more or less objectionable than the theatrical release.

User Reviews

Adult Written byWill loves movies May 31, 2013

Could have been better.

I watched this movie because I was a fan of last year's Marvel's the Avengers. This movie was not as good as the Avengers. The only really good thin... Continue reading
Parent of an infant and 1 year old Written byMommaOfTwoo November 23, 2012

ok.

Average version of the movie.
Kid, 8 years old October 12, 2014

best avengers yet!

one of the goodest hero movies ever!!!!!!!!!!

What's the story?

During World War II, Captain America (Justin Gross) saves the world from aliens and, in the process, winds up frozen at the bottom of the ocean. In the present day, he is revived and recruited by Nick Fury (Andre Ware), of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury recruits several other heroes, including Iron Man (Marc Worden), Black Widow (Olivia d'Abo), Giant-Man (Nolan North), Wasp, and Thor (David Boat), to join a new super-team. Their next-to-impossible mission is to stop the aliens, which have remained on earth, dormant, throughout the decades. The aliens have developed an invincible metal to be used in battle, and have also successfully stolen all of S.H.I.E.L.D's secrets. But even their threat is nothing compared to the violent rampage of the Hulk.

Is it any good?

Based on a 2002 comic series, "The Ultimates," which re-imagined the Avengers for modern times, this animated movie seems overly simplified. The animation is flat and average, and the storytelling seems abbreviated, with too many characters getting shorted by the 72-minute running time. The video is especially disappointing after the big-screen thrills of Joss Whedon's 2012 live-action movie.

Tony Stark/Iron Man is a typical example; his alcoholism and other personal troubles are hinted at in a few quick shots, but he never feels like a genuine character. Oddly, Captain America is a major exception. He gets perhaps the most screen time here, assigned to a leadership position, and dealing with the effect of passing time on his loved ones; his troubled character is slightly more interesting than in the Whedon movie. While Ultimate Avengers not exceptional, it still gets the job done, telling a good story as quickly and economically as possible. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the tone of the violence change after the superheroes dispatch the aliens and when they begin fighting the Hulk? How is the violence different?

  • 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?

  • What is the cause and the effect of the heroes drinking in this movie?

  • Would it hard to be a superhero? If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?

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